Friday 27th November
Biggar's Christmas Late Night Opening was a huge success - as always we were stappit wi' folk who were all buying lots of books! Quantities of mince pies and refreshments were consumed and much fun was had.
As part of Book Week Scotland, on Tuesday 24th November Ann Cleeves was at Atkinson-Pryce for a reading and chat about her crime writing. Award-winning author of the Shetland series and Vera (both dramatised on ITV) was in Biggar for an evening by the fireside and a launch of her latest DI Vera Stanhope mystery "The Moth Catcher" as well as the gorgeous non-fiction book "Shetland" The author entertained a full house with her stories and reading. Many thanks to her for visiting us. Signed copies now in stock (and "Ann Cleeves Shetland" makes a wonderful gift...)
The wonderful NICK SHARRAT joined us in Biggar Library on Saturday 14th November to a hugely excited crowd.
With over 50 kids Nick held a small illustration workshop where every child got to have a go at drawing as well as reading some of his stories and acting them out with props and help from some of the children.
Everyone, children and adults alike, had a fantastic time and we very much hope to see Nick here again.
Signed copies of Nick's books are available in the shop now!
We would like to say a huge thanks to EMMA CARROLL who visited Biggar Primary School on Friday 13th November to talk about her beautiful books including In Darkling Wood and discuss what it is like to be a writer.
Signed copies of Emma's books are available from the shop now!
BIGGAR LITTLE FESTIVAL (Thursday 15th - Sunday 25th October 2015)
Sue Lawrence joined us on Saturday 17th October for a literary High Tea at the Elphinstone with a difference. Biggar Flavour provided the event with a delicious array of cakes inspired by Sue's own recipes and many thanks to Jo Macsween who chatted to Sue about her books. It was a great success and a lovely way to start our weeks festivities.
Sue's books Scottish Baking at £17.99 and The Scottish Berries Bible at £4.99 are available from the shop and we even have some signed copies left which would make the perfect Christmas gift.
Biggar Day Out Sunday 18th October Andrew Duff gave a fascinating talk and slideshow on his book Sikkim: Requiem for a Himilayan Kingdom in which he explores, through travel and letters, the history of this small stunning place in India.
Sikkim is definitely on our list of places to visit in the world!
Signed copies now in stock.
Tuesday 20th October. Back again for the fourth year running Hang on a Tic, It's Just a Minute..
Wit and hilarity at the Corn Exchange without hesitation, deviation or repetition. A huge thanks to our panel: Anthony Bowers, Helen McAlpine, Hazel Gourlay and Robin Laing, but especially to our illustrious chairman, David Bishop and his glamorous assistant Alison.
All profit from ticket sales will be shared between Friends of the Corn Exchange and the Campaign to Save the Public Toilets.
Wednesday 21st October saw Lin Anderson, Alex Gray and Alanna Knight join us at Biggar Library for an evening of murder and mystery. Each lovely lady talked a bit about their latest books, about being a writer and the inspiration behind their crime novels.
Lin Anderson The Special Dead £12.99, Alex Gray Keep the Midnight Out £7.99, Alanna Knight The Balmoral Incident £7.99. Signed copies in stock.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the festival week fantastic fun and we look forward to next year as always.
Saturday 10th October.
BAMB was back with a bang this year!
We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did with face painting, storytelling,
cake and lots of lovely books of course. Many thanks to The Camel's Cap who made our fab BAMB cushions and Robin Laing for his wonderful storytelling skills.
On Thursday 30th July there was a book launch with a difference at the Corn Exchange in Biggar. Local ukulele band "The Dukes of Uke" teamed up with Atkinson-Pryce Books and local doctor David Carvel to celebrate the new edition of "On Foot Through Clydesdale".
David Carvel is the great nephew of author, Iain C Lees, and initiated the publication of the new edition by persuading Birlinn Publishing of the book's lasting appeal. Along with his cousin, journalist John Carvel (the author's grandson), he presented the new edition with a bit of help from his friends The Dukes of Uke to a packed house. The band entertained the enthusiastic audience with a set of walking themed songs which all added up to a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Thanks to the generosity of Birlinn Publishing, Atkinson-Pryce was able to offer a copy of the book (rrp £9.99) to every ticket holder.
