Creative Writing Course with Michael Langan

Do you have an untold story inside you? Give it a voice. Our 5-weeks creative writing course will give you the tools and motivation to start writing. During the intensive 5-week course you will have the chance to experiment with different aspects of prose writing.

The course is taught by Michael Langan, who has been a teacher of creative writing for over 15 years.

On Tuesdays at 19h30, starting 16 January 2018.
And on Thursdays same time, starting 25 January 2018

Want to know more? Click here. Sign up early here.



Bivar Book Club

BivarBookClubBIVAR BOOK CLUB brings together booklovers once a month to talk about a book they’ve all read in advance.

18 January 2018 and we talked about The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Next discussion will be announced soon!

Sign up via Facebook or Meetup!



International Lisbon Book Club

International Book Club at Bookshop BivarAn informal gathering for book lovers. You’re welcome to talk about your favourite poems, novels and plays from all corners of the world. Each session has different theme and you can come to all of them or only one.

Want to join us? Become a member of the group on Meetup website: Lisbon Coffee Books Club.  And as soon as a new session is announced, reply YES! The number of participants is limited!



LitLovers Lisbon

LitLovers LisbonLitLovers Lisbon book group meets once a month and has lively, facilitated discussions about the books we’ve chosen and read in advance.

This group is full at the moment, but you can join the waiting list  and we’ll let you know if free places become available.

More info here.




Arja & Emma Puikkonen

Arja ja Emma Puikkonen at Bookshop BivarKirjailijat ARJA ja EMMA PUIKKONEN 12 joulukuuta klo 20.00 Bookshop Bivarissa.

Tarinointia kirjoittamisesta. Esittelyssä kirjat Äänihäkki, Haapaneitty ja Eurooppalaiset unet. Vapaamuotoista seurustelua.

The language of this event will be Finnish.


BIG IDEAS in Lisbon

A COLLISION OF 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY & LITERATURE. Two award winning American writers of innovative literature, DEBRA DI BLASI and SAM WITT, will present the first in a series of cultural BIG IDEAS in Lisbon.

Thursday 7 December at 18h30 at Fundação Cidade de Lisboa. RSVP HERE.


Catherine of Braganza

Catherine Of BraganzaBookshop Bivar and Livros Horizonte have the pleasure of inviting you to the presentation of

CATHERINE of BRANGANZA by Isabel Stilwell

Wednesday 29 November at 19h30

RSVP – email: alexandra.cayolla (at) or tel: 21346697



Writing Course “Delve Deeper into the Craft”

Michael Langan Writing course autumn2017Attention all people who love writing and want to further specialise in the craft: Bookshop Bivar is organising a brand new creative writing workshop with Michael Langan aimed to inject creativity and energy into your writing!

On Tuesdays at 19h30 from 3 to 31 October 2017

Want to know more? Check the event description on Facebook or write directly to michaeledwinlangan (at)


Normaali irtiotto

Anu Patrakka 20 October at Bookshop BivarAnu Patrakka, a Finn living in Portugal, has published her first novel and we will celebrate it in Bookshop Bivar on 20 October. Read more here.

Suomalaisen Pohjois-Portugalissa asuvan Anu Patrakan ensimmäisen kirjan julkaisukekkerit 20 lokakuuta 19h30. Lue lisää tästä.

The language of this event will be Finnish.



Creative Writing Workshop with Anette Pollner

As a writer, you always have “work in progress” – stories you have almost finished, stories you are hoping to write, stories you wish you had never started, and the stories from your unconscious mind…

Prepare for an inspiring, high energy workshop.

Friday 8 September: Work in Progress – “Take your writing to the next level”. More info here.



Creative Xchanges

Creative Xchanges is a monthly event that brings together creative minds from various walks of life to have meaningful conversations about art.

Thursday 17 August: Is Creativity a Force for Good or for Evil? Event moderated by the writer Peter D Murphy. Guests: Singer-Performer-Psychotherapist Catarina Rodrigues &  Actor-Director Suresh Nampuri.


Lisbon Podcast Brunch Club – Climate Change

Pocast Brunch Event at Bookshop BivarPodcast Brunch Club — like a book club, but for podcasts.

The theme for July is Climate Change. You can find here the podcasts you should listen to before the event.

Discussion on 26 July at 19h30. Sign up here.


Creative Writing Workshop with Anette Pollner

Every writer has an individual, unique voice. A voice that tells the story only you can tell. But every writer also needs to find that voice. But how?

Join us for a set of two interconnected workshops at Bookshop Bivar where we will write surrounded by hundreds of books, and let your own unique writer’s voice emerge.

Monday 17 July: Find Your Writer’s Voice and Wednesday 19 July: Let the Voice Write! More info here.


Creative Xchanges

Creative Xchanges is a monthly event that brings together creative minds from various walks of life to have meaningful conversations about art.

