Poet Laureate Simon Armitage Book Signing: Monday 11th December – 11:30 til 12:30.

We are thrilled that our very favourite Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, will be joining us for a special signing event in the shop on Monday 11th December from 11:30 til 12:30.

This is a free event. No need to book, just turn up!

If you can’t make it to any of our events, you can order signed copies of the book from our signed copies page.

Previous Events


Saturday 30th September: Learned by Heart – An Evening with Emma Donoghue at Calderdale Industrial Museum.

Saturday 30th September: Learned by Heart – In conversation with Emma Donoghue & Rachel Lappin at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

Thursday 7th September: The Black Air by Jennifer Lane Book Launch

Sunday 6th August: Storytime with the Dragons of Wainhouse Tower & Mrs Music’s Memory Makers

Wednesday 5th July: John Robb Book Signing at Loafers

Friday 30th June: The Dogs book launch with poet Michael Stewart & illustrator Louis Benoit at Artworks

Tuesday 20th June: Special signing with Simon Armitage for Independent Bookshop Week

Wednesday 31st May & Sunday 4th June: The Yorkshire Coiners – The True Story of the Cragg Vale Gang with Steve Hartley in partnership with The Grayston Unity

Saturday 27th May: Phil Earle, Until the Road Ends – Meet the author & Book Signing

Thursday 11th May: Offcumdens Poetry Night with Emma Storr, Bob Hamilton, Bob Horne, Gaia Holmes, Ross Kightly and Georgie Evans

Wednesday 3rd May: John Robb : The Art of Darkness – The History of Goth in partnership with The Grayston Unity

Thursday 20th April: The North Will Rise Again: Alex Niven in conversation with Anna Coatman

Thursday 30th March: Anne Lister Birthday Week – supporting ALBW2023 events with Jill Liddington and Helena Whitbread at The Piece Hall and Halifax Minster

Saturday 25th February: A Story of the Pub – A Talk by Paul Jennings, in partnership with The Grayston Unity

Sunday 12th February: Wildsmith launch with Liz Flanagan

Saturday 11th February: An Evening with PP Arnold, hosted by Loafers

Saturday 11th February: Dragons Storytime with Sarah Stone and Sue Cordingley


Wednesday 17th August: Bob Stanley in Conversation with Chris Dyson

Thursday 28th July: Dragons Storytime with Sarah Stone and Sue Cordingley

Wednesday 29th June: Walking the Invisible – Michael Stewart in conversation with Mark Wright

Saturday 4th June: Indiana Bones and the Lost Library launch with Harry Heape

Sunday 29th May: While the Storm Rages launch with Phil Earle

Saturday 23rd April: The Great Butterfly Conundrum launch with Sue Cordingley and Sarah Stone

Sunday 10th April: Dragons Storytime with Sarah Stone and Sue Cordingley

Thursday 14th March: Female Fortune with Jill Liddington

Thursday 17th March: The Cuckoo Cage book launch with Comma Press

Wednesday 9th March: 100 voices reading and IWD celebration

Friday 25th February: Maudie Smith Must Have Mum storytelling


22nd to 24th October: Halifax Festival of Words 2021

Saturday 25th September: Tom Palmer Sudden Death book signing

Friday 24th September: Janet Lea The Gentleman Jack Effect book launch

Wednesday 23rd June: Julia Chapman Date with Deceit book signing.

Saturday 19th June: Rob Cowen The Heeding book signing.

Thursday 3rd June: Harry Heape Indiana Bones book launch.

Thursday 3rd June: Phil Earle When the Sky Falls book launch.

Thursday 20th May: Liz Flanagan book signing.

Saturday 8th May: Tom Palmer Arctic Star signing.


Saturday 8th August : Liz Flanagan Book Signing in The Piece Hall Courtyard.

Sunday 2nd August :  Tom Palmer Book Signing in The Piece Hall Courtyard.

Saturday 7th March: Linda Green book signing.

Saturday 29th February: Grandad Wheels story time.

Thursday 27th February: Turn The Page.

Thursday 16th January: Turn The Page.


Thursday 19th December: Poetry by Candlelight with Candlestick Press, featuring Jo Brandon, Carole Bromley, Joolz Denby, Kevin Holloway, Zaffar Kunial, Rob Miles & James Nash. Compered by Ross Kightly.

Thursday 5th December: Chris Mould – visit and book signing.

Wednesday 6th November. Alan Johnson: In My Life. In partnership with The Square Chapel.

Saturday 26th October: Ashley Jackson – Watercolour Sketches Book Signing.

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October – Halifax Festival of Words.

Saturday 14th September: My Name is Why – In Conversation with Lemn Sissay partnering with The Square Chapel.

