Short Story Club: “The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding” by Agatha Christie

Again Poirot shivered. The thought of a fourteenth-century English manor house filled him with apprehension. He had suffered too often in the historic country houses of England. He looked round appreciatively at his comfortable modern flat with its radiators and the latest patent devices for excluding any kind of draught.

It’s festive Short Story Club! This time we’re transporting you to the quintessential English country Christmas, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot finds himself at the centre of yet another mystery. Published in 1922 and also known as “The Theft of the Royal Ruby”, Hercule Poirot must get to the bottom of a devilish plot featuring a dubious Christmas pudding!

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…” — George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and unticketed. However, please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!

Festive Bookbinding Workshop with Rachel Hazell

Make your own festive presents and decorations with this festive bookbinding workshop in the bookstore!

We are delighted to welcome back Rachel Hazell to the Golden Hare just in time for Christmas! This time the Travelling Bookbinder will teach a small group how to make and decorate three book structures, inspired by her new book Bound.

Join us for an evening of folding, stitching and embellishing and leave with personalised gifts and hanging decorations. The perfect way to spend a winter evening, enhanced by a drink, the warmth of the fire, mince pies and good company.

Tickets Information

Don’t delay in booking your ticket for this very special event – Rachel’s workshops always sell out quickly and this takes place in a small group for maximum enjoyment. Materials included and you do not need to bring anything except a creative mind and nimble fingers! Refreshments are served during the workshop and participants will receive 10% off in the bookshop that evening and go away with a special goodie bag. There is a chance to buy the book in advance with your ticket (save £3.99) or on the evening and have it signed and dedicated by Rachel. Booking is essential – don’t delay! If you have any questions please contact us on 0131 629 1396 or

Christmas Poetry with Hamish Whyte & Candlestick Press

Join us for a festive evening of poetry, fireside treats and readings!

Candlestick Press is a favourite at Golden Hare – they publish the Poetry Instead of a Card series, and we’re delighted to launch not one but two new pamphlets for the festive season! Join us, Candlestick Press, editor Hamish Whyte and special guest readers for an evening of mulled wine, mince pies and poetry from Candlestick’s two new Christmas pamphlets: Ten Poems about Robins and Christmas Lights: Ten Poems for Dark Winter Nights.

Hamish Whyte (b. 1947) is a Scottish poet who runs Mariscat Press and has edited numerous anthologies of Scottish poetry, as well as the work of his friend Edwin Morgan. His own poems have appeared in various Scottish magazines and Shoestring Press has published his three full collections, of which the most recent is Things We Never Knew (2016). He is a member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets.

Free admission – all welcome but please register as numbers are limited.

To register, please book through Golden Hare Books instore or on our website, or call Candlestick Press 0115 967 4455 / email

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A St Stephen Street Christmas with Rachel Hazell

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Thursday the 7th we were joined by the incomparable Rachel Hazell for an evening of Christmas craft! Everyone who came made the most beautiful paper stars and constellations and we were so happy to host Rachel again. Following on from this evening, Rachel wanted to tell us three reasons why it is so wonderful to shop on our home turf at Christmas. I’ll hand you over to her! Continue reading A St Stephen Street Christmas with Rachel Hazell