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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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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

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

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 29 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 6 May

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun

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

Time For Tea

Free tea, cake and a gallery talk for the over 55s.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford

Fri 24 Apr

Free / 01274 737843

With a short talk on Realism in Rawiya: Photographic Stories from the Middle East

  • 11:30 – 13:30 Time For Tea Impressions Gallery, Bradford
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Open Days at Calumet Photographic

Demonstrations and special offers for those wanting to get better at photography.

Calumet Photographic, Belfast

Thu 23 Apr

Free / 0333 003 5000

Calumet Photographic, Bristol

Thu 7 May

Free / 0117 942 2000

Graham Hunter & Sid Lowe

Two football writers give the inside track on La Liga.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Fri 24 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Edwin Morgan: The Midnight Letterbox

Discussing the life and work of Edwin Morgan through his letters, which are collected in a new volume.

The Saltire Society, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Apr

Free / 0131 556 1836

Emma Bridgewater: Toast & Marmalade

Emma Bridgewater reminisces about her life and work.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Fri 5 Jun

£10 / 01722 321744

Part of Salisbury Festival.

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Mon 27 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 28 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

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Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Exotic England – The Making of a Curious Nation

The cultural commentator talks about the history of immigration to England and her new book, Exotic England.

Henrietta Barnet School, London NW11

Sat 20 Jun

Free / 020 8458 8999

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

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

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

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.

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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!.

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

Belfast Waterfront

Fri 30 Oct

£32.50 / 028 9033 4400

Buxton Opera House

Mon 12 Oct

£30.50 / 0845 127 2190

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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 24 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

100 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries Scotland Director-General John Leighton discusses his new book, which features a hundred of the galleries' best-loved masterpieces.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 26 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

1715 and The Northumbrian Jacobites

Exhibitions and talks tracing the stories of local families who supported the Jacobite cause in 1745.

Berwick Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sat 10 Oct

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

Sun 11 Oct

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

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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

The Big Outdoor Show

An activity weekend where outdoor enthusiasts and families can visit or camp. Featuring seminars with famous explorers, mountain bike displays, wakeboarding and evening fun.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Fri 22 May

£9.50–£49.50 (Family £24.50; Family £125.50–£149.50; Children £0–£19.50; Seniors £7.50) / 0871 220 0260

Bygone Borderlands

Exhibition and talks about life in the bordlerlands.

Berwick Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sat 2 May

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

Sun 3 May

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

Capturing the Dark Side: Photography with Dark Edinburgh

Photography discussion with the chance to join in a practical workshop.

Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May

Free (workshop £5)

Part of Festival of Museums.

Caroline Criado-Perez: Do It Like a Woman

The woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system reads from her book Do it Like a Woman.

Norwich Cathedral

Sun 17 May

£8 / 01603 630000

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