We run a year round program of events, bringing some of the most exciting, creative, thought provoking writers right into the heart of the community. In 2019 we hosted almost 200 gatherings, launches, workshops and discussions.

Past speakers have included Reni Eddo Lodge, Terry Eagleton, Layla Saad, Angela Saini, Kerry Hudson, Sabrina Mahfouz, Gary Younge, Jackie Kay, James Kelman, Ann Pettifor, Vahni Capildeo, Silivia Federici, Roseanne Watt, Valeria Luiselli, Juno Dawson and Nikesh Shukla - to name but a few!


IN THEIR SHOES: Jamie Windust on Navigating Non-binary life with Jess Brough
Monday 11th January 7pm

THIS IS WHY I RESIST: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu with Tomiwa Folorunso
Wednesday 27th January 8pm

LOVE IS AN EX-COUNTRY: Randa Jarrar on fat, queer, muslim womanhood
Thursday 11th February 7pm

KEEPING AWAY THE SPIDERSAnne Pia on Joy & Possibility
Friday 19th February 7pm

Past (virtual) events, which you can watch online through the end of November include:

For Now: On craft & Creativity with Eileen Myles
Wednesday 18th November 8.30pm
A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance with Stella Dadzie
Thursday 19th November 6.30pm
Dead Girls: Gender Violence & Radical Imagination
Sunday 22nd November 4.30pm
So Hormonal: A 3-part indie extravaganza
Part I with Lighthouse: Weds 25th November 6pm
Scabby Queen: chatting working class women and writing with Kirstin Innes
Sunday 27th December 6pm

And here's a wee companion video to our chat with Eileen Myles!


Due to Coronavirus, all upcoming events will be virtual, and we'll consider a return to bookshop events when it is safe to do so.

We continue to run our bookclubs online (click through for details on eventbrite) AND we'll have lots of virtual author chats and readings through our Lighthouse Life Raft program this autumn, just signed up to our newsletter HERE for all the latest news and videos.

Monday Night Book Clubs

Other Fruit: LGBTQ+ Writing
Women In Translation: Writing from around the world
Women in STEM: Non-fiction reading group
Bright Futures: Sci-fi book club



Our online events will mostly take place through Crowdcast, especially if live!

For In Person Events  (mostly post-covid relevant!) 

The bookshop always has 15 FREE places available for those who would otherwise face a financial barrier to entry, they are first come first served but must be booked in advance.

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility on the accessibility page above, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it here.

We cannot guarantee a seat if you arrive after the event start-time. (If you know you’re running late, call the shop to give us a heads-up!)