Is it a walking guide? Is it a local history book? It's both of course! First published in 1932, Iain C. Lees’s book On Foot through Clydesdale is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the history, folklore, traditions and landscape of Lanarkshire
Now in stock!
On Friday 17th JulyAtkinson-Pryce teamed up with Biggar Little Cinema to celebrate publication of Harper Lee's novel "Go Set A Watchman". A screening of the classic film of "To Kill A Mocking Bird", to a large and enthusiastic crowd, was followed by canapes (from The Olive Tree Deli next door, yum!) and chat.
What a breathtakingly good film, and what a treat to see it on the big screen.
Independent Bookshop Week 2015 - 20th-27th June
As part of IBW, children's author and illustrator Debi Gliori spent the day with us decorating our window with "Alfie in the Bath" on Friday 19th June, and led a session of storytime in the afternoon.
A Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the bookshop on Thursday 25th June, including a visit from the White Rabbit and talk and demonstration from local milliner Hazel Henderson.
Thursday 11th June
John Lister-Kaye was at Atkinson-Pryce. Naturalist, conservationist and author John Lister-Kaye gave a wonderful talk and reading to a packed sitting room as part of a promotional tour to celebrate publication of his latest book "Gods of the Morning", (published by Canongate at £14.99).
"No-one writes more movingly, or with such tansporting poetic skill, about encounters with wild creatures. Its pages course with sympathy, humility and wisdom." (Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk). We would like to add that all those qualities are in his speaking as well as his writing, and what a pleasure to have him as our guest.
Signed copies now in stock
Saturday 16th May
A literary lunch with Kirsty Logan at the Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar to celebrate the publication of her novel "The Gracekeepers". Kirsty was previously at Brownsbank cottage for a writing retreat in 2012 and visited Atkinson-Pryce for a reading during Biggar Little Festival that year. After a delicious lunch the author entertained us with stories of the creation of her wonderful watery tale.
“In luscious, vivid prose, Logan brings to mind Angela Carter, or Atwood or Winterson at their best” Independent
Signed copies now in stock. "The Gracekeepers" is published by Harvill Secker, a beautiful hardback at only £12.99
Saturday 11th April
Quintin Jardine was at Atkinson-Pryce signing copies of his new Bob Skinner novel "Last Resort".
This is the 25th Skinner mystery. After thirty years of service, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner faces the possible end of his police career, at its pinnacle. A quiet trip to Catalunya to contemplate his future soon takes on a different flavour...
Signed copies now in stock
Saturday 28th March
"Drop-in without-your-dog dog clinic."
Fiona Baird, the Mary Poppins of puppy training, with two of her goldens Rhum and Drimmie visiting Atkinson-Pryce as part of a Scottish tour to launch her book "Training your Puppy".
There are many puppy-training books available today, but none so clear and coherent as this one. There is a strong logic to Fiona Baird’s method which gives confidence to both owner and puppy. She makes training fun, simple and very straightforward.
Training Your Puppy is published by Merlin Unwin Books at £9.99. Signed copies now in stock.
Tuesday 17th February 2015
An evening with Andrew O'Hagan at the Elphinstone Hotel to launch his new novel "The Illuminations". Atkinson-Pryce was delighted to welcome this award-winning author to Biggar.
What a delightful event with a fascinating and engaging author. And what a good novel. We hope he wins prizes with this one!
"A beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact".
Signed copies at only £12.99 while stocks last.
In the picture: Sam Brown from Faber and Faber with the author and Millie from Atkinson-Pryce
Saturday 7th February 2015
A literary lunch with Sally Magnusson, author of "Where Memories Go".
Journalist, broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson, and publisher Lisa Highton from Two Roads joined us for an excellent lunch in the newly refurbished function suite at the Elphinstone Hotel for the launch of the paperback edition of "Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything".
After lunch the author gave an interesting and moving talk to a full house about the book, which was followed by questions and answers on this subject which affects so many of our lives. Many thanks to author, publisher and pub for a successful and enjoyable event.
Saturday 6th December
Catherine Rayner visited Biggar Library to give a reading and illustration workshop.
