About us

What about us? Started in January 2012 as an idea by award winning book seller Chris Jones. We want to encourage like-minded bookworms to meet and discuss books and films with an LGBTQ+ theme. Also, make recommendations to each other.

Chris being busy in Waterstones’. And a technophobe left the administration to Robert Hacking – the two have run the group successfully ever since.

With a lot of members all around the world, the Velvet Page regularly gets authors to join meetings. Either in person or online, we chat with authors about their work and craft. We even had one come all the way from Australia!

Fun and friendly the group is free to join and with no membership fees. We are here to help combat loneliness and isolation for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. Come along and give us a go!

Books to be read are chosen periodically by members from a shortlist of recommendations. Join our community online.

When we meet

Always the first Thursday of a month always at 7 pm usually in Waterstones’ Piccadilly.

203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD

During the pandemic, we are meeting regularly online on Zoom.

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Meet our group

Chris at Waterstones Piccadilly

Chris Jones

He is our star! His dream was to meet like-minded people to discuss books and films with an LGBTQ+ theme.

In January 2022 the group will have been meeting each month for 10 years. Chris had a vision that he helped turn into reality – that’s some achievement – from all the members: we salute and thank-you!