LEEDS: Chris Ryan reads from his new book Stand By, Stand By at Waterstones, 36-38 Albion Street; Mon 5, 7pm, pounds 2. 0113 242 0839
BIRMINGHAM: Karren Brady talks about her book United at Waterstones, 24-26 High Street; Thur 8 at 6.30pm pounds 1.50. 0121 633 4353
EDINBURGH: Shakespeare Workshop: 'Hamlet' and the Idea of the Moment includes readings and discussion; James Thin Bookshop, 53-59 South Bridge. Thur 8, 7pm. 0131 556 6743.
Scottish International presents a series of informal talks and readings at the Famous Grouse House, Venue no 34, 5 Chambers Street: Christina De Luca on Fri 9; Janice Galloway with David Stenhouse on Sat 10; Nigel Tranter on Sun 11; all 12noon, pounds 3.50. 0131 661 5687
Pride and Passion - a centenary exhibition of the life of Robert Burns at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Continues until September 15, before transferring to the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock. 0131 225 7534Reuse content