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The Edinburgh Bookshop Speakeasy: A Literary Swally

Get literary on the last Friday of the month with the Edinburgh Bookshop, who'll be serving up gin (or juice) and bookish delights to the masses.

The Edinburgh Bookshop

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 0131 447 1917

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Fri 26 Jul

Free / 0131 447 1917

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Fri 30 Aug

Free / 0131 447 1917

  • 17:30 – 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 29 Nov

July Daily Story Time

During the week we'll take over the Children's department at 2pm and for a half hour will be listening to some of our booksellers' favourite stories. This is a free event but please be aware that the space is limited.

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

Fri 5 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

Sat 6 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

…and 25 more dates until 31 Jul

Kathleen Jamie

In her luminous new essay collection, Kathleen Jamie visits archaeological sites – a Yup’ik village at the edge of the Bering Sea, the shifting sand dunes of Westray – and mines her own memories and family history to explore what surfaces and what connects us to our past and future. Launched today, Surfacing offers a…

Edinburgh International Book Festival @ George Street

Sat 24 Aug

Spark Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Kirsty Wark

After a hugely successful debut novel which harnessed exquisite storytelling and a gorgeous evocation of wartime Arran, Kirsty Wark returns with The House by the Loch, a family mystery set on the shores of Loch Doon. A young mother feels trapped in her remote rural home, and the consequences reverberate for generations.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 24 Aug

The New York Times Main Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Literature At Lunchtime

Dr Jane Mackay leads the lecture which is focused, this month, on John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men.

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Sun 29 Sep

£6.50 / 0116 233 3111

  • 12:30

Luke Wright

Despite looking like a porcelain-faced 12 year old, Luke Wright’s clocked up twenty years treading the boards from rural bar rooms to the London Palladium and drenching microphones in spittle. Performing poems from his new pamphlet After Engine Trouble and his recent double LP Twenty, tonight’s show celebrates two decades…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

The Spiegeltent

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies. Will our future be utopian or dystopian? Do our digital lives allow us to be true to ourselves or are we suffering an identity crisis? Can iPads damage your children’s brains? Will…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 7 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Studio

£9 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

One Starts in a Barber's. One Starts in a Bar.

Candappa and Kleve A thought-provoking show about haircuts and heartache. One half's funny, one half's moving. One half's spoken word, one half's drama. One's a man looking back, one's a woman looking in. One's a boy discovering that the barber's is where you learn "man stuff". One's a woman discovering who she really…

Greenside @ Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Fern Studio

£9 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Fern Studio

£9 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Fern Studio

£9 (£7)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 24 Aug

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

There's fun for all the family at this festival, with a variety of storytelling, magic and puppet shows, Victorian-themed workshops, fancy dress competitions, street theatre, live music and more.

The Crescent, Portstewart

Mon 22 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Tue 23 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Wed 24 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

…and 3 more dates until 27 Jul

Prue Leith

If The Great British Bake Off is your first encounter with Prue Leith, you’ve missed a great deal. Founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, restaurateur, journalist, novelist and now TV judge – she is one of the nation’s most respected foodies. As Leith introduces her first recipe book for 25 years, Prue: My All-Time…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Aug

The New York Times Main Theatre

£12 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Rose McGowan: Planet 9

Cloud9 Management Best-selling author, actress and activist Rose McGowan makes her debut at the Fringe. Through memoir, music, storytelling, projections and performance Rose creates a new world of possibilities: Planet 9. She invites the audience on a healing journey of discovery to this new planet. The antidote to all…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 15 Aug

Main Hall

£20 / 0130 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 16 Aug

Main Hall

£22 / 0130 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 17 Aug

Main Hall

£22 / 0130 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Main Hall

£22 / 0130 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sarah Jane Douglas - Just Another Mountain

Artist, Munroist and blogger Sarah Jane Douglas will be here to talk about her powerful, beautifully written memoir Just Another Mountain. Everybody is welcome, and the event is free.

Waterstones, Inverness

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0843 290 8405

St Monans Community Arts Festival

With a strong local community focus, this festival offers a range of spectator and participatory events, with history walks and a camera museum ranking as two of the most popular among a programme of concerts, workshops, visual arts displays and literary events.

