The next few weeks are the most exciting of the year for lovers of literature, as we welcome many authors to Cheltenham. We have many of the book being featured during the festival in stock - and if they're not in stock we can order them in for the next day. If you have friends or relatives visiting Cheltenham for festival events, please encourage them to visit us in the shop, where they'll be sure of a warm welcome! We will be having specially extended opening hours (see right) during the festival, and Saturday 7th October is Books Are My Bag day, when we will be offering complimentary coffees and teas!
On 28th June 2017 we were delighted to spend a summer evening with Sally Vickers. Salley was in conversation with Sam Guglani about her new book “Cousins”, in the event held at Chapel Arts, Knapp Street, Cheltenham GL50 3QQ. Chapel Arts is an exciting new arts venue near the centre of Cheltenham. “A wonderful book. Salley Vickers spins a spellbinding account of a family in distress” Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge “Cousins takes the form of a threefold fictional memoir in which Vickers explores “family, that spider’s web of which we are all a part”, with its secrets, evasions and silences.” The Guardian “A masterfully written family drama. This book grabbed me instantly with its beautifully descriptive language and its web of well drawn, emotive characters” Goodreads
#IBW2017 runs from Saturday 24th June until Saturday 1st July On Saturday 24th June we offered a 15% discount on all book purchases, and free coffee or tea; also those spending £25 received a free Harry Potter 20th Anniversary tote bag. During the week we were selling a Special Edition Philip Pullman Essay "Imaginary Friends" which is only available in Independent Bookshops.
We had an enthralling time discussing Peter Pan, "walking the plank" and then creating our own picture of Never land.
Peter Clegg organised a very popular Seminar on Sourdough bread with a fascinating bread tasting. Sign up for our newsletter for information on upcoming events.
Local artist Georgie Woolridge joined us at the shop, demonstrating how she draws her exquisite paintings of birds, and signing copies of her colouring book.
Local author Edward James introduced his latest book The Frozen Dream, a story of adventure, romance, tragedy and survival based on Englands first contact with Russia in the relatively neglected period of Tudor history between Henry VIII and Elizabeth. The Frozen Dream was winner of the Silverwood Kobo Open Day prize in 2015.
D.D. Johnston is Doctor of Literature, a senior lecturer in Creative Writing, and the founder of onlinewritingtips.com.
We had fun experimenting with different poetry techniques and ideas for flash fiction stories.