Creator of Augustus the tiger, Harris the hare, Solomon the crocodile and Abigail the giraffe among many other adorable characters, Catherine enthralled a crowd of enthusiastic youngsters on Saturday 6th December.
With thanks to the author herself and South Lanarkshire Council who generously enabled us to run this event for free, and also thanks to Catherine who took the time to visit the shop as well to sign piles of her books - which are now selling like proverbial hotcakes.
Friday 28th November
Christmas Late Opening
This was a great succes this year - for the whole town it seems. It was a lovely evening to be out and about, with just the odd smirr of rain. It was crowded and social in the bookshop, and we got through a small mountain of mince pies and Cava while selling piles of books. Always a good kick-start to the Christmas rush.
Author Patrick Barkham, who visited Biggar with a fascinating presentation on his previous book "The Butterfly Isles", made a welcome return with his latest book "Badgerlands" on Monday 10th November.
Britain is the home of the badger - there are more badgers per square kilometre in this country than in any other. And yet many of us have never seen one alive and in the wild. They are nocturnal creatures who vanish into their labyrinthine underground setts at the first hint of a human. In Badgerlands, Patrick Barkham follows in the footsteps of his badger-loving grandmother, to meet the feeders, farmers and scientists who know their way around Badgerlands: the mysterious world in which these distinctively striped creatures snuffle, dig and live out their complex social lives. As the debate over the badger cull continues, Barkham weighs the evidence on both sides of the argument, and delves into the rich history of the badger - from their prehistoric arrival in Britain and their savage persecution over the centuries, to Kenneth Grahame's fictional creation in Wind in the Willows and the badger who became a White House pet.
Biggar Little Festival 2014. 16th - 26th October
Another successful festival concluded with fun and great memories. Atkinson-Pryce events all went well with lovely authors and good audiences.
Saturday 18th October. A literary lunch with Kirsty Wark was a great success - a sell-out event which more than lived up to expectations. The audience had a delicious lunch, an interesting and enlightening talk from Kirsty Wark on the subject of her first novel, "The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle" and left with a copy of the paperback edition as part of the deal. Many thanks to David Bishop for interviewing Kirsty and to the Elphinstone Hotel for producing their usual high standard of fare.
Sunday 19th October BIGGAR DAY OUT Actor Michael
MacKenzie read from the Just William stories during the afternoon. This was hugely entertaining with Michael's excellent voices for the different characters. Folk dipped in and out, and some of us were there for the duration which was delightful. Many thanks to Michael. We had a visit from celebrity Irana Frump with her entourage and a gang of Elvises who were offering to clean up but much too noisy.
Monday 20th October. Kenneth Steven, poet, novelist and children's author was with us for an evening of poetry reading by the fireside. Steven was reading from his recent volume of poetry "Coracle", which looks at journeys, internal and external. He wrapped the audience up in his beautiful words and stories.
Tuesday 21st October. Hang on a Tic, It's Just a Minute... Back by
popular demand, Atkinson-Pryce Books hosted an evening of wicked wit and hilarity when our peerless panel entertained a full house at the Corn Exchange - and all without hesitation, deviation or repetition. Many thanks to our panel: Anthony Bowers, Helen McAlpine, Hazel Gourlay and Robin Laing, but especially to our illustrious chairman, David Bishop and his glamorous assistant Alison. And lovely to hand over the profit from the event to Biggar Little Festival.
Thursday 23rd October. Debi Gliori Pure Dead Brilliant! Award-
winning and hugely popular Scottish children’s author Debi Gliori was at Biggar Library talking to primary school children from all over Clydesdale about her picture books and illustrations.
Monday 27th October. Catriona McPherson Author Catriona McPherson was with us with her latest Dandy Gilver sleuthing adventure, "Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings". It was a fun and interesting evening with Catriona being drawn into talking about the process of creative writing and her methods as well as entertaining us with Dandy's exploits and climbing into the BIG BAG.
Signed copies of Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings now in stock.
BIG BOOKSHOP PARTY
BOOKS ARE MY BAG launch Saturday
Come and join us for a fun day of competitions and cake and authors - Biggar's own bestselling Fiona Gibson and crime writers Quintin Jardine andLin Anderson will be dropping in about lunchtime. Wally will be with us during the morning, so drop in to see if you can find him...
