Books events in Edinburgh

View all the upcoming Books events taking place throughout Edinburgh below or use the calendar to find events taking place on a specific month or date.

Events in Edinburgh

Connections - Wholly Holistic

Connections - Wholly Holistic

10th January 2021 - 10th March 2021

Connections - Wholly Holistic, at Santosa Wellness Centre Edinburgh, is an exhibition along with workshops, spoken word, healing sounds, storytelling, book launches and more!
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An Evening Of Fantasy With Adrienne Young, Adalyn Grace, Joshua Johnson And Hannah Long

An Evening Of Fantasy With Adrienne Young, Adalyn Grace, Joshua Johnson And Hannah Long

28th January 2021
Online Event

Join Waterstones for this special online event to celebrate the release of four new stunning fantasy novels!
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The Art of Dying and the History of Chloroform

The Art of Dying and the History of Chloroform

3rd February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join authors Ambrose Parry (Dr Marisa Haetzman & Chris Brookmyre) to discuss their new historical novel of medicine & murder, The Art of Dying.
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Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

4th June 2021

Join Jonathan Wild, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, for this talk on the design and illustration of books during the Edwardian period.
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Events in East Renfrewshire

The Eaglesham Street Library

The Eaglesham Street Library

Selected dates between 31st October 2020 - 6th June 2021

The Eaglesham Street Library is an unmanned weekly box of donated books that sits outside the steps of the Montgomerie Hall every Saturday between 10am and 8pm.

Find out about The Eaglesham Street Library on What's On East Renfrewshire
East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

1st March 2021 - 18th December 2021

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

Find out about East Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions on What's On East Renfrewshire

Events in Fife

Bookbug Online Group Session

Bookbug Online Group Session

Selected dates between 25th January 2021 - 29th March 2021

These weekly online Bookbug sessions are fun for little ones aged 0-4 and their grownups, using Zoom.

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Gaelic in the Fife Landscape

Gaelic in the Fife Landscape

25th February 2021

Enjoy a unique look at the landscape of central Fife and the languages that have helped shape it at this free online event!

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Events in Glasgow

FEARY: A Theory Reading Group

FEARY: A Theory Reading Group

27th January 2021

FEARY hopes to traverse and encounter many of the vast - and often contradictory - strains of feminist and gender - through monthly reading groups at Glasgow Zine Library.

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The Dark Philosophers Book Group: Conundrum by Jan Morris

The Dark Philosophers Book Group: Conundrum by Jan Morris

27th January 2021

The Dark Philosophers are a regular, open reading group which aims to bring the literature of Wales out of the shadows, join them for their next online meeting on January 27th!

The Big Glasgow Comic Mart

The Big Glasgow Comic Mart

6th March 2021

The Big Glasgow Comic Mart returns on Saturday 6th March to Glasgow City Centre and the Trades Hall after a long hiatus!

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World Book Day Visits

World Book Day Visits

6th March 2021 - 7th March 2021

Celebrate your favourite authors and books as a family with M&K Imaginarium's fun-filled World Book Day experience!

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BGCP Comic Con: Largs

BGCP Comic Con: Largs

13th March 2021

Returning for a fourth year, BGCP Comic Con presents Largs Comic Con 2021 on Saturday 13th March!

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BGCP Comic Con: Shawlands

BGCP Comic Con: Shawlands

8th May 2021

BGCP Comic Con is coming to Shawlands in May 2021, with an array of awesome themed activities, traders and fun for all ages!

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Loch Lomond Comic Con

Loch Lomond Comic Con

8th May 2021 - 9th May 2021

BGCP Comic Con returns to Loch Lomond Shores on May 8th & 9th with a family-friendly event suitable for heroes of all ages!

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Gelong Thubten: A Monk’s Guide To Happiness Live

Gelong Thubten: A Monk’s Guide To Happiness Live

10th September 2021

Mindfulness pioneer Gelong Thubten will bring 'A Monk's Guide To Happiness' to Oran Mor Glasgow on Friday 10th September 2021.

