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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.

October coronavirus update

We are awaiting government guidance and we hope that our events programme will be able to resume in November. We’re working hard to reschedule events up until then, and we will be touch to confirm new dates as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and support.

POSTPONED: Sally Magnusson

Tuesday 27th October, 8pm

Please note this event is now not taking place 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 »


POSTPONED: Alastair Campbell

Thursday 29th October, 8pm

Please note this event is now not taking place.   We’re delighted to welcome former spokesman and strategist Alastair Campbell to Edinburgh to present his anticipated memoir, Living Better. Living Better is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores […] See more »


POSTPONED: Adam Rutherford on How To Argue With a Racist

Friday 30th October, 8pm

Please note this event will now take place on Friday 30th October. Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. Neither race nor racism has foundation in science. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise – and increasingly part of the public discourse […] See more »


Maggie O’Farrell

Tuesday 3rd November, 8pm

Please note this event will now take place on Tuesday 3rd November. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell celebrates her new novel based on the death of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, and the writing of the play that bore his name.  In a beautiful imagining of the short life of the boy and the untold story of his […] See more »


Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday 5th November, 8pm

Our great friend of the bookshop Alexander McCall Smith has much to celebrate! We will spend this November evening discussing all his recent endeavours; his new poetry collection, a book of short stories, the latest installments in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series, and a new children’s book. In a […] See more »


Gavin Francis

Tuesday 10th November, 8pm

Please note this event will now take place on Tuesday 10th November. Edinburgh author and doctor Gavin Francis takes us on a journey across some of the world’s finest islands. He blends stories of his own travels with insights from psychology and philosophy in this mediation on rest and motion, independence and attachment, and the […] 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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