Our events

Author events are a big part of what we do, from debut authors we love, to cooking demos and calligraphy workshops. We announce all our events both on the website and via email. If you would like to be kept in touch with our event please join our mailing list.

We also believe very strongly in the power of children’s author events – see below, Mainstreet Van – on the Road…

If you would like information about the two Book Groups we host at Mainstreet, please click here.

Victoria Hislop

“What a wonderful place, a paradise
for booklovers and authors.”

Jessie Burton

“Thank you for an extremely warm welcome,
a marvellously organised event,
and a happy atmosphere.”

Kate Humble

“What you have created here is an inspiration
– all life’s favourite things – books, wonderful food
and pretties, under a glorious jumble of roofs.”

Current Events


Val McDermid portrait

Val McDermid

Author Event

 

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Fri 12th Oct 2018, 7.30, £10

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Gill Meller

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

 

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Wed 10th Oct 2018, 7, £55

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Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

Author Event

 

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Thu 4th Oct 2018, 7.30, £10

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Michael Palin

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

 

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Tue 25th Sep 2018, 7.30, £25

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Author Clare Balding and her dog

Clare Balding

Author Event

 

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Mon 24th Sep 2018, 6.30, £6

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Past events

Over the years, we’ve been very lucky to host many wonderful author events, including Clare Balding, Jeremy Paxman, Margaret Atwood, Kirsty Wark and Michael Morpurgo. If you’d like to see what we’ve been up to, do have a look at the archive.

Mainstreet Van - on the road

Nothing inspires a young reader more than meeting the right author and reading the right book. Every term we partner with one children’s publisher to take their lovely authors into our local schools. Our ambition is to ensure that every child in the Scottish Borders meets an author through the Mainstreet Van during their school career. For more information, please see SCHOOLS within our Children’s Books section.

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