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One of the perks I value most about having a bookshop is that our talks series, such as it is (roughly a speaker a month between September – June) enables me to meet professionals in every field (the arts, sciences, even sports) who I would otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. Some few are well-known to the public - hey! It’s a long way up here, the fee is risible, and the Old Waiting Room wherein the talks take place only holds 50 people tops (60 if they’re skinny). Still, some serious names (serious names with big hearts) have been willing to make the perilous journey above Watford. Anyway, all the talks begin at 7.30 and cost £5 (and that includes a glass of plonk no less.)'

Regular talks, conversations, book signings and similar in Blackwell's Bookshops across the UK.

'The Book Hive is a place that celebrates the beauty of printed material – as well as the pleasures of whimsical, alternative curation ... The shop hosts regular events, including a weekly quiet reading hour called Page Against The Machine, author signings, launches and other book-related goings on. The top floor hosts private work booths, available for rent by writers and creatives.'

'Hosting a regular programme of author talks, book signings and themed events is an important and exciting part of what we do. We work hard to bring an exciting mix of bestselling authors and some of the best new writers to Oswestry. Booka prides itself on creating an "event experience" for both audience and author. As well as the bookshop we make use of a number of outside venues for our larger events.'

'A small but beautiful independent bookshop in busy Broadway Market, Hackney. We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy & essays, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music and children’s books ... We have our own programme of events at the shop and we also welcome enquiries about events outside of that. Our capacity is about 20 seated and 40-50 standing.'

'This is the online home of both our lovely shops: the Chorleywood Bookshop and the Gerrards Cross Bookshop. If you want to book places for one of our many high profile events, purchase a limited edition book, or find out out how to get hold of us to place orders or make a query, you’re in the right place!'

'David's has a long history of hosting visiting authors and speakers, from the bookfairs and ideas fairs of the 1970s and 80s, the later series of public debates, to our ongoing seasonal programmes ... Most events are held in our cafe which turns into a bright, welcoming space in the evening. Larger events take place in a variety of venues around Letchworth.'

'Here at Diss Publishing we host a variety of book events including signings, talks and children’s activities covering a wide selection of interests.  We look forward to welcoming you to one of our forthcoming events.'

'We are an independent bookshop, based in Kings Cross, London since 1959. We specialise in books, magazines, and periodicals of radical interest and progressive politics, such as feminism, black politics, LGBTQIA+, environment, anarchism. We also host events and book groups throughout the year.'

'Linghams bookshop has a long history on the Wirral and is a real asset to the local community ... We stock a wide range of books with many titles on display. If there is a title you would like to order we can generally get customer orders within 24 hours, it’s not unusual for a book to be ordered at 4:30pm and be available by 10am the next morning. Books can be ordered over the phone or online ... Linghams host regular events with a variety of international bestselling authors. Some of our events are based online but many are held in our Heswall bookshop.'

'Opened in 2003 by the ​London Review of Books in the heart of Bloomsbury, just a Rosetta Stone’s throw from the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop has now established itself as an essential part of the capital’s cultural life, a place for people who love books to meet, talk, drink excellent tea and coffee, consume delicious food from the cake shop, and of course, browse ... Twice a week or so, we turn our shop into a miniature auditorium and sometimes a cinema in which authors talk about and read from their work, meet their readers, show films and engage in lively debate about literature, history, politics and everything in between.'

'Mostly Books Meets… is a podcast series that sees us speak to incredible authors, journalists, poets and professionals from the world of publishing. We’ll be asking them about the books that shaped them – from their childhood favourites to the book that changed their life.'

'Founded in 1978. In these days when the going is hard for many small businesses, and for independent bookshops in particular, it is a significant achievement for a bookshop to survive for such a time, and Newham Bookshop isn’t just surviving, it’s positively thriving ... We invite authors to talk about their work, sign copies of their books and meet their fans. The range of guests is very broad, as you can see from the archive of events.'

Also indexedThe Wanstead Tap

'Opened in 2008, Pages of Hackney is a small award-winning bookshop on the Lower Clapton Road. We sell an eclectic mix of books in the areas of literary fiction, politics, feminism, essays and life writing as well as philosophy, psychology, nature writing, music and children’s books. Our priority is to be a friendly, welcoming community bookshop that feels accessible and inclusive: we want each customer to feel that the bookshop is for them, and we do our best to give our customers individually as much time and thought as we can. It’s also important to us to support the issues and authors we believe in, and to give a platform to marginalised voices in publishing.'

'Rossiter Books is a family run business that prides itself on being at the centre of the community. We have bookshops in Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Leominster. At Rossiter Books you can expect a friendly welcome, expert advice on books and an extremely high level of customer service. We also hold regularly author events and, outside of pandemics, run a regular monthly book group from each shop.'

We are the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford ... Today, Stanfords remains a much loved and vital part of the travel landscape. As the world’s largest map retailer, Stanfords prides itself on the depth of its stock, sourced by experts, from all over the world. If you can’t find what you are looking for in store or online and, if it exists, Stanfords will make every effort to find it for you.'  Frequent in-store (and online) events at their flagship store in London, and their Branch in Bristol.

'Our events are lively occasions with the emphasis on direct communication between author and audience. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed'. Shops also in Edinburgh, Ely, St Andrews.

'The town’s only independent bookshop, established in 2004. We love books and we aim to offer the highest quality of service to our customers. Whether you visit our first floor to curl up on our cosy sofa, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee whilst browsing our poetry, sport and health books or explore the ground floor for fiction, travel, history whilst the kids enjoy our extensive children’s section, we look forward to your visit.'

'Waterstones began in 1982 under the aegis of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades that have followed, we have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 superb booksellers across over 280 bookshops. As the last surviving national bookshop chain, under the helmsmanship of Managing Director James Daunt, we are proud to have fought off the perceived threat of e-readers and online competition to begin a programme of active expansion ... Working closely with our bookshops are our efforts online, where at Waterstones.com we are working to bring the very essence of Waterstones to every home and smartphone in Britain.'

'We are one of the world’s oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in esoterica. Since our inception, Watkins holds a proud legacy of offering one of the world's largest selections of spiritual and esoteric literature. We stock titles on Eastern Philosophy and Western Esoterica, as well as a wide variety of contemporary forms of Mind, Body & Spirit related material.'

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