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FLTWe are delighted to announce the launch of Foyles Literary Tours. Working alongside leading and long-established escorted tours specialists, we have created the first in a unique series of tours especially for book lovers.

Foyles Literary Tours International is currently offering a VIP trip of a lifetime to the Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2015, in the company of prize-winning novelist Marcel Theroux.

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Whether free or charged we ask you to order these tickets via this website to reserve your place. If you are unable to attend an event for which you have booked, please contact us. You can use the filters below to select events of most interest to you based on type, date and location.


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September 2014 - August 2015

David Levene: Eyewitness David Levene: Eyewitness
Tuesday 2nd September 2014 9:30am - Sunday 26th October 2014 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Exhibition, Free Event More Info »

10 photographs taken by David Levene for The Guardian's Eyewitness series have been blown up to over 1.5m across, allowing viewers to experience these powerful and monumental images on a scale at which they have never been seen before.

Jón Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World Jón Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World
Thursday 4th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Jón Gnarr: anarchist, comedian, Mayor of Reykjavík. The man who campaigned on a policy of a polar bear for the city zoo talks about open government dressing in drag for gay Pride and why everyone in power needs to watch The Wire.

Ray's Jazz: NYJO London Jazz Jam, featuring special guests Ray's Jazz: NYJO London Jazz Jam, featuring special guests
Sunday 7th September 2014 12 Noon - 3pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Come along to our monthly jam session with solos from members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. The jam is also open to the floor - that's you! - so feel free to bring your instruments and talents along.

The Witching Hour with Deborah Harkness, Karen Maitland and Katherine Clements The Witching Hour with Deborah Harkness, Karen Maitland and Katherine Clements
Monday 8th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event More Info »

Delve into the shadows, both supernatural and historical, in an evening with two acclaimed authors and one highly regarded debut novelist.

Granta 128: American Wild Launch with Andrew Motion, Adam Nicolson & Sigrid Rausing Granta 128: American Wild Launch with Andrew Motion, Adam Nicolson & Sigrid Rausing
Tuesday 9th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

The latest issue of Granta is dedicated to stories of the wild: join contributors Andrew Motion and Adam Nicolson for readings and conversation with Granta editor Sigrid Rausing to launch the new issue.

Graham Swift: England and Other Stories Graham Swift: England and Other Stories
Wednesday 10th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

The Booker Prize winner will be in conversation, discussing England and Other Stories, his first short story collection in over 30 years.

Michael Rosen - Good Ideas: How to be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher Michael Rosen - Good Ideas: How to be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher
Thursday 11th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event More Info »

Launching his new book for adults Good Ideas: How to be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher, Michael Rosen makes the case for putting play and enjoyment at the heart of a new, interdisciplinary approach to education, arguing that our penchant for discrete academic subjects limits how we see the world.

Ray's Jazz: Karaj Collective Ray's Jazz: Karaj Collective
Friday 12th September 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Music Event, Free Event, Ray's Jazz Event More Info »

Karaj Collective are a newly-formed London group whose work mixes jazz with traditional Persian music. Come along for an evening of unexpected musical fusion in the lofty heights of the new Foyles flagship Auditorium.

Laydeez Do Comics Laydeez Do Comics
Monday 15th September 2014 6pm - 8:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

Since its launch by Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman in 2009, Laydeez Do Comics has been the UK's foremost women-led graphic novel forum. Its focus on domestic and autobiographical narratives and the drama of the everyday, and its social evenings provide a friendly and inspiring atmosphere for emerging artists and established practitioners to test new works and ideas. All are welcome: men and women; those with no knowledge of comics and those already immersed. Home-baked cakes are served too!

Ali Smith and Alan Warner: How to Be Both and Their Lips Talk of Mischief Ali Smith and Alan Warner: How to Be Both and Their Lips Talk of Mischief
Tuesday 16th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

We play host to not one but two key contemporary Scottish writers, as Ali Smith and Alan Warner appear together to celebrate their new novels How to be Both and Their Lips Talk of Mischief.

 Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day
Saturday 20th September 2014 4pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

After the success of the Writing & Publishing Open Day earlier this year, SilverWood Books is offering writers the chance to spend a few hours immersed in the world of writing and self-publishing for the second time.

