To celebrate the publication of Robin’s new book, ‘The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity’ the award winning comedian is setting out on a tour of talks and book-signings at 100 independent bookshops around the UK.
“Ince makes profound – and funny – reflections on our tiny lives in a massive universe”
“The Importance of Being Interested is sparkling. It made my brain throb at times, but also made it buzz”.
Read Robin’s blogs from the road here. Or watch videos recorded on tour here.
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100 Bookshop Tour Dates
(More being added all the time so check back regularly)
October 1 – 3 – Laugharne Weekend Festival. Info and tickets. October 4 – Online Book Launch on The Cosmic Shambles Network with Tim Minchin. Free to watch here. October 5 – Online event with Facebook group Go Stargazing October 7 (Publication Day) 4pm Chorleywood Bookshop (The bookshop of Robin’s childhood). Signing. 7pm Tring – Our Bookshop – Launch event with talk and signing
October 8 St Helens – The Book Stops Here. Afternoon signing and talk. Manchester – Blackwells Bookshop (Venue TBC). Talk and signing.
October 9 – Glasgow – Mount Florida Books. Evening talk followed by conversation with Josie Long. October 10 Stewarton – The Book Nook. 11am. Talk and signing. Carlisle – Borderlines Book festival. Afternoon In Conversation with Lee Randall.
October 11 Settle – Limestone Books. Lunchtime. Ilkley – Ilkley Literature festival. Evening.
October 12 Wotton-Under-Edge – Cotswold Book Room. Afternoon Talk. Bristol – Bookhaus – Evening.
October 13 Sidmouth – Winstone Bookshop – 3:00pm talk. Exeter – Oxfam. 6:00pm
October 14 – Crickhowell – Book-Ish. Evening. October 15 Pontypridd – Storyville Bookshop. Lunchtime. Swansea – Cover to Cover. Evening.
October 16 Cardiff – Shelf Life Books. Lunchtime. Penarth – Griffin Books. Evening.
October 17 – Birmingham – Think Tank. 1pm. October 18 – Oxford – Blackwell Books. October 19 – Hebden Bridge – The Book Case. 6:30pm October 20 Chorlton Bookshop – Lunchtime. Cheadle – Greenhouse Books. 4pm Bramhall – Simply Books. Evening.
October 21st Crosby – Pritchard’s Bookshop. Afternoon. Liverpool – The Reader at Calderstones Park. 4pm Liverpool – Merseyside Skeptics (with News from Nowhere). Evening.
October 22 Harrogate – Raworths Literature Festival. Lunchtime. Leighton Buzzard – Book. Evening.
October 23 Wivenhoe – The Wivenhoe Bookshop. Lunchtime. Colchester – Red Lion Books. Afternoon.
October 24 Norwich – Norwich Science Festival Show – Norwich Arts Centre (with The Book Hive). 5pm
October 25 Okehampton – Dogberry and Finch. Lunchtime. Crediton – The Bookery. Evening.
October 26 Totnes – East Gate Bookshop. Lunchtime. Ivybridge – The Ivybridge Bookshop. Afternoon Teatime. Plymouth – Plymouth Humanists. Evening.
October 27 Liskeard – The Bookshop. Late Morning. Mevagissey – Hurley Books. Afternoon. Penzance – Acorn Theatre with The Edge of the World Bookshop. Evening Show.
October 28 – Falmouth – Beerwolf Books. Evening. October 29 Bridgwater – The Snug Bookshop. Afternoon Teatime. Taunton – Brendon Books. Evening.
October 30 Caversham – Fourbears Books. Lunchtime. Eastbourne. The Lamb Inn. Evening.
October 31 Uckfield – The Picturehouse – Late morning + movie. Shoreham-by-Sea – The Ropetackle (with City Books). Evening.
November 1 – Margate – The Margate Bookshop. 7pm. November 2 – Canterbury – Gulbenkian theatre: The Linda Smith Lecture. Evening. November 4 Gerrards Cross – Gerrards Cross Bookshop. Afternoon Signing. Chorleywood – Chorleywood Bookshop. Evening Talk.
