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Mike Hodges

Bait, Grist & Security

Thursday 21st February at 6:30pm

Free Entry

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 […]


Candice Derman & Jane Haynes

Indescribable:Speaking the Unspeakable

Wednesday 27th February at 6:30pm

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


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 020 7485 7793 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 […]


Christian Wolmar

The Story of Crossrail

Tuesday 12th March at 6:30pm

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


Josh Cohen

Not Working - Why We Have to Stop

Thursday 28th March at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 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 […]



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 020 7485 7793 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. […]



The Adulterants & O Positive

Wednesday 10th April at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 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 […]



All Among the Barley

Thursday 25th April at 6:45pm

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

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 arrives from London to write about fading rural traditions, she takes an interest in fourteen-year-old Edie, showing her a kindness she […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]