Bookshop Events

Events June – July 2017

Our events are open to everyone, not just our members, and generally take place at the shop, although sometimes we do make use of larger venues for popular authors. Some events are free, for others a small fee is charged, but we do usually provide refreshments. Check the event’s listing in this programme for full details. There is a 10% discount on all books in the shop at our events (exc. local author titles).

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Evening Book Group
Monthly evening discussion group, alternating fiction and non-fiction titles. This month’s book is Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must be the Place. A reclusive former film star hides in the wilds of Ireland, but why did she disappear at the height of her fame? Her husband is about to make an exit of his own on a journey that will take him far from home. This Must be the Place is a portrait of an extraordinary marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.
Thursday 22nd June, 7pm
We All Sleep Under the Same Stars: Reading About Refugees
Good quality fiction can help people to understand about situations that they may never experience in their own lives. Karen Argent from The Letterpress Project will be introducing and reading extracts from a selection of wonderful titles by authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr and Benjamin Zephaniah, hoping to give ideas and inspiration on how children’s literature can help to shape young readers’ understanding of the world and other lives in it.
Free. Children also welcome.
Tuesday 4th July, 7.30pm
The Poetry of R. S. Thomas – Talk by Rev Nicholas Menon
While perhaps over shadowed by some of his compatriots, R. S. Thomas is arguably the most important Welsh poet of recent times. A man of renowned principles, he served as priest to rural communities in North Wales, shunning the literary limelight, for over sixty years, creating a body of poetry that almost earned him a Nobel Prize. More than a solely religious writer, Thomas was also a great nature poet, and a sharp critic of both tradition and modernity. Nicholas’ talk will guide us through the development of Thomas’ poetry as he sought to assimilate landscape, humanity and the transcendent.
£5, including refreshments.
Wednesday 5th July 10.30am Daytime Book Group
Monthly daytime discussion group. This month’s book is Sarah Perry’s award winning The Essex Serpent. In 1830s Essex rumours circulate that a mythical serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora Seaborne, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. Local vicar Will Ransome sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. As the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.
New members always welcome.
Friday 7th July, 7.30pm
g: Sky Pilot to the Glider Pilots of Arnhem
Malvern author Mike Vockins will introduce his latest book, based on the letters of the Rev Prebendary Chignell. Chig is the story of a choir boy, who became a country parson and took part in Operation ‘Market Garden’ as Chaplain to the men of the Glider Pilot Regiment. Part social history of wartime rural life, and part first-hand account of the battle of Arnhem, Padre Chignell’s letters tell a story that demands to be told.
£5, including refreshments.
Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm
The Art of Reading – Talk by Angela Day
Following on from her talk on the poetry of Ted Hughes in November of last year, Angela Day aims to enhance readers’ pleasure in an activity they already love – reading. Through exploring various narrative styles and their use of language, the ways authors build characters, create settings, and develop scenes, Angela intends to widen readers’ interpretative skills, and encourage a fuller engagement with the novels and stories that we read.
£5, including refreshments.
Friday 14th July, 7.30pm
A Boy Made of Blocks – by Keith Stuart.
Author Keith Stuart will be reading from and discussing his bestselling novel. A father searches for an understanding of and connection to his beautiful and surprising autistic son. Through the world of Minecraft they discover a place where they can rediscover both themselves and each other, but can their fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time? Inspired by the author’s experiences with his own son, A Boy Made of Blocks is an astonishingly authentic story of love, family and autism.
Booking advised.
£8, inc. refreshments.
Thursday 20th July, 7.30pm
The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald
Rowena will be reading from her latest novel. Aptly set in the House of Commons at the time of a general election, The Threat Level Remains Severe is a black comedy following Grace, Brett and Reuben as they become entangled in a love triangle attempting to bring some excitement to their unglamorous back office jobs in the corridors of power. Rowena has worked in Westminster for over fifteen years and her inside knowledge shows in the depictions of the apolitical mundanities that are the back-stage reality of government, and the cast of characters to be found there.
Free, all welcome!

Please phone, email or call into the shop to book an event.