St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

An Evening with Alison Weir

Wednesday 23rd August, 8pm

“Alison Weir has perfected the art of bringing history to life. There is a breadth of vision to her research and writing that provides a sense of time and place as well as consequence.” – Chicago Tribune Alison Weir is a true bookshop favourite; she is one of the country’s leading popular historians and has utilised […] See more »


Children’s Galley Bookclub

Sunday 27th August, 10am

The Galley Bookclub 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 book […] See more »


Sabrina Ghayour with Feasts

Thursday 7th September, 8pm

Since bursting onto the culinary scene in 2014 with her award-winning Persiana, Sabrina Ghayour has been one of the foremost voices on Middle Eastern cookery. As a cookery teacher and well-loved face at food festivals all over the country, Sabrina’s delicious, easily followed recipes have delighted thousands, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to St […] See more »


Mary Miers with Highland Retreats

Friday 8th September, 8pm

As  Fine Arts, Books Editor, and an architectural writer for Country Life, and founder of Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register, Mary Miers is a leading authority on the architecture of the Scottish Highlands. In her latest publication, Highland Retreats, Mary takes her reader on a fascinating journey from the late 18th Century to the present day. This beautifully produced volume […] See more »


Mark Muller Stuart QC : The British intervention in Libya

Friday 15th September, 8pm

Join us in welcoming Human Rights lawyer and senior UN mediator Mark Muller Stuart to celebrate the launch of Storm in the Desert. In this remarkable book, Mark Muller tells the story of British intervention in Libya and the Arab Spring from a unique civil society standpoint: he was there in Benghazi two weeks after the […] See more »


School of Night: Poetry with Douglas Dunn

Thursday 21st September, 8pm

‘It is hard to think of many poets who can equal his combination of imaginative ambition, formal resource and range of tone.’ Sean O’Brien Our monthly poetry event returns this autumn, and we are starting September with one of the most celebrated writers of our generation. The Noise of a Fly is Dunn’s first poetry collection for […] See more »


Val McDermid with Insidious Intent

Friday 22nd September, 8pm

‘McDermid’s expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes.’ – The Guardian Ever a firm favourite with crime fans, the magnificent Val McDermid is returning to the East Neuk for her latest novel, Insidious Intent. Val is a beloved figure in the bookshop, renowned as an engaging and […] See more »


Sir John Lister-Kaye with The Dun Cow Rib

Tuesday 26th September, 8pm

One of Britain’s best-known naturalists, Sir John Lister-Kaye writes with an at once observant and poetic eye on the world around us. His new memoir, The Dun Cow Rib, details his ongoing endeavour to protect both the British landscape and the wildlife that inhabits it. Beginning in hedgerows on boyhood holidays, and providing insights on […] See more »


Tom Kitchin with Meat and Game

Wednesday 27th September, 5.30pm

The youngest ever chef to be awarded a Michelin Star, Tom Kitchin is one of the most exciting names on the Scottish culinary scene. His recipes are a tantalising blend of classic and contemporary, with a keen focus on utilising seasonal Scottish ingredients. His latest book, Tom Kitchin’s Meat and Game, continues this process of […] See more »


Martin Kemp with Mona Lisa – The People and the Painting

Thursday 28th September, 8pm

Read this book and the world’s most famous image will never look the same again! This cultural icon still has secrets to reveal… For the first time, we meet previously undiscovered members of Leonardo’s immediate family and new information is revealed about his early childhood. We learn about the new money of the ambitious merchant […] See more »


Richard Dawkins with Science in the Soul

Thursday 5th October, 8pm

Richard Dawkins is quite simply one of our generation’s most celebrated figures in science. His works on evolutionary biology have been groundbreaking, his popular science publications accessible and engaging. Ever forthright, he is as internationally renowned for his social and political discourse as his scientific research. We are thrilled to welcome this extraordinary figure of […] See more »


Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor: Adam Kay with This is Going to Hurt

Sunday 8th October, 8pm

Fresh from his five-star Fringe show, Adam Kay joins us in the bookshop with his new book This is Going to Hurt. Adam’s secret diaries (written between clinics, operations, and earning less than the hospital parking meter) move from his first days on the ward to the final straw, which sees him turn his back […] See more »


Ali Smith with Winter

Wednesday 29th November, 8pm

‘Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.’ – The Guardian We are delighted to welcome back the incomparable Baileys Prize-winning Ali Smith to St Andrews to celebrate Winter, the latest work in her seasonal quartet. Ali is a true bookseller favourite, read and […] See more »