Golden Hare Books Festival, 18-20 October 2019, Edinburgh (Scotland)
a literary weekend of events and books from the UK & Ireland's Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 (British Book Awards)
The team of booksellers behind independent bookshop Golden Hare Books have been busying away to bring a very special programme of talks, workshops and activities to Stockbridge, Edinburgh this autumn.
On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October, join us all day and evening for events on fiction, cookery, politics and graphic novels, plus poetry showcases, panels and a full programme of workshops from memoir writing to open mic performance.
Sunday 20th October will be a day dedicated to events celebrating children's books, including kids' talks, activities from mixing colours to reducing plastic, plus workshops for young people who want to be writers and grownups who want to write for children.
Why a crowdfunder?
This is a new venture for us, and we really hope it will be a success! Your pledges will help us keep ticket prices low, pay author fees, hire external venues and make merchandise and establish the future of our festival. PLUS, you'll get access to tickets before anyone else and exclusive day and weekend passes, just to say thanks!
Our programme is available online now and in the bookshop, with tickets for general sale going on 2nd September. Skip the queues by pledging an amount that allows priority booking a whole week before anyone else, and help us establish the longevity of our new adventure!
Other rewards include...
- Golden Hare merchandise including totes, badges and more!
- Golden Hare gift cards for various amounts for you or a friend
- Membership in our exclusive Golden Hare Friends loyalty scheme with 10% off and a free book on your birthday!
- Book yourself a bookshelf makeover consultations with our LitFix service, either during or after the Festival in October
- Get a subscription to our monthly book box Post Books for one, three or six months - or a whole year!
a few highlights...
- the theme of the festival is A Literary Harvest, an autumnal weekend to enjoy the crop of amazing authors and books that are published throughout the year. This theme serves as the basis for our programme design by the amazing Anna Mills!
- all our catering will be done by the brilliant Smith & Gertrude, a local bar who will be serving up coffee, tea, wine and nibbles at a pop-up cafe/bar at St Vincent's Chapel. Some of our morning events even come with complimentary caffeine and pastries!
- our festival explores all sorts of books and authors, with a special emphasis on small presses: independent publishing is something we are really passionate about at Golden Hare, so St Stephens will stock a weekend-long Small Press Pop-Up Bookshop. We also focus on the different routes to take into publishing great books, and how to make books more inclusive and far-reaching.
Partnered with four external venues, all of which are in the immediate vicinity of the bookshop and are establishments we work with often, this is a festival to celebrate community as well as books. We hope to welcome audiences from all over Edinburgh and beyond to our events at...
Smith and Gertrude - view on map
Undoubtedly the best bar we've ever been to! Smith & Gertrude are good friends of Golden Hare, due to similar vibes and dangerous proximity to each other's establishments. All weekend, workshops will be run in the basement room by specialists, adding a relaxing, intimate space for learning something new.
St Stephens - view on map
Once a church and now a staggering events venue at the mouth of Stockbridge, St Stephens is a venue we've used for book launches for many years. We're delighted to use the Muir Hall for large talks and our small press pop-up bookshop, with roundtable events and children's activities taking place in the Logan Room. St Stephens will also have a green room for our authors to hang out in!
St Vincent's Chapel - view on map
Directly across the road from St Stephens is the beautiful St Vincent's Chapel, a village church in the centre of Edinburgh. This space will hold larger author talks, panels, live podcasts and signings. Smith & Gertrude will be running a pop-up cafe/bar that you can drop in to all day. It is fully wheelchair-accessible.
The Scottish Gallery - view on map
We are so delighted to bring two very special events to one of Edinburgh's most beautiful small galleries, just a little way from the bookshop on Dundas Street. We'll be hosting an event on the history of knitting (with knit-a-long!) and an event on travel literature to this lovely space.