Talks & lectures, Politics

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Alan Johnson: In My Life

The politician discusses his best-selling memoir.

Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

Sun 22 Sep

£18 (£16) / 01908 324466

  • 19:30

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

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

Cathy Newman

We know of Emmeline Pankhurst, Vera Brittain, Marie Stopes and Beatrice Webb. But who remembers engineer and motorbike racer Beatrice Shilling, who fixed an often-fatal flaw in the Spitfire, allowing the RAF’s planes to soar to victory? In her book 'Bloody Brilliant Women', a freewheeling history of modern Britain…

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sat 10 Aug


Part of Fringe by the Sea.

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

David Mundell In Conversation with Katy Balls

The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell has had a rollercoaster career in politics. For twelve years, he was Scotland's only Conservative MP. Now the Scottish Secretary is in Westminster trying to guide the country through an at times mind-boggling Brexit process. He joins the Spectator's Katy Balls (North…

The Lighthouse Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Thu 8 Aug


Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Thu 8 Aug

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

Glittering Tales: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs and the Men of The Raj

Bharatanatyam artist and actor Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh in conversation with Chitra Sundaram, wherein they discuss the dance style of Sadir, its evolution into Bharatanatyam and its history through the 17th to the 20th century.

Asia House, London W1G

Tue 25 Jun

£10 (Asia House Members £5; Seniors £8; Students free)

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

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


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

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Major conference on democracy to mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Pendulum Hotel, Manchester

Sat 31 Aug

£10 (£4)

  • 10:00 – 17:00