Author Events - 2018

Publicity portrait of Sir Chris Hoy on his bike
Thu 29th Nov 2018

Sir Chris Hoy

Author Event

 

We are delighted to announce that cycling legend and multi-gold medal-winning Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, will be joining us on Thurs 29th November to talk about his new book, How to Ride a Bike.

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Wed 28th Nov 2018

Ian Robertson

Author Event

 

Former Scotland fly-half and legendary BBC radio commentator, Ian Robertson, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 28th November talking about his autobiography, Rugby: Talking a Good Game.

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Wed 21st Nov 2018

Kate Humble

Author Event

 

Do join us on Wed 21st Nov for an Autumnal treat – Kate Humble, talking about her new book, Thinking on My Feet.

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Author Robert J. Harris portrait
Thu 8th Nov 2018

Robert J Harris

Author Event

 

One of our bestselling books last year was The Thirty-One Kings by Robert J Harris which Allan Massie described as ‘A loving tribute to Buchan…. and thoroughly good fun.’  So, we are delighted to announce that Harris will be with us at Mainstreet on Thurs 8th Nov to talk about his next ‘Richard Hannay’ novel, Castle Macnab, a sequel to John Macnab.

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Portrait of singer Poppy Holden on top of the Eildon Hills, Scottish Borders
Tue 23rd Oct 2018

The Border Ballads

Author Event

As the nights draw in, do join us at Mainstreet to hear all about our local literary star, Thomas the Rhymer. Singer Poppy Holden will explore the medieval account of Thomas and how the seemingly inexplicable events of the story can be linked to the real-world geography and history of the Scottish Borders.

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Author Rosemary Goring
Thu 18th Oct 2018

Rosemary Goring

Author Event

 

We are very proud to announce that our next author event celebrates a landmark publication – Scotland: Her Story by Rosemary Goring.

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Val McDermid portrait
Fri 12th Oct 2018

Val McDermid

Author Event

 

We are delighted to announce that the Queen of Crime herself, Val McDermid, will be with us on Fri 12th Oct to talk about her new novel, Broken Ground.

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Wed 10th Oct 2018

Gill Meller

‘Pop-up’ Dining – Sorry, this event is now SOLD OUT

 

After the success of our first pop-up dining event last Autumn with Olia Hercules, we’re delighted to announce that this October we welcome another of our favourite chefs, Gill Meller, to ‘pop-up’ at Mainstreet. He will be cooking for us from his beautiful new book, Time.

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Author Alexander McCall Smith
Thu 4th Oct 2018

Alexander McCall Smith

Author Event

 

2018 marks 20 years since the first No.1 Ladies Detective Agency was published, so we are truly delighted to announce that Alexander McCall Smith will be at Mainstreet on 4thOctober to talk about his most recent work.

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Tue 25th Sep 2018

Michael Palin

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

 

We are delighted to announce that globe-trotting national treasure, Michael Palin will be joining us at Mainstreet to talk about his new book, Erebus on Tues 25th September.

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Author Clare Balding and her dog
Mon 24th Sep 2018

Clare Balding

Author Event

 

This Autumn we are delighted to welcome back a Mainstreet favourite… Clare Balding will be with us on Mon 24th Sept talking about her bestselling children’s books.

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Tue 18th Sep 2018

Ann Cleeves

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

We’re delighted to announce that Ann Cleeves will be at Mainstreet on Tues 18th September to celebrate publication of Wild Fire, the eighth and final book in her hugely popular Shetland series. 

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Author Kate Atkinson
Wed 12th Sep 2018

Kate Atkinson

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

 

It is with great excitement that we announce Kate Atkinson will be with us on Wed 12th September to talk about her magnificent new novel, Transcription. Her many fans will be delighted to hear the book is once again set in wartime London, this time exploring the murky world of British espionage.

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Thu 30th Aug 2018

Claire Askew

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that novelist, Claire Askew, will be joining us on Thurs 30th August to talk about her new thriller, All the Hidden Truths. Brought up in the Scottish Borders, Claire’s first novel won the Lucy Cavandish Prize for Fiction and, among several other accolades, she also received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

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Wed 25th Jul 2018

Tweed Dales

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 25thJuly talking about their new book, Tweed Dales.

