Central Library Book Café

Central Library’s Book Café is a regular, women-only, shared reading group. It meets monthly on a Wednesday lunchtime at 1 to 2pm. The Book Café is a welcoming and thriving group initially set up by the Glasgow Women’s Library at Central Library and is now continued by library staff.

A short story by a woman writer is read out whilst the group enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or eat their lunch and then chat about whatever themes the story offers.

No preparation is required, no homework and no pressure to speak. The intention of the group is to share writing from worldwide authors to find connections within women’s experiences and introduce new writers to the group.

A diverse range of global authors and storytelling forms are read and discussed, including poetry and non-fiction. The group read all kinds of material – spooky stories, humorous stories, heart-warming stories and topical stories.

Come along and enjoy writing by authors such as Tove Jansson, Sarah Dyer, Katherine Mansfield, A.L. Kennedy, Muriel Spark, Sophie Kinsella, Catherine Lim, Alissa Nutting, Andrea Levy, Margaret Attwood, Alice Munro, Mary Oliver, Jeanette Winterson, Alice Walker, Janice Galloway, Carol Ann Duffy, Angela Carter, Ali Smith, Toli Garaghi and many more.

Book your place in advance via Eventbrite if you can, (so that we know how may cups of tea or coffee to have ready) or just turn up on the day.

The Book Café takes an annual break during July and August and resumes in September. Check out Eventbrite for dates of next sessions.

Contact Sarah (sarah.mcintosh@edinburgh.gov.uk) with any queries.