Here are the top 10 events worth checking out this Bookshop Day

We know how much books matter. What better way to celebrate them than heading to your local store to mark Bookshop Day? Here are the events going on this October 5 that are worth writing home about


RJ Mitchell signing at WHSmith, Edinburgh: The Scottish crime writer will be signing copies of his latest book The Blood Acre (Saturday October 5 from 11am)

Northern Ireland

Tony Macaulay signing at Waterstones, Coleraine: Macaulay will be signing copies of his satirical comedy drama Belfast Gate (Saturday October 5, 2pm) 


Meet illustrator Millie Marotta at Rossiter Books, Monmouth and Ross- on-Wye: Chat to Millie and discover her brand new book, A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals (Saturday October 5, Monmouth 11am-12pm;
Ross-on-Wye 1pm-2pm)


Cressida Cowell signing  at WHSmith, Worcester: Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell will be visiting the store to sign copies of her book The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic (Friday October 4, 4.30pm)

Tom Fletcher signing at WHSmith, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol: One of the UK’s bestselling authors for children signs copies of his new book The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch (Saturday October 5, 10am)

Jess Phillips MP – Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on BS at Toppings, Bath: Join the Labour MP as she inspires us to speak out against injustices (Saturday 5 October 5, 8pm)

Elmer’s Walk at Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End, London: based on David McKee’s book, Elmer’s Walk provides an interactive and sensory experience for under-threes. The event will also include a meet- and-greet with Elmer the Elephant himself! (Saturday October 5, 10am)

Sophia Thakur at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, London: She’ll be performing poems from her collection Somebody Give This Heart A Pen (Saturday October 5, 5pm)


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Plastic Sucks! Dougie Poynter signing at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Westgate, Oxford: Come and meet environmental campaigner and McFly musician Dougie Poynter (Saturday October 5, 10am)

Pullman Party and The Secret Commonwealth book launch at Waterstones Dorking: The store will be hosting two parties with fun, games and competitions (Saturday October 5)

Philip Pullman events are taking place at bookshops across the country.

Philip Pullman weekend at Waterstones Newcastle: Over the course of the weekend there will be a wide spectrum of activities celebrating one of the biggest book releases of 2019, Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust Volume Two: The Secret Commonwealth (Saturday October 5/Sunday October 6)

Philip Pullman at Blackwell’s Oxford: Blackwell’s is delighted to be hosting an event with Philip Pullman at the Sheldonian Theatre to celebrate the launch (Sunday October 6, 5:30pm)

The Secret Commonwealth book clinic at Waterstones Middlesbrough: The shop will be giving a ‘clinic’, recommending books that you may like if you love Pullman and need a new read to tide you over (Saturday October 5)