Books, Reading

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Scottish History through Scottish Novels

Delve into 20th and 21st century Scottish literature to explore the culture and politics of contemporary Scotland. Books include Jamse Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Dec

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801


An open mic event which shows off some of the literary talent that's out there.

The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Dec

Cabaret Bar

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 19:30 Soapbox The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 19:30 – 21:00 Soapbox The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 19:30 – 21:00 Soapbox The Pleasance, Edinburgh

St Mungo's Broadway Christmas Carol Concert

This annual concert, hosted by the homelessness charity, sees traditional carols performed alongside a seasonal reading from TV personality and patron Phil Spencer.

St Bride's Church, London EC4Y

Tue 2 Dec

£30 suggested donation / 0800 988 7984

St Mungo's Mirrorball

A showcase of the finest poetry talent on the Glasgow scene.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 4 Dec

£5 (SMM members free) / 0141 352 4900

Award winning poet Colette Bryce, originally from Northern Ireland, is joined by poet, writer and land artist Gerry Loose and Marion McCready, recent winner of the Melita Hune Poetry Prize.

Stories From The Past Book Group

A historical fiction readers group. This month's books are Andrea Levy, The Long Song and Allende Isabel, The Island Beneath The Sea.

Whitehall, Cheam, Sutton

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 020 8643 1236

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Tales from the Turrets

Using puppets and a suitcase full of ferrets, this event introduces The Ferret Princess, Wag and the King, and The Mucker's Tale. There is time to talk about what it's like to be a writer and a chance to draw and name a ferret of your own.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 640340

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Tash Aw

Readings by the author of The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Map Of The Invisible World (2009) and Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate 2013).

The Forum, Norwich

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 01603 727950

Tea Box Poetry Jam

A night of poetry, from beginners to experienced bards, with plenty of open mic opportunities. Email to secure a spot in advance.

The Tea Box, Richmond

Mon 8 Dec


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Mon 9 Feb 2015


…and 9 more dates until 9 Nov 2015

Tibor Fischer

A reading series with author Tibor Fischer. Fischer has written five novels and a collection of short stories, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993.

Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

Wed 10 Dec

Phone for prices / 01227 782797

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Tibor Fischer Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

Tricolour: NLS Poetry Night

Three spoken word and performance poets with three different styles and three different outlooks take to the stage each month. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0131 623 3918

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Two For Joy And Self-Portraits: Poetry Reading

A poetry reading by two Waterloo Press poets, Simon Jenner and David Pollard.

Keats House, London NW3

Sun 1 Feb 2015

Free, plus admission £5.50, child free, concs £3.50 / 020 7332 3868

Vive the [R]évolution: Poems in Translation

Contemporary Scottish poets delve into French verse, explore the process of translation and examine the interplay between English, Irish and Scots Gaelic. Peter Manson, nick-e melville and Rody Gorman each take the spotlight for one night.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£3–£5 / 0131 225 5366

Madeleine Campbell gives a bilingual reading of prose and poetry by Mohamed Dib.

Word/Play Celebrity Christmas Gala: Lucy Parham & Friends

Pianist Lucy Parham is joined by actors Edward Fox, Niamh Cusack & Simon Russell Beale, comedian Alistair McGowan and other piano-playing celebrities, followed by a guest appearance from Martin James Bartlett (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014).

Kings Place, London N1

Sun 7 Dec

Hall One

£14.50 incl. coffee/tea; £9.50 Savers / 020 7520 1490

Words, Words, Words

Informal readings of short pieces (2–4 pages) by playwrights at all stages of their work. To have your work considered, email short scripts (5–10 mins) to

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Dec

£6 (£4) / 0131 228 1404

Young at Heart Festival

The over 50s take control of the spotlight for this informal festival of free recitals, a craft fair, exhibitions, film screenings and author visits.

Various venues: South Lanarkshire

Thu 12 Mar 2015

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Fri 13 Mar 2015

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Sat 14 Mar 2015

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