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…

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


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Bookshop Day

with Patrick Benson, illustrator-in-residence

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Sat 7th Oct 2017, 2.30, £8

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Adam Kay

Talking about his memoir of life as a junior doctor

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Thu 5th Oct 2017, 7.30pm, £10 (ticket only)

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Few memoirs have inspired so many snorts of laughter, spiked with an aftertaste of pathos. Do not miss this chance to hear Adam’s first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy at Mainstreet on Thurs 5th Oct.

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.

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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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