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Cookery demo and chat with chefs Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer from Honey & Co
Wed 11th Jul 2018

Honey & Co.

Cooking demo & chat

Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer went down a storm when they visited Mainstreet back in 2015 and their delicious food has often informed our menu. So we are thrilled they are back on Wed 11th July, to mark publication of their beautiful new book, Honey & Co: At Home.

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Wed 20th Jun 2018

Michael Morpurgo

Author Event

SOLD OUT

Our very first event at Mainstreet back in 2008 was with the wonderful Michael Morpurgo, so it is with very great pleasure that we welcome him back during the week of our 10th birthday on 20th June 2018.

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Tue 5th Jun 2018

Emma Healey

Author Event

Many of you will be familiar with Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2014. We are delighted to welcome her to Mainstreet on Tues 5th June to talk about her new book, Whistle in the Dark.

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Thu 31st May 2018

Maggie O’Farrell

Author Event

Regulars at Mainstreet will know that we were a touch evangelical about Maggie O’Farrell’s extraordinary memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am which came out in hardback last year. We are therefore delighted to announce that Maggie, our very own Mainstreet Makar, will be joining us on Thurs 31st May to celebrate publication of the paperback edition.

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James Crawford, Scotland from the Sky
Thu 24th May 2018

James Crawford

Author Event

This May sees the release of a major three part TV series on the landscape of Scotland, telling the story of our nation from a completely different angle. Viewers will be guided through a century of aerial photographs, charting the ever-changing face of Scotland’s rural and urban landscapes.

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Thu 17th May 2018

Spring Wine Tasting

Deli Event

ALLIANCE WINES LAUNCHING OUR SPRING LIST

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Thu 3rd May 2018

Tim Marshall

Author Event

Many of you may be familiar with Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall, published to huge acclaim a few years ago…

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Wed 25th Apr 2018

AJ Pearce

Author Event

We are often asked to recommend books to cheer up friends and family – the response, quite often, is to reach for Nancy Mitford, but now we have another contender, Dear Mrs Bird. Better still, its author, A J Pearce, is coming to Mainstreet on Wed 25th April.

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Tara Westover author of Educated
Thu 19th Apr 2018

Tara Westover

Author Event

We’re very excited to announce that Tara Westover will be joining us at Mainstreet on Thurs 19th April to talk about her remarkable memoir, Educated. It’s a book we first heard about back in September and is, without doubt, going to be one of the biggest books of 2018.

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Thu 5th Apr 2018

Diana Henry

Author Event

Join us on Thurs 5th April to hear award winning, much loved food writer, Diana Henry, in conversation with Stuart Kelly.

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Thu 29th Mar 2018

Graham Robb

Author Event

SOLD OUT

We are delighted to announce that historian, Graham Robb will be with us on Thurs 29th March to talk about his new book, The Debatable Land – a subject very close to home…

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Mainstreet Author Event - Sally Magnusson talking to Stuart Kelly about her new book, The Sealwoman's Gift
Tue 6th Mar 2018

Sally Magnusson

Author Event

We were fortunate to host Sally Magnusson at Mainstreet to launch her very moving memoir, Where Memories Go, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome her back to talk about her first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift.

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Wed 28th Feb 2018

Celia Imrie

We are very sorry, but this event has been CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME SNOW – ticket holders have been notified, full refund applies

What better prospect in the depths of winter, than the wonderful Celia Imrie? We’re delighted to announce that she’s coming to Mainstreet on Wed 28th February.

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Tue 13th Feb 2018

Stuart Kelly

Author Event

Regulars at our events will be familiar with Stuart Kelly for his elegant author interviews from Rick Stein to Maggie O’Farrell, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back, this time as the star of the show, talking about his new book, The Minister and the Murderer. Stuart will be ‘in conversation’ with the director of the Edinburgh Book Festival, Nick Barley.

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Wed 31st Jan 2018

The Sober Diaries

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet on 31st January to meet a woman who managed to give up drink and keep her sense of humour, oh, and beat cancer and lose two stone at the same time.

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