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Launch: Tim Craven’s Lake Effect

A special night of Tapsalteerie poetry to celebrate the launch of Tim Craven’s debut poetry pamphlet, Lake Effect. Reading alongside Craven will be Kate Tough and Calum Rodger. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Tim Craven lives in Edinburgh where he is completing a PhD examining the characterisation of mental illness in…

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Tue 16 Jul

Free / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:30 – 21:00

My Scotland With Val Mcdermid

Join us as Val McDermid returns to her home town to launch My Scotland, with photographs by Alan McCredie. Val takes us to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside. Tickets are £2 available in store

Kirkcaldy Galleries

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 01592 583206

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

Homeless By Bryan Adams Book Signing

Join us at 12.30pm on Wednesday 26th June, when Bryan Adams will be signing copies of his photography collection, Homeless. Six years ago Bryan Adams was approached by Trudie Styler to photo- graph a portrait story of homeless street vendors for The Big Issue magazine. That story inspired a more in-depth photographic…

Hatchards Piccadilly, London W1J

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 020 7439 9921

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

Book Club - Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Join our friendly book group on Wednesday 3rd July from 5pm-6pm to discuss the delightful Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller. 'Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, a high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice - is…

Waterstones, Wakefield

Wed 3 Jul

Free / 01924 387613

David Walliams - 'the World's Worst Teachers'

Join us for some activities on the day that David Walliams' new book, 'The World's Worst Teachers' is released! Activities will be running from 3:30-5:30, including a wordsearch, crossword and a treasure hunt! Reserve your copy in store now and get it for half price on the 27th June! Contact us on 01462 422329

Waterstones, Hitchin

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 01462 422329

Freeing the Edinburgh Fringe: Book Reading

Peter Buckley Hill / PBH's Free Fringe PBH reads from his book, the story of the Free Fringe from 1996 to now: how we became the Fringe’s biggest show provider and the many catastrophes and odd triumphs along the way. A fascinating story, especially if you're interested in the Fringe itself. Did PBH's invention of the…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

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

Sun 4 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

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

Mon 5 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

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

…and 17 more dates until 25 Aug

Friendly Fridays

A communal space with craft activities, board games, books, a Nintendo Wii and an outside area.

Rose Walker Community Centre, Stockport

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Fri 5 Jul

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Fri 12 Jul

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00
…and 85 more dates until 26 Feb 2021

An Obscurity of Poets

Evening celebrating poetry hosted by poet and storyteller Andrew James Brown.

Mascara Bar, London N16

Thu 27 Jun

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 25 Jul

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 29 Aug

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30
…and 3 more dates until 28 Nov

Pie & Mash London: Photography Exhibition

Permanent exhibition installed at Noted Eel & Pie House that documents the remaining pie and mash shops in London.

Noted Eel & Pie House, London E11

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 020 8539 2499

  • 11:00

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 020 8539 2499

  • 11:00

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 020 8539 2499

  • 11:00
…and 248 more dates until 1 Mar 2020

Portland Street Exchange Southampton: Arts and Literature

Local creatives host this day of literary-themed workshops and activities.

Mutrend Lab, Southampton

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 02380 972 366

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

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00
…and 26 more dates until 27 Jul

Autumn Apples

Join us for harvesting and pressing our apples and taste the juice of the freshly pressed fruit. There will be cooking demonstrations using apples, and apple-themed craft activities. Have a go at writing your own poem and add it to our poetry tree. We will be exploring Hardy's references to apples in his writing and…

National Trust: Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester

Tue 1 Oct

Free Admission applies / 01305 262366

Beatrix Potter day

Once again we celebrate the Tales of Beatrix Potter and her involvement with Melford Hall. Enjoy listening to the stories read by one of our story tellers in the Banqueting House. Follow the garden trail by solving the clues. Make and take home some character crafts as well as drawing. A good day for the whole family to…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 31 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Beatrix Potter - The Melford Hall Connection

Beatrix Potter would regularly take extended holidays at Melford Hall between 1899 and 1916 and her name and doodles can be found in a number of visitor books in the house. Beatrix would always carry a camera or sketchbook with her, and would sketch, paint or photograph. This exhibition will show some of these sketches…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Fri 28 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 15 more dates until 19 Jul

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This is the first of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. We will start off with a 50 year celebration of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'! Come…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Wed 3 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Book Signing With International Netball Player Geva Mentor

We are delighted to welcome Geva Mentor to our Liverpool store. She will be signing her autobiography, 'Leap: Making The Jump To Take Netball To The Top Of The World'. The event is free and all are welcome! Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography,* Leap*, she…

Waterstones, Liverpool

Tue 16 Jul

Free / 0151 709 9820

Bookbug

Join some of the North Berwick Library staff for a special Bookbug session in the Spiegeltent. The songs, rhymes and stories are intended for under 5's, but older siblings are very welcome to come along and help us sing!

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Mon 5 Aug

Free

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Thu 8 Aug

Free

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Books at the Botanics Book Fair

Stalls selling a wide variety of second hand, vintage and antiquarian books. The sale is located in The Hopkirk Building. Wheelchair accessible, buggies welcome, dog friendly.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Fri 12 Jul

Free / 0141 334 2422

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 13 Jul

Free / 0141 334 2422

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 14 Jul

Free / 0141 334 2422

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 15 Jul

Free / 0141 334 2422

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

National Trust: Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

…and 15 more dates until 14 Jul

A Celebration Of Middle Grade Publishing And The Launch Of The True Colours Of Coral Glen By Juliette Forrest

The True Colours of Coral Glen launch will be a dazzling celebration of all things Middle Grade (S2 / year 9) with readings from Barbara Henderson, Louise Peterkin, Victoria Williamson and Juliette Forrest – some of the most exciting voices in Scottish children’s writing and poetry. After a chat about Juliette Forrest’s…

Waterstones, Glasgow

Thu 11 Jul

Free / 0141 332 9105

Composition Workshop With Eleanor Cully

Drawing on Japanese Haiku poetry, we will imagine many different sounds (real and make-believe) and set them down on paper with colours, volumes, textures, temperatures and speeds. These pieces will become our new musical scores that could be interpreted by singers and played on musical instruments, or simply displayed as…

Huddersfield Library And Art Gallery

Sat 27 Jul

Free / 01484 221964

Dinosaur Day

Come along and join the fun. Crafting activities available from 11am - 3pm in the children's section.

Waterstones, Banbury

Thu 29 Aug

Free / 01295 270498

Dinosaur Origami And Storytime

Do you know the difference between a Diplodocus and Triceratops? Join us for a Dinosaur themed storytime and origami making session. You may also learn some fun Dinosaur facts! The origami session is suitable for Primary School age children but there will be colouring activities available for younger children if…

Waterstones, Renfrew

Thu 11 Jul

Free / 0141 885 9333