Jardine is launching his new novel "Mathew's Tale" an historical saga set in Lanarkshire - in his native Carluke no less. There's a murder, and
revenge, and unrequited love all bundled into a roaring good
story which starts during the Napoleonic Wars and takes us on into the start of the industrial revolution.
We are celebrating the launch of the second "Books Are My Bag" campaign with a jamboree of cakes and capers. Every customer that day will receive a free book and a free BAMB bag with purchases of over £15.
Thursday 5th June
Readings for a Referendum: Hugh MacDiarmid and Scotland 2014
Professor Alan Riach of Glasgow University read a selection of the work of Scotland's greatest 20th Century poet, chosen on the basis of its relevance to the independence dabate. A contextual narrative was read by Denham MacDougall, Chair of the Brownsbank Committee. It was an engaging and fascinating evening which we at Atkinson-Pryce were happy to support. The readings are now available as a pamphlet for use by other groups.
Wednesday 4th June
The Bookshop Band were at the bookshop, and what a pleasure it was. Poppy Pitt, Beth Porter and Ben Please were back in Biggar with more of their wonderful book inspired songs. In spite of monsoon rain storm there was a good turnout to enjoy their songs, harmonies and overall brilliant musicality. We were delighted that they included us in their Scottish tour and hope to tempt them back again soon.
Thursday 24th April
Ursula Buchan at Atkinson-Pryce. Gardening author, journalist, horticulturalist and historisn Ursula Buchan was at the bookshop introducing her latest book "A Green and Pleasant Land" and discussing Britain's "dig for victory" campaign during the second world war. A full house was entertained by facts and anecdotes about gardening in the second world war.
Thursday 20th March
Fiona Gibson is at Atkinson-Pryce Books to launch her latest novel "Take Mum Out"
"What do you need a boyfriend for? You’re a mum.”
Full of dating disasters Take Mum Out is sharply observed and laugh-out-loud funny... with three blind dates, two teenage boys messing up her plans and one man who'll melt Alice's heart.'You need to get back in the saddle…' Alice despises that phrase. She's fine being single – with two slothful teenage boys and a meringue business to run, she has enough on her plate without negotiating the troublesome world of modern dating. However, Alice's three best friends have other ideas...
The event starts at 8 pm. Tickets are £5 and include a discount off the book that evening. Refreshments. Advance booking essential.
Friday 29th November
Christmas Late Opening Biggar's late opening night. Christmas shopping on the local High Street with most shops open and some great offers.
Atkinson-Pryce Books invites you to come in, have a mince pie and a glass of refreshment while you browse our wide range of lovely books.
Take advantage of a 10% discount offered on all titles featured in our Christmas catalogues. (until 24th December while stocks last)
Great ideas for your Christmas presents! You can place your orders or simply do your
On Thursday 21st November Lesley McDowell was at Atkinson-Pryce with her new novel "Unfashioned Creatures". A fascinating and thought-provoking session with McDowell who read from the novel, but also discussed the wider subject of women, madness, physchiatry and asylums during the nineteenth century.
Taking its title from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it is a historical/phsychological story full of ghosts and murderous desires, with strong links to the Victorian gothic tradition. Author of both fiction and non-fiction, McDowell is also a literary critic for leading newspapers. She has a PhD in James Joyce and Feminist Theory from the University of Glasgow and taught at the University of St Andrews from 1995-1997
Signed copies of Unfashioned Creatures now in stock.
Atkinson-Pryce was proud to sponsor the very successful 11th Biggar Little Festival and was happy with the success of its own events, as below. There are more great photos on Facebook as well as Biggar Little Festival website.
Friday 18th October
Photos: Claire Watson
Sunday 20th October A Biggar Day Out
The Very Hungry Caterbiggar was led away from the bookshop by guitarist Jack Hinks in lovely sunshine, but a heavy shower arrived while they everyone was out in the wood. Still great fun for the crowd of children who joined in and followed. Many thanks to Yvonne Moorhouse for her puppetry skills.
