Events

Typewronger Books runs a FREE events program, so you can turn up to any of these you like! Should you wish to set up an event with us please click here to find out how that might work!

Circus Maximus by A.D. O'Neill - Monday 20/5/24 @7pm


Join us as we welcome back Anthony O'Neill to discuss his new novel, Circus Maximus! We'll be chatting charioteering, there'll be a chance to ask Anthony questions about his book and of course he'll be signing copies (so even if you can't make the event, do email info@typewronger.com to secure one!)

A bit more about the book...

When the tyrannical Aulus Vitellius seizes the reins of power in Rome, the empire is already in the grip of a fierce civil war. But the new emperor's first priority is both personal and deeply symbolic: he plans to crush the Green chariot racing faction - the mortal enemies of his beloved Blues - at the Plebeian Games in the Circus Maximus. To save the Greens from certain extinction, two former charioteers - the stoical and determined Corax and the flamboyant and cocksure Alector (once the firmest of friends, now the bitterest of rivals) - have just twenty-six days to transport four champion chariot horses across the breadth of Europe to Rome.

Braving blizzards, bandits, floods and wild storms at sea, theirs is an unforgettable odyssey and race-against-time adventure. A.D. O'Neill steers a thundering epic around historical events and real-life characters to a breathtaking climax in the greatest sporting arena of all time - the Circus Maximus.

A bit more about the author...

ANTHONY O’NEILL is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and now lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of eight novels including The Dark Side and Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek (already featured at Typewronger) and of course this his most recent work, Circus Maximus.



TypeCast! - I, Joan by Charlie Josephine - Friday 24/5/24 @6pm


We are delighted to announce the next TypeCast!, our play reading group at Typewronger.

All you need is a copy of the play, which you may source yourself or purchase from the shop. We mainly read plays written by living authors to help support their continuing work.

Please email info@typewronger.com ahead of time to secure a spot and order a copy of the play if you are interested in attending, as these events tend to be popular, and we sometimes run out of playscripts.

Take a seat on the welcoming stage of this little bookshop as we read aloud I, Joan by Charlie Josephine. We'll randomly assign parts on the night, and then get reading!

“Oh if we can just quiet the world for a moment. And listen within. There's a voice guiding you. I promise it's there. And until you can hear it, I'll be it for you.”

The men are all fighting, again. An endless war. From nowhere, an unexpected leader emerges. Young, poor and about to spark a revolution. Rebelling against the world's expectations, questioning the gender binary, Joan finds their power within, and their belief spreads like fire. I, Joan is a powerful and joyous new play which tells Joan of Arc's story anew. It's alive and queer and full of hope.


Open Mic Reboot XII - 26/5/24 @7pm


Edinburgh's anarchic open mic night where there's no limit on what can be performed, only how much time performers get! We run for 90 minutes, and divide that time by the number of performers who sign up to get our set times. There's a bell 30 seconds before the end of each set, and a gong at the end which performers CANNOT go past! Sign up is 7-7.30 - comedy, music, poetry, short stories, film scripts, magic acts - we've had all sorts over the years, so just rock on down ! 



Kate Noakes, Annie Brechin & Tessa Berring - Monday 27/5/24 @7pm


Dragon meets Thistle! Come down and see Welsh poet Kate Noakes performing with Scottish based writers Annie Brechin and Tessa Berring. Seriously good verse, not to be missed. 

Typewronger's Birthday Party - 6 Years Old!!!  - Saturday 1/6/24 @7pm


It seems IMPOSSIBLE that Typewronger has been a full time shop for nearly 6 whole years and to celebrate the milestone, as is traditional, we'll be having a completely casual and silly party in the shop. The cake is on order, the finest boxed wine will be freely imbibed, and though they're a shy and retiring sort, Tee will probably want to say a few words to mark the moment. Probs shouldn't have mentioned that, that'll put folk off... 

Mícheál McCann, Thomas Stewart & Caleb Nichols - Monday 17/6/24 @7pm


Mícheál McCann is from Derry City. His poems have appeared in Banshee, The Stinging Fly, The Poetry Review and Poetry Ireland Review, anthologised in Queering the Green (Lifeboat Press, 2021) and Romance Options (Dedalus Press, 2023) and have been broadcast on RTÉ and BBC. He is the co-editor of Hold Open the Door (UCD Press, 2020) and has published three poetry pamphlets, most recently Keeper (Fourteen Publishing, 2022). Devotion, his first collection of poems, is forthcoming from The Gallery Press in May 2024.

Thomas Stewart is a Welsh writer and English teacher based in Edinburgh. He is a New Writers Awardee and the author of two poetry pamphlets: Based on a True Story (fourteen poems, 2022) and empire of dirt (Red Squirrel Press, 2019). His debut book of poems, Real Boys, will be published by Polygon in August. His work has been published in Poetry Wales, Butcher’s Dog, The Amsterdam Quarterly, And Other Poems, among others.

Caleb Nichols is a queer poet and musician from a working class family in California. His poetry and prose has been published or is forthcoming in places like the New England Review, 14 Poems, Poetry Wales, Redivider, 45th Parallel, Talkhouse, and Truthout. His Kelp Book chapbook “Teems/Recedes” was called “a gorgeous abundance” by Chen Chen and his Bottlecap Press chapbook “Chan “Says & Other Songs” was called “marvelously queer” by Eduardo Corral. Caleb’s critically acclaimed rock opera “Ramon” was released on iconic indie label Kill Rock Stars in 2022. A best of the net nominee, and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets University prize, Caleb is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Bangor University in North Wales.

TypeCast! - Cowbois by Charlie Josephine - Friday 21/6/24 @6:30pm


We are delighted to announce the next TypeCast!, our play reading group at Typewronger.

All you need is a copy of the play, which you may source yourself or purchase from the shop. We mainly read plays written by living authors to help support their continuing work.

Please email info@typewronger.com ahead of time to secure a spot and order a copy of the play if you are interested in attending, as these events tend to be popular, and we sometimes run out of playscripts.

Take a seat on the welcoming stage of this little bookshop as we read aloud Cowbois by Charlie Josephine. We'll randomly assign parts on the night, and then get reading!

In a sleepy town in the Wild West, the women drift through their days like tumbleweed. Their husbands, swept up in the goldrush, have been missing for almost a year and show no sign of returning. In fact, the town is almost cut off from outsiders entirely, with only one drunken sheri for protection.

That is until handsome bandit Jack Cannon swaggers up to the town's saloon, looking for a place to hide from the bounty hunters on his tail. Armed with whiskey and a wink, and a gun by their side for good measure, Jack's explosive arrival inspires a gender revolution, and starts a fire under the petticoat of every one of the town's repressed inhabitants. The production originally premiered at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon- Avon, presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Helen Bowie, Mwelma CHileka, Elizabeth Gibson & Cherry Potts - Monday 24/6/24 @7pm


Join Arachne Press poets Helen Bowie, Mwelwa Chilekwa, Elizabeth Gibson, and Cherry Potts for joyful poems that celebrate all that is best about our community/ies and lives. This is not an ‘explain it to the straights’ book, this is for us.

The poems in the book find joy in the simplest (or most complex) things. Love, sex, a quiet night in, dancing with friends, nurturing of and from our community, recognition from allies, a welcome from strangers, celebrating our cultural icons… the identity-affirming haircut, the right jeans, books, walking, food, flint-knapping… and political action.