Events

Glenkens kvöldvaka series

Start date: 25th October 2022
End date: 13th December 2022
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: CatStrand, New Galloway & The Smiddy, Balmaclellan
Sarah kvöldvaka Flateyri

Each week from October to December, Sarah will give an extended reading from her memoir The Raven’s Nest in the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka (‘evening wake’), where in the evening as the days grew shorter, someone would read aloud to their household as they knitted, darned and mended items of clothing. You are invited to bring items to make or mend during the reading and are welcome for the whole series or individual readings. Alternates locations:

Tues Oct 25 The Smiddy
Tues Nov 1 The Smiddy
Tues Nov 8 The Smiddy
Tues Nov 15 CatStrand
Tues Nov 22 The Smiddy
Tues Nov 29  CatStrand
Tues Dec 6 The Smiddy
Tues Dec 13 CatStrand

Individual tickets

Season pass

Kendal Waterstones

Date: 9th December 2022
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 7 Westmorland Centre, Kendal LA9 4LR
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From one hill farming community to another: An evening with author Sarah Thomas, as we discuss her extraordinary ecological memoir, The Raven’s Nest, set in Iceland’s Westfjords region.

The evening is inspired by the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka, where on farms in the winter months when the early darkness brought outdoor work to a close, households would gather indoors in one small room – their shared living quarters. By the light of a single fish oil lamp they would continue the necessary work of knitting and mending while someone read aloud to them. That way, even through deepest poverty, a society of book lovers flourished.

In this ‘wool town’, we welcome you to bring your knitting, crochet and embroidery or just sit back and be transported into an evening of meditation and relaxation.

Marlow Bookshop

Date: 19th December 2022
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Marlow Bookshop, 22-24 Spittal St., Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1DB
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Come join us for a glass of wine as Sarah holds a festive evening reading from her beautiful new memoir The Raven’s Nest following the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka. Guests are invited to bring their knitting and mending to do as she reads, or just to sit back and be transported to Iceland’s Westfjords. Buy tickets.

the bound Bookshop

Date: 12th January 2023
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: the bound Bookshop, 82a Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 2TH
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Join us for an evening with Sarah Thomas, as we discuss her extraordinary ecological memoir, The Raven’s Nest. The evening is inspired by the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka: we welcome you to bring your knitting, crochet and embroidery to do as Sarah reads or just sit back and be transported. Tickets include a signed copy which can be collected in store at the bound ahead of the event, and a welcome drink. We encourage guests to read the book before the event and join us in a ‘book club’ format discussion on the night. Book tickets

Past Events

Gracefield Arts Centre

Date: 8th December 2022
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ
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Sarah joins artist Silvy Weatherall to talk about making beauty from broken things, lost things, abandoned things; gaining insight from the spaces in between. Silvy will introduce her exhibition Broken Journeys and read from her poetry which forms a part of it. And, surrounded by Silvy’s artworks, Sarah will read from The Raven’s Nest, her newly published ecological memoir set in Iceland’s Westfjords region. Book your free ticket.

The Old Mill Palnackie

Date: 4th December 2022
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 6 Port Rd, Palnackie, Castle Douglas DG7 1PQ
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Come gather by the fireside and candleglow of the Old Mill Palnackie, where Sarah’s much loved kvöldvaka began. This special reading from The Raven’s Nest will take place in the intimate surroundings of the gallery on our Christmas shopping weekend – handmade gifts, natural art materials and a truly excellent bookshop – all manner of wild, philosophical, esoteric, nature-inspired gems here. Sarah will read at 4pm and sign books afterwards. Free.

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

Date: 20th November 2022
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Kendal Town Hall - Chambers
KMLF

Sarah Thomas joins us to share The Raven’s Nest, a story about resilience and learning to belong, set in the elemental landscape of Iceland’s bewitching Westfjords. In Icelandic style, Sarah welcomes you to bring your knitting to do whilst listening to this talk! There will be a book signing straight after the event. Buy tickets.

Edinburgh Botanics – Book Week Scotland

Date: 16th November 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
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Join Sarah for a special Book Week Scotland kvöldvaka in the intimate surroundings of The Botanics Cottage. Artist-in-residence Natalie Taylor will present Sarah with the ‘Keepers of the Soil Cape’ – collectively stitched, naturally dyed and containing soils gathered along a pilgrimage route to COP26 – to wear during her reading from The Raven’s Nest. Guests are invited to bring their knitting and mending projects to do as she reads. Reserve your free ticket.

Cample Line, Thornhill

Date: 12th November 2022
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Cample Line, Thornhill DG3 5HD
Elin Jakobsdottir

Join Sarah in conversation with Scottish/Icelandic artist Elín Jakobsdóttir as they discuss Elín’s film In the First Place and Sarah’s written response to it. Join the guestlist.

Stanfords London

Date: 13th October 2022
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Stanfords, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden WC2H 9FA
Stanfords London

In the world’s largest map store, join us for an evening inspired by the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka. We welcome you to bring your knitting, crochet and embroidery or just sit back and be transported into an evening of meditation and relaxation, as Sarah reads from her extraordinary memoir, The Raven’s Nest. Buy tickets.

Stanfords Bristol

Date: 11th October 2022
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bristol Stanfords, 29 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT
Stanfords Bristol

Join us for an evening inspired by the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka. We welcome you to bring your knitting, crochet and embroidery or just sit back and be transported into an evening of meditation and relaxation, as Sarah reads from her extraordinary memoir, The Raven’s Nest. Buy tickets.

Lancaster Litfest Autumn Weekend

Date: 8th October 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
Lancaster Litfest

A contemplative event in the style of an Icelandic ‘kvöldvaka’, in partnership with Lancaster Sewing Café. They will introduce their work, then Sarah will talk about and read from her wonderful memoir set in Iceland, The Raven’s Nest. You are welcomed to bring making and mending projects to work on during Sarah’s reading. Some materials will be provided. Buy online tickets.

Wigtown Book Festival

Date: 1st October 2022
Time: 6:00pm
Location: McNeillie Tent, Wigtown Book Festival, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 9HN
Wigtown Festival

Join local writer and documentary filmmaker Sarah Thomas in the McNeillie tent as she brings The Raven’s Nest  – her memoir of love, language, nature and resilience set in Iceland – to Wigtown. Book now.

Outwith Books Glasgow

Date: 27th September 2022
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Outwith - Bookshop, 14 Albert Road Glasgow G42 8DN
Outwith Books

Join us for a special reading of Sarah Thomas’ ecological memoir The Raven’s Nest in the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka (‘evening wake’), where in the evening as the days grew shorter, someone would read aloud to their household as they knitted, darned and mended. Audience members are invited to bring items to make or mend during the reading. Register for free.