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Books events in Edinburgh

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Events in Edinburgh

Abbey Strand Book Club

Selected dates between 8th March 2024 - 6th December 2024

Explore spaces and objects which have shaped history and inspired fiction at the Abbey Strand book club!

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Free Book Club at Fort Kinnaird

Selected dates between 1st May 2024 - 28th November 2024

Fort Kinnaird is hosting a free monthly book club in partnership with Musselburgh Library to bring the community together over the joy of reading.

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‘Un Amor’ by Sara Mesa: A conversation with the author on her latest novel

29th May 2024

Join author Sara Mesa, translator Katie Whittemore, and Professor Alexis Grohmann for an engaging conversation about her latest novel at the Scottish Poetry Library on 29th May.

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Coco Mellors: From Cleo and Frank to the Blue Sisters

31st May 2024

Topping Edinburgh is delighted to welcome Coco Mellors to celebrating publication of her stunning sophomore novel 'Blue Sisters' at the beautiful Ps and Gs Church on 31st May!

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Edinburgh Bookshop Crawl

1st June 2024 - 2nd June 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

Explore the bookshops of Edinburgh with a whole weekend of Group Bookshop Crawls and events on 1st and 2nd June!

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Andrew O’Hagan on ‘Caledonian Road’

4th June 2024

Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh will be hosting an evening with Andrew O'Hagan on his latest novel 'Caledonian Road' at Greenside Parish Church on Tuesdays 4th June.

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An Evening with Kate Foster

6th June 2024

Join us at Waterstones Edinburgh West End on Tuesday 6th June when we will be joined by Kate Foster to celebrate the release of her latest novel The King's Witches!

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17th-Century Picnic with Alice Thornton’s Books

8th June 2024
Edinburgh North

Bring a picnic and join Alice Thornton’s Books for a 17th-century afternoon, bringing herbal remedies, reading and creative writing to Edinburgh's Starbank Park.

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Isabel Greenberg on ‘Young Hag’

11th June 2024

Joining us at Topping to talk on 'Young Hag', Isabel Greenberg recounts the magical history of our country, and the disillusionment of the present age.

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Kathleen Jamie on ‘Cairn’

13th June 2024

Join us for an evening of literary innovation on 13th June, deeply rooted in Kathleen Jamie's love for our country, and celebrating past, present and future together.

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Alice Winn on ‘In Memoriam’

26th June 2024

Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh are excited to welcome Alice Winn with her award-winning debut, 'In Memoriam' on Wednesday 26th June at Greenside Parish Church.

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Sofie Hagen: Will I Ever Have Sex Again? (Book & Stand-Up Tour)

4th July 2024

Sofie Hagen is bringing her brand new stand-up show and her brand new book on tour and stops off at Monkey Barrel Comedy on 4th July!

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An Evening with David Sedaris

10th July 2024

David Sedaris will take An Evening With David Sedaris across the UK and Ireland in summer 2024. Catch him live at the Usher Hall on Wednesday 10th July!

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An Evening with: Ed Winters

16th July 2024

Join us at Waterstones Edinburgh West End on Tuesday 16th July to hear Ed Winter's, activist and author of This is Vegan Propaganda talk about his latest book, How to Argue with a Meat Eater.

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Fringe by the Sea

2nd August 2024 - 11th August 2024

Fringe by the Sea is back with a bang! With over 250 events between August 2nd and 11th in the beautiful seaside town of North Berwick, there's something to suit every taste!

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Textile Orientalisms: Paisley Shawls in Literature

6th September 2024

Join the National Trust for Scotland on Friday 6th September at the Georgian House to welcome the author, Suchitra Choudhury, for a presentation of her work and wider discussion!

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Jay Rayner - Nights Out At Home

8th September 2024

Join the ever-tasteful, often hilarious, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner as he celebrates 25 years as The Observer’s award-winning restaurant critic with the publication of Nights Out At Home!

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An Evening with Dougie Donnelly

24th September 2024

Join Waterstones West End Tuesday 24th September when we will be joined by Dougie Donnelly to celebrate the release of My Life in Sport.

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Michael Palin - There And Back

6th October 2024

Best-selling author and comedy legend Michael Palin is going back on the road, with a new UK tour this autumn, which will include a night at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on Sunday 6th October!

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Sandi Toksvig: Friends of Dorothy

15th October 2024

Following the sell-out 2022 tour of Next Slide Please, Sandi Toksvig - comedian, broadcaster, writer and campaigner - returns to theatres with an evening to celebrate the publication of her new novel.

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Nobody’s Empire: An Evening With Stuart Murdoch

17th October 2024

Join Stuart Murdoch for an evening of reading, songs and a live Q&A at Summerhall, in celebration of his debut novel, Nobody's Empire.

