St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Children’s Galley Book Club

Sunday 26th January, 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 »


Salley Vickers: Grandmothers

Tuesday 28th January, 8pm

Please note: This is rescheduled from December 2019. If you have already booked a place, it is still valid. 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, […] See more »


Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 2nd February, 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 »


Emma Hart: Trading Spaces

Wednesday 5th February, 8pm

A Senior Lecturer of Modern History at the University of St Andrews, Emma Hart has written extensively on the early history of the United States of America. She joins us to celebrate her latest monograph, Trading Spaces. Today, “the market” is an abstract system, made even more intangible by the rise of online commerce. Throughout […] See more »


Bettany Hughes: Venus & Aphrodite

Wednesday 12th February, 8pm

Author of Sunday Times bestseller Istanbul, Bettany Hughes joins us to talk about her latest book, Venus & Aphrodite. Using  ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations, Bettany shows why this goddess has had such long-lasting allure, from her mythical beginnings in Cyprus, through to the twenty-first century. This is a remarkable story from […] See more »


T.F. Muir & James Oswald

Wednesday 19th February, 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, 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 »


Don Paterson: Zonal

Wednesday 11th March, 8pm

Winner of the Costa Poetry Prize, all three Forward Prizes, and the TS Eliot Prize (twice), Don Paterson is one of the most lauded poets writing in Scotland today. A Professor at the University of St Andrews, his previous collections include Nil Nil, Rain, and 40 Sonnets, and he is also the author of aphorisms, […] See more »


Francesca Wade: Square Haunting

Tuesday 17th March, 8pm

A beautiful and deeply moving book — Sally Rooney Taking its title from Virginia Woolf, Square Haunting is an eloquent and poignant study of five remarkable women who lived in London’s Mecklenburgh Square. Exploring the lives of modernist poet HD, novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and of course, Virginia Woolf, […] See more »


Tim Anderson: Vegan Japaneasy

Wednesday 25th March, 8pm

Who knew that cooking Japanese food, and cooking vegan, could be as easy as this? Join Masterchef winner Tim Anderson as he guides us through rich and delectable Japanese recipes without so much as a glance down the meat or dairy aisle. Using no specialist equipment or ingredients, this is the perfect way to expand […] See more »


Sally Magnusson: The Ninth Child

Wednesday 1st April, 8pm

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. Now she visits us to celebrate a new and absorbing tale. The Ninth Child blends fact with fiction, history with folklore, and science with superstition, drawing together the stories of 17th Century […] See more »


Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Wednesday 8th April, 8pm

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 bore his name. In a beautiful imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son and the untold story of his wife “Agnes” Hathaway, O’ Farrell has written a profound exploration of the […] See more »


More St Andrews events launching soon!

Sign up below to be the first to hear when new events are confirmed.

Join the St Andrews events newsletter

Newsletter subscribers are the first to hear about our events and early bird offers, as well as exclusive complimentary invitations.