Various venues: St Monans, Anstruther

Sat 14 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01333 730741

Sun 15 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01333 730741

Storytime And Crafts With Lauren Foreman

Come join us for a super fun storytime and craft session with local author Lauren Foreman! She will be reading from her new book, Polly Learns to Share, a life lesson, simply and charmingly taught, for very young readers.

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Sat 20 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

A Thatcher's Guide to Dogging in Bungay

Olly Watson / PBH's Free Fringe A show about thatching, dogging and a little bit more. 'Made us celebrate life' (Concrete-Online.co.uk). 'A title to make you sit up and take notice' (Telegraph). ★★★★★ (East Anglia Master Thatchers Association). Age category: 16+

Bar Bados Complex, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Room 6

Free

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

Sun 4 Aug

Room 6

Free

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

Mon 5 Aug

Room 6

Free

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

…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

Ya(Y!): Exploring Young Adult Fiction

YA(y!) is our reading group for Young Adult fiction enthusiasts of all ages, to discuss books over yummy (vegan) homebakes. In July, we'll be reading Children of Blood and Bone which is the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Older Fiction Award 2019 winner (and fantastic book!). Come along, discuss the book, eat some…

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Thu 18 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Don Juan

Byron's Don Juan is one of the wittiest and most entertaining poems in the language. This exhibition celebrates its 200th anniversary with display of unique material from the archive of its original publisher, John Murray.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 24 more dates until 27 Jul

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE Presents The Poetry Phamily A poetic celebration of the freshest new voices bursting onto the spoken word scene exploring sex, love, language, gender and race. Following the sell-out release of their debut poetry collection, 4 Brown Girls Who Write are raw, bold and entertaining, performing…

Old Tolbooth Market, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Bothy

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Bothy

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Bothy

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 4 Aug

Africa Writes Bristol - Namwali Serpell

Described by Salman Rushdie as a ‘dazzling debut’, award-winning writer Namwali Serpell reads from and discusses her new genre-bending epic novel with Billy Kahora. The Old Drift traces three Zambian families across centuries and borders, taking readers on a playful journey through history, fairytale, romance and science…

Waterstones Galleries, Bristol

Wed 3 Jul

£8 / 0117 925 2274

An Afternoon with Margaret Atwood

" " On Tuesday September 10, the wait will be over… THE TESTAMENTS, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to THE HANDMAID’S TALE, will be revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.   Following the…

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 27 Oct

Lyric Theatre

£18.50–£36 / 08432 086000

Agatha Christie literary dinner

Guests will be able to enjoy bubbly and canapés on arrival, followed by a tour of Agatha Christie's holiday home. A five course dinner with white wine and soft drinks will be accompanied by a chaired discussion of Agatha Christie's literary works, including 'Dead Man's Folly' which Agatha based at Greenway.

National Trust: Greenway, Brixham

Thu 12 Sep

£100 Booking essential, admission applies / 01803 842382

Alex Bell & Steve Feasey: Discovering Destinies

Embark on exciting fantasy adventures with Alex Bell and Steve Feasey as they introduce you to two remarkable worlds with their new series. In Steve's Dark Blade, Lann must defend humanity when the powers of gods fail, while in Alex's Music and Malice in Hurricane Town, Jude disappears into the city’s gothic underworld…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£5 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith

Every year we ask Alexander McCall Smith to give something a bit special to audiences at the Festival he loves so much. Every year he delivers. What makes these events so wonderful? Hilarious stories; gorgeous characters; maybe a surprise guest; and of course the charm of the raconteur himself. Join him to hear about his…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 21 Aug

The New York Times Main Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Arbury Community Centre, Cambridge

Sun 29 Sep

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 14:00 – 17:00

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 15:00 – 18:00

East Oxford Community Centre

Sun 15 Dec

Free / 01865 792168

  • 12:00 – 15:00
  • 13:00 – 16:00

Westcroft Meeting Place, Milton Keynes

Sun 15 Sep

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Sun 24 Nov

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00