Evening events, Talks & lectures

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Diamond Masterclass

Join a team of experts to learn all about diamonds and metals. With wine and nibbles.

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 14 May

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 11 Jun

Free / 0131 553 1131

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 10 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 17 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 24 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

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

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 6 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 13 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 15 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 15 more dates until 29 Jul

Season of Photography Opening Lecture

Sean O'Hagan gives his views on contemporary photography as part of the 2015 Season of Photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 624 6200

Al Pacino in the UK

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

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Fri 22 May

£40–£200 / 0844 249 4300

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Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women, Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Hackney Empire, London E8

Wed 15 Apr

£22–£25 / 020 8985 2424

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 14 Apr

£28 / 08432 086000

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 13 Apr

£25 / 0141 332 1846

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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

Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement. Children welcome.

Exeter Phoenix

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

…and 5 more dates until 2 Nov

LateLab: Beauty by Design

Discussions of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Steve Backshall's Wild World

Steve Backshall talks about his adventures, expeditions, his new novel Tiger Wars and hsi last book, Looking for Adventure.

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 26 Oct

£16.50–£19.50 / 0117 922 3686

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 24 Oct

£15.50–£18.50 / 0844 493 9999

Perth Concert Hall

Mon 19 Oct

£15.50–£19.50 / 01738 621031

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All Fictions are Biographical – Ueinzz Context

An open conversation about the history and practices of Ueinzz Theatre Company.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

£4 for Friday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

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

Cartography of Exhaustion

A talk by Peter Pál Pelbart of Ueinzz Theatre Company on power, community and resistance.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 19 Apr

£6 for Sunday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

Christine Hamilton: Confessions of a Battleaxe

Join Christine Hamilton as she presents a moving and entertaining talk about her life.

Denton Lounge, Worthing

Mon 30 Mar

£39.50 (price includes a three-course meal)

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

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Douglas Gifford: Sir Walter Scott – A Fresh Look

Douglas Gifford talks about Sir Walter Scott and his widely misunderstood legacy to Scottish fiction.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 20 Apr

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

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

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

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InnovationNation Lectures

A series of events showcasing some of Scotland’s leading innovators in science, technology, business and the arts.

EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 21 May

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationBody. Professor Margaret Frame and Professor Catherine Geissler deliver the intriguing keynote addresses.

Mon 22 Jun

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationTechnology. Chris Forrest and Professor Harald Haas deliver the keynote addresses.

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner discusses people's love for reading bad reviews, reads from his own catalogue of bad reviews and covers some of his worst experiences.

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 16 Apr

£16 / 0115 846 7777

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 30 Mar

£12 / 0844 693 3336

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Fri 9 Oct

£30.50–£45.50

Buxton Opera House

Mon 12 Oct

£30.50 / 0845 127 2190

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Sat 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01323 412000

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Placebranding and its Contribution to Placemaking

Academician Malcolm Allan leads this workshop on place and destination branding and its contribution to placemaking.

The Gallery, London EC1M

Tue 31 Mar

£12 (Academicians and Young Urbanists free) / 020 7251 8777

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 01382 385108

Allan Little talks about his experiences as a war correspondent.

Sat 2 May

Free / 01382 385108

'The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland' by Robert Douglas Fairhurst.

Sat 16 May

Free / 01382 385108

Julian Bird talks about the history of the Olivier awards.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to long-time friend and expedition partner Anton Bowring about his life, his adventures and his ancestral heritage.

Octagon, Sheffield

Tue 14 Jul

£21 / 0114 222 8777

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Tue 30 Jun

£21 / 01903 206206

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 29 Jun

£21 / 0121 345 0600

Winter Talks

A series of talks on a variety of astronomy and technology topics

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Mar

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

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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