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203–206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LE
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The Armchair Murders Book Club

This month we are taking a look at the fantastic icelandic author, Ragnar Jonasson, whose tense, claustrophobic "Snowblind" introduces us to Ari Thor Arason. Come along and join the discussion, whether you've had a chance to read it or not!

#badgirls In Crime

***Join some of the hottest literary talent around, including two of the most anticipated debuts this year – See What I Have Done and Little Deaths.*** ★★★ ***Chaired by journalist Alex Clark, our #BadGirls panel will explore the enduring fascination with women killers, including the renowned Lizzie Borden, and the…

Tue 2 May

Black Pen: Black Women Writers Group - Creative Writing Workshop

'Ideas flow from my pen, onto the page'. Black Pen is a supportive, creative community of Black (African and Caribbean Women) writers who regularly meet for creative writing workshops. During this workshop, we will gather to produce written work in response to pre-prepared writing prompts and exercises. These…

The Blake Society Presents: Neo-Romantic Envisionings With Dr Mark Banting

Late in his lifetime, Blake inspired a small coterie of artists, The Ancients, and Samuel Palmer in particular; a century on, and his art influenced an even broader Neo-Romantic envisioning that flourished through the inter-war years. This evening we’ll explore woodcuts, drawings and paintings by Paul Nash, Graham…

Bunnies Galore With Pippa Goodhart

Rabbits, bunnies, hoppity hops, call them what you like but we LOVE bunnies! This Easter join author Pippa Goodhart for a range of rabbity stories, songs and games to celebrate her new book *My Very Own Space *as part of our Children's Easter Festival. This event is free however please email to guarantee your space.

Cat In The Hat 50th Birthday Party!

Join us for a storytime celebration of the world's most popular children's author - Dr. Seuss - for the 50th anniversary of his most famous creation.

Dawn O'Porter

Glamour columnist Dawn O’Porter discusses her new novel The Cows, which tackles friendship, feminism, social media and sex in O'Porter's frank style. There is also a pre-event cocktail courtesy of Baileys.

Mon 3 Apr

£10 / 020 7851 2400

Douglas Cowie Discusses: American Literary Legend Nelson Algren

Myriad and Waterstones Piccadilly are co-hosting a special evening celebrating the lasting influence of American author, Nelson Algren, whose passionate affair with French feminist Simone de Beauvoir is the subject of Douglas Cowie’s novel, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago. Douglas Cowie will be in conversation with…

Wed 10 May

Downhill From Here: An Evening With Gavin Boyter And Sara Lodge

‘ We live on the best island in the world and what better way to explore it than on foot. Downhill from Here is an epic adventure on our epic island. Makes me want to run it all over again.’ Sean Conway, author of Cycling the Earth. Approaching his middle forties, Gavin Boyter wondered what his life was all about. A…

Easter Extravaganza With Katy Hudson

Author of Too Many Carrots Katy Hudson joins us to celebrate all things Easter. With chick and rabbit stories, games and songs as well as the inevitable chocolate prizes, this will be a fun seasonal celebration that is a key part of our Children's Easter Festival. This event is free however please email to guarantee your…

An Evening With Angie Thomas And Patrice Lawrence

Meet two incredible authors as they discuss their gripping and timely books that both investigate the stigmas facing young black people today, from rough neighbourhoods in the Southern states of the US to Hackney’s estates. The Hate U Give is the hugely anticipated debut from Angie Thomas, inspired by the Black Lives…

Thu 13 Apr

£6 (includes £3 discount off either book) / 020 7851 2400

An Evening With Artist Sean Scully

Sean Scully RA is among the greatest abstract painters of our age. He is also one of the most outspoken. Since the late 1960s, Scully’s visual expressiveness has been matched by a verbal dynamism that is no less arresting than his art. Waterstone's Piccadilly is delighted to announce a very special event to mark the…

An Evening With Peter Newman Celebrating The Release Of The Seven

Celebrate the release of The Seven, the final book in the epic fantasy series by Peter Newman. The evening will be chaired by Juliet Mushens. Years have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm and Gamma’s sword in hand. Since then the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps…

Thu 20 Apr

£8 (Redemable against a copy of the book) / 020 7851 2400

An Evening With Sarah Perry

The winner of our Book of the Year award, Sarah Perry, joins us to discuss *The Essex Serpent. *Celebrating the paperback release of a novel that is certain to be read for years to come. ‘ The Essex earth had bucked as if trying to shake off all its towns and villages; for twenty seconds, no more, a series of…

