St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

The Literary Odyssey Fiction Book Group

Wednesday 22nd May, 6pm

The Literary Odyssey reading selection for May is House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Abed and Agnes’ son, Bukhosi, has gone missing. They desperately hope their son has runaway rather than been murdered by government thugs. Only the family’s lodger, Zamani, seems to have any idea what has happened to Bukhosi. Quiet, polite, and well-read, Zamani […] See more »

Acclaimed Chef Jose Pizarro launches Andalusia

Thursday 23rd May, 8pm

The award-winning and enigmatic chef, Jose Pizarro, is at the top of his game in the world of Spanish food. His books, Simple Spanish Food, Basque and Catalonia are acclaimed and bestselling.  We warmly welcome Jose to the bookshop for a celebration of the food of the rather magical part of Spain’s Southern coast – Andalucia: Recipes from Seville & […] See more »

Galley Book Club

Sunday 26th May, 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 »

Ian Bradley with the Fife Pilgrim Way

Tuesday 28th May, 8pm

Packed with over 100 images and countless stories, The Fife Pilgrim Way: Walking with Monks, Miners and Martyrs brings to life the fascinating communities and the characters along the route in whose footsteps modern pilgrims are treading. Setting off with Celtic saints from Culross and North Queensferry, marching with miners through the West Fife coalfields, continuing […] See more »

An Evening with Professor Mary Beard

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Due to high demand, this event will now be taking place in Holy Trinity Church. If you have already booked we will be in touch shortly regarding this change. Mary Beard is an international sensation; SPQR changed the way we think about the Classical world, and provided brilliant and authoritative insight into the Roman Empire. […] See more »

The Young Adult Bookgroup

Sunday 2nd June, 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 »

Leah Hazard with Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Tuesday 4th June, 8pm

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability […] See more »

Max Porter launches Lanny

Wednesday 5th June, 8pm

Since Grief is the Thing with Feathers launched onto our bookshelves, Max Porter has been recognised as an astonishing writer. His sensitive, thoughtful, and stunningly original debut was a favourite with readers across the country. Arriving in the wake of much anticipation, his latest novel Lanny does not disappoint. The story of a remarkable young boy is told in […] See more »

An Evening with Markus Zusak

Friday 7th June, 8pm

Bridge of Clay has been more than a decade in the making, and it shows: The characters are clearly loved, and the artistry of language will leave you gasping at times –  New York Times Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is one of the most popular books of the century; those who read it treasure it, making it […] See more »

Richard Frazer on the Santiago de Compostela

Monday 17th June, 8pm

Almost 300,000 people complete the journey to Santiago de Compostela each year, and hundreds of  thousands more travel at least part of the way. Travels With a Stick recounts Richard Frazer’s own discoveries on his pilgrimage to the shrine of St James the Great – and the lessons that he learnt along the way. Along […] See more »

An Evening with Kirsty Wark

Monday 24th June, 8pm

Kirsty Wark is one of the most familiar faces working in Scottish Media today. A distinguished journalist, broadcaster, and writer, Kirsty has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over the past thirty years, from the ground-breaking Late Show to the nightly current affairs show Newsnight. She has been celebrated for her formidable talent throughout her […] See more »

Monarch of the Green: Stephen Proctor on Young Tom Morris

Wednesday 10th July, 8pm

Young Tom Morris, the son of the legendary pioneer of golf, Tom Morris, was golf’s first superstar. Born  just as the new and inexpensive ‘gutty’ ball was drawing thousands of new players to the game, his genius and his swashbuckling personality would set a game that had been frozen in amber for four centuries on […] See more »

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 »

Alison Weir with 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. In his new book – Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 – he offers a fresh and compelling account of the dambusters raid. Sir Max grew up embracing […] See more »

Thriller Superstar Mick Herron

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 »

An Evening with Sir James MacMillan

Tuesday 17th September, 8pm

Exceptionally 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 […] See more »

Kathleen Jamie launches 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 »

Confessions of a Bookseller with Shaun Bythell

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 »

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 »