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Events in Lanarkshire

BGCP Comic Con: Rutherglen

BGCP Comic Con: Rutherglen

5th February 2022

It's that time of year to suit up, put on your best cape and mask to make your way to the the iconic Rutherglen Town Hall on Saturday 5th February for the return of BGCP Comic Con: Rutherglen!

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Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Open Book & Paisley Library Shared Reading Group

Open Book & Paisley Library Shared Reading Group

Selected dates between 28th October 2020 - 23rd June 2021

Join Open Book and Paisley Library for an hour of shared reading on Wednesday mornings!

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Newtopia: Women with Fierce Words

Newtopia: Women with Fierce Words

18th February 2021

Part of Paisley Book Festival, Newtopia is a multimedia performance of writing emerging from women's disrupted lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Paisley Book Festival Opening Event: Radical New Futures

Paisley Book Festival Opening Event: Radical New Futures

18th February 2021

Join the Paisley Book Festival team for their opening event, Radical New Futures, providing a flavour of what this year's festival has in store!

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Exiles

Exiles

19th February 2021

Author Victoria McNulty performs excerpts from a live adaptation of her book Exiles which she has created specially for Paisley Book Festival, and has a discussion about the work!

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Kirstin Innes and Outi Smith: Songs for a Scabby Queen

Kirstin Innes and Outi Smith: Songs for a Scabby Queen

19th February 2021

Renfrewshire-based writer Kirstin Innes has teamed up with Lochwinnoch singer and composer Outi Smith to tell the story of protest singer and activist Clio Campbell from Innes' novel Scabby Queen!

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Old stories, New forms with Intan Paramaditha and Sarah Maria Griffin

Old stories, New forms with Intan Paramaditha and Sarah Maria Griffin

19th February 2021

Join Intan Paramaditha and Sarah Maria Griffin as they discuss their works with author and Guest Curator Kirsty Logan as part of Paisley Book Festival!

Hags, Hexes and Harpies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Rebecca Tamás

Hags, Hexes and Harpies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Rebecca Tamás

20th February 2021

Join Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Rebecca Tamás and guest curator Kirsty Logan to delve into witches, feminism, horror and power as part of Paisley Book Festival!

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid

20th February 2021

To celebrate the paperback release of her honest and inspiring memoir, The World I Fell Out Of, Melanie Reid joins Professor Rowena Murray to talk about her hopes for the future!

Find out about Melanie Reid on What's On Renfrewshire
Scottish Masculinities with Douglas Stuart, Andrew O’Hagan and Graeme Armstrong

Scottish Masculinities with Douglas Stuart, Andrew O’Hagan and Graeme Armstrong

20th February 2021

Join Kirstin Innes as she chats to three Scottish novelists who have shone a light on the complexities of masculine identity, offering parallel lives from Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow.

The Heights of Lowbrow with Michael Lee Richardson and Tasha Suri

The Heights of Lowbrow with Michael Lee Richardson and Tasha Suri

20th February 2021

Join Michael Lee Richardson and Tasha Suri in conversation with author and Paisley Book Festival Guest Curator Kirsty Logan to dig deeper into the stories we think we know!

The Otherwhere Emporium with Ross Mackenzie

The Otherwhere Emporium with Ross Mackenzie

20th February 2021

Join one of Renfrewshire's best-loved children's authors, Ross Mackenzie, as he reads from his book, The Otherwhere Emporium, and chats about his life-long love of reading as part of Paisley Book Fest

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Vivian French and The Giant’s Tea Party

Vivian French and The Giant’s Tea Party

20th February 2021

Join beloved children's author and picture book expert Vivian French as she shares rollicking new fairytale adventure, The Giant's Tea Party, as part of Paisley Book Festival!

