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Donald Mitchell

Against All Odds - The Life and Work of Helena Swanwick

Thursday 24th January at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Against All Odds by local author Donald Mitchell. An insightful and compelling account of the life of Helena Swanwick who was a prominent pacifist and feminist during the 20th century. Apart from her autobiography there are virtually no accounts of her life.


John Harvey & Stella Duffy

In conversation

Thursday 31st January at 6:30pm

Tickets £3.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 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 […]


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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Michael Palin SOLD OUT

Erebus - The Story of a Ship

Thursday 13th December at 6:30pm

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

Join us to meet Michael Palin who will be talking about his latest book Erebus – The Story of a Ship HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships of the Victorian era, a veteran of ground-breaking expeditions to the ends of the earth. The ship disappeared in the Arctic in 1848, its fate […]

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Andrew Whitehead

Curious King's Cross

Thursday 29th November at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Join us to hear a talk to celebrate the publication of Curious King’s Cross with Andrew Whitehead. Andrew is one half of the writing team that brought us Curious Kentish Town and Curious Camden Town. Sex, pubs and rock’n’roll – King’s Cross has it all, and so much more … from a fish-and-chip shop once bugged […]

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20% off books, dvds & stationery

Sunday 25th November at 10:00am

Our annual 20% off Christmas shopping day starts at 10am on Sunday 25th November. The offer applies only to books DVDs and stationery purchased on the day when you spend over £20.

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Three Local Authors

Stephanie Bretherton, Caitlin Davies & Miranda Gold

Wednesday 14th November at 6:30pm

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

Courageous Women, Unusual Stories.. Please join us for a fascinating evening of discussions, readings and book signings with local authors Stephanie Bretherton, Caitlin Davies and Miranda Gold. From prehistoric shamans and pioneering scientists to a feisty Victorian swimmer who became champion of the world and an adoptive mother of a wartime refugee: three local authors talk about […]

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Alan Rusbridger – SOLD OUT

Breaking News

Monday 12th November at 6:30pm

Free Entry

This event is now fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a signed copy to collect after the event. Breaking News is a powerful and profound study of the news – how we read it, who controls it and why it matters – from  the former Guardian Editor-in-Chief. Reflecting on his […]

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Kamal Ahmed SOLD OUT

The Life and Times of a Very British Man

Tuesday 23rd October at 6:30pm

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to meet Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s new Economics Editor, who will be talking about his new memoir. The Life and Times of a Very British Man is a revealing, honest and often comic coming-of-age story about growing up in 1970s Britain on the boundaries of race. Kamal Ahmed’s childhood was […]

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Pat Thane

Divided Kingdom - A History of Britain, 1900 to the Present

Wednesday 26th September at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Local author Pat Thane will be at the Owl with Daniel Snowman to launch her new book. How has the UK evolved into the country it is today? This clear, comprehensive survey of its history since 1900 explores the political, economic, social and cultural changes which have divided the nation and held it together, and […]

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Ruth Padel


Monday 10th September at 6:30pm

Free Entry

We are very pleased to announce an event at the Owl with award-winning poet Ruth Padel who will be reading poems from her latest collection Emerald written after the death of her mother, the great grand-daughter of Charles Darwin. These haunting, beautifully cadenced poems will speak to everyone. They illuminate processes of a bereavement we all […]

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Nell Stevens

Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart

Wednesday 5th September at 6:30pm

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

Attention all Gaskellites, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear Nell Stevens talking about the inspirational Mrs Gaskell. In 1857, after two years of writing The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell fled England for Rome on the eve of publication. The project had become so fraught with criticism, with different truths and different lies, […]

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Victoria Glendinning

The Butcher's Daughter

Wednesday 27th June at 6:30pm

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

We are delighted to welcome Victoria Glendinning to the Owl to talk about her new historical novel The Butcher’s Daughter.  It is 1535 and Agnes Peppin, daughter of a West Country butcher, leaves her family home in disgrace. Banished and forced to abandon her new-born infant, she is meant to live out her days cloistered […]