Thursday 19 September

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Paul Mason: Clear Bright Future

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £10

Paul Mason's 2019 book, Clear Bright Future, is 'a call for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control.' Hear the journalist and broadcaster as he offers an agenda-setting reassertion of the rights of humans over machines.

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Jools Walker aka Lady Vélo: Back in the Frame

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 8.30pm: Free but booking essential

Jools Walker (aka Lady Vélo) is the cycle-style blogger behind A familiar face and website on the cycling scene, Jools' blog and social media presence have evolved from being her 'tiny corner of the internet' to inspiring women around the world to get back on the saddle and ride. Event co-hosted with A Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019.

Friday 20 September

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Jack Monroe: Tin Can Cook

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £10 (£5 unwaged)

Food writer, anti-poverty campaigner and award-winning cookbook writer Jack Monroe presents Tin Can Cook, bringing together 75 recipes you can rustle up from tinned and dried ingredients. Awarded the Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award in 2013 and the OFM Best Food Personality Readers' Award in 2018, Jack will be in conversation with John Marshall of Milton Keynes Food Bank.


Saturday 21 September

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Carrie Gracie: Equal

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 5.30pm: £10

Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as BBC China Editor in a dispute over equal pay. Equal tells her story, explores why it is often so hard for women to assert their value in the workplace and give practical guidance on how to achieve equality for this and future generations of women. Carrie will be in conversation with the Open University's Prof Joanna Brewis.


Sunday 22 September

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Colin Butcher and Molly the Dog: The Pet Detectives

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 11am: £5

Molly and Me is the heart-warming true story of how a rescue dog, and her owner, became the ultimate pet-detective duo, tracking down and rescuing hundreds of lost pets across the country. Colin is the UK’s leading authority on tracing and recovering missing, stolen and lost pets: together, they are The Pet Detectives, aka the UKPD.

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Simon Garfield: My Life as a Dog

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 1.30pm: £5

Simon Garfield  is the author of a diverse and unpredictable canon of non-fiction, including  MauveJust My Type and On The Map. A Mass Observation trustee, he has edited several books of diaries from the archive. His next book, My Life as a Dog, was written with the help of his 12 year old Labrador Ludo. 

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Andrew Hodges with Sir Dermot Turing: Decoding a C20th Icon

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 4pm: £5

Andrew Hodges' Alan Turing: The Enigma first appeared in 1983 and has inspired works for stage, film, fiction, and music.  Nearly forty years on, he will reflect on the different kinds of secret histories that were involved in uncovering Alan Turing's extraordinary life and death. Andrew will be in conversation with Sir Dermot Turing, Alan Turing's nephew.


Kassia St Clair: The Golden Thread - How Fabric Changed History

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 5.30pm: Free (booking required)

Kassia St Clair's books The Secret Lives of Colour and The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History have both been seleted as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. A regular broadcaster on design and culture, she will be in conversation with textile artist Jane Charles to talk about the role of fabric in shaping human societies.

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Dan Cruickshank: Adventures in Architecture

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £10

Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian, television presenter, Honorary Fellow of RIBA and a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. As a leading expert on architecture and historic buildings, he is a frequent contributor to The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review.