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Chris Brookmyre and Dr. Marisa Haetzman: UWS in conversation with ‘Ambrose Parry’

Chris Brookmyre and Dr. Marisa Haetzman: UWS in conversation with ‘Ambrose Parry’

21st February 2021

Join UWS Criminology Professor Ross Deuchar in conversation with married co-authors Chris Brookmyre and Dr. Marisa Haetzman, who successfully join forces as ‘Ambrose Parry’.

Powering up Minds and Saving Lives through Gaming with Joe Donnelly

Powering up Minds and Saving Lives through Gaming with Joe Donnelly

21st February 2021

Join Glaswegian writer, video gamer and mental health advocate Joe Donnelly as he chats with fellow gaming enthusiast Calum Rodger about his new book Checkpoint as part of Paisley Book Festival.

Words With Bite: Extra Teeth #3 Showcase

Words With Bite: Extra Teeth #3 Showcase

21st February 2021

This exclusive showcase event for Scottish literary magazine Extra Teeth presents three writers reading their work from the new volume: Bhavika Govil, Ross McCleary and Alice Slater.

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Courttia Newland and Adam Roberts: Writing Dystopias

Courttia Newland and Adam Roberts: Writing Dystopias

22nd February 2021

Paisley Book Festival welcomes two writers who look to the dark side of the future, and ask what reason there is to still be hopeful.

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How Poets See the World with Brian Whittingham

How Poets See the World with Brian Whittingham

22nd February 2021

On January 22nd, join Renfrewshire's Tannahill Makar Brian Whittingham for an hour of readings from Paisley connected poets as part of Paisley Book Festival!

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Imogen’s Big Night In with Dean Atta, Iona Lee and Emme Woods

Imogen’s Big Night In with Dean Atta, Iona Lee and Emme Woods

22nd February 2021

Imogen Stirling's Big Night In, part of Paisley Book Festival, recreates a night of good company and good stories, with a lineup of brilliant creative voices performing to you from their living rooms!

(What it Means) to Overcome: Poems and short stories with Charlie Gracie, Donal McLaughlin & Mairi Murphy

(What it Means) to Overcome: Poems and short stories with Charlie Gracie, Donal McLaughlin & Mairi Murphy

23rd February 2021

Hear how their childhood experiences have informed the stories & poems of authors Charlie Gracie, Donal McLaughlin & Mairi Murphy as part of Paisley Book Festival.

New Patterns for Paisley Poetry and Publishing

New Patterns for Paisley Poetry and Publishing

23rd February 2021

New Patterns for Paisley Poetry and Publishing brings together a range of writers, editors, publishers and more to address the transformational effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Scottish writing.

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Sex Robots and Vegan Meat with Jenny Kleeman

Sex Robots and Vegan Meat with Jenny Kleeman

23rd February 2021

Join Jenny Kleeman as she chats to Heather Parry about her new book, Sex Robots and Vegan Meat, as part of Paisley Book Festival!

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Janet Coats Memorial Prize Giving

Janet Coats Memorial Prize Giving

24th February 2021

Join Liz Lochhead, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Tannahill Makar Brian Whittingham as they share their favourite submissions for the Janet Coats Memorial Prize and announce this year's winners!

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The Second Life: Celebrating Edwin Morgan with New Voices

The Second Life: Celebrating Edwin Morgan with New Voices

24th February 2021

Join Vlad Butucea, Sekai Machache and Sasha Saben Callaghan as they chat with Edwin Morgan Centenary Project Manager Siân McIntyre about their contribution to The Second Life programme!

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Working Class Lives in Fiction with Ely Percy and Julie Rea

Working Class Lives in Fiction with Ely Percy and Julie Rea

24th February 2021

Join Ely Percy as she discusses her new hard-hitting novel, Duck Feet, with fellow working-class author Julie Rea as part of Paisley Book Festival.

