St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Paul Murton: The Viking Isles

Wednesday 20th November, 8pm

Paul Murton has long had a love of the Viking north—the island groups of Orkney and Shetland and the old counties of Caithness and Sutherland—which, for centuries, were part of the Nordic world as depicted in the great classic the Orkneyinga Saga. Today this fascinating Scandanavian legacy can be found everywhere—in physical remains, place-names, local […] See more »


Children’s Galley Book Club

Sunday 24th November, 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 »


Flora Shedden: Aran

Tuesday 26th November, 8pm

Flora Shedden is best known for competing in the Great British Bake Off 2015. She finished as the competition’s youngest ever semi-finalist, going on to present food programmes for BBC Radio Scotland and write a weekly baking column for the Sunday Telegraph. She joins us to celebrate Aran, her second cookbook. Taking its name from […] See more »


An Evening with Doddie Weir

Wednesday 27th November, 6.30pm

Known for being ‘on the charge like a mad giraffe’, Doddie Weir is a giant in the world of Rugby. Having played for Scotland 61 times, he swiftly became a fan favourite at Murrayfield, and was the first recipient of the Famous Grouse Scotland Player of the Five Nations Award. In 2017, Doddie was diagnosed […] See more »


An Evening with Val McDermid

Friday 29th November, 8pm

Venue Change: Please note this event will now take place in Hope Park & Martyrs Church. If you have already booked, we will be in touch shortly to confirm this change. Ever a highlight of our autumn festival, the incomparable Val McDermid returns to St Andrews with her own blend of wit, warmth, and wonderfully […] See more »


Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 1st December, 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 »


Salley Vickers: Grandmothers

Wednesday 4th December, 8pm

Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian, Salley Vickers joins us to celebrate her latest novel. Grandmothers tells the story of three very different women, and their relationship to the younger generation. Fiercely independent Nan, glamorous Blanche, and shy, bookish Minna, all discover the lessons of their own pasts, and explore the nature of change. Born […] See more »


Christmas Evening

Thursday 5th December, 4.30pm

Celebrate Christmas in St Andrews with a warming glass of mulled wine, mince pies, and a cosy browse in the bookshop. Our booksellers will be on hand to give you plenty of bookish suggestions and advice, and we’re also offering a free present wrapping service with a gorgeous selection of wrapping paper. This is one […] See more »


Professor Richard Whatmore

Tuesday 10th December, 8pm

Professor of Modern History and Co-Director of the Institute of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews, Richard Whatmore joins us to celebrate his latest book, Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans: The Genevans and the Irish in Time of Revolution. Richard tells of a bloody episode when, in 1798, Irish republicans were massacred by the […] See more »


Ian Rankin: Westwind

Saturday 14th December, 2pm

Ian Rankin, born in Fife, first published a Rebus novel in 1987.  Since then, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from, amongst others, the Universities of St Andrews […] See more »


Christmas Evening

Tuesday 17th December, 4.30pm

Celebrate Christmas in St Andrews with a warming glass of mulled wine, mince pies, and a cosy browse in the bookshop. Our booksellers will be on hand to give you plenty of bookish suggestions and advice, and we’re also offering a free present wrapping service with a gorgeous selection of wrapping paper. This is one […] See more »


T.F. Muir & James Oswald

Wednesday 19th February 2020, 8pm

Join us for an evening with two crime writers much-loved here in St Andrews. T. F. Muir continues his Andy Gilchrist series with Dead Still. With another murder for St Andrews CID, Muir (as the Daily Record said) ‘might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map’. James Oswald  celebrates […] See more »


Will Harris: RENDANG

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 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 »


Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Wednesday 8th April 2020, 8pm

Winner of the Costa Novel and Betty Trask awards, Maggie O’Farrell is the author of novels including After You’d Gone, The Hand that First Held Mine, and This Must Be the Place. She last visited us to celebrate her memoir I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death in 2017. She joins us to mark the […] See more »


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