A selection of bookshop readings, performances, literary lunches, salons, festivals and other writerly goings-on are listed here and regularly updated. Please send details of any forthcoming events you’d like us to feature to events @ bookanista . com


to Sunday 1 March 2020
Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Monday to Thursday 9:30 am to 8 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

Featuring such perennial favourites as Tracy Beaker, Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre and Matilda, as well as new characters including Omar from Planet Omar, Billy from Billy and the Beast and Dirty Bertie, this exhibition shines a light on the Library’s vast collection of children’s literature and explores an array of vibrant characters who break the rules and defy conventions.

Event highlights include:

  • Friday 15 November: Hey, That’s Like My Friend, celebrating a new raft of diverse voices in children’s literature with Zanib Mian, winner of the Little Rebels Award (Planet Omar), and Onjali Raúf, Blue Peter Book Award winner and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 (The Boy at the Back of the Class).
  • Sunday 17 November: Relaxed Early Opening for Families, with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory need.
  • Monday 25 November: Crick Crack Club: Rebel Children, Performance storytelling by Jan Blake and Ben Haggarty.
  • Sunday 1 December: A Marvellous and Mischievous Sunday, featuring three sessions with world-famous authors such as Lauren Child (detail from Clarice Bean, above), Dougie Poynter and Patrice Lawrence.
  • Thursday 12 December: Literature Matters: Young Rebels, with former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, reflecting on her writing career and how her work has been adapted into graphic fiction, plays and TV series.

More info


Thursday 21 November
Colson Whitehead on The Nickel Boys
Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad is in town to discuss his devastating new novel. In The Nickel Boys, Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clearsighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enrol in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future…
More info

Liberalism at Large: Alexander Zevin and Tariq Ali
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
7 pm

Alexander Zevin’s Liberalism at Large is the first critical biography of the The Economist, which since 1843 has been the most tireless and internationally influential champion of the liberal cause anywhere in the world. But what exactly is liberalism, and how has its message evolved? Zevin holds a mirror to the politics and personalities that helped shape a liberal world order now under increasing strain. He will be in conversation with Tariq Ali.
More info


Friday 22 November
Nigel Slater Lunchtime Signing Session
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
7 pm
Free, but booking essential

Nigel will be at the shop to sign copies of his two Greenfeast books – one covering spring and summer flavours, the second autumn and winter, featuring over 110 gently sustaining recipes from big soups like tahini, sesame and butternut and crumbles made with leeks, tomato and pecorino to puddings like ginger cake with cardamom and maple syrup. Together they are a glorious celebration of simple plant-based seasonal cooking.
More info

Shaping Poetry with Jen Campbell
Clean Prose, 2 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DH
7:30 pm

Join the award-winning poet for an evening of free-verse poetry as she examines the structure of free verse poetry, how best to shape poems to suit their subject matter, how to create double meanings with line breaks and other techniques. Jen will give a talk, followed by group activities, a writing exercise, and a Q&A.
More info


Monday 25 November
Building Other Worlds
Waterstones, 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HG
6 pm
£5/£3 Waterstones Card Holders and ARU students

Waterstones Cambridge and the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy present a discussion on the wonders of world-building in science fiction. The panellists Jane Rogers (Body Tourists), Andrew Bannister (Stone Clock) and Chris Beckett (Beneath the World) discuss their work with author and CSFF General Director Dr Tiffani Angus.
More info



Wednesday 4 December
Istros Books and the British Croatian Society present
Wild Women!
Marina Šur Puhlovski and Olja Knežević
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
6 pm

Meet the author of Wild Woman – an anti-love story, a warning against letting life slip through your fingers and a call for personal liberation and authenticity. And from the wild streets of the Montenegro to the sedate squares of London, hear the adventures of the heroine of Olja Knežević’s forthcoming novel, Catherine the Great and Small.
More info



Thursday 5 December
Nudibranch with Irenosen Okojie
Clean Prose, 2 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DH
6 pm

The award-winning author of Butterfly Fish and Speak Gigantular discusses her highly anticipated second collection of short stories, a dark and seductive foray into the surreal in which a love-hungry goddess of the sea arrives on an island inhabited by eunuchs; a girl from Martinique moonlights as a Grace Jones impersonator; dimension-hopping monks sworn to silence must face a bloody reckoning.
More info




Friday 6 to Sunday 8 December
Words Weekend
Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR
Various times daily
Events individually priced or free

Words Weekend is a dynamic new festival series celebrating the power of words and stories in a series of unique settings across the UK. The first edition, hosted by Sage Gateshead, brings together an exceptional international line-up that champions diversity, accessibility and the rich culture of the North East. Featured authors include Grayson Perry, Marian Keyes, Ben Okri, Stacey Dooley, Nadiya Hussain, Candice Carty-Williams, Cash Carraway, Tracy Chevalier, Elizabeth Day, Bernardine Evaristo, Salena Godden, Kerry Hudsonv, Val McDermid, Michael Morpurgo, Philippa Perry, Jay Rayner and Elif Shafak (pictured).
More info


Sunday 8 December
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag: The Scriptures
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:45 pm
£30/£40/£50 including book; 25% off limited concessions

One of the most critically acclaimed writers and performers of this generation, Phoebe Waller-Bridge became a household name when her refreshing and original comedy Fleabag, which debuted as a one-woman play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013, was adapted and expanded into a television series for the BBC in 2016. Fleabag: The Scriptures includes new writing from Waller-Bridge alongside the scripts and never-before-seen stage directions from the series. She will be in conversation with comedian and writer Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist).
More info