On Tuesday 22nd Octobe Andrew Greig with Rachel Newton were at the Corn Exchange, Biggar. Poet and novelist Andrew Greig read and discussed his recently published novel "Fair Helen", accompanied by musician Rachel Newton. What a lovely show they put on, with a fine mixture of harp, fiddle and vocals from Newton along with readings from Greig. Some interesting questions followed and a signing session when Greig took his time to chat with everyone. "Fair Helen" is Book of the Moment.
Photo: Ken Foulis
On Wednesday 23rd October Just a Minute was at the Elphinstone Hotel. A crafty combobulation, a whirligig of wicked wit, a perfect pot-pourri of paronomasia from our peerless panel. And all without repetition, hesitation or deviation... What a lot of fun and laughter! Our peerless panel were brilliant. A big thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success.
Monday 28th October
Poetry Please. Back by popular demand, an evening of poetry reading with poems chosen by you, the audience. With thanks to our guest actors Michael McKenzie and Leah Moorhouse who read quite beautifully a very interesting mixture of poetry.
Thursday 31st October
Linda Cracknell. Author and former Brownsbank fellow Linda Cracknell returned to Atkinson-Pryce for a Biggar launch of her novel "Call of the Undertow". To a packed house she read from her novel and talked about its creation.
In this, her debut novel, award-winning writer Linda Cracknell explores themes of motherhood, guilt, myth and the elemental forces of nature in a lyrical and taut account of damaged lives seeking redemption. A beautifully written, haunting tale set on the rugged coast of Caithness at Scotland’s furthest edge.
Thursday 19th September
Mary Smith, poet, journalist and author of "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: A Real Tale of Afghan Women" was at Atkinson-Pryce talking about the book and her experience working in Afghanistan. It was a fascinating and often humorous evening - some members of the audience pictured here trying on burkas which Mary brought with her, along with beautiful embroidered cloths and other artefacts.
Saturday 14th September
The launch of the exciting nationwide publicity campaign BOOKS ARE MY BAG to celebrate bookshops.
We had a lovely busy, buzzy day with great support from our regulars and visitors. Here is our neighbour, Anthony Bowers from Merry and Bright, joining in the fun with some orange juggling.
Eilidh Fraser with her BOOKS ARE MY BAG cake commissioned for the party - and it was DEEElicious.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign which is a collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors. It is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops and will run until Christmas.
Thursday 5th September
Gerda Stevenson was at Atkinson-Pryce for a memorably good evening, reading from her first collection of poetry, "If This Were Real", to a full house.
Stevenson's talent as an actresss brings a quality to her readings which is quite brilliant. There is no gap in between the essense of the poem and the delivery which is immediate and intense. During discussion afterwards, it was fascinating to hear her view that her many talents as part of the whole: acting, writing, directing, singing - and poetry reading.
On Thursday 22 August Catriona McPherson was at Atkinson-Pryce with her recently published "Dandy Gilver and a Deadly Measure of Brimstone".
A return visit to Biggar by this highly entertaining author and her new Dandy Gilver Adventure.
It's 1929 and Dandy has moved from Perthshire to escape the influenza, pneumonia and pleurisy plaguing the men in her family. However she decamps to Moffat and the Laidlaw Hydropathic Hotel where all is not as it seems and there is a deadly mystery to be investigated....
Signed copies now in stock
Independent Booksellers' Week, 29th June - 6th July 2013. A great week of events with three visiting authors, three fantastic novels, and a pleasure for the Atkinson-Pryce team to welcome them.
Monday 1st July
Rosemary Goring at the bookshop reading from "After Flodden" during a lively evening with the author and journalist Alan Taylor discussing the novel and the relationship of history and fiction.
"After Flodden" is a fast-paced historical adventure, combining political intrigue and romance, covering a fascinating period of Scottish history and the turbulent, ungovernable borderlands between Scotland and England of the early 16th century.
There are now signed copies of "After Flodden" in stock.
Thursday 4th July
Imogen Robertson at Atkinson-Pryce with her latest novel "The Paris Winter". Pictured here with the Atkinson-Pryce "mivvies" and their IBW head-dresses...
"The Paris Winter" is Robertson's 4th novel. A well crafted historical thriller, it is a taut tale of intrigue and false identity. Set in early 20th century Paris, a compelling story of secrecy, greeed, deceit and revenge.