November 5 Market Harborough – Quinn’s Bookshop. Afternoon. Leicester – National Space Centre. Evening.
November 6 Southampton – October Books. Afternoon Talk. Winchester – P&G Wells. Evening.
November 7 – Berkhamsted Book Festival in association with Waterstones Berkhamsted November 8 Southwold – Ways With Words. 11:15am Special London Launch Event with Katie Mack, Helen Czerski, David McAlmont, Helen Zaltzman & Hugh Warwick. Kings Place. 7:30pm.
November 9 – Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival. 3:30pm November 10 – Nottingham – Five Leaves Bookshop. Evening. November 11 – Ely – Topping and Co. Evening. November 12 Harrogate – Imagined Things. Afternoon signing. Ripon – The Little Bookshop. Evening.
November 13 Holmfirth – Read. Afternoon. Leeds – Truman Books. Evening.
November 15 – Bath – Topping and Co. Evening. November 17 – Farnham – Blue Bear Bookshop. Evening November 18 Letchworth – David’s Bookshop. Afternoon. Cambridge – Cambridge Junction. Evening.
November 19 November 20 November 21 Dulwich Books Stoke Newington Bookshop Word on the Water Wanstead Tap with Newham Bookshop
November 24 Malvern – Malvern Book Co-Operative. Afternoon Ledbury – Ledbury Bookshop. Evening.
November 25 – Hay on Wye – Hay Festival Talk. November 26 Shrewsbury – Book Festival with Pengwern Books. 1pm Sedbergh – Westwood Books. Evening
November 27 Corbridge, Whitley Bay & Newcastle. Forum Bookshops. Three events across afternoon and evening.
November 28 – Malton. Kemps General Store. 8pm. November 29 – Edinburgh. Portobello Bookshop. Evening. November 30 Edinburgh – Lighthouse Bookshop. 1pm Linlithgow – Far From the Maddening Crowd. Evening.
December 1 Hexham – Cognito Books. 4:30pm. Hexham – Queens Hall. 7:30pm.
December 2 Barnard Castle – McNab’s Bookshop. Lunctime Barnard Castle – Witham Hall. 7:30pm.
- December 3
- Saltburn – The Book Corner. 2pm
- Stockton – The Drake Bookshop. 7pm.
- December 4 – Newcastle – The Stand. 4pm
- December 5
- Halifax – The Book Corner. Afternoon.
- Hull – Wrecking Ball Press. 7pm
- December 6 – Hull – JE Books. Lunchtime.
- December 7 – Warwick – Warwick Books. Evening
- December 8 – Tonbridge – Mr Books. 7pm.
- December 9 – Hungerford – The Hungerford Bookshop. Evening.
- December 10 – London – Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People with The Cosmic Shambles Network Bookshop. Evening.
- December 11 – London – Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People with The Cosmic Shambles Network Bookshop. Matinee.
- December 11 – London – Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People with The Cosmic Shambles Network Bookshop. Evening.
- December 17 – London – Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People with The Cosmic Shambles Network Bookshop. Evening.
- December 18 – London – Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People with The Cosmic Shambles Network Bookshop. Evening.
The link for the Letchworth event (Nov 18th) is incorrect – takes you to the Bath event page.
Good spot, thank you. Corrected.
Hi, The link for Kew takes you to the Bookseller Crow site.
Fixed. Thank you
Hi, I’m trying to book the Birmingham event on October 17th but I can’t find a link, I get taken to the actual museum.
Can you please send me the link?
Should be under the Whats On section of the museum site
Amy plans to do a bookstore Chester/north Wales area?
We’ve already done our Wales leg last month I’m afraid!
Swansea, Crickhowell,Pontypridd,Cardiff,Penarth, All South Wales. Appreciate you can’t go everywhere but nothing North Wales, nearest was Liverpool.