Talks & lectures, Current affairs

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Beyond Borders International Festival

Intimate and engaging festival with talks by authors, politicians, journalists and diplomats about pressing global issues. It features an arts and music programme with performance, visual arts, poetry and dance.

Traquair House, Innerleithen

Sat 24 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 01896 830323

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 25 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 01896 830323

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Bodyposipanda's Never Say Diet Club Live

A unique new concept club that aims to destroy harmful diet culture and get participants moving and loving their bodies.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Mon 23 Sep

£22 / 020 3108 1000

Colchester Arts Centre

Tue 17 Sep

£22 / 01206 500900

The Glee Club, Birmingham

Wed 18 Sep

£22 / 0871 472 0400

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Chinese Cuisine: Does Cultural Authenticity Matter?

An expert range of panellists discuss what constitutes 'authentic' when it comes to Chinese cuisine.

Asia House, London W1G

Tue 25 Jun

£10 (£8; Members £5; Students free)

David Steel In Conversation with Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007 and as a Member of Parliament in his home county of Fife, Scotland, from 1983 to 2015. He is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and is a passionate advocate for the rights of…

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sun 11 Aug


Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Economic Justice for the North West

A talk about rising inequality in the UK, with the chance to discuss your experiences and ask questions of policymakers and community leaders in the North West. Speakers confirmed to attend include the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham; Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steven Rotheram; the Regional Secretary of the…

Friend's Meeting House, Manchester

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0207 470 6138

Economic Justice for the West Midlands

A talk on the growing economic inequality in the UK and how it will impact the West Midlands, with the chance for people in the audience to chime in with their own ideas on what it'll take to bring about economic equality for all. Speakers include Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, and Carys Roberts, the Chief…

Fazeley Studios, Birmingham

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 0207 470 6138

Grayson Perry: Divided Britain

Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry hosts this talk on how arts and creativity can influence the gaps in society.

Livery Hall, London EC2V

Wed 3 Jul


Part of City Lit Perspectives.

Skate Southampton John Hansard Gallery Takeover

Skate Southampton take over the gallery with a series of displays, exhibitions, workshops and more.

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

…and 2 more dates until 29 Jun

An Audience with Mark 'Billy' Billingham

SAS soldier Mark Billingham talks about his adventures.

The Customs House, South Shields

Thu 7 Nov

£25 / 0191 454 1234

Exeter Corn Exchange

Mon 4 Nov

£24.61 / 01392 665938

The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Wed 6 Nov

£24.19 / 0844 854 2776

CWIC 2019: Digitising Industry

Business technology conference that brings together leaders from both business and technology.

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

Wed 26 Jun

£300 Early bird (buy before 30 April) (Members £75)

  • 08:30 – 19:30

Economic Justice for Wales

Talk hosted by the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice about the broken state of the UK economy and how we can make economic equality a reality in Wales. Featuring a talk by Mark Drakeford AM, the First Minister of Wales, alongside other community, business and trad union leaders.

Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Thu 18 Jul

Free / 0207 470 6138

Faith to Faith

Monthly dialogue workshops, featuring a range of speakers offering their thoughts on issues that effect our lives today.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow

Sun 14 Jul

Free / 0141 276 1625

Sun 11 Aug

Free / 0141 276 1625

Germaine Greer: On Rape

Germaine Greer gives a talk on the topic of sexual assault.

Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

Tue 19 Nov

£18 (£16) / 01908 324466

  • 19:30

Grayson Perry Curator Breakfast Talk

Join the Dovecot curators for an early morning talk and viewing of Grayson Perry: Julie Cope’s Grand Tour. Discover how the exhibition has been expanded for the Edinburgh Art Festival to include the full set of tapestries, and the fascinating details of A House for Essex, created by the artist with FAT Architecture.

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Fri 16 Aug

£12 / 0131 550 3660

  • 09:30 – 10:30

Grayson Perry Director Tour

GRAYSON PERRY Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry Dovecot presents the work of the ever-popular artist, celebrated Turner Prize winner, and self-styled ‘unapologetic fetishist’, Grayson Perry. Enjoy a guided tour of the Grayson Perry exhibition with Dovecot Director Celia Joicey. This tour…

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Sat 27 Jul

£12 / 0131 550 3660

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Hawkwood's Seed Festival

Annual seed festival that provides festival-goers with the opportunity to explore the challenges of environmental change through music, debate, poetry, nature and community. The line-up for 2019 includes BBC Springwatch's Gillan Burke, Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook and more.

Hawkwood College, Stroud

Fri 19 Jul

Times to be confirmed / early bird £88; Children £10; campervan / camping £30 / 01453 759034

Sat 20 Jul

Times to be confirmed / early bird £88; Children £10; campervan / camping £30 / 01453 759034

Sun 21 Jul

Times to be confirmed / early bird £88; Children £10; campervan / camping £30 / 01453 759034

Jon Sopel - Inside Trump’s White House

You are invited to step inside the Oval Office and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room. Join BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel as he takes you inside Trump's West Wing and discusses the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. You'll hear about where the tense…

The Dancehouse, Manchester

Wed 18 Sep

£18; £31 includes book / 01618321111

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight

Festival that aims to raise awareness of LGBTI issues within sports.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 24 Jun

Times vary

Tue 25 Jun

Times vary

Wed 26 Jun

Times vary

…and 4 more dates until 30 Jun

McKellens Masterclass: £2m Summit

How do we grow in uncertain times? How do businesses take advantage of opportunities within the challenges of a fractured economy? Our £2 million McKellens Masterclass Summit will answer these questions. This session will cover: Where do you want to go? What is your goal Case Study Dave - Following the story…

Cheadle Golf Club

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 0161 947 4888

Thu 10 Oct

0161 947 4888

  • 08:30 – 12:30

The Midlands, UK and Global Economies

Free seminar giving an overview of global trade and the problems facing the UK.

King Solomon International Business School, Birmingham

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0121 357 1905

The Night Sky Show

Learn about the stars in an interactive and fun way.

The Beacon, Wantage

Fri 15 Nov

£16 / 01235 763456


Human and digital rights conference.

Friends House, London NW1

Sat 13 Jul


  • 09:30 – 17:30

Royal Celtic Society September Lunchtime Lecture

A lecture titled 'Land Reform in Scotland – the History from 1919 until the current Scottish political debate' by Professor Ewen Cameron of the University of Edinburgh.

Dome Seminar Facility, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Sep


  • 13:00 – 14:00

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival is a celebration of queer cinema, hosting features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 30 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed

Tue 1 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Wed 2 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

…and 4 more dates until 6 Oct

Techspo London

Two day technology expo, bringing together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.

Sofitel London Heathrow, TW6

Wed 4 Sep

  • 09:00 – 16:00