Signed copies now in stock
Friday 5th July
Ruth Ozeki reading from her novel "A Tale for the Time Being" at Atkinson-Pryce during the afternoon.
"A Tale for the Time Being" is the story of a diary, written in Japan and washed up on the other side of the Pacific, a tale spanning the world and all its strangeness. Our current Book of the Moment!
Signed copies now in stock - both the beautiful and unusual hardback and the paperback edition.
Thursday 20th June
THE BOOKSHOP BAND was at the bookshop.
An event with a difference... "the ultimate bibliophile's band and the ultimate band of bibliophiles..." and what a lovely evening of delightful literary songs, lovely harmonies, voices and interesting instruments.
It appears that Poppy is reading - she is however playing the Akimba, an instrument from West Africa
Thursday 13th June
James Robertson launched his new novel "The Professor of Truth" with Atkinson-Pryce in Biggar at the Corn Exchange. 7.30 pm. There was a fantastic turnout of nearly 80 folk to hear Robertson talk about his fifth novel and the shattering event which inspired it. Always an engaging speaker, he led a lively and interesting discussion with the audience, follwed by a signing session. Good book sales with the "The Professor of Truth" on offer for £10.99!
Thursday 6th June
Quintin Jardine was in Biggar for the Headline event to celebrate 20 years of detective Bob Skinnerthe and to launch his latest Skinner novel "Pray for the Dying".
At the Elphinstone Hotel, 7.30 pm Ticket £5, included a glass of wine and discount off the book.
Saturday 20th April. Meet the author.
Award winning author Louise Welsh joins us for a literary lunch at the Elphinstone Hotel. Come along to hear about the creation of her tense and brilliant thriller "The Girl on the Stairs", recently published in paperback.
Ticket £20, includes lunch and a discount off "The Girl on the Stairs" Advance booking essential.
Have a look at the menu to tempt your taste buds.
Friday 22nd March
"Three Poets and a Painter". Brownsbank Cottage, in association with Atkinson-Pryce, present this fund-raising event for the restoration of Brownsbank, home of Hugh MacDiarmid, and as such, an important part of Scotland's literary heritage. The poets are: internationally acclaimed writer James Robertson, Scotland's leading Gaelic poet aonghas macneacail, and Alan Riach, professor of Scots language and literature at Glasgow University. Joining them will be well-known Borders artist Sheila Mullen who will be discussing the paintings she has created from some of their poems. An exciting and unique evening in store!
At the Corn Exchange, 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 from Atkinson-Pryce. All proceeds to Brownsbank.
Painting: True Thomas by Sheila Mullen
Thursday 7th March
Local author Fiona Gibson will be at the Elphinstone to celebrate the launch of "Pedigree Mum". A straying husband, a broken heart and a crazy rescue dog in a town of posh pooches are among the ingredients in the plot of this latest novel. Always highly entertaining and guaranteed laughter from Biggar's own bestselling author.
Elphinstone Hotel, 8 pm. Tickets £3 from Atkinson-Pryce. The price is redeemable against purchase of Pedigree Mum on the night.
Thursday 6th December
David Cowley will be giving a presentation to celebrate the publication of two beautiful new books from the RCHAMS: "Scotland's Lost Gardens" and "Scotland's Landscapes".
David Cowley is an archeologist and also the Aerial Survey Projects Manager with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.
"Drawing on the expertise and enthusiasm of dedicated staff, and the outstanding resource of their unique archive collection, RCAHMS Books deliver immaculately researched and wonderfully illustrated titles to anyone with an interest in Scotland's places, history and heritage."
At the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar, at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 from Atkinson-Pryce.
Friday 30th November
Christmas Late Night Opening
Friday 30th November we are open from 9.30 am until... late! Come and join us for a glass of wine and a mince pie, while doing your Christmas shopping in a leisurely and relaxed fashion. You can get ideas, place your orders, or choose books from our Christmas catalogue - everything in the catalogue is discounted by 10 % until 24th December.
Tuesday 27th November
Meet the Author - Artemis Cooper: "Patrick Leigh Fermor: an Adventure" Atkinson-Pryce is delighted to be a hosting this event in the intimate setting of the bookshop's sitting room.
