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Edinburgh Events and Reading Groups

We're delighted to bring our all-year-round Literary Festival to our new bookshop in Edinburgh. We have a packed calendar which ranges from readings in the bookshop to evenings with literary stars.

Coronavirus update

We’re working to postpone all events until the end of August. When we’re able to reopen the bookshop, we will email or text all those who have booked for each event to advise them of new dates. Thank you for bearing with us!

Stuart Maconie

Wednesday 2nd September, 8pm

This event will now take place on Wednesday 2nd September. In this timely and provocative book, Stuart Maconie tells the story of Britain’s Welfare State through his own history of growing up as a northern working class boy. What was so bad about properly funded hospitals, decent working conditions and affordable houses? And what was […] See more »


Sally Magnusson

Tuesday 22nd September, 9pm

This event will take place on Tuesday 22nd September. Long a familiar face on our TV screens, broadcaster and journalist Sally Magnusson published her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, to great acclaim in 2018. Now we are delighted to welcome her to Edinburgh to celebrate a new and absorbing tale. The Ninth Child blends fact […] See more »


Charles Spencer in Edinburgh

Tuesday 13th October, 8pm

The White Ship sank near the Normandy coast on 25 November 1120; there was a single survivor. Amongst the dead was William Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of Henry I and his death led to a period of bloody civil war know as the Anarchy. William escaped the capsize in a small craft […] See more »


Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley: ‘Falastin’

Thursday 22nd October, 8pm

Falastin is a love letter to Palestine, the land and its people; an evocative collection of over 110 unforgettable recipes and stories from the co-authors of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, and Ottolenghi SIMPLE. Travelling through Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and the West Bank, Sami and Tara invite you to experience […] See more »


An Evening with Matthew Parris

Thursday 12th November, 8pm

Matthew Parris is one of our most highly respected and charismatic journalists and political commentators. Matthew entertains and enlightens as he shares thoughts and observations on Fracture. In Fracture, Matthew Parris, presenter of Great Lives on BBC Radio 4, explores the surprising connection between trauma and greatness through vivid case histories. This will be an […] See more »


James Naughtie

Friday 13th November, 8pm

James Naughtie, the acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, now brings his unique and inquisitive eye to the country that has fascinated him and drawn him across the Atlantic for half a century. In looking at America, from Presidents Nixon through to Trump, he tells the story of a country that is grappling with a dream. […] See more »


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