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St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Coronavirus update

We’re working to postpone our events in March, April and May. We will email or text all those who have booked for each event to let them know and advise them of new dates.

If you’re unable to attend an event for whatever reason, please do let us know beforehand. We are very happy to arrange a swap for another event or a credit note to use at any point in the future.

POSTPONED Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 5th April, 11am

Our YA Book group is postponed until further notice. 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 […] See more »


CANCELLED Patrick Laurie: Native

Thursday 9th April, 8pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel some of our events due to Coronavirus. We will email or text all those who have booked to let them know. We are very happy to arrange a swap for another event or a credit note to use at any point in the future. Thank you for your understanding. […] See more »


Val McDermid & Jo Sharp: Imagine a Country

Tuesday 14th April, 8pm

Crime novelist Val McDermid and St Andrews Professor Jo Sharp reach out to cultural figureheads from across Scotland — economists and comedians, writers and musicians — and ask them to Imagine a Country. Featuring an array of special guests, to be announced soon, this is an evening that will offer many visions for a new […] See more »


CANCELLED George Packer: Our Man

Wednesday 15th April, 8pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel some of our events due to Coronavirus. We will email or text all those who have booked to let them know. We are very happy to arrange a swap for another event or a credit note to use at any point in the future. Thank you for your understanding. […] 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 »


CANCELLED Letitia Clark: Bitter Honey

Thursday 30th April, 8pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel some of our events due to Coronavirus. We will email or text all those who have booked to let them know. We are very happy to arrange a swap for another event or a credit note to use at any point in the future. Thank you for your understanding. […] See more »


Ali Smith Reading Group – Autumn

Sunday 3rd May, 7.30pm

Join us for a special series of reading groups as we work our way through Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet in the run up to publication of the final installment, Summer. Ali Smith is an award winning novelist who has been described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel laureate-in-waiting’. She has won the Whitbread Prize, the […] See more »


Gill Meller: Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower

Tuesday 19th May, 8pm

One of our favourites here in the bookshop, Gill Meller is the perfect guide in the kitchen. Having worked closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as part of the River Cottage team, Gill brings masses of experience to all of his cooking and recipe writing. Following Gather and Time, books alive to the seasons and the turning of […] See more »


Ali Smith Reading Group – Winter

Sunday 7th June, 7.30pm

Join us for a special series of reading groups as we work our way through Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet in the run up to publication of the final installment, Summer. Ali Smith is an award winning novelist who has been described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel laureate-in-waiting’. She has won the Whitbread Prize, the […] See more »


Ali Smith Reading Group – Spring

Sunday 5th July, 7.30pm

Join us for a special series of reading groups as we work our way through Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet in the run up to publication of the final installment, Summer. Ali Smith is an award winning novelist who has been described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel laureate-in-waiting’. She has won the Whitbread Prize, the Goldsmiths […] See more »


Ali Smith Reading Group – Summer

Sunday 2nd August, 7.30pm

Join us for a special series of reading groups as we work our way through Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet in the run up to publication of the final installment, Summer. Ali Smith is an award winning novelist who has been described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel laureate-in-waiting’. She has won the Whitbread Prize, the Goldsmiths […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Robert Webb: Come Again

Friday 21st August, 8pm

This event will now take place on Friday 21st August. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. Webb has a storytelling skill many would kill for — Ian Rankin Robert Webb, best known as one half of Mitchell & Webb, […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Tuesday 15th September, 8pm

This event will now take place on Tuesday 15th September. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. 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 […] See more »


Alistair Moffat: The Secret History of Here

Wednesday 16th September, 8pm

A former director of both the Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish Television, and once Rector of the University of St Andrews, Alistair Moffat is an author of high acclaim. In histories of Scotland, volumes on specific regions, and investigations into our genetic inheritance, Alistair has proven himself a great and popular chronicler of our past. Alistair’s […] See more »


Robert Bartlett: Blood Royal

Tuesday 22nd September, 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 »


Carys Davies: The Mission House

Wednesday 23rd September, 8pm

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 welcome Carys to St Andrews to celebrate the publication of her second novel, The Mission House. Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life […] See more »


RESCHEDULED Gavin Francis: Island Dreams

Thursday 24th September, 8pm

This event will now take place on Thursday 24th September. If you have already booked a place, your booking will remain valid and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. Gavin Francis is a wonderful writer – thoughtful, engaging, immensely knowledgeable and supremely human — Bill Bryson Award-winning author and practicing GP Gavin […] See more »


A Literary Lunch with Earl Charles Spencer

Tuesday 29th September, 1pm

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 and sensitivity. The White Ship tells the story of a ship sunk near the Normandy coast in 1120, a tragedy with only one survivor. Among those […] See more »


Neil Oliver: The Wisdom of the Ancients

Tuesday 29th September, 8pm

Early Bird Places for this event are strictly limited and will only be on sale until Thursday 26th March. 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 […] 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 »


Ali Smith: Summer

Wednesday 28th October, 8pm

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 holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St Andrews – and each new work solidifies her position at fiction’s cutting edge. At […] See more »


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