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Jonathan Meades: A Stroll Down False Memory Lane

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms 'Forensically, mordantly, occasionally lovingly, Meades deconstructs the 1950s. They will never look quite the same again' (David Kynaston on An Encyclopaedia of Myself). Meades discusses of memory's vagaries, indiscriminacy and mutability. All seating is unreserved. Late comers…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Emma Brünjes Productions Ltd A history and anecdotes of life in the theatre. A scholarly, insightful and highly entertaining reflection of the worst theatrical reviews in history and a celebration of the actors who survive. Hear stories from her many friends in theatre and film and a history of theatre criticism with…

Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£12.50 (£10) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 16 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 23 Aug

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

The Word Café

Matt Harvey, Kate Fox, Julie Mullen. The Pleasance Take two Radio 4 poets, Matt Harvey: ‘…not only funny but tender and true’ (Guardian), and Kate Fox: ‘funny and endearing with enough journalistic cynicism to cut through the whimsy’ (Sunday Telegraph), mix well with Liverpool poet Julie Mullen: ‘does for sprouts what…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Bunker One

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Bunker One

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Bunker One

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 25 Aug

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

QueenDome

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

QueenDome

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

QueenDome

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Prescriptions for Sunbeds?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Everyone knows that sunbathing is the fastest way to skin cancer … but are we missing something? We have known for years about the skin cancer risk, but how much does this really matter? Should we risk cancer (and wrinkles and age spots) to have healthier hearts and minds? Might sunlight…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

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.

Sat 2 Aug

QueenDome

£12.50 (£11.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 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.

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.

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Jump Up and Join In with Carrie Grant & David Grant

After a barn-storming appearance at last year's Book Festival, Carrie and David Grant, from hit CBeebies show Popshop, are back with another foot-stomping event. Their picture book series, Jump Up and Join In, teaches young children about many aspects of music-making through the clever use of loveable animal characters.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Meaney's Mouth Burst

Trevor Meaney / PBH's Free Fringe One man. One mouth. One mission. To fill your senses with an explosion of high-octane performance and a blistering array of fast-paced poems. Observational hilarity, sprinkled with superhero hoovers, the yoof of today, an obsession with chicken and much more. An uplifting…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

The Royal Oak

Free / 0131 557 2976

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

Tue 5 Aug

The Royal Oak

Free / 0131 557 2976

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

Wed 6 Aug

The Royal Oak

Free / 0131 557 2976

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

…and 2 more dates until 8 Aug

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Juplicity

Off The Kerb Productions / PBH's Free Fringe Stand-up and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus appears as his word-slinging alter ego Porky the Poet, bringing a brand new hour of poetry and chat to the Jam House. This year his pencil is sharpened in the direction of religion, dieting, politics, hate, hipsters…

The Jam House, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

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

Sun 3 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

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

Mon 4 Aug

Main Stage Area

Free / 0131 226 4380

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

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

Sorry I Don't Speak Culture

On a spoken word journey through two languages, changing senses of home and comedic confusions of identity, Agnes Török spits and slams about life's big S's: Sweden, Scotland, South Africa, sickness, sensuality and solidarity. "Wit, warmth and wisdom aplenty" - The Scotsman

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Tue 5 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Wed 6 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:00 – 15:00
…and 5 more dates until 13 Aug

Stuart Kelly on Moby Dick

Our reading workshops take a close look at a classic text, literary star or genre. Today, journalist and critic Stuart Kelly discusses Moby Dick by Herman Melville. A commercial failure and out of print at the time of Melville’s death, it is now recognised as one of the Great American Novels. Expect an open discussion…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£15 (£12) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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BBC: Poetry Slam 2014 - Grand Final

BBC Join us for the Grand Final of this year’s slam, presented by 2012-13 Scottish National Poetry Slam Champion, Kevin Cadwallender. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Brian Cox: Scotland's Path to Re-enlightenment

Brian Cox / The Assembly Rooms Iconic Scottish actor, Rector of Dundee University and Yes campaigner, Brian Cox, sets out his vision of why the concept of Scottish independence has come of age. As Scotland gets ready to take its place on the world stage, Brian shares his thoughts on why we will re-emerge as a nation of…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Don't Tell Him Pike

Ian Lavender and Steven McNicoll …but maybe he will! Enjoy an afternoon with Ian 'Stupid Boy' Lavender in conversation with Edinburgh's Steven McNicoll. Dad's Army was Ian's first professional job and he found himself thrown into a group of some of the best and funniest actors in the business. Dad's Army became one of…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Douglas Newton & David Olusoga

Accounts of the First World War often portray it as a righteous conflict. Sydney-based professor of history Douglas Newton’s The Darkest Days presents an examination of the British Government’s ‘dishonesty and wilful belligerence’ in its choice for war. David Olusoga’s The World’s War presents eyewitness accounts from…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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.

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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.

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.

John O’Farrell: 25 Years of Writing Stupid Jokes

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A fascinating, funny look at comedy writing with John O’Farrell. From aspiring radio writer to best-selling comic novelist, via scripts for Spitting Image puppets, real life politicians and the plasticine poultry of Chicken Run. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Karin Altenberg & Dea Brøvig

Meet two exceptional writers whose evocative tales each hinge on a moment of searing drama. Karin Altenberg’s Breaking Light is set in 1950s Devon and features friends trying to offset the terror of bullies and the trauma of family secrets. Dea Brøvig’s debut, The Last Boat Home, conjures up dark mysteries within a home…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Letters Live with Shaun Usher

The act of letter writing has been usurped by direct messaging and similar quick-fire correspondence. Shaun Usher’s utterly fascinating blog (and now book) Letters Of Note platforms the humble magic of a lost art, including Ghandi’s plea to Hitler, the Queen’s recipe tips for President Eisenhower and the first reported…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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