Thursday 20 July: Where Creativity Meets Reality. Event moderated by Writer Peter D Murphy. Guests: Actress Mariana Mourato & Writer Michael Langan.




Bookshop Bivar at SciFi Lx 2017Lisbon’s International Sci-Fi Convention from 15 to 16 July at Instituto Superioir Técnico.

Bookshop Bivar will be there with a collection of science-fiction books. All secondhand. All in English.

Welcome to visit us at Sci-Fi Lx 2017


Lisbon Podcast Brunch Club – Creativity

Pocast Brunch Event at Bookshop BivarPodcast Brunch Club — like a book club, but for podcasts.

The theme for June is Creativity. You can find here the podcasts you should listen to before the event.

Discussion on 28 June at 19h30. Sign up here or via Facebook.


Writing Course with Michael Langan

Writing course with Michael Langan at Bookshop BivarHave you dreamed of writing compelling stories? Have you imagined working on your first novel? Or simply making your blog posts more engaging?

The Writing Course will help you get started with creative writing in a fun and judgment-free environment, under the expert guidance of Michael Langan, a charismatic teacher from London.

We had our first course from 21 March to 18 April and and the second one from 2 May to 30 May.


Lisbon Podcast Brunch – (Im)Migration

Pocast Brunch Event at Bookshop BivarPodcast Brunch Club is like a book club for podcasts.

The theme for May is Migration and Immigration. The podcast episodes and discussion questions can be found here.

The event will take place on 27 May at 1800 at Bookshop Bivar. Sign up here or via Facebook.


Bookshop Bivar at AEIST Book Fair

Bookshop Bivar will be at Feira do Livro 17 – 21 April in Instituto Superior Técnico.

We’ll offer a selection of General Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, Romance & other. Visit our stand and check out our special offers.

We look forward to meeting fellow booklovers!

The event is organised by AEIST – the Students’ Association from Instituto Superior Técnico.



Book Swap Party

Bookswap Party

We are celebrating 3 years of Bookshop Bivar! THREE YEARS full of books and of encounters with all the wonderful people who visited us in the shop.

THANK YOU, dear readers, clients and friends for accompanying us on this amazing journey! We couldn’t have done it without you!

For this special occasion we’re throwing a Book Swap Party on 1 April … and no, it’s not a jest, even though it’s on April Fools’ Day! We hope you can join us 🙂 you can sign-up here.



Travelling through the colours of Lisbon

Colours of Lisbon at Bookshop Bivar

The theme for this event will be the light and colours of Lisbon.

The authors of the book – Cristina Machado, Ana Gaiaz and Carlota Flieg – will talk about the origin of this particular luminosity and will explore some of the colours of the city’s palette.

 Join us on 22nd February at 19h30



Lorcan McNamee – A Year in Lisbon

Lorcan McNamee at Bookshop Bivar
Irish writer Lorcan McNamee will talk about his new novel A Year in Lisbon.

Sunday 5 February 2017 at 18h00
At Bookshop Bivar





Bookshop Bivar at Sci-Fi Lx 2016

Bookshop Bivar at Sci-Fi Lx 2016
On 16 and 17 July 2016, Bookshop Bivar will participate in Sci-Fi Lx, Portugal’s biggest convention dedicated exclusively to science fiction.

Come and browse our Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. Join the activities organised by Sci-Fi Lx. At Instituto Superior Técnico.



The Irish: In their own words

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The Irish: In their own words

A Bookshop Bivar Presentation
Thursday 17 March 2016
19h30 – 21h30
at Leituria Rua Dona Estefânia 123



paulo da costa

paulo da costa event at Bookshop Bivar

An evening of readings by award-winning writer

paulo da costa

Thursday 21 January 2016
19h30 at Bookshop Bivar

paulo da costa is a bilingual writer living on the West Coast of Canada. paulo’s books have received several awards and been translated into several languages.



Gaile Parkin

gaile parkin books

Tuesday 29 December 19h30
At Bookshop Bivar

After many years of writing school textbooks and stories for children and teens, Gaile Parkin decided to ‘put on her big-girl pants’ and have a go at writing novels.
Her debut, Baking Cakes in Kigali – a comic novel about surviving the Rwandan genocide – is now translated in 16 languages, and negotiations are under way to turn it into a TV series.

Gaile will read from Baking Cakes in Kigali and from her second novel, When Hoopoes go to Heaven, and will talk about her work in Africa and the challenge of writing about difficult, tragic issues with a humorous touch.


Anu & Chrisu

Anu and Chrisu at Bookshop Bivar
Tales told & songs sung – Tarinoita sanoin & sävelin

Anu & Chrisu at Bookshop Bivar
Saturday 19 December 7pm
Lauantaina 19 joulukuuta klo 19

Tales from Finland. With and without music. Troubadour Chrisu will sing and play guitar. Anu will read extracts from her stories. Wine and snacks – possibly even some Christmas treats from Finland. An informal gathering of fun people.

