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Upcoming Events


One Button Benny storytime

Wednesday 16 October, 11am-12pm

About this Event

Alan Windram, author of Bookbug Picture Book Prize-winning One Button Benny, joins us for some half term fun in the form of this exciting storytime event! Expect singing, robot dancing and two brilliant stories. This event is aimed at 3-6 year olds.

Contact the bookshop on 0131 629 6756 or to reserve a place.

The Portobello Bookshop/Haunted Voices Hallowe’en

Thursday 31st October, 6.30pm

It’s the best day of the year! Help us celebrate the publication of Haunted Voices with readings and perhaps some spooky surprises...

About this Event

Happy Hallowe'en! Wine and beer, tunes and the spookiest stories around await…

Expect tales of haunting Druid mythology, researchers discovering more than they bargained for, and hungry ghosts haunting Glasgow. Fancy dress strongly encouraged! Get your tickets here.

Please note this is not a children’s event!


Edinburgh launch: Glitch/This Way to Departures

Wednesday 6 November, 6.30pm

Join us to celebrate the newest publications from two of the UK’s finest indie publishers, Dead Ink and Influx Press.

About this event

Glitch by Lee Rourke: After two decades spent in the US, L-J is on a flight back to his native Suffolk to visit family and his childhood coastal home. His flight is straightforward, as per design, until it hits a glitch – an unexpected and dramatic cabin decompression – which suggests that all that L-J expects from this trip cannot be counted on.

This is a powerful novel of grief, family, and ideas. It’s a novel about embracing those irregularities – the recurring glitch – that seep into every aspect of life, and seeing the beauty in them.

This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim: What happens when we leave the places we’re from? What do we lose, and who do we become, and what parts of our pasts are unshakeable? 

Linda Mannheim’s second short story collection focuses on people who have relocated – both voluntarily and involuntarily. Opening with Miami-set political thriller, ‘Noir’, this exquisitely rendered set of stories will leave you reeling.

Lee and Linda will be in conversation with Daniel Gray. Tickets here.

Taking the Plunge book launch

Thursday 7 November, 6.30pm

Whether you’re a seasoned sea swimmer or prefer to admire those brave souls from the relative warmth of the shore, come along to celebrate the publication of Taking the Plunge: The Healing Power of Wild Swimming for Mind, Body and Soul.

About this event

Author Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon join us for the launch of their book, Taking the Plunge. It is set to be the definitive book on wild swimming, offering motivation, inspiration and the tools needed to embark on an exhilarating adventure that has the power to last a lifetime. No wetsuits required! Check back soon for tickets.

Pasta Grannies

Friday 15 November, 6.30pm

Through the Pasta Grannies YouTube channel, Vicky Bennison shares the stories and recipes of Italian grandmothers with the world. At this event, she will bring them all the way to Portobello.

About this event

Pasta Grannies is a gorgeous collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. More than just a compendium of dishes, the book tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you that with the right know-how, truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.

Vicky Bennison is the creator of the Pasta Grannies YouTube channel which has amassed over 400,000 subscribers and 170k on Instagram. She started the channel to help these remarkable women pass down their skills and knowledge for future generations, as she saw an essential need to keep their traditions alive.

Vicky will be in conversation discussing the Pasta Grannies journey, followed by a short cooking demonstration with the chance to try the pasta at the end. Check back soon for tickets.

This Golden Fleece book talk and knitting extravaganza

Thursday 21 November, 6.30pm

Bring your knitting along to this author event with a difference.

About this event

Esther Rutter has traveled the length of the British Isles, unravelling the history of knitting and wool, and its influence on our landscape and culture. Her new book, This Golden Fleece, tells the story of wool’s long history. Join us for an interactive discussion around the book and your own knitting projects. Should you be inspired to start a new project - or take up the knitting needles for the first time - there will be a pop-up yarn stall on the night thanks to Ginger Twist Studio! Check back soon for tickets.