Find out about Working Class Lives in Fiction with Ely Percy and Julie Rea on What's On Renfrewshire
A Kist of Thistles: Radical Poetry for a New Future

A Kist of Thistles: Radical Poetry for a New Future

25th February 2021

A Kist of Thistles is a new anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Scotland, join editor Jim Aitken and Paisley based poet Morag Smith as they showcase the collection with live readings.

Find out about A Kist of Thistles: Radical Poetry for a New Future on What's On Renfrewshire
Alex Gray and Diarmid MacArthur

Alex Gray and Diarmid MacArthur

25th February 2021

Reflecting on their own terrifying plotlines and eerie projections into the future, Paisley Book Festival welcomes Alex Gray and Diarmid MacArthur in conversation with Professor Rowena Murray!

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Radical Voices with Tannahill Arts and Heritage

Radical Voices with Tannahill Arts and Heritage

25th February 2021

Tannahill Arts and Heritage brings world-class artists to Paisley, including the finest homegrown talent, join them for Radical Voices, a unique collaboration with Paisley Book Festival, on Feb 25th!

Find out about Radical Voices with Tannahill Arts and Heritage on What's On Renfrewshire
The Fountain’s Evening of Quarantine Dreaming

The Fountain’s Evening of Quarantine Dreaming

25th February 2021

Don't miss this energetic evening featuring some of the UK's finest performers, curated and presented by The Fountain as part of Paisley Book Festival.

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Janey Godley: Frank Get The Door

Janey Godley: Frank Get The Door

26th February 2021

In a special event for Paisley Book Festival, Janey Godley chats with Jenny Niven about how Frank Get The Door made it into print, as well as some further writing projects she's got in the pipeline!

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Kapka Kassabova and Patrick Laurie: Stories of Land and Water

Kapka Kassabova and Patrick Laurie: Stories of Land and Water

26th February 2021

Join authors Kapka Kassabova and Patrick Laurie in conversation with Paisley Book Festival Guest Curator Malachy Tallack as they discuss our connection to the land surrounding us.

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Radicalism in Stillness: Imogen Stirling in conversation with Sarah Grant

Radicalism in Stillness: Imogen Stirling in conversation with Sarah Grant

26th February 2021

Paisley Book Festival's Writer-in-Residence Imogen Stirling will host a discussion with Sarah Grant exploring productivity in the pandemic and the radicalism of sitting still.

A Wee Bird Was Watching with Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper

A Wee Bird Was Watching with Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper

27th February 2021

Through music and drawing, join Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper as they discover an enchanted woodland of delights, in which we can never quite be sure of what's around the corner.

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Alastair McIntosh: Climate and Community

Alastair McIntosh: Climate and Community

27th February 2021

Join Alastair McIntosh as he discusses his writing and his activism in conversation with Roxani Krystalli as part of Paisley Book Festival!

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Cal Flyn and Lisa Woollett: What We Leave Behind

Cal Flyn and Lisa Woollett: What We Leave Behind

27th February 2021

Cal Flyn and Lisa Woollett join Paisley Book Festival Guest Curator Malachy Tallack to talk about the things we leave behind.

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Changing the Future in Graphic Form: Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Val McDermid

Changing the Future in Graphic Form: Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Val McDermid

27th February 2021

In advance of Will Eisner week, Kate Charlesworth chats with Val McDermid about how to use your creativity to unearth hidden histories, and in doing so, create new futures.

Leaping into the Future with Patience Agbabi

Leaping into the Future with Patience Agbabi

27th February 2021

Patience Agbabi is one of Britain's most celebrated poets and performers, join her as she reads from her first book for children, The Infinite, as part of Paisley Book Festival!

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Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions

Selected dates between 1st March 2021 - 18th December 2021

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

Find out about Renfrewshire Bookbug Sessions on What's On Renfrewshire
Shadow Stories - The Ridiculous Wishes

Shadow Stories - The Ridiculous Wishes

7th March 2021

Join Oak Tree Arts around their special online campfire on Sunday 7th March for some traditional storytelling, sing-along songs and get creative and make your own stories!

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