Evening events, Talks & lectures

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French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your French conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 4 May

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 11 May

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 11 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 29 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 6 May

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 12 more dates until 29 Jul

Jane Hawking: True Story Behind The Theory of Everything

Janice Forsyth chairs this chat with Professor Stephen Hawking's ex-wife.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Wed 22 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Create:Eat:Whisky

A multi-sensory whisky adventure that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

£33

Fri 15 May

£33

Sat 16 May

£33

Sun 17 May

£33

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Sun 28 Jun

£17.50 / 01553 764864

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton

Fri 22 May

£19.50 ( £18.50) / 01630 654444

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford

Thu 21 May

£17.50 / 01785 254653

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The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP Public Lecture

A keynote lecture from former First Minister, Alex Salmond, in which he talks about his time as First Minister, the Independence Referendum and the upcoming General Election.

University of Glasgow

Tue 21 Apr

Free (booking required) / 0141 330 5511

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Andy Kershaw: No Off Switch

Veteran DJ and journalist Andy Kershaw signs copies of new autobiography No Off Switch and answers questions about a colourful life that's taken him from driving vans for Billy Bragg, to reporting from war zones around the world, to presenting a pioneering late-night music show.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May

£8–£12

Between the Lines: Irvine Welsh and Jesse Armstrong

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and comedy writer Jesse Armstrong (who is best known for his work on Peep Show) discuss the art of comedy writing, at this event chaired by stand-up comedian and writer, Viv Groskop.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Tue 21 Apr

£20 / 020 3108 1000

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 26 May

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Charlie Klendjian: Do humanists need to be more outspoken on Islam and sharia?

Charlie Klendjian, Secretary of the Lawyers’ Secular Society, discusses the work of the LSS.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 22 Apr

Cities of Modernity: European Art and Architecture, 1880–1914

A one-night European tour of art and architecture, chaired by writer and critic Justin McGuirk, with a series of speakers.

RIBA, London W1B

Tue 21 Apr

£9 (£6.50) / 020 7580 5533

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Is a New Consciousness Emerging? Reflections on the Impact of an Integral Perspective

Well, I mean, is it? Talk looking at the ideas of contemporary thinkers such as Ken Wilber, Michael Murphy and Sri Aurobindo, among others.

Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 10 May

Free / 0131 667 5438

Matthew Crawford On Flourishing In An Age Of Distraction

Matthew Crawford on the challenge of mastering one's own mind.

Mary Ward House, London WC1H

Tue 21 Apr

£30

The School Of Life, London WC1H

Tue 21 Apr

£30

Spectator Debate: Politicians should leave the wealthy alone

Join The Spectator for a debate on wealth and politics, chaired by Andrew Neil. While the rich get even richer, low and middle income households are feeling the pinch. Are wealth taxes – such as the 'mansion tax' or the 50p tax – the answer? Or is it economically counterproductive to squeeze the rich? In a globalised…

Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London EC2Y

Wed 22 Apr

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7638 8891

The Tyburnia Tour

Interactive film screening exploring an alternative history of the UK. Featuring live soundtrack and Q&A with local historians.

Apiary Studios, London E2

Fri 29 May

£10 / 020 7033 6806

Carpenters Arms, London W1H

Wed 27 May

Free

Castle End Mission, Cambridge

Sun 7 Jun

£7.50

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50 Years On The Long Mynd Talk

A talk by the countryside manager about how the hill has transformed since the National Trust acquired it 50 years ago.

Town Hall, Bishops Castle

Wed 22 Apr

£3.50

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Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Acting Human: Live Life Alive

Richard Dubin For actors, writers, directors, performers and creatives of every kind (all of us), this entertaining and interactive talk reveals a fresh way to spark imagination and surprise in each new moment. And, in so doing, achieve authentic success in our work as artists. Richard Dubin – an accomplished and…

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Mint Studio

£6 (£3)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Mint Studio

£6 (£3)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Mint Studio

£6 (£3)

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 28 Aug

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

To say Andy Kershaw has led a varied life is an understatement. From being Billy Bragg's driver to presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid, then going on to report for the BBC from Iraq, North Korea and Rwanda. Catch him while he's taking a rare sit down to talk about his life.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May

£8–£12

Al Pacino

Join The Godfather, Serpico and Scarface star Al Pacino as he talks about his life and career. Includes a musical act and Q&A.

The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

Sat 16 May

£149–£499 / 0871 334 1919

  • 18:00 – 23:30 Al Pacino The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Fri 22 May

£40–£200 / 0844 249 4300

SECC, Glasgow

Tue 19 May

Clyde Auditorium

£65–£150 / 0141 248 3000

Alexander McCall Smith: In Conversation with Stuart Kelly

The prolific author of No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in conversation with Stuart Kelly.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Fri 24 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

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Alternative Dream Therapy

Installation performance and personalised experience in which Dr Stratus guides audience members through the nonsensical world of dreams. A co-production between NapTrap and Theatre Delicatessen.

Theatre Delicatessen, London EC1R

Wed 22 Apr

£10 (£8)

Mon 27 Apr

£10 (£8)

Wed 29 Apr

£10 (£8)

…and 8 more dates until 27 May

Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Art of the Low Countries

The art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses how history has influenced the art, architecture and culture of the Low Countries.

King's Lynn Arts Centre

Wed 15 Jul

£18 / 01553 764864

Part of King's Lynn Festival.

The Anxiety of Influence: An Evening with Glenn Ligon

Talk from the artist whose Encounters and Collisions exhibition is running concurrently at the gallery.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 13 May

Free / 0115 948 9750

Architecture for All: English Baroque

Dan Cruickshank talks about the English baroque style in architecture, with special reference to the striking buildings of Hawksmoor and Archer.

Old Royal Naval College, London SE10

Thu 7 May

£5 / 020 8269 4799

Are We Really Safe?

Talk by Prof Chris Kemp, Head of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies.

Edinburgh Napier University

Wed 27 May

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre

Free

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