A roundup of events from the literary world


  • Tuesday 3rd July
    An evening with Catherine Doyle: The Storm Keeper's Island Public Launch

    Young Adult fiction writer, Catherine Doyle, will be in conversation with Katherine Webber and signing copies of her already much acclaimed new fantasy novel The Storm Keeper's Island. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 4th July
    The Armchair Murders Book Club

    The Armchair Murders Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month the group will be reading discussing Jack the Ripper: Case Closed by Gyles Brandreth. This event is not ticketed but to reserve a place, contact us on 02078512400 or events.piccadilly@waterstones.com Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 5th July
    The Velvet Page Book Group: Pride at Piccadilly

    This month Waterstones' LGBTQ Book Group, the Velvet Page, will be discussing Mark Johnson’s debut novel Changing Trains. Set on board the Eurostar, it transports you to the summer of 1985 in the story of a boy’s journey of discovery. Regular attendees or newcomers welcome. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 7pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 4th July
    NHS 70th: Christie Watson and Suzanne O'Sullivan

    Former nurse and author of medical memoir The Language of Kindness Christie Watson reflects on her experience of life in the NHS and the issues facing it today with neurologist and author of It's All in Your Head and Brainstorm Suzanne O'Sullivan. Arguably no single institution has shaped the face of Britain like the NHS. From politics to its impact on the lives of everyday people, these books and offer a world of material for fiction writers. Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT. 7-8pm Find out more
  • Friday 6th July
    Hilary Mantel & Pat Barker: Rewriting the Past

    Hear from two masters of the genre, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker, as they discuss how historical fiction can shed a light on our present. The award-winning authors discuss the form and examine the challenges of writing trilogies. They ask the question: can historical fiction reveal a greater truth than history itself? How do you connect a personal story with the collective past? What can novelists reveal that eludes historians? Chaired by radio and news presenter James Naughtie, this bookable event is part of the Southbank Centre's Man Booker 50 Weekend. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 7th July
    Howard Jacobson: Why the Novel Matters

    Man Booker Prize Winner, Howard Jacobson delivers a keynote lecture for the Man Booker 50 weekend on the necessity of the novel. Bookable event Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 10.30-11.30am Find out more
  • Saturday 7th July
    Alan Hollinghurst & Marlon James: Hidden Histories

    At this bookable event, these two Man prize-winning authors discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. 12-1pm Find out more
  • Saturday 7th July
    How to Get Published

    Leading Figures from the world of publishing share their top tips for budding authors. Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 4.30-5.30pm Find out more
  • Sunday 8th July
    The Connected World

    Another bookable event in the Southbank's Man Booker 50 weekend. Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity with Kamila Shamsie, Andrew O'Hagan and DBC Pierre. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 2.30-3.30 Find out more
  • Sunday 8th July
    How to Edit your Novel

    Eleanor Catton, Sam Copeland and Sally orson-Jones share their top tips on the crucial process of editing your novel. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 2.30-3.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July
    MAN BOOKER 50

    Don't miss the opportunity to hear some of your favourite authors discuss their craft. The Southbank Centre is hosting a brilliant line up of events with past winners of the Man Booker Prize. Anne Enright and Penelope Lively on sex, love and families, David Grossman on the use of humour to deal with suffering and loss, Roddy Doyle and Paul Beatty on the comic novel and tips from experts on how to edit, find a literary agent and get published. Other highlights listed below. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Various. See main link for details Find out more
  • Monday 9th July
    An evening with David Almond and Chloe Daykin

    David Almond and Chloe Daykin will talk about their latest books The Colour of The Sun and The Boy Who Hit Play. These two inspirational writers will discuss words, magic, darkness, and trouble, as well as explore the ways in which stories can bring light and joy into the world. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30pm Find out more
  • Monday 9th July
    Mechanics Institute Review Live

    Come along for a bevvy or two, the best chips north of the river and a line-up of fantastic new writing performed by students, friends and alumni of Birkbeck's Creative Writing programmes. Headlined by a special guest author (to be announced) The Harrison, 28 Harrison St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF. 7.30pm Find out more
  • Saturday 14th July
    Young Adult Book Group: Pride at Piccadilly

    As part of Waterstones Piccadilly's Pride celebrations, the bookshop is launching a brand new YA Book Group. Join YA booksellers Laurie and Maisie to discuss Becky Albertalli’s Leah on the Offbeat, a novel that explores changing friendships, first love and senior year angst. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 2pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 18th July
    An evening with Gregg Hurwitz

    Gregg Hurwitz, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man, will be in the store to discuss his latest suspense thriller, Orphan X Thriller: Hellbent. Waterstones 203-206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD. 6.30 Find out more
  • Monday 23rd July
    Game Theory

    Thomas Jones’s debut novel Game Theory is a sharply observed comedy of manners, encompassing sex, marriage, parenting, infidelity and the rules of croquet. Jones, an editor at the LRB, will be talking about it, the games people play and a great many other things with Jon Day, writer, academic and author of Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL. 7pm Find out more
  • Thursday 26th July
    Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century

    Tracing the history of the Black radical tradition—from its origins as resistance to slavery through the Black Panthers to figures such as Marcus Garvey, Malcom X and Angela Davis, author and educator Kehinde Andrews joins Minna Salami , blogger and author, to discuss her book Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century and explore what a renewed politics of radicalism might look like in the world today. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT. 7pm Find out more