Talks & lectures, Literature

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expeditions.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 30 Oct


Birmingham Town Hall

Wed 13 Nov

£25–£27.50 / 0121 345 0600

  • 19:30

Bristol Hippodrome

Mon 22 Jul

£26.90–£35.40 / 0844 847 2325

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Folk at the Farm - Shropshire Folklore, Story and Music Festival

A festival in a day! Celebrate Folklore, stories & music at the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Farm (Famed Victorian Farm BBC TV) nestled within the Shropshire hills landscape. Tranquillity, farm animals, storytelling, folklore, folk music, folk art exhibition, stalls, food, bar, family activity paddock, pop up…

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton

Sat 20 Jul

£15 Adult (in advance) (£9 OAP (in advance); Children £5 Child (in advance); Family £30 2 adults & up to 3 children (in advance)) / 01694 781306

Clare Mackintosh: After the End

The number one Sunday Times bestselling author discusses her newest book.

Jaffe and Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton

Thu 27 Jun

£5 / 01608 641033

Hit Factories: Book Launch

A night of music and conversation to launch Karl Whitney's new book Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop, in conversation with Harry Pearson.

World Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0191 281 3445

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Peace Day Riots: Talk

Elise Naish marks the centenary of Luton's town hall burning down at this talk, which explores the town's history of uprising.

Wardown Park Museum, Luton

Thu 4 Jul

£12 / 01582 546 722

Writing Children's Fiction with Ally Sherrick

Introductory workshop on writing for children and young people with author Ally Sherrick.

Guildford Library

Wed 26 Jun

£25 (£20) / 01273 735353

Adaptation: Theory & Practice for the Theatre Text

Adapting a piece for the stage can be a tricky task. This workshop covers the different aspects of adaptation, in the unique setting of the historic France-Hayhurst.

Liverpool Waterfront

Sat 31 Aug

£25 (Students £20)

  • 11:00 – 16:30

Ellisland Farm, Dumfries

Sun 24 Nov

£5 / 01387 740426

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Ellisland Farm, Dumfries

Sun 22 Sep

£5 / 01387 740426

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Christopher Fleet: Scotland – Defending The Nation

Scotland has had a uniquely important military history over the last five centuries. Conflicts, rebellions. two world wars and the Cold War all resulted in significant cartographic activity.Christopher Fleet, Senior Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, explores the extraordinarily rich legacy of Scottish…

Aboyne and Dinnet Church

Mon 29 Jul


Collab Writers

Meet other creative writers and collaborate on new work.

Library, London WC2N

Thu 4 Jul

£19.80 / +44 (0)203 302 7912

Booking is essential.

Contemporary German Literature and Migration: Empathy and Ethics

Professor Joanne Leal presents her inaugural lecture on contemporary German literature and migration.

Clore Management Centre, London WC1E

Mon 8 Jul

Edge-Lit 8

Full day of horror, crime, fantasy and science-fiction events, featuring big genre names such as Aliette De Bodard, Anne Charnock and Tim Lebbon.

QUAD, Derby

Sat 13 Jul

£30 / 01332 290606

The Found Text: Writing for Devised Theatre

Writing workshop using the 'found text' approach.

Liverpool Waterfront

Sat 10 Aug

£25 (Students £20)


A celebration of poetry from Walsall, the West Midlands and further afield.

The Lamp Arts Centre, Brownhills

Sat 6 Jul

Free / 01543 452119

  • 12:00 – 19:00

Gaslight Stories: Women in White, Eccentric Heirs, Inconvenient People

The 1800s saw a series of scandals where individuals were locked away in lunatic asylums – the victims of unscrupulous persons who wanted to be rid of a ‘difficult’ family member, spouse or friend. But who were the victims of this trade? Was a male head of household simply able to ‘put away’ an unwanted wife or…

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Wed 14 Aug


  • 18:00 – 19:00

Imploring the Territory: Taking the Language for an Unwalk

Poetic performance on the hidden tolls demanded by the literature of walking.

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Jul

£6 / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Jane Austen: “Manners are more important than laws”: Edmund Burke

TALK Liz Magennis, retired English teacher The 18th Century was a period of momentous change; societal ideas, attitudes and behaviour made seismic shifts. In the midst of this, Jane Austen exploited the novel as a tool for stability. Join us for this enriching talk by English teacher and co-founder of the Surbiton…

The CornerHOUSE, Surbiton

Fri 26 Jul

£13.39–£16.54 / 0800 411 8881

Newcastle Improv Festival: Stella Duffy O.B.E Improv for Writers Masterclass

Stella Duffy will lead a full-day workshop of improvisation exercises and attitudes to apply to writing - whether as an improviser who wants to write more, or a writer who needs unblocking, unsticking, getting-going, these techniques and challenges are hugely useful. Stella has been an improviser since the late 1980s…

Jurys Inn Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sat 3 Aug

£60 (£54) / 0191 209 4282

  • 10:00 – 17:00

The Night Sky Show

Learn about the stars in an interactive and fun way.

The Beacon, Wantage

Fri 15 Nov

£16 / 01235 763456

Oriel Myrddin Book Club

A book group who read works in response to gallery exhibitions.

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 01267 222775

Ali Smith: Spring

  • 18:00 – 19:30

Refugee Tales: Readings with Jackie Kay and Sameena Zehra

Refugee Tales relates through heartfelt and harrowing short stories the experiences of people caught up indefinitely in the UK asylum process. Two local contributors to the project, Scots Makar Jackie Kay and actor and storyteller Sameena Zehra, share tales which may otherwise never be safely told. This event is in…

Glasgow Women's Library

Thu 27 Jun

£5 (£3) / 0141 550 2267

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Taking the Sting out of Shakespeare

WORKSHOP Anne-Marie Piazza, actress Taking the sting out of Shakespeare. A lively exploration of Shakespeares Sonnets taking the verse off the page and bringing it fully to life. This session will incorporate techniques used in professional theatre with playful exercises to demystify and untangle the Bard. Come with…

The CornerHOUSE, Surbiton

Sun 28 Jul

£13.39–£16.54 / 0800 411 8881

Wealden Literary Festival

Two-day family-friendly festival, with a host of acclaimed writers and speakers, plus activities, workshops, an art exhibition and more.

Boldshaves Garden, Ashford

Sat 29 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Sun 30 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Writing Women: Reviving Kana Shodo ('Woman-Hand')

Kaoru Akagawa, an expert in Japanese calligraphy, discusses the calligraphic technique of Kana Shodo, which enabled noblewomen to express themselves freely in 10th century Japanese court life, and will be conducting a live demonstration.

University of London, Senate House, WC1E

Wed 26 Jun