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An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Taking place in radical bookshop Word Power, the Edinburgh Book Fringe brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 23 Aug

LOUD Poets

Slam-style poetry devoid of pretension. Ages 15+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

…and 9 more dates until 24 Aug

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Church

£8 (£6) / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Fri 22 Aug

Church

£8 (£6) / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Shame

John Berkavitch Everyone has something they’re ashamed of. That thing you wish you hadn't done. That thing you will always regret. These moments add up and it's the mistakes of our past that make us who we are today. In this new work of spoken word hip-hop theatre, John Berkavitch is joined by some of the country’s…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Big Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Big Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Big Belly

£9.50 (£8.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O'Neill Red-headed fiery poet Owen O’Neill would like to meet affluent professional audiences with GSOH for an afternoon of bittersweet poetry and funny stories. ‘O’Neill is a master of the poetry performance because he is not only a poet, but also a stand-up comedian and actor, and uses these skills to great…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Studio One

£9 (£8) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio One

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Alice Finbow: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Edinburgh

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec (Life A User's Manual) sat in a café in Paris for three days and created a description of everything he could see and hear. The result, Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien, is one of his enduring celebrations of what he called the 'endotic', the opposite of the exotic. Filmmaker…

The Manna House, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Tue 12 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00
…and 18 more dates until 31 Aug

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Richard Wiseman / PBH's Free Fringe An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 24 Aug

Owen Jones: The Establishment

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. Owen Jones offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas You are summoned for jury service. Jack and his gang killed a member of another gang. He is now on trial for murder. But this trial has a difference - Jack is a chimpanzee. As a chimp, does Jack understand that others are like him? Can he predict what will happen when he attacks another…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Alain de Botton

What impact is the 24 hour bombardment of news having on us? Philosopher Alain de Botton answers this question in his intriguing book The News: A User’s Manual. Taking a series of archetypal news stories – a disaster, a celebrity interview, a political scandal – he provides an incisive analysis of the ingredients of…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Breed Bilingual!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas We may not all read the Daily Mail, but many Brits still think that learning a second language is unnecessary. When it comes to young children, some of us even think it’s damaging. But research on bilingualism shows that learning a language when you’re young can give you a range of advantages…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Chris Brookmyre

With 1.5 million books sold (and counting), Chris Brookmyre has become a tartan noir superstar. We also have the imminent release of his Bedlam computer game to look forward to. In this event, he discusses his latest page-turner, Flesh Wounds, with BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor, and gives an exclusive sneak…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Denise Mina

With her latest novel The Red Road, Denise Mina moves into complex moral territory. When the perpetrator of a shocking double murder gives up without a fight, justice appears to have been done. But the murderer turns out to be a 14 year old prostitute, and one of the murdered men is a pimp who hired her out to service…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival celebrates Edinburgh's traditional buildings, offering everyone an opportunity to learn about the skills and materials used to build and maintain them for future generations. Traditional skills are the crafts and techniques used to work…

Acheson House, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Haruki Murakami

When it first appeared in English in 1997, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle instantly established Haruki Murakami as a major figure in world literature. Involving a trademark mix of Tokyo urban landscapes and dream imagery, the novel remains one of the Japanese writer’s most brilliant literary achievements. Murakami discusses…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Hug a Thug

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this is for you! Through poetry and song, you will hear the stories of prisoners and victims, many of whom committed crimes from a…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Mon 25 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A whirlwind tour of the quantum world, highlighting just why it is so strange and how physicists have come to terms with what it all means. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mosaics with Line Mortensen

Danish-born mosaic artist and landscape architect Line Mortensen offers an hour-long exploration of her work. Using a mix of Venetian glass, French ceramic tiles and Scottish sea glass, Line works intuitively with a focus on composition, colour and textures to create abstract, 3-dimensional pieces. Presented in…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with Philip Ardagh & Axel Scheffler

Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Join author Philip Ardagh and illustrator Axel Scheffler for a fun-filled look back at the poems of T S Eliot. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has inspired the imaginations of children and grown-ups for generations, including Axel whose fantastic…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable

Unpredictable stand-up and energetic improvisations as the stand-up launches his memoirs.

Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave's Bookshop, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 25 Aug

Supernatural Adventures with Anne Plichota & Cendrine Wolf

Oksa Pollock has made some pretty incredible discoveries in the last few months, not least that she is the queen of the lost magical land of Edefia. Co-authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf discuss their compelling new series that’s been thrilling fans around the world. Come along to hear more about Oksa’s adventures…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Tanya Byron: The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Tanya Byron shares powerful stories from her years of training as a clinical psychologist and highlights the struggles of patients and staff alike on the journey from chaos to clarity. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Allan Massie

The intense life of novelist Klaus Mann is the subject of Allan Massie’s novella Klaus. Son of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann, Klaus led a highly-charged life before his suicide in 1949; heroin addiction, political activism, exile and incest were all part of his singular life journey. Massie, one of Scotland’s most…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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