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MELISSA HARRISON

All Among the Barley- In conversation with Emily Rhodes

Thursday 25th April at 6:45pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us at the Owl to meet Melissa Harrison who will be in conversation with writer and literary journalist Emily Rhodes. The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, though the Great War still casts a shadow over the cornfields of her beloved home, Wych Farm. When charismatic, outspoken Constance FitzAllen […]

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New Daughters of Africa

Nah Dove & Angela Cobbinah

Monday 29th April at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us to celebrate the publication of this wonderful anthology celebrating the lives and work of more than 200 women writers of African descent. Two of the featured writers, Nah Dove and Angela Cobbinah are Camden based and will be in conversation with Harriet Evans and Shezan Renny Featuring women across the diaspora, New Daughters of Africa […]

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Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

The Baltic Story

Thursday 2nd May at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us to celebrate the publication of The Baltic Story with writer and lecturer Caroline Boggis-Rolfe The Baltic Story recounts the shared history of the countries around the Baltic, from the events of a thousand years ago to today. It shows the ties of blood and commerce that have bound the different lands which now […]

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NIKESH SHUKLA

The One Who Wrote Destiny

Tuesday 7th May at 7:00pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us at the Owl to meet Nikesh Shukla, novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant, who will be talking about his latest novel now out in paperback. Neha has just been diagnosed with the same terminal cancer that killed her mother. Was this her destiny? She codes a computer program to find out, one that intricately […]

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David Kogan

Protest and Power - The Battle for the Labour Party

Thursday 9th May at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Only Clement Atlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair have won power from a sitting Conservative government. Of the ten general elections since 1979, Labour has won three, all under Blair. This record of failure, if applied to any other walk of life, would raise the fundamental question of why continue to fight a losing battle? […]

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TESSA HADLEY

Late in the Day

Tuesday 21st May at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

An exciting opportunity to meet Tessa Hadley whose latest novel has just been published to rave reviews. Late in the Day explores the tangled webs at the centre of our most intimate relationships, to expose how beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives lie infinite alternate configurations. Ingeniously moving between past and […]

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LUIS DE MIRANDA & MICHAEL WELLS

Being & Neonness

Thursday 30th May at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Join the author and translator to celebrate the publication in English of Being & Neonness For most of us, the word neon conjures images of lights, colours, nightlife, and streets. It evokes the poetry of city nights. For Luis de Miranda, neon is a subject of philosophical curiosity. Being & Neonness is a cultural and philosophical […]

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GILLIAN TINDALL & RICHARD LANSDOWN

Camden Changing

Wednesday 5th June at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us to celebrate the publication of a new local history book featuring views of Kentish, Camden and Somers Towns, from the 1960s and 70s. Photographs by Richard Lansdown, text by Gillian Tindall, author of The Fields Beneath.   When it was decided in 1963 that several London boroughs should be merged into a larger […]

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David Rosenberg

Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History

Monday 10th June at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David Rosenberg tells the story of protest and struggle in London from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, the […]

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David Edgerton

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation

Monday 17th June at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Until the 1940s the United Kingdom was, David Edgerton argues, an exceptional place: liberal, capitalist and anti-nationalist, at the heart of a European and global web of trade and influence. Then, as its global position collapsed, it became, for the first time and only briefly, a real, successful nation, with shared goals, horizons and industry, before […]

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JOE DUNTHORNE

The Adulterants & O Positive

Wednesday 10th April at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne will be talking at the Owl about his new collection of poetry O Positive and his latest novel just out in paperback The Adulterants. From the wickedly funny author of Submarine comes a hilarious new tragicomedy — a screwball tale of millennial angst, pre-midlife crises and one man’s valiant quest to come […]

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MATT HERN & AM JOHAL

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life - A Tar Sands Tale

Monday 1st April at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

This is a fabulous chance to meet Canadian activists Matt Hern and Am Johal on a brief visit to London to talk about their collaboration with graphic novelist Joe Sacco Seeking new definitions of ecology in the tar sands of northern Alberta and searching for the sweetness of life in the face of planetary crises. […]

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Josh Cohen (SOLD OUT)

Not Working - Why We Have to Stop

Thursday 28th March at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Join us at the Owl to hear psychoanalyst and academic Josh Cohen talking about his new book Not Working. ‘To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.’ Oscar Wilde More than ever before, we live in a culture that excoriates inactivity and demonizes idleness. Work, connectivity and a constant flow […]

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Christian Wolmar

The Story of Crossrail

Tuesday 12th March at 6:30pm

Tickets £3.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Crossrail, first conceived just after the Second World War in the era of Attlee and Churchill, has cost more than GBP15bn and is expected to serve 200 million passengers annually. The author sets out the complex and highly political reasons for Crossrail’s lengthy gestation, tracing the troubled progress of the concept from the rejection of […]

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William Miller

Gloucester Crescent - Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

Wednesday 6th March at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

A wonderful opportunity to hear William Miller talking about his memoir of growing up surrounded by the likes of Alan Bennett, A. J. Ayer and other residents of Gloucester Crescent. Gloucester Crescent is a curving, leafy street, tucked between Camden Town and Primrose Hill, filled with the sound of clacking typewriters and children playing. It’s […]

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Candice Derman & Jane Haynes

Indescribable:Speaking the Unspeakable

Wednesday 27th February at 6:30pm

Tickets £3.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Join us for an important discussion on child sexual abuse with Candice Derman and psychotherapist Jane Haynes… Indescribable is the chilling story of the abuse South African actress Candice Derman suffered at the hands of her stepfather, the man she called `Dad’. Told entirely from the perspective of her childhood self, Indescribable explores Candice’s traumatic […]

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Mike Hodges

Bait, Grist & Security

Thursday 21st February at 6:30pm

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Mike Hodges, director of Get Carter, Pulp and many other fabulous films, will be at the Owl to talk about his new collection of three noir novellas Bait, Grist & Security. Definitely not one to be missed! ‘”Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor […]

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Daniel Rosenthal

Dramatic Exchanges - The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre

Wednesday 13th February at 6:30pm

Tickets £3.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Don’t miss this chance to hear local writer and broadcaster Daniel Rosenthal talking about his wonderful new collection of letters and stories from the National Theatre. There has been always as much drama offstage as on at the National Theatre, and much of it is to be found in the letters, telegrams, scribbled notes and […]

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John Richmond

Poetry Reading

Thursday 7th February at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Owl Bookshop and John Richmond invite you to a reading of poems and translations. John will read from My Proper Life, his book of original poems, and Bring Me the Sunflower, his book of translations from French, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Greek poets, and perform some of his new work, written since the publication of the […]

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John Harvey & Stella Duffy

In conversation

Thursday 31st January at 6:30pm

Tickets £3.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Please join us on this very special occasion. Stella Duffy will be interviewing John Harvey about his final Frank Elder novel. John Harvey was born in London, and now lives in Kentish Town, while considering Nottingham his spiritual home. Initially a teacher of English & Drama, he has been a full-time writer for more than […]