Books, Reading

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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

Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland's love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers. As well as interviews and panels there is a torchlight procession, criminal cabaret, a crime writer's…

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 20 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 21 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 22 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

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

Clare Mackintosh: After the End

The number one Sunday Times bestselling author discusses her newest book.

Jaffe and Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton

Thu 27 Jun

£5 / 01608 641033

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

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

Tidelines Book Festival

Largs-based book festival with a great little line-up of events for kids and adults alike.

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Thu 26 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Fri 27 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sat 28 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sun 29 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Art Late: 'The Moment': Music and Words inspired by Victoria Crowe

A special evening of poetry, stories and performances inspired by Victoria Crowe's paintings. Free but booking is essential.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 23 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Edge-Lit 8

Full day of horror, crime, fantasy and science-fiction events, featuring big genre names such as Aliette De Bodard, Anne Charnock and Tim Lebbon.

QUAD, Derby

Sat 13 Jul

£30 / 01332 290606

Ghost River: Southampton Stories

Fresh from their poetical promenade of the city, local poetry collective Ghost River return to take you on an indoor journey through the ages of Southampton, along the river from source to sea. Join us on a journey through bankrupt canals, the ribs of dinosaurs and the quiet carriage, via blue triangulated dots with…

The Art House, Southampton

Sat 6 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 023 8023 8582

Helen Moore: The Mother Country

Eco-poet Helen Moore reads from her book The Mother Country, which explores notions of justice, forgiveness and ecological restoration.

October Books, Southampton

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 023 8058 1030

Imploring the Territory: Taking the Language for an Unwalk

Poetic performance on the hidden tolls demanded by the literature of walking.

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Jul

£6 / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Newark Book Festival

Literature festival in Newark filling a weekend with author events, panel talks, and activities for the entire family.

Various venues: Newark

Fri 12 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Sat 13 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 09:30 – 19:00

Sun 14 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Portobello Book Festival

A chirpy wee seaside lit fest, run by volunteers and based at Portobello Library.

Portobello Library, Edinburgh

Fri 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Sat 5 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Sun 6 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Pride In Reading: An Lgbtqa+ Reading Group

We are delighted to announce now a new monthly reading group which focuses on all things LGBTQA+. Our first meeting will be on the 27th of June in our cafe on the first floor, and we will be discussing Enigma Variations by Andre Acimen. If you're interested please do get in contact with us so in store so we can sign…

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 01224 502334

Rediscovering Feminist Fiction Reading Group

Next month we will be reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, a darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on modern life. Described by Sharlene Teo as 'a really special book with much to say about black female identity, sexual politics, group chats & emotional becoming in a way that feels totally unforced. Filthy…

Waterstones, Aberdeen

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 01224 502334

TS Eliot Festival

A day of talks, lectures, participation and discussion about TS Eliot and his works. The festival takes place in the grounds of Little Gidding, with access to the church which inspired the last of the poet's Four Quartets.

Various Venues, Little Gidding

Sun 7 Jul

£40 (Members £30; Students £20)

  • 10:30

Wealden Literary Festival

Two-day family-friendly festival, with a host of acclaimed writers and speakers, plus activities, workshops, an art exhibition and more.

Boldshaves Garden, Ashford

Sat 29 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Sun 30 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

What Days We’re Having Now

Poetry show by Jaybird Live Literature which asks what adulthood means.

The Alma Tavern & Theatre, Bristol

Tue 16 Jul

£9 (£7)

  • 19:30 – 21:00