For fans of the wonderful travel writing of Patrick Leigh Fermor, comes a biography by an author uniquely well placed to do so. Grand-daughter of Fermor's friend, Lady Diana Cooper, she was working with him on the book for a decade up until his death last year. Journalist, war hero and author, but also a private man, Cooper was able to coax him to talk about his extraordinary life.
The event starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against purchase of the book). Advance booking essential!
Biggar Little Festival
18th-28th October 2012. Visit the festival website, Biggar Little Festival, for more information about other events. The box office opens 6th October, tickets available on-line and from Atkinson-Pryce for selected events.
Sunday 21st October:
Kirsty Logan As part of the Biggar Day Out, Atkinson-Pryce is hosting author Kirsty Logan for a reading at the bookshop. Kirsty's novel "Rust and Stardust" was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2012, and she is hailed as one of Scotland's brightest emerging literary stars. The event is 5 - 6 pm, tickets are £5.
Wednesday 24th October:
Poetry Please Not averse to a verse or a fine rhyhme, perhaps a limerick or the odd ode? An evening by the fire at Atkinson-Pryce with readings of poems chosen by you, the audience. Sit back, relax and be entertained by an eclectic melange of verse. Readers include local actors Claire Yuille and Anthony Bowers. This event is hosted jointly by Atkinson-Pryce and Plaisir. Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £3, include a glass of wine, from Atkinson-Pryce or the Festival Box Office.
Friday 26th October:
A Blend of Brownsbank: four of the first fellows Take a handful of former Brownsbank fellows, add a dash of poetry, a pickle of prose, a splash of music - sprinkle liberally with humour and reparteee. Stir for a sparkling evening of words, wit and wine. Atkinson-Pryce has gathered the first five fellows: bestselling author James Robertson, poet and musician Gerry Cambridge, Gaelic poet aonghas macneacail and author Linda Cracknell. Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 from Festival Box Office or Atkinson-Pryce.
Thursday 1st November
PhenomenAl Continuing the poetic theme with this year's festival, local poet Alistair Marshall reads from his poems and those of others, by the Fireside at Atkinson-Pryce. Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £3 from the Festival Box Office or Atkinson-Pryce.
Wednesday 28th August. Meet the author
Peter Robinson, creator of DCI Banks, will be at Atkinson-Pryce at 12.30 pm to sign copies of his new book "Watching the Dark".
Saturday 18th August
Tupelo Hassman will be at Atkinson-Pryce with her novel "Girlchild". All the way from the States she will be visiting London, Edinburgh and Biggar on her tour to launch her first, and astounding, novel. "Something between a shocking exposé, a defiant treatise, a prose poem and an exuberant Girl Scout manual..." (Jaimy Gordon), it is funny, compelling and beautiful. The event will start at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £3 and include a glass of wine and discount off the novel. Tupelo Hassman
Thursday 19th July
Catriona McPherson will be at Atkinson-Pryce, 7.30 pm, to talk about her books.
Successful Scottish crime fictionauthor, Catriona McPherson, now resident in Northern California will visit Atkinson-Pryce during a visit to Scotland to launch the new novel "Dandy Gilver and the Bothersome Number of Corpses". Visit the link below to find out more.
Ticket £3, includes a glass of wine and discount off her latest novel.
Wednesday 4th July. Meet the author:
James Christie will be at Atkinson-Pryce, 7.30 pm, to talk about his book "Dear Miss Landau". Atkinson-Pryce is delighted to be hosting an event for James. This is a remarkable book with a special story to tell... let James tell you more about it:
Tickets are £2 and include a glass of wine and discount off the book on the night.
Thursday 22nd March 2012
Fiona Gibson will be at the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar, with Atkinson-Pryce for a local celebration of the publication of her new novel, "The Great Escape" . The event will be in the evening at 8 pm. Tickets will be available soon from the bookshop. They are free but advance booking is advised as previous events with Fiona have been very popular. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Biggar's own best-selling author, here in Biggar.
Can any woman ever grab back a piece of her younger self? For one weekend only, Hannah, Sadie and Lou are determined to give it their best shot. Laugh-out-loud funny from the author that bought you Mum On The Run. Fiona's writing deals with the real life cringe-worthy moments we all know so well. "The Great Escape" promises to be just that - a funny, witty romp to lose yourself in.
