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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

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


The Battle of Waterloo Remembered

A guided walk to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Hyde Park Corner, London W2

Thu 18 Jun


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

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


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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


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


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Artist Talk: Robert Davies

Join artist Robert Davies for further insight into his film Of Time and the Railway, a piece of work that was 86 days in the making.

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Tue 18 Aug


£3 / 0121 446 3232

Artists in Conversation: Michael Craik and Eric Cruikshank

The artists talk about their work and processes.

Howden Park Centre, Livingston

Thu 14 May

Free / 01506 777666

At the Intersections: The … And Beyond Institute of Further Research

Artist Sonya Dyer leads a think tank exploring intersectionality and the black female body in time and space.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 10 Jun

Free / 0115 948 9750

The Battle Of Waterloo: An Ombersley Connection

An illustrated talk By Chris Gait about the battle of Waterloo.

Ombersley Memorial Hall

Fri 26 Jun

Beshara Lecture: Reflections on the Impact of an Integral Perspective

Lecture exploring recent ideas proposed by thinkers including Ken Wilber, Michael Murphy, Sri Aurobindo, and others.

Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 10 May

Donations welcome / 0131 667 5438

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Bill Oddie: Unplucked

Former Goodie Bill Oddie presents his latest collection of writings.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Wed 22 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Book to Screen Talk by Mairi Hedderwick and Lindy Cameron

Mairi Hedderwick, the lady behind Katie Morag, chats about the process of translating the stories from books to the screen, with Lindy Cameron – the executive producer of the BBC series.

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

Mon 11 May

£4–£5 / 01851 708480

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Mon 8 Jun

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Britgrav 15 Public Lecture: Gravitational Waves: Advances Towards Detection

Professor Jim Hough gives a public talk on gravitational-wave astronomy. The talk is for a general audience with no physics or astronomy background and is followed by refreshments and hands on demonstrations.

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

University Of Birmingham

Tue 21 Apr

Free, booking required

Café Histoire

Talks, in French, about various aspects of French culture, hosted by the Institut Français.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 11 May

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

Proclaimed by Alphonse de Lamartine on February 24th 1848, the French Second Republic starts officially after its Constitution is voted on November 4th 1848. This regime has 3 characteristics: It is short. It is the first to institute the universal manhood suffrage. And it definitely abolishes slavery. From December 1848, there a newPresident at the head of state: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. Talk in French by Patrick Landri

  • 17:30 – 19:00 Café Histoire Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 8 Jun

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

The “épuration” (French legal purge) is probably one of the most polemical subjects in French History. It affected every single class of French society. The French historian Jacques Marseille used to say: “To all those still condemning the so-called “résistancialisme” and screaming against the lack of justice during the purge, let me remind you that equity and reason didn’t have their place in these circumstances”. Patrick Landri revisits this very dark episode of French History. Talk in French by Patrick Landri

  • 17:30 – 19:00 Café Histoire Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh
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