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St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

We're delighted to bring our all-year-round Literary Festival to our bookshop in St Andrews. We have a packed calendar which ranges from readings in the bookshop to evenings with literary stars.


Diana Henry

Tuesday 5th December, 8pm

Diana Henry on Roast Figs, Sugar SnowA very special evening to celebrate a sumptuous new edition of Roast Figs, Sugar Snow - a hidden gem at …

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Alexander McCall Smith

Wednesday 6th December, 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. …

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Richard Whatmore

Thursday 7th December, 8pm

Richard Whatmore on The End of EnlightenmentUniversity of St Andrews History professor Richard Whatmore joins us to discuss his refreshing new perspective on a significant period …

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Brian Bilston

Friday 8th December, 8pm

Brian Bilston on And So This is Christmas Last winter 'Twitter's unofficial poet laureate' Brian Bilston delighted us with a discussion of Days Like These. Now …

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A Festive Evening in the Bookshop

Thursday 14th December, 4pm

A Festive Evening in the Bookshop 2023We would like to cordially invite you to join us on Thursday the 14th of December for a festive evening …

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Rory Cox

Tuesday 23rd January, 7.30pm

Rory Cox on Origins of the Just WarUniversity of St Andrews history lecturer and fellow of the Royal Historical Society Rory Cox joins us in January …

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Louise Welsh

Wednesday 31st January, 7.30pm

Louise Welsh on To The DogsAfter 2022's stellar event for The Second Cut, we are pleased to welcome back The Cutting Room author Louise Welsh in …

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Rueben George and Michael Simpson

Monday 5th February, 7.30pm

*** N.B. This event has now been cancelled. If you had made a previous booking for the last date, we will be contacting you separately via …

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Sara Sheridan

Friday 9th February, 7.30pm

Author of The Fair Botanists Sara Sheridan on The Secrets of Blythswood SquareWe are lucky to be welcoming star of the Edinburgh literary scene and author …

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Lorraine Kelly

Saturday 10th February, 2pm

Lorraine Kelly on The Island SwimmerJoin us in 2024 for the one and only Lorraine Kelly in St Andrews! Inspired by her passion for the Orkney …

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Alistair Moffat

Monday 12th February, 7.30pm

Alistair Moffat on Between BritainAfter he expertly chaired our event with Gordon Brown in September, we look forward to welcoming back to the bookshop historian and …

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Len Pennie

Thursday 22nd February, 7.30pm

Len Pennie on poyumsKnown for her 'Scots Word of the Day' videos, which offered cheer during the pandemic, University of St Andrews alumna and mental health …

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Esther Rutter

Thursday 7th March, 7.30pm

Author of This Golden Fleece Esther Rutter on All Before MeUniversity of St Andrews Research Fellow Esther Rutter illustrates the transformative power of landscape and writing …

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Simon Heffer

Wednesday 27th March, 7.30pm

Simon Heffer on Sing As We GoThis spring we are looking forward to welcoming back historian and Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer for Sing As We Go: …

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