Tue 25 Apr

An Evening With Simon Armitage

A poet, at a desk, in a shed… A shed which is temple, bunker, study and look-out post all rolled into one. Not far away, in the surrounding West Yorkshire countryside, the local council have begun "peeling back turf" to turn a former cow-field into a new cemetery. In this brand new collection from Simon Armitage…

Thu 18 May

£8 redeemable against a copy of the book / 020 7851 2400

Green Ink Writers’ Gym With Rachel Knightley

“ The perfect time and space to get further into your writing world.” Boost your confidence – and your word count! Writers of all genres and levels of experience will develop new material in a positive, supportive atmosphere. Informal, focused group sessions, combining inspiring exercises with quality time and space to…

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh's latest novel The Blade Artist revisits notorious Trainspotting character Begbie, now living with his wife and two children in America. Scottish author Irvine Welsh is best known as the author of the 1993 novel Trainspotting, a collection of short stories about a group of friends and acquaintances in…

Tue 4 Apr

£9 including a copy of The Blade Artist / 020 7851 2400

Kim Stanley Robinson And Francis Spufford In Conversation With Adam Roberts

Waterstones Piccadilly is delighted to announce a very special event featuring three exceptional authors. Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford will be discussing their work with critic and author Adam Roberts. *Kim Stanley Robinson * is widely regarded as one of the foremost living writers of science-fiction.

Mon 3 Apr

Laini Taylor

Best selling author Laini Taylor introduces her new novel Strange The Dreamer.

Sun 9 Apr

Lenin: Then And Now? With Tariq Ali

At the end of his life, Lenin wrote 'we didn't know everything', acknowledging the dilemmas he faced on the road to revolution in 1917 and beyond. In The Dilemmas of Lenin, Tariq Ali explores Lenin’s political life - the decisions he made and the actions that he took - to reveal an insightful portrait of the Russian…

Thu 6 Apr

£8 (redemable against a copy of the book) / 020 7851 2400

The Litro Literary Weekender: Art & Ident Ity With Yinka Shonibare And Ekow Eshun

Journey to West Africa this summer with Litro Magazine’s latest #worldseries instalment exploring the cultural and literary landscapes of Ghana ">th March) [http://bit.ly/2nFxgNr] and Waterstones Gower St (Sunday 28th March) [http://bit.ly/2nFxgNr]

The Litro Literary Weekender: Ghana And Nigeria – A Literary Highlife

Journey to West Africa this summer with Litro Magazine’s latest #worldseries instalment exploring the cultural and literary landscapes of Ghana & Nigeria: a Literary Highlife. 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Workshop with Patrice Lawrence and Spread the Word: Writing in the Community Patrice Lawrence has been shortlisted for…

Little Gardening With Emily Hughes

Spring has sprung with The Little Gardener! Author and illustrator Emily Hughes joins us to celebrate the changing seasons and the release of her beautiful new book. As well as a story reading we will be decorating our own plant pots and planting our own sunflower in this fun and educational activity session, part of our…

The London Russian Book Club

The London Russian Book Club meets on the 1st Monday of the month at Waterstones Piccadilly, from 7.00pm. We read and review modern literature written in Russian language. At the meetings we discuss the book of the month together, and vote on the book for the next month, as well as generally socialising, drinking…

London Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club

The London Sci Fi and Fantasy Book Club meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at Waterstones Piccadilly, from 7.30pm. We discuss the book of the month together, and vote on the book for the next month, as well as generally socialising, drinking coffee and indulging in light-hearted nerdery. This month's title is *Red…

Thu 6 Apr

Meet Oli White On His Generation Next: The Takeover Book Signing Tour

Tickets are £12.99 and include a copy of *Generation Next: The Takeover *– The Waterstones Exclusive Edition which includes exclusive material. You will be required to show your ticket on the day of the event (which will be exchanged for a wristband), to gain entry, and as proof of purchase. Please keep your ticket…

Mr Tweed's Treasure Hunt

Join author and illustrator Jim Stoten to celebrate Mr Tweed's Busy Day. This search-and-find adventure story is packed with riddles that we need you to help us solve. Tasks will be placed around the children's section and will include both paper and 3D searches - with Easter themed prizes! This is event forms part of our…

Thu 6 Apr

Night Animals Storytime

Join us for a peaceful storytime to celebrate the wonders of life in the dark. Featuring Owl Babies, Superbat and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark storytime followed by colouring activities.

