St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Children’s Galley Book Club

Sunday 23rd February, 10am

The Galley Book club is an informal monthly gathering for young readers where we talk about books and share snacks and recommendations ~  it’s the perfect opportunity for budding bibliophiles to make new discoveries and new friends! We ask that for each gathering you bring along a wee review of a new or an all-time favourite […] See more »

Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 1st March, 11am

The YA Bookgroup is our informal monthly gathering for our young adult readers where we discuss the latest in young adult fiction and culture. It’s the perfect opportunity for young adult readers to share book recommendations and meet new people, and perfect for aspiring editors and writers alike. For each group we discuss the books […] See more »

Will Harris: Rendang

Tuesday 3rd March, 8pm

Will Harris joins us to celebrate his debut poetry collection, Rendang. Previously the author of a pamphlet, All This Is Implied, and an essay, Mixed-Race Superman, he has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and the Fitzcaraldo Essay Prize. Rendang is a work that is both lyrical and experimental, asking questions […] See more »

Don Paterson: Zonal

Wednesday 11th March, 8pm

Winner of the Costa Poetry Prize, all three Forward Prizes, and the TS Eliot Prize (twice), Don Paterson is one of the most lauded poets writing in Scotland today. A Professor at the University of St Andrews, his previous collections include Nil Nil, Rain, and 40 Sonnets, and he is also the author of aphorisms, […] See more »

Samantha Clark: The Clearing

Thursday 12th March, 8pm

Samantha Clark returns to Glasgow to take care of the house left behind by her parents. Moving from room to room, sifting through the clutter, she reflects on her mother’s long and sedated final years of mental illness, and her father’s retreat into the world of amateur radio. Clark contemplates her inheritance, incorporating the lives […] See more »

Francesca Wade: Square Haunting

Tuesday 17th March, 8pm

A beautiful and deeply moving book — Sally Rooney Taking its title from Virginia Woolf, Square Haunting is an eloquent and poignant study of five remarkable women who lived in London’s Mecklenburgh Square. Exploring the lives of modernist poet HD, novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and of course, Virginia Woolf, […] See more »

Tim Anderson: Vegan Japaneasy

Wednesday 25th March, 8pm

Who knew that cooking Japanese food, and cooking vegan, could be as easy as this? Join Masterchef winner Tim Anderson as he guides us through rich and delectable Japanese recipes without so much as a glance down the meat or dairy aisle. Using no specialist equipment or ingredients, this is the perfect way to expand […] See more »

Sally Magnusson: The Ninth Child

Wednesday 1st April, 8pm

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 she visits us to celebrate a new and absorbing tale. The Ninth Child blends fact with fiction, history with folklore, and science with superstition, drawing together the stories of 17th Century […] See more »

Kenny MacAskill: Radical Scotland

Thursday 2nd April, 8pm

This is Radical Scotland. Join Kenny MacAskill, SNP MP for East Lothian, as he unearths the story of progressive and revolutionary forces that have been hidden by a narrative of kilts and loyalty. Inspired by the French Revolution, a group of Scottish political martyrs struck a shudder of fear through the landowning oligarchy, leading a […] See more »

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Wednesday 8th April, 8pm

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 imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son and the untold story of his wife “Agnes” Hathaway, O’ Farrell has written a profound exploration of the […] See more »

Patrick Laurie: Native

Thursday 9th April, 8pm

Patrick Laurie is a wonderful writer. He has written a hymn of love to his native land — James Rebanks Turning his back on the unnatural scale and controversial techniques of modern farming, Patrick Laurie sought to reconnect with the land of his native Galloway and invested in a herd of traditional Riggit Galloways. These cows begin […] See more »

George Packer: Our Man

Wednesday 15th April, 8pm

If you could read only one book to comprehend America’s foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it. — Walter Isaacson One of America’s greatest non-fiction authors bring us an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power in the twentieth century. George Packer […] See more »

Lesley Glaister: Blasted Things

Tuesday 21st April, 8pm

‘Absorbing and beautifully crafted’ — Hilary Mantel Blasted Things begins in the wake of WWI. Clementine has found and lost love at the front, and Vincent desires more from his life. The pair are drawn together by a compulsive love that will lead to disaster. Lesley Glaister is a novelist, poet, and playwright, who teaches […] See more »

James Naughtie: On the Road

Wednesday 22nd April, 8pm

Acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, James Naughtie casts his unique and inquisitive eye over the USA. Drawing on travels and encounters from forty years of experience, On The Road is an account of the country’s political landscape from Nixon to Trump. Naughtie has covered every presidential election since 1988, and there are few people better […] See more »

Robert Webb: Come Again

Sunday 26th April, 8pm

Webb has a storytelling skill many would kill for — Ian Rankin Robert Webb, best known as one half of Mitchell & Webb, and as the perpetual man-child Jez in Peep Show, is a formidable presence on the British comedy scene. A hilarious and charismatic speaker, he follows his acclaimed and best-selling memoir How Not […] See more »

Letitia Clark: Bitter Honey

Thursday 30th April, 8pm

Roasted aubergines with honey, mint, garlic and salted honey; Pecorino salad with walnuts and honey; Blood orange, ricotta, polenta, and olive oil cake — these are but some of the temptations and delights on offer from Letitia Clark in her debut cookbook, Bitter Honey. Having worked in some of the finest restaurants in London, Letitia […] See more »

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