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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Fri 6 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Sat 7 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 44 more dates until 20 Apr

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon

Sun 15 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

Exeter Corn Exchange

Mon 16 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 01392 665938

Kings Theatre, Cheddar

Mon 9 Mar

Prices to be confirmed

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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.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sun 8 Mar

£15 / 01539 725 133

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 30 Mar

£12 / 0844 693 3336

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

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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 6 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 13 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 20 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

…and 5 more dates until 24 Apr

Cinema Made in Italy

Annual five day Italian film festival. Catch the latest cinematic gems from Italy, and go behind the scenes with a series of lively Q&A sessions.

Ciné lumière, London SW7

Thu 5 Mar

£10–£12 / 020 7871 3515

Fri 6 Mar

£10–£12 / 020 7871 3515

Sat 7 Mar

£10–£12 / 020 7871 3515

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The Dashkova Centre Open Seminar – Urals: Russia’s Crucible

Professor Paul Dukes presents a lecture on the stone belt formed by the Ural Mountains and 'Russia's Crucible'.

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Mar

Free

ScotHot 15

An exhibition which brings together Scotland's hospitality industry.

SECC, Glasgow

Thu 5 Mar

0131 2257205

Alan Johnson: Talk

A talk from the politician, Alan Johnson.

Elmgreen School, London SE27

Tue 17 Mar

£10

All profits go to the Family Rights Group, of which Alan is a patron

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Fri 6 Mar

Main House

£9 / 01768 774411

Dundee Academy of Sport: Ali Bell – My Glasgow 2014 Experience

Ali Bell has competed in hockey for Scotland and the UK for more than 10 years – today she talks about how hard work and motivation allowed her to achieve her dreams. This talk is aimed at secondary school pupils.

University of Abertay, Dundee

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 01382 308918

Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

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

Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-on-Trent

Thu 5 Mar

£16.50 / 01283 508100

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Fri 6 Mar

£17.50 / 01476 406158

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

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Ingenious Impressions: Lunchtime Talks

Hear about various aspects of early book production from a selection of curators, academics and students. These talks cover everything from ancient books featured in the movies to the first printed map.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 11 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 18 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 25 Mar

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 11 more dates until 10 Jun

Jon Ronson: An Evening of Public Shaming

An evening of examining the behaviour of others: why do people say things on Twitter that don't come out right? Why do people on Twitter turn mob-like over people who say things that don't come out right? Ronson technically hasn't done anything wrong, but he's been studying people who have and this evening is a powerful…

The Citadel, St Helens

Sat 23 May

£16.50 / 01744 735436

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 20 Mar

£15 (£12) / 0141 429 0022

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Colchester Arts Centre

Sun 15 Mar

£12 (£10) / 01206 500900

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Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life with Elephants

Elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton discusses animal stories and tells tales of her life in Kenya.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Thu 5 Mar

£15.50–£18.50 / 01463 234234

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar

£17.50 (£13.50) / 0131 248 4848

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

Sun 15 Mar

Main Hall

Free / 01524 849 959

Sun 19 Apr

Main Hall

Free / 01524 849 959

Women and Trade Unions

A presentation led by Ann Henderson, which looks at examples of women speaking up for employment rights and equality from the early part of the 20th century.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar

Free / 0131 623 3734

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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.

Access Film Club

Monthly film club held in collaboration with Scottish Autism. Featuring screenings and discussions in a welcoming and accessible environment. Ages 15+.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Tue 10 Mar

£5 / 0141 332 6535

The Architectural Evolution of Greyfriars Kirk 1620–2015

Dr Simon Green of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland gives a talk about the development of the Kirk over the centuries.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Sun 22 Mar

Free

The Aroma Ritual Night

Odette Toilette presents a night of people doing exotic and unexpected things with cosmetics. Features edibles, drinks and nudity. Ages 18+.

Andaz Hotel, London EC2M

Tue 24 Mar

£25 / 020 7618 5616

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Beauty Pre-Designed: All Walks Beyond the Catwalk Panel Discussion

Mal Burkinshaw and Dr Jill Burke, participants in the Beauty by Design exhibition, in conversation with Debra Bourne and Alyson Walsh, with reference to the way the fashion industry must take responsibility for the impact of the images of beauty that it projects.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 16 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Beyond the Naked Eye

A talk about the International Year of Light which discusses how Scotland uses new scientific techniques in order to better understand light.

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar

Over-14s only

£4 (£1.50–£3; Children £2.50) / 0131 550 7800

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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Come and Meet Brian Murphy and Linda Regan

Malcolm Jones hosts a talk with husband and wife actors Brian Murphy and Linda Regan.

Clarendon Hotel, London SE3

Wed 18 Mar

£20 (Members £15)

The Eco Technology Show

Environmental technology conference.

American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

Thu 11 Jun

Free / 01273 957726

Fri 12 Jun

Free / 01273 957726

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