Saturday 7th September: Julia Chapman – Dales Detective Series Book Signing.

Thursday 15th August: Turn The Page 12. Poetry and Open Mic night.

Saturday 10th August: The Moss House book signing with Clara Barley.

Thursday 1st August: The Iron Man book signing with Chris Mould.

Sunday 14th July: A History of the World in 21 Women by Jenni Murray partnering with The Square Chapel.

Saturday 13th July: Who was the real Anne Lister? Jill Liddington and Helena Whitbread event as part of Anne Lister Weekend.

Friday 5th July: A Fabulous Creation: David Hepworth talks both rock and roll.

Thursday 4th July: Anna BestAunt Grizelda’s Fairy Tales of the Unexpected. Book launch and talk. 

15th-22nd June:  Indie Bookshop Week

Friday 14th June – An evening with Simon Armitage partnering with The Square Chapel

Tuesday 11th June: We Share The Same Skies – What kind of region do we want to live in?

15th June: TotallyLocally Fiverfest 

Thursday 6th June: Will Self partnering with The Square Chapel.

Friday 31st May: The Wandering Poet Tour – Ben Guilfoyle

Thursday 23rd May Jill Liddington Writing Anne Lister

Thursday 16th May  Turn The Page 11 Open mic night

Saturday 11th May – Dragon Daughter book signing with Liz Flanagan.

Monday 29th April – D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer launch.

April 2019 – Proudly supporting Independent Publishers:

  • Thursday 18th April Built on Sand by Paul Scraton book launch with Influx Press.

  • Thursday 11th April Zebra by Ian Humphreys poetry launch. Supported by Natalie Burdett and Zaffar Kunial with Nine Arches Press.

  • Friday 5th April  Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession UK book launch with Bluemoose Books.

Thursday 28th March Turn The Page 10. Poetry, music, open mic night.

Friday 15th March – Carol Ann Duffy and Friends, partnering with The Square Chapel

Saturday 9th March – -Book signing with Linda Green.

Thursday 21st February – Story time with Cathy Calvert and Ned.

Sunday 3rd February – Dirty Bertie event with Alan MacDonald, partnering with The Square Chapel

Thursday 17th January    – Turn The Page 9. Poetry, music, open mic night.


Saturday 15th December – Book Signing with Penny Thorpe, author of The Quality Street Girls

Thursday 6th December    – Book signing with Ben Myers and Bluemoose Books.

Saturday 24th November – Book signing with Martine McDonagh

Friday 9th November – The Light in The Dark: A Winter Journal with Horatio Clare

Thursday 1st November – Book signing with Andrew Bibby

Sunday 28th October – Book signing with The Yorkshire Vet – Peter Wright

Saturday 20th October – Burning Brightly: Northern Voices in YA with Liz Flanagan, Mark Illis, Danielle Jawando and Melvin Burgess

Friday 12- Sunday 14th October – Halifax Festival of Words

Saturday 6th October – Afternoon Tea with Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday 29th September  –  Book signing with Mary Jayne Baker

Thursday 27th September –  S.R. Whitehead Launch

Wednesday 12th September. Gaia Holmes Where The Road Runs Out launch

Monday 28th August. Poet’s Corner with Keith Hutson and Mark Pajak

Thursday 23rd August.Turn The Page 7 . Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Monday 30th July. WordPlay Summer Special Ft. Andrew McMillan, Professor Michael Symmons Roberts & Mark Pajak partnering with WordPlay and The Square Chapel

Thursday 5th July. Four Poets and Environmental Thinking poetry evening

Saturday 30th June. The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party

Thursday 21 June. Turn The Page 6Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Tuesday 29th May. Glow Anthology book launch with Gaia Holmes

Sunday 27th May. Benjamin Myers: Under The Rock book signing

Saturday 19th May. Roger McGough: As Far As I Know Tour partnering with The Square Chapel

Monday 14th May. Jill Liddington: Winning Votes For Women in Halifax and Beyond. Talk, Q&A, book signing

Wednesday 26th April. Hollie McNish Plum Tour partnering with The Square Chapel

Thursday 19th April. Turn The Page 5. Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Wednesday 18th April. Launch of Light After Light by Vicky Gatehouse

Saturday 14th April. Book signing with Julia Chapman

Saturday 7th April. Book signing with Mary Jayne Baker

Thursday 7th December. Book Signing with The Yorkshire Vet – Julian Norton

Saturday 20th January. Stuart Maconie Long Road From Jarrow Tour partnering with The Square Chapel


Sunday 26th November. George Costigan in conversation with Willy Russell partnering with The Square Chapel