We are passionate about supporting local authors, encouraging aspiring writers and generating debate about all things books. Most of our events are free to attend and we welcome everyone, no matter how you identify or how others perceive you.

If you have any ideas for events you’d like to see, or if you’re a local author keen to speak at a future event, please do get in touch.

7.30pm on 28th September 2022

Why is Crime Fiction So Popular?

Bestselling (and local) crime writer William Shaw will explore the enduring popularity of the crime genre.

Signed copies of William’s books will be available to purchase.

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7.30pm on 6th October 2022

Book reading and Q&A

Bestselling author Anna Wake will read from her latest novel White Rock in which four characters are caught up in the tides of history over three centuries and drawn to the sacred White Rock of San Blas off the coast of Mexico. This will be followed by a Q&A about White Rock, and her previous two books Wake and Expectation which explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation.

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7.30pm on 13th October 2022

Book launch

When it comes to queer British history, London has stolen the limelight. But what about the millions of queer lives lived elsewhere? In Queer beyond London, two leading LGBTQ+ historians – Matt Cook and Alison Oram – take you on a journey through four English cites from the sixties to the noughties, exploring the northern post-industrial heartlands and taking in the salty air of the seaside cities of the South showing how local people, places and politics shaped LGBTQ+ life in each city.

Signed copies of Queer Beyond London will be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on 20th October 2022

Meet the author: Frances Quinn

Brighton-based Frances Quinn is the author of two historical fiction novels – That Bonesetter Woman, which is out this summer – and the acclaimed The Smallest Man published last year. Set in Georgian England, That Bonesetter Woman tells the tale of Endurance Proudfoot who has a keen desire to be a bonesetter – a trade which was usually passed from father to son.

Frances will read from her second novel, and talk about her journey to publication followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to chat to other members of the local community.

Signed copies of both That Bonesetter Woman and The Smallest Man will be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on 27th October 2022

Launch of workplace guru Neil Usher’s third book It’s Time to Unf*ck Work

The world of work – and all that’s wrong with it – is dominated by 12 statements. We hear them every day. We utter them at will. But they’re all garbage. What if we said – no more? This is the business book for everyone who can’t bear to read business books. Hear Neil read from the book and quiz him about the world of work and workplace.

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7.30pm on 17th November 2022

Meet the author: Jo Bloom

Faber writer Alex Hourston will chat to novelist Jo Bloom about her second novel Permission which is published shortly. It explores whether a marriage can survive if you’re both having sex with other people. Her debut novel Ridley Road was adapted for BBC One and aired in October 2021.

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