Tarinoita Suomesta. Musiikilla ja ilman. Trubaduuri Chrisu soittaa ja laulaa, Anu lukee otteita tarinoistaan. Maistelemme viiniä, napostelemme jotain pientä – ehkä saamme joulun kunniaksi tuotua Suomesta pipareita ja glögiä. Rentoa yhdessäoloa mukavien ihmisten seurassa.


Sarah Chaves

Sarah Chaves
Cross-Cultural Grief: A Memoir

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm
at Bookshop Bivar

The reading will analyze how American and Portuguese grief traditions that Sarah has observed and experienced have molded her identity as a Portuguese-American citizen. Sarah will read excerpts from her working memoir to provide testimony about such experiences.


James Vella

Devourings by James Vella


British-Maltese writer and musician


Saturday 7 November 2015 at 5pm
at Bookshop Bivar

“Vella’s fiction is immensely lucid and yet so strangely dreamlike. So clear, and yet so elusive, like half-forgotten fairy tales. His ornate prose has a rare and shimmering beauty.” – Rune Christiansen


Peter Murphy

peter murphy books

An evening with Irish author


Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 7pm
at Bookshop Bivar, Estefânia

Join us as we get better acquainted with the author and his books. This entertaining evening will include readings from the four books by Mick Greer, Mariana Mourato and Bartholomew Ryan as well as the author.


Isabel Stilwell



Bookshop Bivar and Livros Horizonte have the pleasure of inviting you to the presentation of

English princess, queen of Portugal


23 September 2015 at 6pm

RSVP – or 213466917



Lisbon Players

The Lisbon Players Logo
The Lisbon Players

Mini-exhibition of posters and programs of The Lisbon Players’ past productions.

From 23 June to 25 July 2015



Vera Quintanilha

Vera Quintanilha exhibition1

“De Sol e de Chuva”
Vera Quintanilha
14 April – 20 June 2015

Opening of the exhibition
Tuesday 14 April
from 5pm to 8pm




Kathleen Kuchera’s Artshow

Kathleen Kuchera exhibition


Kathleen Kuchera
10 Feb – 11 Apr 2015

Opening of the exhibition
Tuesday 10 Feb
from 5pm to 8pm

Read more



Photographs by Anu Patrakka

Exhibition Details by Anu Patrakka
Exhibition Details
from 18 Nov 2014 to 7 Feb 2015.

Photographs by Anu Patrakka.

“Beauty lies where you choose to see it. Slow down, stop, and have a closer look around to see the Details.”




Troubadour Chrisu

Chrisu Osterberg in Bookshop Bivar
Sat 6 December from 2pm to 5pm

Troubadour singer Chrisu Österberg
in Bookshop Bivar

Live music in several languages.


Play it again, Chrisu!
Sat 27 December from 3pm to 5pm




Seven Deadly Sins – Greed in Our Economy

Greed oli painting by Soili Horttana30 September at 7pm

Opening of the exhibition “Seven Deadly Sins”. Oil paintings by Soili Horttana

Exhibition open from 30 September to 15 November.





resgate das familias by Joao Gil Pedreira
Greed in Our Economy 
Introduction: João Gil Pedreira   (Economist, Teacher and Writer)
Friendly debate in English & Portuguese

Followed by informal gathering

Join the event in Facebook!




Pop-Up Art Exhibition

7tero annanolli paratiisi-10 June 2014

Tero Annanolli – painter

Helinä Hukkataival – visual artist, performance artist

Lasse Nissilä – sculptor


Three helina hukkataivalFinnish artists present a suitcase exhibition in Bookshop Bivar.

Meet the artists on Tuesday 10 June from 4pm to 6pm

A4 performance by Helinä Hukkataival at 4.30pm
addresses change and transformation.,


Lasse Nissila Traumerei
Finnish turf is the base material of Tero Annanolli’s paintings. Annanolli uses coloured ink and the lines are drawn with a barbeque stick.

Lasse Nissilä exhibits recent concrete and metal sculptures.



Soili Horttana’s colourful Lisbon

Lisbon by Soili Horttana

Spring 2014

SOILI Horttana is Finnish by birth, but has lived on the Iberian Peninsula since she was 19 years old. From the very first moment she arrived in Lisbon, it felt like home to her. In this exhibition we will see her oil paintings inspired by Lisbon.

Soili has a degree in Art History from Lisbon University. Her first solo exhibition was at Galleria Brilho e Cantelha in Paço de Arcos in 2008.

Artist’s own webpage:





Live music with troubadour Chrisu

Chrisu ÖsterbergSaturday 12 April 2014

Troubadour Chrisu Österberg will be entertaining us in several languages.

The song list includes: April in Portugal / Hey Jude / Let it be / Norwegian wood / And I love her / Oh, darling! / Misery / Imagine / King of the road etc etc

We will certainly hear Chrisu’s own songs too. For a sample click here.