Sun 2 Apr

The Piccadilly Book Club Reads The Rook By Daniel O'malley

Join the Piccadilly Book Club for an evening of literary discussion and bookish debate! This month we’ll be reading Daniel O’Malley’s fantasy novel The Rook. 'The body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex…

Stablemates: A Poetry Salon With Mona Arshi, Ruby Robinson And Deryn Rees-Jones Of Pavilion Poetry

Jill Abram presents Stablemates *A Poetry Salon with * Mona *Arshi, Ruby Robinson * and *Deryn Rees-Jones * of Pavilion Poetry Readings start promptly at 7:30pm Mona Arshi won the Magma competition in 2012, came second in the Troubadour International Competition in 2013 and was joint winner of the Manchester…

Superpowers With Superbat!

Author and illustrator Matt Carr joins us to celebrate all things superheroes! Learn how to draw *Superbat! *and read his inspiring story, make your own superhero masks and learn all about what makes bats such wonderful heroes. Part of our Children's Easter Festival, this event is free however please email to guarantee…

Thu 13 Apr

Swing Patrol Mondays - Beginners’ Classes

Join Swing Patrol for their beginner swing dance classes once a month on a Monday night in Waterstones Piccadilly’s downstairs café Embertons. The classes are totally aimed at new dancers – just turn up! The teachers are friendly ">Join us for our class from 7-8pm, and then stick around for a dance and check out the…

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

The Things I would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write is a ground-breaking collection of stories and poems. From Algiers to Brighton, these pieces transcend time and place revealing just how varied the search for belonging can be. Contributors whose include work is published in The Things I Would Tell You and who…

The Travellers’ Film Club Presents: Man Of Aran

Man of Aran is Robert J Flaherty’s masterpiece of the drama of noble simplicity. It documents the heroic life of a traditional family from one of the Aran isles, the cliff-girt archipelago off the west coast of Ireland. It was 18 months in the making, and first screened in April 1934 in London. It was acclaimed ‘as a film…

Uncanny Stories About Birds, With Nicholas Royle And Nicholas Royle

Myriad and Waterstones Piccadilly are co-hosting a special evening to celebrate two extraordinary writers who happen to share not only a name and a profession but also a love of birds. Sometimes confused with one another, even by themselves, Nicholas Royle (author of Quilt and other works) and Nicholas Royle (author of…

Wed 24 May

£5 (redeemable against a copy of the book) / 020 7851 2400

Under-The-Sea With Joe Todd Stanton

Author Joe Todd-Stanton joins us to celebrate the release of his new book, The Secret of Black Rock. Featuring strong female characters, epic adventure and a friendly island(!) this beautiful story is a must for children and adults alike. Come and enjoy a story reading, sea creatures fact sheets and tropical fish collage…

Us &them: An Evening With Bahiyyih Nakhjavani And Omid Djalili

Join international bestselling author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani in conversation with author and comedian Omid Djalili for the launch of her new novel Us ">Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, the author of The Saddlebag, Paper, and The Woman Who Read Too Much, returns with her new book **Us ">, a poignant satire told through fragmented lives…

Write & Shine: Early Morning Writing Classes With Gemma Seltzer

Start your day with a burst of creativity. Write & Shine workshops fit around your busy lifestyle. They offer a stimulating environment to write and to meditate on the inspirational power of the morning. Open to everyone, whether you're new to writing, have some experience or just want to inject some creativity…

Write & Shine: Early Morning Writing Classes With Gemma Seltzer

Start your day with a burst of creativity. Write & Shine workshops fit around your busy lifestyle. They offer a stimulating environment to write and to meditate on the inspirational power of the morning. Open to everyone, whether you're new to writing, have some experience or just want to inject some creativity…

Writing Mystery Stories With Sophie Cleverly

Sophie Cleverly joins us to teach the art of writing mystery stories. Author of the bestselling Scarlett and Ivy series, Sophie knows a thing or two about hidden objects, spooky buildings and the importance of a red herring or two! As well as writing your own stories there will be a chance to hear Sophie read and have…

Writing Stories As A Team With Sylvia Bishop And Ashley King

Author and illustrator team Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King join us to talk about their amazing relationship. Together we'll learn about both writing and illustrating stories and Ashley will show us how to draw creations such as The Bookshop Girl, Erica and her Elephant whilst Sylvia reads her stories and there will be a…

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