This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
by Zarina de Ruiter
From literary lunches to book quizzes and a writers' summer school to a rooftop book club, there is plenty to enjoy of the literary variety throughout August. So get your booking finger ready and be inspired by workshops, panel discussions and Q&As with some of your favourite authors!
1 August – Join bestselling authors Lucy Dillon, Chris Manby and Fiona Walker at a literary lunch in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where they'll be talking about their books and you can talk to them about yours! Tickets are £35 and support Cancer Research UK.
4 August – Blackwell's in Central London (which moved from Charing Cross Road to Holborn) is hosting a book-themed quiz night! Teams of four (max) will be pitted against each other in order to win spot prizes throughout the night and a top prize of Blackwell’s vouchers and, of course, glory and bragging rights. Tickets are free, but make sure you book for every attendee and come prepared with a hilarious literary team name!
6 August – Join Cathy Rentzenbrink for a literary afternoon tea at the Bay Restaurant in Penzance. Hosted by Edge of the World Bookshop, Cathy will discuss her beautiful memoir The Last Act of Love. Tickets are £5 and include tea or coffee and cake.
8-14 August – Swanwick Writers' Summer School provides courses, talks and workshops across a variety of genres. From a short course on romantic fiction with Sue Moorcroft to publishing panels, and from PR and marketing for writers to plotting a historical murder – the range of topics covered tailor to writers of all genres. Tickets range from £90 for day visitors to £535 for a week's stay including meals and accommodation.15-31 August – Europe's largest festival of its kind returns to Scotland this month for two jam-packed weeks of bookish joy. There are far too many events to list here so we recommend you have a good browse of the programme and brush up on your spreadsheet skills to create your own EdBookFest diary that fit in as much as possible. Who needs sleep anyway?
16 August – A book club on a rooftop with a beautiful view over the Thames and three bestselling women's fiction authors in attendance? Yes please! This month sees the inaugural rooftop book club in London from Headline Publishing Group, with Tasmina Perry, Jo Thomas and Stella Newman being interviewed by Heat Magazine's Isabelle Broom. Tickets are £10 and include a book from one of the authors (you can pick which one), goodie bag, a prize draw, cocktail and nibbles.
19 August – At Drink, Shop, Do's monthly free Speakeasy event in London there will be cocktails, sweets, short stories crafted on-the-spot on a theme chosen by you, plus readings by four super-special authors.
24 August – Are you an aspiring writer who would love to hear the ins and outs of the road to publication from all sides? Then the author, agent and editor panel from the London Writer's Cafe is one to check out. Our very own Cesca Major (The Silent Hours) is joined by agent Clare Wallace from Darley Anderson Literary Agency and editor Louise Cullen from Corvus for an insightful discussion and Q&A. Tickets are £15.
26 August – Come and hear an author at the beginning of what is set to be a remarkable career, as US novelist Hanya Yanagihara presents A Little Life onstage at Foyles Charing Cross Road in London, in conversation with author and associate editor of The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink. Tickets are free, but booking is required.
28 August – East Midlands based authors, Jamie Mollart and Eve Makis will be in Waterstones Nottingham to talk about their latest novels, The Zoo and The Spice Box Letters. Tickets are £3.
29 August – Meet Teresa F Morgan at Waterstones in Weston-super-Mare where she'll be signing copies of her new book, One Fine Day.
Enjoy! And as ever, if you know of any other bookish events coming up this month or the next, just comment below or tweet me a link on @zarinatweets.