Saturday 8th August at 2pm: Book Signing with Liz Flanagan in The Piece Hall Courtyard.

Join local children’s author, Liz Flanagan, for a book signing in The Piece Hall Courtyard. She will be signing copies of her new book, Rise of the Shadow Dragons – the second book in the Legend of the Skies series. All are welcome. No need to book, just turn up!

Jowan wants only one thing: to have a dragon of his own. Then disaster strikes, and his world suddenly turns into a darker and more dangerous place. But a new friend and an astonishing discovery could lead him to what he has always wanted …

If he is just willing to take a leap of faith and brave the impossible. He needs to act fast though – a volcano is waking up!


CANCELLED* Wednesday 18th March – 7pm: No Priest but Love Book Launch with Helena Whitbread. £10 (includes a copy of the book).

* In response to the UK moving into the delay phase of the Coronavirus plan, we have decided not to go ahead with Wednesday’s scheduled event with Helena Whitbread. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused but feel that this is our contribution to helping control the spread of the virus.

If you would like a dedicated copy of No Priest but Love signed by Helena Whitbread, please email us at and we will be happy to arrange this.

Thank you for your support, The Book Corner

Join Helena Whitbread for the launch of her re-issued book, No Priest but Love – The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister 1824 -1826. (Published 19th March 2020).

Following on from The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister (published by Virago) this volume continues her story. Anne Lister arrives in post-revolutionary Paris in 1824, attempting to recover from a doomed love affair with a married woman. There she becomes emotionally entangled with a young widow. Anne’s efforts, firstly to extricate herself from this new ‘scrape’ and then to make a choice between the two women in her life, provides an absorbing sexual and social drama.

We follow Anne Lister to Buxton, Derbyshire, where a husband appears in hot pursuit of his straying wife who has, in turn, followed Anne there; in Halifax, the Yorkshire town of Anne’s birth; to London; and, lastly, to post-revolutionary Paris, a city alive with political intrigue. Anne’s descriptive powers bring each scene vividly to life, providing a brilliant, kaleidoscopic background to her story.

When Helena Whitbread first published excerpts from Anne Lister’s diary, which was written in a complicated, esoteric code, it was hailed as a lost piece of lesbian history. Helena has devoted years to researching and transcribing Lister’s extensive journals; the ‘crypthand’ had allowed Lister to record her life in intimate, and at times, explicit, detail. It was the first time her story had been told. This second volume continues the story of one of the most remarkable women of her time: landowner, industrialist, traveller and lesbian.

The ticket price includes a copy of the book (RRP £8.99) and a glass of wine. Helena will be signing books after the event.

Doors will open at 6:30pm. To book your tickets, please call into the shop or tel. 01422 414443. To book online, please click here.

Saturday 21st March – 2-4 pm. Penny Thorpe Book Signing – The Mothers of Quality Street.

Come along and meet Penny Thorpe, author of The Quality Street Girls, and talk to her about her new book, the second in the series. There might even be some chocolates! Free event, no need to book.

CANCELLED * Thursday 26th March 7.30pm. Turn The Page.

* In response to the UK moving into the delay phase of the Coronavirus plan, we have decided not to go ahead with this month’s Turn the Page. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused but feel that this is our contribution to helping control the spread of the virus.

Poetry and spoken word night. Contact for more information.

CANCELLED * Tuesday 7th April – 6pm: Anne Lister & Christopher Rawson – Jill Liddington talks Riches and Rivalry. The Albany Club (Hope Hall). £15.

*In response to government guidelines about social distancing to delay the spread of Coronavirus, we have decided not to go ahead with Jill Liddington’s event at Hope Hall in April. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused but feel that this is our contribution to helping control the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your support.

The Book Corner

Join local writer and historian, Jill Liddington, in the intimate setting of Hope Hall, home of Christopher Rawson. Jill will be discussing the complex relationship between Anne Lister & powerful banker Christopher Rawson, resident of Hope Hall 1808-49. Gain exclusive entry to this magnificent Georgian house as Jill explores the industrial rivalry and political allegiance between two of Halifax’s most distinguished historical figures.

A glass of wine is included in the ticket price. There will be a pop-up Anne Lister bookstore and a book-signing with Jill after the event.

Venue: The Albany Club (formerly Hope Hall), 57 Clare Rd, Halifax HX1 2JP. For a location map, please click here. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

To book your tickets, please call into the shop or tel. 01422 414443. To book online, please click here.

Previous Events


Sunday 2nd August at 2pm:  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