R.A. Gekoski: Dealing in Rare Books and Manuscripts Since 1984

One of the world's leading specialist dealers in modern English, Irish and American Literature, including first editions,
association copies, manuscripts and archives, and artworks with literary associations.

Upcoming Talks and Appearances in 2017:

Friday, August 25, 2017, 10:15am. Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Spiegeltent £12.00, £10.00. HAPPY FAMILIES: Edward Docx & Rick Gekoski - Two writers who will make you laugh until you cry. Rick discusses Darke, his new novel.

Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:30PM. Edinburgh International Book Festival. Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre  FREE: Tickets available from the Box Office on the day of the event. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IMPRISONED WRITERS SERIES - IN SEARCH OF SANCTUARY: writing by refugees, read by Festival authors including Rick Gekoski, Nicola Barker, Barney Norris and Marcus Sedgwick.

Previous Talks and Appearances in 2017:

Monday, May 22, 2017, 3:45pm. The Bath Festival. OVERRATED / UNDERRATED: Rick Gekoski and fellow literary experts nominate their favourite – and least favourite – reading material.


Talks and Appearances in 2016 included:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Eton College: Rick gives a talk on Rare Books & Manuscripts to the Savile Society

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5.30pm. The University of Otago Centre for the Book and the Dunedin City of Literature: In Conversation with Rick Gekoski, Bookman: Rick's reflections on a life filled with books to celebrate World Book Day.

Talks and Appearances in 2014 and 2015 included:

Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19 2015. Curious Arts Festival 2015. In conversation with Kirsty Gunn about her new collection of short stories.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:30pm. A Bookshop Dinner: Rick Gekoski. Wigtown Book Festival. At this intimate bookshop supper, Rick talks about a life in thrall to bibliomania. Price includes three-course meal with a glass of champagne. Early booking is advised.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3pm. Lost, Stolen or Shredded. Wigtown Book Festival
Rick tells the stories behind some of the world’s greatest artistic losses.
Some items are stolen (like the Mona Lisa), some destroyed (Philip Larkin’s diaries) and some were lost before they even existed, like the career of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which foundered for lack of cash. Collectively they reveal much about what art means to us.

Sunday, July 20, 2014. An interview with Fiammetta Rocco, Books and Arts Editor of The Economist. Curious Arts Festival 2014

Thursday, March 15, 2014. Rick Gekoski talks about rare books and rare book collectors on BBC Radio's Robert Elms Show. BBC Radio: Robert Elms Show

​Saturday, March 8, 2014. Rare book dealer, writer and broadcaster Rick Gekoski tells of the greatest losses to artistic culture in Lost, Stolen or Shredded. From Philip Larkin’s diaries to architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s career, which never had a chance to thrive – what lies behind these tales of tremendous loss and what deeper questions do they raise? Bath Literature Festival, UK: Lost, Stolen or Shredded

Saturday, March 8, 2014. It’s every bookworm’s dream to judge the Booker. But David Baddiel called the process “soul-destroying.” So what is it really like to tackle over a hundred novels in a matter of months? And can anyone really pick the best one? Join current and former Booker judges Natalie Haynes, Rick Gekoski and Alex Clark for a unique insight into the world of the Booker. Bath Literature Festival, UK: How to be a Booker Judge

February 23, 2014. Print culture and why do paper books, maps and letters continue to capture our imagination? Perth Writer's Festival, Australia: The Collectors.

February 22, 2014. How theft, forgery the power of absence affects print culture with Alan Dodge. Perth Writer's Festival, Australia: Theft.

February 21, 2014. How easy is it to select a prize-winning novel? Are prize rules on gender and nationality fair? 2014 Stella Prize chair Kerryn Goldsworthy, 2010 Man Booker International chair Rick Gekoski and Miles Franklin judge Debra Adelaide go behind the scenes of the judging process with 2013 Vogels judge Geordie Williamson. Perth Writer's Festival, Australia: The Chairman's Lounge.

February 21, 2014. When the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, crowds flocked to the Louvre to see the space where she had hung. Why do we feel the absence of great artworks more keenly than their presence? Rick Gekoski talks about our unusual relationship with art. Perth Writer's Festival, Australia: Lost, Stolen or Shredded.


Talks and Appearances in 2013 included:

November 21, 2013. Keynote Address to the Bibliographical Societies of Australia and New Zealand: The Treasure Hunt:The Supply-Side Economics of Rare Book Dealing.

November 20, 2013. An Hour with Rick Gekoski: Beyond Tolkien’s Gown. National Library of Australia, Canberra.

November 19, 2013. David Scott Mitchell Memorial Lecture: The Life and Death of the Book. Mitchell Library, Sydney. Broadcast on ABC Big Ideas Prorgramme

November 18, 2013. David Scott Mitchell Memorial Lecture: The Life and Death of the Book. Mitchell Library, Sydney.

September 7, 2013. Event at Cheltenham Literary Festival to discuss Lost, Stolen, or Shredded.

August 13, 2013.  Event at Edinburgh Festival to discuss Lost, Stolen or Shredded. Peppers Theatre at 11:00 a.m.

May 27, 2013. Event at Hay Festival to discuss Lost, Stolen or Shredded, 4:00.

May 22, 2013. Dinner celebrates the award of the International Man Booker International Prize for 2013.

May 21, 2013.  First Editions, Second Thoughts, a charity auction on behalf of English PEN, consisting of famous books annotated by their authors. Sotheby’s, London, at 7:00.