Ray's Jazz: Sam Watts Octet Ray's Jazz: Sam Watts Octet
Saturday 20th September 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Returning to the Foyles stage are the Sam Watts Octet - an ensemble formed in 2012 who fuse jazz with Gallic chansons and cinematic atmospherics.

Ray's Jazz: Heath Common and the Lincoln 72s Ray's Jazz: Heath Common and the Lincoln 72s
Monday 22nd September 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Heath Common is a songwriter, poet and performance artist from northern England. This evening he presents his song cycle 'The Dream Of Miss Dee', a beat-inspired travelogue through the urban centres of Northern England.

Douglas Newton - The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914 - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas Douglas Newton - The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914 - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Monday 22nd September 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

Historian Douglas Newton recounts the hidden history of Britain's decision to enter the Great War:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Douglas Adams, with Jem Roberts & Marie Phillips The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Douglas Adams, with Jem Roberts & Marie Phillips
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 6:42pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event More Info »

The Frood is the first authorised biography of the comic genius who explained how to see the wonders of the galaxy for less than 30 Altarian dollars a day. Author Jem Roberts will be in conversation about the previously unseen and unused Hitchiker material he's uncovered, his new interviews with many of Douglas' friends and collaborators, how many baths Douglas could manage in a day... life, the universe and everything, basically.

Jacqueline Wadsworth - Bristol and First World War Aviation - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas Jacqueline Wadsworth - Bristol and First World War Aviation - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Wednesday 24th September 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

At the turn of the twentieth century aviation was in its infancy, and when the First World War broke out Bristol was a centre of the new aeronautics industry. Jacqueline Wadsworth, author of Bristol in the Great War, looks at the city's war story from the perspective of aviation.

Guardian Eyewitness: From Lens to Page Guardian Eyewitness: From Lens to Page
Wednesday 24th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Free Event More Info »

SORRY - SOLD OUT! Alongside his exhibition, David Levene discusses the journey of an Eyewitness image from its conception to appearing in the Guardian and beyond.

Brian Aldiss OBE: A Book in Time Brian Aldiss OBE: A Book in Time
Thursday 25th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Now in his 90th year, Brian Aldiss joins us to celebrate the publication of the first volume of his Complete Short Stories. As well as a precious chance to hear the author discuss his prolific and illustrious career and answer audience questions, this evening will include a reading of Aldiss's first short story ever published.

Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything
Friday 26th September 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Douglas Coupland joins us to celebrate the first comprehensive monograph of his work as a visual artist, published to coincide with a major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Battle of Ideas at Foyles: Droning on? Life in the Internet of Things Battle of Ideas at Foyles: Droning on? Life in the Internet of Things
Tuesday 30th September 2014 6:30pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Advances in drone technology and 'smart' robots capable of performing highly-skilled jobs once regarded as the sole preserve of human workers has led some to predict that a 'Second Machine Age' could be a reality within a generation. Join us to discuss the changing relationship between human and machine in what is predicted to be a fully networked future.

Ray’s Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Ensemble Ray’s Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Ensemble
Wednesday 1st October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Ray's regular Zhenya Strigalev is back with his Uranium Ensemble and their newest line-up. Expect blistering solos, free-jazz hi-jinks and witty repartee.

Ray’s Jazz: Taeko Kunishima Trio Ray’s Jazz: Taeko Kunishima Trio
Thursday 2nd October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Based in Tokyo, Kunishima stops at Foyles on a flying visit to the UK. Playing material from her latest album 'Late Autumn' as well as a selection of brand-new work, she will be accompanied by longtime collaborators Clive Bell and Paul Moylan.

Battle of Ideas at Foyles: Do we need a British Bill of Rights? Battle of Ideas at Foyles: Do we need a British Bill of Rights?
Monday 6th October 2014 6:30pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

The Magna Carta turns 800 in 2015. While the build-up to its anniversary has been dominated by arguments about whether it should be taught in schools as part of lessons on 'British values' aimed at tackling 'Trojan Horse' extremism, others have strongly suggested Britain needs a contemporary equivalent.

 Peter F Hamilton - The Abyss Beyond Dreams Peter F Hamilton - The Abyss Beyond Dreams
Wednesday 8th October 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Chargeable Event, Literary Event, Signing More Info »

Discover new worlds with the UK's biggest selling science fiction author Peter F Hamilton, in this pre-publication event to launch The Abyss Beyond Dreams.

