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St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

September coronavirus update

The bookshop has now reopened and we're delighted to be able to welcome you in for a browse with tea and coffee.

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

CANCELLED: A Literary Lunch with Earl Charles Spencer

Tuesday 29th September, 1pm

Unfortunately this event will no longer be going ahead as planned. If you have already booked a place, we will contact you shortly with more information. Enjoy a literary lunch with Earl Charles Spencer. A journalist, broadcaster, and historian, Earl Spencer is an utterly charming speaker. He enlivens history, drawing out ripping yarns with style […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Sally Magnusson: The Ninth Child

Tuesday 6th October, 8pm

This event will now take place on Tuesday 6th October. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. 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. […] See more »


CANCELLED Gavin Francis: Island Dreams

Thursday 15th October, 8pm

This event will no longer be going ahead as planned. If you have already booked we will be in touch with more information. Gavin Francis is a wonderful writer – thoughtful, engaging, immensely knowledgeable and supremely human — Bill Bryson Award-winning author and practicing GP Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. Beautifully illustrated […] See more »


CANCELLED Carys Davies: The Mission House

Monday 19th October, 8pm

This event will no longer be going ahead as planned. If you have already booked we will be in touch with more information. Carys Davies’ first novel West is one of our favourites in the bookshop. At once spare, profound, enthralling, and memorable, it is a debut we recommend and share with gusto. We are delighted to […] See more »


Robert Bartlett: Blood Royal

Tuesday 20th October, 8pm

Robert Bartlett is Professor Emeritus at the University of St Andrews, where he has been a highly regarded figure in the School of Medieval History for many years. He is a winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and has presented regularly for BBC documentary series, including Inside the Medieval Mind, The Normans, and The Plantagenets. […] See more »


POSTPONED Ali Smith: Summer

Wednesday 28th October, 8pm

This event will no longer be going ahead as planned. If you have already booked we will be in touch with more information. Described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel Laureate-in-waiting’, Ali Smith is one of our most beloved and critically acclaimed writers. Her list of prizes and honours are many – among them she […] See more »


An Evening with Matthew Parris

Wednesday 11th 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 »


RESCHEDULED James Naughtie: On the Road

Thursday 12th November, 8pm

This event will now take place on Thursday 12th November. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. Acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, James Naughtie casts his unique and inquisitive eye over the USA. Drawing on travels and encounters from forty years […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Tuesday 17th November, 8pm

This event will now take place on Tuesday 17th November. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change. 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 […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Neil Oliver: The Wisdom of the Ancients

Friday 20th November, 8pm

We are thrilled to welcome one of the country’s most beloved TV historians, Neil Oliver, to St Andrews. Since qualifying as an archaeologist in 1988, Neil has worked tirelessly to uncover the wonders of history. BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench introduced Neil to a wider audience, and through countless series—not least Coast, History of […] See more »


Martin Latham: The Bookseller’s Tale

Friday 27th November, 8pm

“This book, written with wit, elegance and understanding, by one who knows what he is talking about, celebrates the abiding pleasure, nourishment and comradeship that books provide.”  – Salley Vickers, author of Grandmothers. “The flow of paragraphs is relentlessly engaging.  Individually, the paragraphs are threads of the very best trivia: collectively, they become a cultural […] See more »


DATE TBC: Robert Webb: Come Again

Thursday 1st April 2021, 8pm

DATE TBC. This event will be taking place in 2021, but we cannot yet confirm the date. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you with further information. Webb has a storytelling skill many would kill for — Ian Rankin Robert Webb, best known as one […] See more »


Alistair Moffat: The Secret History of Here

Thursday 24th June 2021, 8pm

This event will now take place on Thursday 24th June 2021. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. A former director of both the Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish Television, and once Rector of the University of St Andrews, Alistair Moffat is […] See more »


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