Five events to catch at Golden Hare Books Festival

The reigning winner of the British Book Awards' Bookshop of the Year, Edinburgh's Golden Hare Books is branching out with their first festival this October. Here are a few highlights from their inaugural programme

Feature by Heather McDaid | 09 Oct 2019
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Workshop: Zine Making with Maria Stoian

Start your day by getting crafty with the brilliant Maria Stoian, creator of the award-winning graphic novel Take It As A Compliment. Zines are brilliant, and Maria equally so – it's the perfect chance to make a start on a project that's maybe been lingering in your mind, or just dive in and see what you come up with. Materials are provided, as is breakfast. 18 Oct, 10am, Smith & Gertrude, £27.54

Panel: BAME Writers in Scotland 

BAME Writers' Group will be showcasing excellent contributors from their upcoming pamphlet via Tapsalteerie Press. Chaired by Alycia Pirmohamed, there will be contributions from Nadine Aisha Jassat, Andrés Nicolás Ordorica and Jeda Pearl. They'll be performing and discussing their work, live experiences and personal narratives of writers, with focus on the importance and vibrancy of BAME-led spaces. Great network + great writers = great event. 18 Oct, 11am, St Vincent's Chapel, £7.06-9.21

Live Podcast: Bibliophile Live! 

Whether you're a regular listen or have yet to treat yourself to this booky wonder, you can join the audience for the live recording of Golden Hare Books' very own podcast with David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor – aka the fantastic team behind the bookshop. Running a brill bookshop, festival, and podcast. Is there anything they can't do? 18 Oct, 6.30pm, St Vincent's Chapel, £5.98-7.59

Panel: Big Books from Small Publishers 

Celebrating brilliant books from smaller presses, join Camilla Grudova – author of Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Doll's Alphabet (Fitzcarraldo Editions) – and Alex Pheby, who penned the Republic of Consciousness-winning Lucia (Galley Beggar Press). On one hand, it's a celebration of the brilliance in indie publishing; on the other, it's a chance to hear from two excellent authors. Win-win. 19 Oct, 2.30pm, St Stephens Church (Muir Hall), £5.98-6.50

Poetry: Stewed Rhubarb Presents Pumpkin Season

Stewed Rhubarb are one of the prime poetry publishers in Scotland, and so when they bring together some of their writers for a night of ouija boards, neep lanterns and good ol' fashioned poetry, it's set to be a good one. That's especially true when the line-up includes Harry Josephine Giles, Jenny Lindsay, Hannah Lavery, and Ross McCleary. 19 Oct, 6pm, St Vincent's Chapel, £7.06-9.21 

The Golden Hare Books festival takes place 18-20 Oct. Full programme information can be found at