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Harry Potter's Birthday

Join us to celebrate Harry's Birthday. More details will be revealed nearer the time. Highlights include: activity sheets for young wizards from 14:00 and a quiz from 18:00.

Waterstones, Harrogate

Wed 31 Jul

Free / 01423 531953

Historical Crime Writers' Panel

Anthony Riches' Scorpion's Strike *is the latest book in his Empire series of books on Roman Gaul. Freed slaves and local rebels cause havoc in this tale from 'a master of the genre' (The Times).***S.D. Sykes****', * 'The medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver) will speak about *The Bone Fire, a nail-biting tale of Kent in…

Waterstones Rose Lane, Canterbury

Thu 25 Jul

£3 redeemable against book purchase / 01227 452354

Hit Factories: Book Launch

A night of music and conversation to launch Karl Whitney's new book Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop, in conversation with Harry Pearson.

World Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0191 281 3445

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Hull Book Club

Come join us for coffee, books and discussion every second Wednesday of the month. This month, members are choosing between Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks and A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfon. All are welcome and we truly look forward to seeing you!

Waterstones, Hull

Wed 10 Jul

Free / 01482 580234

Iain Dale: All Talk

James Seabright in association with Northbank Speakers Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs to the Fringe for the first time. Iain interviews a different high-profile guest each day, including Heidi Allen…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 11 Aug

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the multi-million copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. Here Ian talks about his new Rebus thriller, the widely praised 'In A House of Lies'. *'This is a…

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sat 10 Aug

£10

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

In Conversation with… David Hayman

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Fresh from touring The Benny Lynch Story, completing the film comedy Fisherman’s Friends, and playing Private Frazer in the remake of the lost episodes of Dad’s Army (and a few other things besides!), Scottish acting’s national treasure revisits a highlight-strewn career now in its…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 11 Aug

Grand Hall

£12.50 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In Conversation with… Shappi Khorsandi

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Award-winning stand-up, cultural icon, author and columnist, with countless TV and radio credits (including I’m A Celebrity…). Recent President of Humanists UK (2016-19), Labour supporter, non-driving mother of two, with an honorary doctorate from the University of Winchester where she…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Aug

Grand Hall

£12.50 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Is God a Psychopath?

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Ever wondered what God might be like if God existed? Many religious believers today affirm that God has a rich emotional life, including perfect empathy. They say God suffers along with us in our pain, and rejoices in our happiness. Surprisingly, most philosophers have historically…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jill Rose: Nursing Churchill

Discussion with Nursing Churchill (Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill’s Nurse) author Jill Rose (née Miles), whose family has a long-time Chichester connection. Tickets: https://chichesterboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/873599859 Further details: 01243 816525 (Novium Box Office)

Waterstones, Chichester

Wed 26 Jun

£4 / 01243 773030

Lauren Child Storytime

Lauren Child Storytime, celebrate the last week of our childrens Laureate before we choose another. Story time (including charlie and lola), crafts, songs, and activities.

Waterstones, Sutton

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 020 8770 0404

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

Long Live the Cat Ladies?

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating. In our thirties, making new friends becomes trickier: everyone’s busy with work/family/relationships. At the end of life, about one in three people live alone in Scotland. Depressing, eh? With sinking marriage and high divorce…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 4 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Studio

£9 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Lutterworth Open Mic

An open mic night for all instruments and styles of music. plus comedy and poetry as well.

Chequers Inn, Ullesthorpe

Wed 10 Jul

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Koggy's Bar, Lutterworth

Thu 11 Jul

Thu 8 Aug

Thu 12 Sep

…and 3 more dates until 12 Dec

Maggie Gee

Acclaimed novelist Maggie Gee's latest book 'Blood' is a Gothic black comedy about broken Britain. Pull up a chair and come listen

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Sat 29 Jun

£8.80 / 01422 417300

Manchester Author Event & Gig

International book signing event with authors from around the world attending to sign their work.

Park Inn By Radisson Manchester City Centre

Sat 3 Aug

£8.68–£16.76

Mary Loudon - My House Is Falling Down

Saturday 2nd November3:30pm The BeaconMary Loudon in Conversation with Laline PaullMy House is Falling DownAward-winning author Mary Loudon talks about her eagerly-awaited novel. Hailed by the BBCs Fergal Keane as Completely mind-blowing She can get to the heart of human experience with a word or a line, Mary is in…

The Beacon, Wantage

Sat 2 Nov

£4–£8 / 01235 763456

McNaughton

Jason Harvey In his cell, woodturner Daniel McNaughton, wronged by his father, dismissed by the Glaswegian legal establishment, awaits sentence for his botched attempt to shoot Prime Minister Robert Peel. Lawyers are keen to use him as a test case for pleas of insanity in murder trials. Whatever the outcome, it will…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Fri 9 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 12 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Scottish Arts Club Lounge

£15 (£12) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Meet Jonathan Vaughters At Leadenhall Market

Waterstones Leadenhall Market are delighted to welcome Jonathan Vaughters, Tour de France stage winner and former team-mate to Lance Armstrong, as he signs copies of his book, "One Way Ticket" In *ONE-WAY TICKET: Nine Lives and Two Wheels *he describes a journey from driven teenage prodigy, travelling to races in the…

Waterstones, London EC3V

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 020 7220 7882

Meet Julie Pike & Helen Lipscombe!

Don't miss your chance to meet not one, but TWO debut children's authors! And what's more, BOTH are from Neath. What are the odds? Julie Pike is here with her stunning 9-12 fantasy debut, 'The Last Spellbreather' Helen Lipscombe will be signing her brilliantly funny spy novel, 'Peril en Pointe' We'll see you there!

Waterstones, Swansea

Sat 20 Jul

Free / 01792 463567

Mike Cawthorne 'walking Through Shadows'

We are very excited to welcome Mike Cawthorne who will be talking about his new book 'Walking Through Shadows'. Walking Through Shadows describes a winter walk in memory of the author's friend, Clive Dennier, a popular Inverness journalist, who died in Knoydart in March 2013 but whose body was found only some weeks…

Waterstones, Oban

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 01631 571455

The Northern Lights Bookclub

The Secret Commonwealth is out October 3rd. Join us as we count down the days to discuss the first four books! Meet us at the store at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Waterstones, Kettering

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 01536 481575

OneTrackMinds

Six storytellers share stories about the music that changed their lives.

Wilton's Music Hall, London E1

Thu 11 Jul

£3–£12.50 / 020 7702 2789

Philip Pullman Book Launch

Join us for the exciting launch of Philip Pullman's latest book! Treats and acitivities throughout the day.

Waterstones, London SW11

Thu 3 Oct

Free / 020 7978 5844