April 29, 2013. Live on BBC Radio 4 Start the Week, regarding Lost, Stolen or Shredded: 9:00 – 10:00.

April 29, 2013. Talk about Lost, Stolen or Shredded at The Guardian at King’s Place, N1 at 7:00.

April 25, 2013. Launch Party, by invitation, for new book Lost, Stolen or Shredded. The Grosvenor Chapel Garden Room, Mayfair, at 6:00.

April 22, 2013. BBC TV on Meet the Author, with Nick Higham.

April 17, 2013.  Appearance on Radio 3, Night Waves, 10 p.m. Available on BBC iplayer.

January 31, 2012. Lecture at UCLA Willian Andrews Clark Lbrary: "Oscar Wilde in the Marketplace" (provisional title). Time to be announced.


Talks and Appearances in 2012 included:

October 2, 2012. Evening Talk to Double Crown Club.

July 4, 2012. Interviewing John Baville about his new novel, Ancient Light, at Daunt's, Chelsea: 7:00.

July 3, 2012. Teaching seminar for London Rare Books School, at the mews (our ofiice) 11:30.

June 18 - June 23, 2012. Teaching course, with Selina Hastings, at ARVON FOUNDATION on Life Writing. Vene: The Hurst, in Shropshire. Guest speaker: Justin Cartwright.

February 14, 2012. Opening talk of the new series of seminars organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA): "Book Collecting in Modern Times." Senate House, University of London, 6 p.m.


Talks and appearances in 2011 included:

November 22, 2011. After dinner talk to Annual Meeting of Girls' School Association, Bristol.

August 24, 2011. Appearance at Edinburgh Book Festival: to discuss Man Booker International Prize 2011 at 5:00

June 28, 2011: 2011 Speech at Man Booker International Prize Dinner in Honour of Prize Winner, The Banqueting Hall, London.

June 10, 2011. Talk at ABA Olympia Book Fair: "How Do You Price a Book?"

May 21, 2011. The Collectors. RG in discussion with Sandra Yates and Eileen Chanin, at 14:30 Sydney Theatre, Wherrett Studio.

May 20, 2011. An Hour with Rick Gekoski at 3:00 at Australia National Library, Canberra, with Colin Steele.

May 20, 2011. Live on radio with Deborah Cameron and her Book Club, 9:00 Pier 2/3 Club Stage. With Howard Jacobson and Geordie Williamson.

May 19, 2011. Sessions at Sydney Literary Festival:

1 - Final Judgment:

Rick Gekoski discusses choice of 2011 Man Booker International Winner with Chip Rolley, at 11:30 at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay.

2 - Reading is Overrated:

Rick Gekoski in discussion with Don Anderson and Shona Martyn on "the most dangerous idea in this festival." 14:30 at the Sydney Dance Company, Studio 1, Pier 4/5

3 -  The Finkler Question:

Rick Gekoski talks to Man Booker Prize 2010 winner Howard Jacobson at 18:00 City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

May 18, 2011: 2011 Man Booker International Prize: Winner is announced in Sydney, at The Literary Festival. Press Conference -VENUE The Sydney Opera House at 16:30.

March 30, 2011: 2011 Man Booker International Prize: List of Finalists is announced in Sydney, at Sydney University. See this on youtube.

January 19, 2011. Talk on "Books about Sport" at Henry Sotheran's Bookshop, 6 p.mto 8 p.m.


Talks and appearances in 2010 included:

Rick Gekoski reads Outside of a Dog in ten episodes for Australian Broadcasting Radio programme First Person. See these and more here.

June 3 - June 5, 2010. Exhibiting at ABA Book Fair at Olympia. On June 4, at 3:00. I will give a talk entitled "Trends in Modern Book Collecting," which will last 25 minutes and be followed by questions. I will try to keep it good tempered, probably without much success.

June 1, 2010 at 10 a.m. Talk with Claire Armitstead, Literary Editor of The Guardian at Hay Festival

May 17 - 23, 2010. Appearances at Sydney Writer's Festival. Appearances listed by clicking here.

May 12 -16, 2010. Appearances at Auckland Readers and Writers Festival: May 13, 12 - 2 pm, Lunch with Rick Gekoski, in which I talk of many things with the excellent Kim Hill, the world's best radio interviewer (amongst her other attributes). PLUS May 16 at 4 p.m. An Hour with Rick Gekoski, introduced by John Carey. Also inroducing Professor Carey's Michael King Memorial Lecture.

March 16, 2010, at 6:15. Talk at English PEN regarding book production, 60 Faringdon Road, London. (For a good account of this click here)

March 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Talk at Way With Words Festival, Cumbria.

March 1, 2010 at 6:15 p.m. Talk at The Guildhall, at Bath Literary Festival.

February 4, 2010 at 1:15. Talk at National Portrait Gallery: "Destroyed: Sutherland's Portrait of Winston Churchill."


Talks and appearances in 2009 included:

November 16 - 21, 2009. Teaching Creative Non-Fiction at  Arvon Foundation.

November 14, 2009. Appearance at Bridport Literary Festival.

October 16, 2009. Talk to St Mary's School, Calne.

September 24, 2009. Talk to William Empson Society at Winchester College.

September 17, 2009. Talk at Freeword Centre Festival, 6:30 at 60 Faringdon Road, EC1.

September 7, 2009. The Book Cafe live on Radio Scotland, 1:15 - 2:00.

From August 11, 2009 on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m for five weeks. Series II of Lost, Stolen, or Shredded on BBC Radio 4

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