The sun is finally out and with it comes spring: a time for new life and fresh ideas. Whether you’re seeking some creative inspiration, looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays or simply craving some literary chat, we’ve rounded up a selection of the most exciting bookish events coming your way.
Fearless feminist Louise O’Neill introduces her unique reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The Surface Breaks follows a young mermaid’s yearning to break free from her controlling father and finally find her voice. Louise will be speaking to Emma Gannon at Waterstones Piccadilly in London, where you’ll get the chance to grab a copy of The Surface Breaks before its publication.
Following the emotional rollercoaster that was her previous book Mad Girl, Bryony Gordon is back with another memoir. Eat Drink Run follows her inspirational journey from couch potato to marathon runner and how running helped her – and others – speak out about their mental health. Join Bryony at Waterstones Liverpool for what promises to be a fun and fascinating evening.
One of the most successful novelists in the UK, Anthony Horowitz brings us his new novel, an official prequel to Casino Royale. Including original material from Ian Fleming, Forever and a Day goes back to Bond’s roots and gives us a glimpse into how he became Britain’s most famous fictional spy. Anthony will be in conversation with Francesca Perryman at Waterstones Reading. To find more Anthony Horowitz events near you, see here.
Come along and listen to prolific children’s author Jacqueline Wilson as she discusses her latest Hetty Feather novel, Rose Rivers. She will also be talking about her incredibly extensive writing career and answering your questions. This promises to be a thoroughly entertaining and inspirational evening. To find more Jacqueline Wilson events near you, see here.
Inspired by the wonderful stories in both Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, Waterstones Dundee are hosting a treasure hunt! How many characters can you finding hiding around the store? This event is suitable for children of all ages, so come along and join in the fun!
This spring, there are numerous celebrations of everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant Elmer. At Waterstones York, there will be storytime, creative activities and even meet-and-greets with Elmer herself! To find more Elmer events near you, see here.