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 7th July 2022

Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith

Cooking the Books, the top food podcast, which won The Guild of Food Writers’ Best Broadcast or Podcast Award and was shortlisted for 2022’s Fortnum and Mason Best Podcast, is coming to Kemptown Bookshop this summer. Local food journalist and author, Gilly Smith talks to A-lister food writers about their books and life through the prism of food.

Tonight she talks to Dominique Woolf, the winner of Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 series The Great Cookbook Challenge about Dominique’s Kitchen, which is packed with quick, delicious recipes perfect for any night of the week.

Signed copies of Dominique’s Kitchen will be available for purchase.

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7pm on Thursday 13th July 2022

Reading from Jenny Lecoat’s bestseller The Girl from the Channel Islands

Jenny Lecoat’s first novel, The Girl From The Channel Islands, is re-published in the UK this summer following international success – it made both the New York Times and Der Spiegel bestseller lists in 2021, and is published in 13 territories.

The Girl From The Channel Islands is based on the true story of Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl who fled to Jersey from Vienna to escape the Nazis, only to find herself once more trapped when the Germans invaded in 1940.

Join us for an evening with Jenny where she will read from the book and talk about the inspiration for the novel. This will be followed by a Q&A and a chance to meet other local people. Signed copies of Jenny’s book will also be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on Thursday 14th July 2022

Poetry reading

Poet John McCullough reads a selection from his books including Reckless Paper Birds which won the Hawthornden prize for literature, and his latest collection Panic Response.

This will be followed by a Q&A and a chance to meet other local people. Signed copies of John’s books will also be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on Thursday 21st July 2022

Book launch

Described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blade Runner, local author Helen Trevorrow’s second novel New Brighton is a powerful tale of control, love and family in a brave new world where nothing is as it seems.

Helen will read from the book, 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 New Brighton and Helen’s first novel In the Wake will be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on 4th August 2022

Book launch

Described as a superb summer read, Sue Teddern’s latest book The Pre-Loved Club is a warm and witty look at the world of dating second time around. It’s perfect for anyone who has ever dreamt of finding true love, only to realise life doesn’t necessarily work that way.

Sue will read from the book, 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 The Pre-Loved Club and Sue’s first novel Annie Stanley, All at Sea will be available for purchase.

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7.30pm on 8th September 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 9th September 2022

Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith

Cooking the Books, the top food podcast, which won The Guild of Food Writers’ Best Broadcast or Podcast Award and was shortlisted for 2022’s Fortnum and Mason Best Podcast, is coming to Kemptown Bookshop this summer. Local food journalist and author, Gilly Smith talks to A-lister food writers about their books and life through the prism of food.

Tonight she talks to Tara Wigley and Sami Tamimi about Falastin, described as a soulful tour of Palestinian cooking.

Signed copies of Falastin 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.

Book your free ticket on our Eventbrite page.