ROUGH TRADE BOOKS are the joybringers, coming at you live.

Read hard for the latest and greatest live performances, special events, hot tix and signings, all shamelessly listed hereafter. So you can have a good time, all the time…

14-16 SEPT 18
Good Life Experience

ROUGH TRADE BOOKS will be at the fourth edition of the festival, the Good Life Experience. We’ll be bringing you Salena Godden and Thomas Morris reading on the Caught By The River stage at Gladstones’ Farm, North Wales.

19 Sept 18
Rough Trade Bristol

Rough Trade Books presents… On Poetry

Rough Trade Books presents a selection of their authors, showcasing the literary talent that helps make up the first batch of Rough Trade Editions. Join Joe Dunthorne, Salena Godden and Olly Todd for a night of poetry and short fiction, with the wonderful Letterpress Collective creating letterpress prints on the night.

More info here…

22 SEPT 18
Kenilworth Arts Festival

ROUGH TRADE BOOKS will take to Kenilworth with four of our brilliant authors this year. We’re hosting Salena Godden and her new collection of poetry, Pessimism is for Lightweights; Kirk Lake, the writer, musician and actor (and possibly the coolest person ever born in Leamington Spa) presenting The Last Night of the Leamington Licker; David Keenan, acclaimed novelist and senior critic for The Wire, and To Run Wild In It: A Handbook on Autonomic Tarot, a collaboration with the artist Sophy Hollington; and the mercurial James Endeacott, a writer, DJ and former A&R man for Rough Trade Records, who’ll be presenting a new work published by ROUGH TRADE BOOKS in September 2018.

£10 (£8 con.)


3 OCT 18
Rough Trade East

Rough Trade Books presents… NOT National Poetry Day

To celebrate National Poetry Day (albeit a little early), Rough Trade Books brings a selection of their poets and friends along to Brick Lane. Hear from Olly Todd, Harriet Moore, Salena Godden , Scarlett Sabet as well as Will Burns accompanied by guitarist Adam Chetwood on what promises to be a wonderful night of poetry.

More info here…


8 Oct 18


On Monday 8th October, 7pm 

The Social, Little Portland St, London

Join us at the best bar in Central London to celebrate the birth of the second batch of Rough Trade Editions—we’ll have Robert Barry on music and technology, Laura Lewis discussing her photographs of Japanese Love Hotels with the writer Lucy Bourton (It’s Nice That), the legendary James Endeacott sharing his tall tales with music journalist Paul Stokes and the wonderful Joe Dunthorne reading from his pamphlet published in our first series. We’ll also have Ana da Silva of The Raincoats performing live and the Token Girl DJs providing the musical back-drop. A night not to be missed.

PLUS  we have a new exhibition on the walls of the upstairs bar at The Social too entitled Passion 202 by photographer Laura Lewis featuring images from her pamphlet of the same name. Exhibition runs at until 15th October.

Limited amount of tickets available on Eventbrite and Dice.

12 - 14 Oct 18
Bound Art Book Fair, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester


Bound Art Book Fair is back and expanded at the Whitworth in 2018. We will be celebrating all aspects of printed matter from across the U.K and Europe. Friday will mark the opening of the weekend with a special late night preview evening.

Throughout the weekend Bound Art Book Fair will be hosting a range of workshops, discussions and artist talks for everyone to get involved with. Rough Trade Books will have a stall and so will all of these other publishers…

01706 / Andrea Allen (Entitle Magazine) / ARÖK / Bemojake / Boomkat / Bricks from the Kiln / Bronze Age / Ceremony Press / Chaochi Lau / common-editions / COPY / Dan Szor & Jimmy Merris / Desire Press / DIY YOUTH / DR.ME / Enlarge Your Memories / Everyday Press / Fashion Art Direction MSoA / FIMS (University of Salford) / Fluffer / Four Corners Books / Ginny / Jane and Jeremy / Joe Devlin and Dave Macintosh / Keep it Complex / Kingsley Ifill / Kiosk / Long Distance Press / London Centre for Book Arts / Loose Joints / Lost Generation / MACK / Meanwhile Press / Mishka Henner / The Modernist / Museums Press / Natalie Choi, Sandy Wang, / Tsang Wing Yi / Nomadic Reading Room / Craig Oldham / Palm* Studios / Pilot Press / Pleats / Rare Mags / Rick Pushinsky / Rough Trade Books / Salt n Pepper Press / Season Zine / Self Publish Be Happy / Serf / Setsuko / Snöar Press / Studio Operative / The University of Huddersfield (BA Photography) / Tide Press / TRACE / Velvick & Speed & Murphy / Village International Table / Wired Press / Witty Kiwi