Ray’s Jazz: Tomorrow’s Warriors present Nérija Ray’s Jazz: Tomorrow’s Warriors present Nérija
Friday 10th October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Nérija was borne of a Tomorrow's Warriors initiative to hold sessions for young women in jazz, specifically with the aim of fostering a comfortable, ungendered space for their creative development. Come along as these Ray's regulars present their latest project.

Books Are My Bag presents the Big Bookshop Party Books Are My Bag presents the Big Bookshop Party
Saturday 11th October 2014 11am - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

The Big Bookshop Party is back, and it's bigger and bookshoppier than ever. With authors, entertainment, giveaways, and of course the iconic orange bag (joined this year by a limited edition design by the one and only Tracey Emin), come to Foyles for a day celebrating the all-round fabulousness of the physical bookshop.

The Reverend Richard Coles – Fathomless Riches: From Pop to Pulpit The Reverend Richard Coles – Fathomless Riches: From Pop to Pulpit
Wednesday 15th October 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Former member of The Communards, an openly gay Anglican clergyman and a regular television and radio personality, the Reverend Richard Coles swaps his Northamptonshire pulpit for the Foyles stage to deliver an evening of his much-loved wit and wisdom.

James Meek - Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas James Meek - Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Thursday 16th October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

James Meek explores the human stories behind the incremental privatisation of the nation over the last three decades and the impact it has had on us all.

Ray’s Jazz: NoName Trio Ray’s Jazz: NoName Trio
Friday 17th October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

NoName Trio fuse jazz, traditional Iranian music and more to produce original compositions as well as fresh takes on tunes you know and love.

Foyles Book Club Foyles Book Club
Tuesday 21st October 2014 7pm - 8:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

SORRY- FULLY BOOKED! We launch our Book Club, with DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover -a significant book in Foyles' history - as the first title under discussion.

New Writers Evening New Writers Evening
Thursday 23rd October 2014 7pm - 8:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

Ever on the hunt for new literary voices, in this first of a new format event we bring together a panel of up-and-coming authors and an audience of readers to explore the road to publication and what lies beyond.

Ray’s Jazz: Costi & Janes Project Ray’s Jazz: Costi & Janes Project
Friday 24th October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Costi & Janes Project is a recent collaboration between Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and London guitarist Tal Janes. Drawing on influences from the Israeli folk songs of the 1950s with which they grew up, the pair have been exploring new compositions and arrangements all the while tinged with inflections of contemporary jazz.

Ray’s Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Ensemble Ray’s Jazz: Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Ensemble
Wednesday 29th October 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Ray's Jazz Event, Music Event, Free Event More Info »

Ray's regular Zhenya Strigalev is back with his Uranium Ensemble and their newest line-up. Expect blistering solos, free-jazz hi-jinks and witty repartee.

Matt Parker: Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension Matt Parker: Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension
Thursday 30th October 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event More Info »

Matt Parker's Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension opens up some of the big mysteries of mathematics via puzzles, activities and anecdotes specially designed not to make your head explode. Join Matt for an event that promises to be lively, enlightening and just a little bit mind-boggling.

Boualem Sansal - Harraga - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas Boualem Sansal - Harraga - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Wednesday 5th November 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

Boualem Sansal is considered one of Algeria's most important writers. This evening he talks about his work and his new novel Harraga.

Joanna Bourke - Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas Joanna Bourke - Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Thursday 6th November 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War comes a deluge of books, documentaries, feature films and radio programmes. Historian Joanna Bourke explores the history, culture and politics of warfare in an increasingly violent world.

Graham Hancock - War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent Graham Hancock - War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent
Thursday 6th November 2014 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event More Info »

Return to a world of Aztecs and conquistadors, of politics, action and magic - the world of Graham Hancock's War God. Delve into the mysteries of our ancient past, in the company of an accomplished and ever-provocative writer and speaker.

Ann Oakley - Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas Ann Oakley - Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science - In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Wednesday 19th November 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol Literary Event, Free Event More Info »

Ann Oakley, a sociologist and best-selling writer, draws on her own life and that of her father, Richard Titmuss, a policy analyst and defender of the welfare state, to offer a view of the connections between private lives and public work.

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