St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Literary Odyssey – July Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 25th July, 6pm

Our July fiction reading group choice is ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee. A sprawling multi-generational saga of a Korean family living in Japan. ‘Spanning nearly 100 years and moving from Korea at the start of the 20th century to pre- and postwar Osaka and, finally, Tokyo and Yokohama, the novel reads like a long, intimate […] See more »


An Evening with Louis de Bernières

Wednesday 15th August, 8pm

Bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, whose short stories, novels, and poetry have delighted readers for almost thirty years, Louis de Bernières returns to St Andrews with his new novel So Much Life Left Over. Set in Ceylon during the inter-war period, this novel follows Daniel and Rosie as they attempt to revive their marriage […] See more »


An Evening with William Dalrymple

Thursday 16th August, 8pm

One of the largest cut diamonds in the world, and the centre of the British crown jewels, the Koh-i-Noor is one of the most mythologised jewels in the world. In Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond, William Dalrymple presents the definitive history of the ‘Mountain of Light’, from the various claims made […] See more »


Andrew Miller with Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Friday 24th August, 8pm

An unconscious soldier is dragged into a Somerset home on a rainy night in 1809. Beset by memories of the bloody campaign he fought against Napoleon’s forces, his body recovers, but his tormented mind does not. When word comes for him to return to his regiment he sets a course for the Hebrides, but with […] See more »


An Evening with Matt Haig

Tuesday 28th August, 8pm

*Please Note: This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 23rd August to Tuesday 28th August. For those who have already booked, you will hear from us soon regarding this change* Author of fiction for adults and children, including last year’s How to Stop Time, and non-fiction, including the bestselling Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig […] See more »


Kate Atkinson with Transcription

Tuesday 11th September, 7pm

Please note that this event starts at 7pm – a little earlier than our usual timings.  ‘Inexhaustibly ingenious’ — Hilary Mantel Having won three Costa (formerly Whitbread) Novel Awards, for her debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and her two most recent books, Life After Life and A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson is […] See more »


An Evening with Val McDermid

Thursday 27th September, 8pm

‘McDermid’s expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes.’ – The Guardian Ever a highlight of our autumn festival, the incomparable Val McDermid returns to St Andrews with her own blend of wit, warmth, and wonderfully suspenseful crime fiction. Joining us for the latest instalment of the Karen […] See more »


Robert Crawford with The Scottish Ambassador

Tuesday 2nd October, 8pm

A well-kent face around St Andrews, Robert Crawford celebrates his latest collection of poetry, The Scottish Ambassador. In this book he, as ever, advocates for the culture, landscape, and people of Scotland, and draws upon Greek, Chinese, and Zoroastrian traditions with great lyrical energy. Spanning the intimate and the public, the local and the international, […] See more »


T.M. Devine with The Scottish Clearances

Thursday 11th October, 8pm

A Professor at the University of Edinburgh, T.M. Devine was knighted in 2014 for services to the study of Scottish history, having earned the greatest accolades in the field throughout his distinguished career. We welcome Devine as he publishes The Scottish Clearances, an examination of the nation’s dispossessed. Exploring the coercive and often violent means […] See more »


An Evening of Poetry with Kathleen Jamie

Thursday 8th November, 8pm

Kathleen Jamie published her first pamphlet of poetry at the age of twenty and has, since then, honed not only a remarkable poetic voice, but a mode of listening to the world with — both emotionally and artistically — a deep-rooted honesty. We are delighted to welcome her back to St Andrews, where she previously […] See more »


Ian Rankin with the Latest Rebus

Saturday 24th November, 3pm

A missing private investigator is discovered in a locked car, deep in the woods—however, the area had already been searched by police. As suspicions about the handling of the case fester and calls for the truth grow louder, the only man who knows where the trail may lead, and how dark its destination, John Rebus, […] See more »