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Derek Forbes - a Very Simple Mind

12th November 2024

Following the recent release of his autobiography ‘A Very Simple Mind’, Derek Forbes is now on tour promoting it! Catch him at The Voodoo Rooms on 12th November!

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Books Events in East Renfrewshire

Here's a selection of Books Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On East Renfrewshire:

East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

8th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

Free, fun and fantastic! East Renfrewshire Libraries run several interactive song, rhyme and story Bookbug sessions!

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An Evening With Alan Parks

An Evening With Alan Parks

18th June 2024

Join Waterstones Newton Mearns as they welcome best-selling author Alan Parks to celebrate the release of 'To Die In June', the sixth installment of the Harry McCoy series!

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Books Events in Fife

Books Events in Glasgow

Here's a selection of Books Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Glasgow:

Loch Lomond Comic Con

Loch Lomond Comic Con

1st June 2024 - 2nd June 2024

BGCP Comic Con returns to Loch Lomond Shores on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June for a family-friendly weekend suitable for heroes of all ages!

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Helen Kellock launches The Wild Beastie: A Tale from the Isle of Begg

Helen Kellock launches The Wild Beastie: A Tale from the Isle of Begg

13th June 2024

Meet Bumple and Little Mop: stars of a wild and wonderful new adventure from award-winning author and artist Helen Kellock at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street!

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Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish

24th October 2024

With fans ranging from Emma Watson, Pink and Benjamin Zephaniah, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed!

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Books Events in Lanarkshire

Here's a selection of Books Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Lanarkshire:

Leadhills Miners Library

Leadhills Miners Library

Selected dates between 4th May 2024 - 29th September 2024

Leadhills Miners Library is the oldest subscription library in the British Isles and is now a museum of literature and village life, open weekends May to September!

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Julia Donaldson Day

Julia Donaldson Day

29th June 2024

South Lanarkshire's Cultural Venues and libraries are joining forces to bring you a fun-filled day featuring all your favourite Julia Donaldson characters on Saturday 29th June!

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An Evening with Shaun Ryder

An Evening with Shaun Ryder

27th October 2024

He's the wild man of rock who became a national treasure, Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder will bring his new, spoken word tour to Airdrie Town Hall on Sunday 27th October 2024!

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Books Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Here's a selection of Books Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Renfrewshire:

Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

Selected dates between 4th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

Free, fun and fantastic! Renfrewshire Libraries run several interactive song, rhyme and story Bookbug sessions throughout the week!

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IKEA Glasgow’s Book Club

IKEA Glasgow’s Book Club

4th June 2024

Calling all book lovers! Join IKEA Glasgow in their customer restaurant for their brand new monthly book club!

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Film & Comic Con Glasgow

Film & Comic Con Glasgow

24th August 2024 - 25th August 2024

The Film & Comic Con Glasgow returns to Braehead Arena on the weekend of the 24th & 25th August bringing you the best in autograph sessions, photo shoots and panels with your favourite celebrities!

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Books Events in Stirling

Here's a selection of Books Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Stirling:

The Trials of Marjorie Crowe: Meet the Author Craig Robertson

The Trials of Marjorie Crowe: Meet the Author Craig Robertson

30th May 2024

Join us as we chat to one of Stirling Libraries favourite authors, Craig Robertson, about his latest novel ‘The Trials of Marjorie Crowe’.

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Talks at The Smith: Sherlock, Darcy and friends revisited

Talks at The Smith: Sherlock, Darcy and friends revisited

26th June 2024

Jo Ross-Barrett revisits characters from classic fiction and applies the lens of what we know now to their experiences and behaviours.

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Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

26th October 2024

He's the wild man of rock who became a national treasure, Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder will bring his new, spoken word tour to The Albert Halls on 26th October!

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Events in Other Areas

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Popular Events

Meadows Festival Edinburgh
Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 1st and 2nd June 2024.
(Nearly) Full Moon Herb Walk & Tea Tasting
Come and join Grass Roots Remedies Co-op on 18th July for the third in a new series of herbal workshops offered on and around the 100 acre Lauriston Agroecology Farm in North West Edinburgh.
Johnny Hates Jazz
For the first time in 36 years, Johnny Hates Jazz will be embarking on their first ever headline tour of the UK and overseas! Don't miss them live at the Voodoo Rooms on Wednesday 29th May!
Soundhouse: Modern Vikings
Modern Vikings play music with a strong emphasis on melody with the added grooves, urgency and colours of the American jazz tradition. Catch them at the Traverse Theatre on 23rd September!
The Great Big Charity Yard Sale
Come along and support great causes when The Salvation Army Donation Centre opens up the car park on Saturday 1st of June to host 'The Great Big Charity Yard Sale'!

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