Upcoming Events

We are very keen to support local authors and publishers, and our events will highlight this.

Tea and cakes with Emily Dickinson – a talk by Jennie Farley

May 23rd - 3:00 pm


Jennie Farley is a published poet, workshop leader and teacher. Her first poetry collection My Grandmother Skating (Indigo Dreams Publishing) 2016 has been praised for its ‘luscious language and surreal imagination’. Her new collection Hex (IDP) is due out soon.

Jennie says: “Researching Emily’s Journals and Letters I discovered someone quite unlike the shy, nun-like creature usually portrayed, but a woman full of passion and sensuality and fun, in both her life and her poetry.”

Tickets £5 – available from the shop

The Monologue Play: An Introductory Playwrights’ Workshop

May 5th - 10:30 am

Given by playwright Caroline Summerfield
finalist for the Terence Rattigan Playwrights’ Award 2016

Writing a short Monologue Play is where most playwrights start to develop their writing. If you wish to write plays or to develop your skills then this is the playwrights’ workshop for you. In the workshop I shall consider :

1. Is there a difference between a Monologue Play and a Solo Play?
2. What is their relationship with the Soliloquy?
3. What are the key elements in these plays?
4. What do these plays have in common with Soliloquies?
5. What are their attractions for playwrights?
6. Structuring a Monologue Play

This will be followed by three practical exercise(s) for which please bring along two portrait photographs and a photograph of a place from a magazine or newspaper. No previous writing experience is required, just a desire to write plays in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Contact: casummerfield@btinternet.com

Saturday 5th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

PRICE £15  – Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits and cakes available

Caroline Summerfield: I studied at RADA and the University of Birmingham where I was awarded a Masters in Research in Playwriting. My plays have been produced in London, Birmingham and Cheltenham. I was a finalist in 2017 for the Terence Rattigan Playwright’s Award. My publishers are Stage Scripts Limited. Following last year’s successful run at the Everyman Cheltenham’s Studio Theatre of my play, The Tree Charter Tapestry, a celebration of the ancient woodlands of Gloucestershire, this play goes into production in June 2018 at Canwood (Herefordshire).

Vanessa Berridge

May 16th - 7:00 pm


On Wednesday 16th May we welcome Vanessa Berridge to the shop to celebrate the publication of her new book Great British Gardeners. This book traces the history of British gardening over the past 450 years through the stories of twenty-six key figures including Capability Brown, Gertrude Jekyll and Beth Chatto.

Vanessa Berridge is a writer and journalist who was launch editor of The English Garden magazine and author of The Princess’s Garden (2015). She contributes widely to magazines and newspapers.

Katy Mahood

May 2nd - 7:00 pm

Debut novelist Katy Mahood will be introducing and discussing her new book “Entanglement”.

In rhythmic and captivating prose, Katy effortlessly interweaves the stories of two families who increasingly come to define one another in the most vital and astounding ways. If you loved “One Day” by David Nicholls, you will enjoy this absorbing book!

“Mahood’s wise debut…offers us variations on marriage and motherhood, grief and redemption, and the sacrifices we choose to make in the name of love.” Hannah Beckerman, The Guardian

Tickets £3, available from the shop, to include refreshments