OF STRANGERS AND BEES: AN EVENING WITH HAMID ISMAILOV Golden Hare Books, Fri 15 Nov, goldenharebooks.com Edinburgh launch of Hamid Ismailov’s newest book, Of Strangers and Bees. NADIYA HUSSAIN: FINDING MY VOICE The Queen’s Hall, Sun 17 Nov, nadiyahussain.com The winner of 2015’s The Great British Bake Off tours the UK in celebration of the release of her newest book, Finding My Voice.

LOVE: AN EVENING WITH HANNE ØRSTAVIK Golden Hare Books, Wed 20 Nov, goldenharebooks.com Join Golden Hare Books and Norwegian novelist Hanne Ørstavik for the launch of her recently translated novel, Love.

EDINBURGH COMIC ART FEST Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Sun 24 Nov, comicartfest.com Book and comic exhibition with free workshops. ERIN MORGENSTERN Greenside Church, Mon 25 Nov, toppingbooks.co.uk The bestselling author of The Night Circus launches her much anticipated new novel, The Starless Sea.

AMY TODMAN LAUNCH Typewronger Books, Fri 6 Dec, typewronger.com Amy Todman reads from her two newest publications, g(love) and Twig.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES Patrick Geddes Centre, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, patrickgeddescentre. org.uk Yuletide storytelling sessions around a cosy fireside, led by Mrs Mash and Gillian Fraser Paterson, with the chance to explore the historic rooms of the Patrick Geddes Centre in the interval. OUT OF TOWN

RHYME & REASON North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell, Thu 17 Oct–Sat 9 Nov Exhibition on North Lanarkshire’s local poets, with archival photographs and museum artefacts highlighting their life and work on display.

KEN WORDS: KAREN CAMPBELL The CatStrand, Castle Douglas, Wed 20 Nov, catstrand.com Dumfries and Galloway author Karen Campbell discusses the books that have inspired her throughout her career. HAMISH BROWN: EAST OF WEST, WEST OF EAST Central Library, East Kilbride, Thu 21 Nov Author and mountaineer Hamish Brown talks about his new book.


CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: NICK-E MELVILLE POET AND ARTIST Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, Mon 25 Nov, gla.ac.uk/ events/creativeconversations Poet Nick-e Melville discusses his work. LIS RHODES: TELLING INVENTS TOLD Glasgow Women’s Library, Sat 7 Dec, womenslibrary.org.uk Artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes launches her first collection of writings.

GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE SSE Hydro, Fri 3 Jan, worldofdavidwalliams.com Stage adaptation of the children’s book by David Walliams, which follows Grandpa and Jack’s daring escape from the old folk’s home and its wicked matron. EDINBURGH

EDINBURGH HORROR FESTIVAL Various venues, until Sun 3 Nov, edhorrorfest.co.uk Horror festival for Halloween covering music, books, comedy, talks and more. CRAIGMILLAR BOOK FESTIVAL Various venues, Wed 6–Sat 16 Nov, craigmillar.org.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/ craigmillar-book-festival A festival of free events with Scottish authors, storytellers and various literary experts.

VITAL SPARK: ANNUAL MURIEL SPARK LECTURE National Library of Scotland, Tue 12 Nov, nls.uk Janice Galloway delivers this year’s lecture on the work of Muriel Spark. RLS DAY: REBEL POETRY 19TH CENTURY STYLE Typewronger Books, Wed 13


Events are listed by city, then date. Submit listings for your event at list.co.uk/add Nov, typewronger.com Evening of Victorian punk poetry in celebration of the birth of Robert Louis Stevenson.

CATHERINE RAYNER BOOK READING AND CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP Paper Tiger, Sat 30 Nov, papertiger.co.uk Author and illustrator Catherine Rayner leads this storytelling and Christmas card crafting session. AN EVENING WITH VAL MCDERMID Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews, Fri 29 Nov, toppingbooks.co.uk Scotland’s Queen of Crime discusses the latest instalment of her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, How the Dead Speak.

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SALLEY VICKERS Topping & Company Booksellers, Tue 3 Dec, toppingbooks.co.uk Salley Vickers presents her new novel, Grandmothers.

BURNS WEEKEND 2020 Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries, Sat 25 Jan, cairndalehotel.co.uk Celebrate Burns’ birthday with music, poetry and dancing. The line-up includes BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015 Claire Hastings, John Glover, Sandy McLelland, Lee McQueen and Callum Watson.

XXX EDINBURGH’S Xxxx Xxxx RADICAL BOOK FAIR Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, Thu 14–Sun 17 Nov, lighthousebookshop. com/major-events/ radical A festival of ideas from the folks at Lighthouse Bookshop. It showcases publishers and speakers with an emphasis on small and independent

presses and writings from outside the mainstream. BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND Various venues, nationwide, Mon 18–Sun 24 Nov, scottishbooktrust.com/ book-week-scotland A ‘national book festival’ for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland,


Book Week Scotland Scottish Book Trust and other collaborators. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids’ activities and the distribution of

free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading. See preview, page 84. MEMORIAL NIGHT FOR JANET PAISLEY CCA, Glasgow, Tue 3 Dec, cca-glasgow.com Linda Jackson hosts a remembrance evening dedicated to writer Janet Paisley.

STARVING FOR HEROINES: ON WOMEN WRITERS, FAME AND FORGETTING National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Dec, nls.uk Literary critic and cultural historian Joanna Scutts delivers this talk on the variety of female voices in the literary world. xxxx

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