Monday 28 November 2016

Hidden Gems

Here at BookGig we know that sometimes you want to take a break from the norm, let your hair down and try something a little bit different. With that in mind, these events are just some of the hidden gems on the site, and we think they all sound absolutely fab! So, take a look and attend an event, or two, or even three …

For Adults

If a more educational event is your forte why not check out Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius. Bestselling author David Bodanis will talk all about his new book, which focuses on the life of the most intelligent man in history. He will explore Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life and reveal how much we owe him today, as well as how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.

Have you ever found yourself wondering why literary sex scenes are rarely any good? Neither had we … until now. This quirky event is all about the joys and difficulties of reading and writing sex. Literary critic Lucy Scholes will be in conversation with Katherine Angel, Peter Hobbs, Robert Olen-Butler and Joanna Walsh as they talk about everything from their own experiences to authors who they feel do it especially well.

If you’re a cool cat and sweet jazz is your bag why not mix it up with this hybrid of live music and literature. Author Oliver Cable will be reading from his debut novel, Fresh Air and Empty Streets, whilst a live performance takes place around him. If that’s not enough to entice you, the event is being held on possibly the only floating bookshop in London! 

Literature comes in many forms, so why not help celebrate the release of this brand new indie magazine? 404 Ink is a new, alternative, independent publisher based in the UK. They have teamed up with Interrobang?!, a spoken word and music night in Edinburgh, to bring you a fantastic evening of readings and carousing. So if you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the literature scene this is the place to be. 

For Children

Celebrate Christmas the Horrible Histories way with an adventure in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Children aged four and above will enjoy a show like no other with a journey through the history of Christmas.

Experience something a little bit different at this event for children that love to be active. Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy will talk about his latest book, On Your Bike, which teaches kids how to maintain and make the most of their bicycles with his top tips and tricks. If your children love getting on their bikes, or even dream of winning Olympic gold someday, this is the perfect event to inspire them!

So there you have it, our top pick of alternative events that are sure to be quirky, interesting and highly enjoyable. Why not try something new, and don't forget to tweet us at @BookGig to let us know how you got on! 

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