Saturday 18th February 2012 SOLD OUT
Eowyn Ivey will be with us for a literary lunch at the Elphinstone Hotel. As part of a five day tour to launch her first novel "The Snow Child", published in February, Ivey is coming all the way to Biggar! Sue and Chris have been fortunate enough to read a pre-publication proof and can recommend this wonderful book - to read more about it, and about the author, visit Eowyn's website.
This lunch and launch event will be at the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar, 12.30 for 1 pm. Tickets are £20, which include a two course lunch with coffee and a discount off the book. Advance booking essential with Atkinson-Pryce.
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Friday 25th November 2011
Christmas Late Opening
Mince pies and festive cheer. Come to Biggar and do your Christmas shopping without hassle and stress. Find lovely Christmas gifts among our carefully chosen and extensive stock - and above all enjoy the experience
Thursday 3rd November
Suzanne Rigg is at the bookshop to launch her newly published (October 2011) book "Men of Spirit and Enterprise: Scots and Orkneymen in the Hudson's Bay Company, 1780-1821". Local historian and author Suzanne talks about this fascinating period of history. 7.30 pm at Atkinson-Pryce.
Due to demand, this event is now at Moat Park Museum and is "sold out". We have a waiting list at the bookshop in case of cancellation.
Biggar Little Festival 2011 Atkinson-Pryce is delighted as always to be a part of this amazing festival. This year we have an even more extensive and exciting programme of literary events within the festival. Click on the logo to link to the BLF website for the full programme - but don't leave us yet, read on to see what we have on offer. All tickets will be available from Atkinson-Pryce and the Festival Box Office at the Gillespie Centre, as well as on-line: Biggar Little Festival The only exception is Victoria Hislop - only available from Atkinson-Pryce
Tuesday 18th October
Linda Cracknell, former writer-in-residence at Brownsbank is coming to run a writers' workshop during the day, and do a reading in the evening.
Wednesday 19th October
"A Life of Crime": Aline Templeton and Karen Campbell in the sitting room at Atkinson-Pryce at 7.30 pm. These two fine crime writers will meet in the sitting room at the bookshop to discuss their work and influences - come and join us. Ticket £5, includes a glass of wine.
Thursday 20th October
"A Real Live Ghost": Richard Havers at the Elphinstone Hotel, 7.30 pm.
Bill Wyman and Gary Barlow are among the stars at this event! Ghost-writer Richard Havers returns to Biggar without Ian Rankin - to talk about his life as a ghost writer. Come along and hear some real live gossip from the rock world and what it means to be a "ghost". Ticket £6, includes a glass of wine.
Tuesday 25th October
"Tales of the Supernatural". A haunting evening with
Thursday 27th October
Andrew Greig at Atkinson-Pryce, 7.30 pm. Poet and author Andrew Greig returns to us with his new poetry anthologies: "Getting Higher" and "As Though We Were Flying". In the intimate setting of the sitting room at Atkinson-Pryce, come and enjoy hearing one of Scotland's leading authors. Ticket £5, includes a glass of wine.
Friday 28th October
K M Grant at the primary school and afterwards at Atkinson-Pryce Books.
Chilrdren's author K M Grant will visit Biggar Primary School and then come to the bookshop to sign copies of her books. Unticketed.
Saturday 29th October
Victoria Hislop joins us for a literary lunch at the Elphinstone Hotel. Best-selling author of "The Island" and "The Return" comes to us for a Biggar launch of her new novel "The Thread". Tickets are £20 each and will include a discount off her new book., available from Atkinson-Pryce only. 12.30 for 1 pm. Advance booking essential. Check delicious lunch menu to get your mouth watering.
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Tuesday 22nd February
Friday 26th NovemberChristmas Late Night Opening
Great ideas for presents! Why not make your Christmas shopping a leisurely and pleasant experience. We invite you to come in, have a mince pie and and glass of wine while you browse our wide range of lovely books. You can place your orders or simply do your Christmas shopping. (Take advantage of our 10% discount of all titles in our Christmas catalogue - why not have a look at what's in there on-line.)
Thursday 2nd December POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
Monday 16th August