First Date, the inaugural Romance Festival
by Keira Brown
Communications Executive, Edinburgh
City of Literature Trust
31 May 2023
A series of romance and feel good fiction events on Sunday 25 June in the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
FIRST DATE is a collaboration between Lighthouse Bookshop - Edinburgh's radical bookshop, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, bringing Edinburgh the first of a new romance festival, timed for the tail end of Independent Bookshop Week.
As great lovers of romance and feel good fiction, it was felt it was high time a platform was created for a beloved genre, and so we have FIRST DATE!
There will be a wide variety of romance books for sale as well as events discussing genre boundaries, subversive politics, queer joy, and feminist pleasure, all held and hosted by the Scottish Storytelling Centre!
FIRST DATE is Scotland’s first-ever romance fiction festival, headlined by Scotland’s own best-selling Jenny Colgan in time for the release of her latest novel, The Summer Skies. There are also panel events with feel good writers that include Tab Kimpton, K Patrick, Radhika Sanghani, Lex Croucher, Lola Keeley and Adiba Jaigirdar. It will be a festival not-to-be-missed!
This is Romance: Transcending Genre Boundaries
Feeling Good is Freedom: The Radical Potential of Romance Writing
11am: Marketplace opens! Browse stalls from various publishers, books on sale courtesy of Lighthouse Books.
12:30-1:45pm: This is Romance: Transcending Genre Boundaries. Panel discussion with authors K Patrick, Radhika Sanghani and Tab Kimpton, chaired by Lynsey Rogers.
3:00-4:15pm: Feeling Good is Freedom: The Radical Potential of Romance Writing. Panel discussion with authors Lex Croucher, Adiba Jaigirdar and Lola Keeley, chaired by Anahit Behrooz.
5:30-6:30pm: An Evening with Jenny Colgan: Launch of The Summer Skies.
7:30pm: Marketplace closes
Tickets are available through the links above!