St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Pam the Jam: The Book of Preserves

Thursday 18th July, 8pm

Pam Corbin is the master, and the first person I turn to for everything to do with preserving. I’ve learnt so much from her—Diana Henry Pam Corbin is the expert who professional cooks consult when they want to make jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys, pickles or anything else to do with preserving. They know her as […] See more »

Galley Book Club

Sunday 28th July, 10am

The Galley Book Club is a reading club for children aged seven to eleven years-old. We sit in a circle and talk about a book we’ve read over the course of the month. We also have the children write a review of their book prior to attending so they can recommend (or not recommend!) the […] See more »

The Literary Odyssey Book Group

Wednesday 31st July, 6pm

For the month of July, the Literary Odyssey Book Group will be reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither […] See more »

Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 4th August, 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 »

Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve

Tuesday 13th August, 8pm

Alison Weir is the United Kingdom’s most popular and best-selling female historian, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Rich in detailed research, Alison’s engaging prose has captured the interest and imagination of countless people, instilling a love of history that has influenced the career paths of historians, historical novelists and teachers, while also […] See more »

An Evening with Tessa Hadley

Thursday 15th August, 8pm

‘With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive… her quietly elegant style and muted wit are triumphs… the everyday tragedies and betrayals of domestic life [are] rendered by Hadley’s prose into something extraordinary… The tone of Late in the Day is perhaps Hadley’s most […] See more »

An Evening with Sir Max Hastings

Saturday 17th August, 8pm

Please note that this event will now be held at Hope Park & Martyrs Church. Sir Max Hastings is one of our greatest and most respected military historians. He joins us for a special pre-publication talk about his new book – Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 – in which he offers a fresh and compelling […] See more »

Mick Herron: Joe Country

Thursday 22nd August, 8pm

Bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron returns with Joe Country, the sixth of his acclaimed Jackson Lamb novels: Memories are stirring in Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced MI5 spies. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast […] See more »

William Dalrymple: The Anarchy

Tuesday 10th September, 8pm

Author of acclaimed works of history including In Xanadu, White Mughals, and Return of a King, William Dalrymple is an utmost authority on Indian history. He joins us to mark the publication of The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, an ambitious and comprehensive history of a ruthless colonial force. After capturing […] See more »

An Evening with Sir James MacMillan

Tuesday 17th September, 8pm

Renowned composer Sir James MacMillan first burst into prominence in 1990 with The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie. A steady stream of works has followed, with commissions from many of the world’s major orchestras. A prominent part of his work is his religious composition, which includes settings of both the John and Luke passions, Tu Es […] See more »

Esther Rutter: Britain’s Knitted History

Tuesday 24th September, 8pm

A writer in residence at the University of St Andrews, Esther Rutter has travelled the length and breadth of Britain, unravelling the story of how wool shaped communities across the country. From the Highland crofts cleared for sheep farming, to mill towns on the borders, and market towns that thrived on the profits, Esther sheds […] See more »

Alistair Moffat: To the Island of Tides

Wednesday 25th September, 8pm

Born in Kelso in 1950, Alistair Moffat has been director of both Scottish Television and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as Rector of the University of St Andrews and co-chairman of the Great Tapestry of Scotland. He is an informed, accessible, and authoritative historian, known for his Scotland: A History from Earliest Times, The Hidden […] See more »

Kathleen Jamie: Surfacing

Monday 30th September, 8pm

It’s surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. This new volume, Surfacing, completes a trio of books in which Kathleen talks about the natural world […] See more »

Dean Stott: Relentless

Tuesday 1st October, 8pm

Dean Stott lives his life in pursuit of excellence. After rising to the top of the Britain’s elite armed forces and taking part in some of the most daring military missions of recent times, he was involved in a life-threatening parachute accident. Told he might never walk again, Dean was determined to keep on moving […] See more »

Kate Kirkpatrick: Becoming Beauvoir

Wednesday 9th October, 8pm

Simone de Beauvoir was a philosopher, novelist, existentialist, and feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary prizes and The Second Sex transformed the way we think about sex and gender. She was also the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, but it was to film-maker Claude Lanzmann that she wrote `You are my destiny, my eternity, […] See more »

Dan Jones: Crusaders

Tuesday 15th October, 8pm

Following up his remarkable The Templars, best-selling historian Dan Jones joins us to mark the publication of his latest book, Crusaders. Following the series of religious wars in which the West attempted to wrest the Holy Lands from Islamic rule, this is a blood-soaked account of conflicts which have left an enduring imprint on world […] See more »

Shaun Bythell: Confessions of a Bookseller

Wednesday 16th October, 8pm

‘Wonderfully entertaining … Bythell is a true believer, who makes a passionate case for the importance of books’ – Observer Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town […] See more »

Philip Marsden: The Summer Isles

Thursday 17th October, 8pm

The Summer Isles, the small group of Scottish islands off Scotland’s north-west coast, captivated writer Philip Marsden since he and his aunt looked upon them from the tops of the mountains they loved to climb. Now, decades after his aunt’s death, he sets sail in a beautiful wooden boat from his home in Cornwall, up […] See more »

John Burnside: The Music of Time

Friday 18th October, 8pm

Professor in the School of English, John Burnside is an acclaimed writer of poetry, fiction, and memoir, and is a familiar name on literary shortlists, not least the Forward, TS Eliot, and Costa Prizes. As Tessa Hadley has said, he has a ‘lovely garrulousness all his own’, and it is with deftness and bite that […] See more »

An Evening with Professor A C Grayling

Monday 28th October, 8pm

A C Grayling needs little introduction: he is a prolific writer, having written and edited over 30 books on philosophy and other subjects; he has been a columnist for the Guardian and The Times; and, he is currently Master of the New College of the Humanities in London. He is, in short, an exceptionally intelligent and celebrated […] See more »

Baking with Kim-Joy

Tuesday 29th October, 8pm

Having charmed the nation during the Great British Bake Off 2018, Kim-Joy’s colourful creations—technically adept, visually stunning, and utterly cute—are the perfect way to bring your baking to life. Kim-Joy’s first book is both fun and practical, taking the reader from basic cake mixes and biscuit doughs, through to recipes for frosting and more advanced […] See more »

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