We have a year-round events programme with bestselling authors Robert Goddard and Manda Scott appearing together, a special Harper Lee evening with the Screen at the Phoenix, and naturalist Rob Cowen coming soon. To see our full events schedule click here or go to our Upcoming Events page. We encourage you to buy tickets in advance as our events do sell out! Occasionally if there are insufficient advance ticket sales we are forced to cancel events. If you are unable to come to an event but would like to reserve a signed book, please contact one of our shops.
Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson has donated a total of £500,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland, and we are delighted to have received one of these grants in the second round of donations. Look out for new hanging signs and A-frames featuring our ‘reading boy’ logo at both our shops.
James Patterson says: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action. I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress. I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”
Our biggest event to date and certainly the most inspiring, Chris Hadfield brought a smile to everyone’s face with his fascinating talk about life as an astronaut. We were treated to some fantastic photos of the International Space Station and Earth from space, as well as a very special rendition of Space Oddity.
Chris’s newest venture is #PersonalRocketScientist. He is inviting school children to tweet or instagram a science question to him, which he will answer personally. More details at Chris’s Twitter page.
We have signed copies of both Chris’s books in stock: You Are Here, Around The World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
We are proud to have been chosen as one of only a handful of shops authorised to stock a range of Folio Society books. Beautiful, collectable and a true celebration of books, these are very special editions of some of the greatest works ever written. Next time you are in our shops be sure to have a look.
We have two Book Groups. We welcome new members and are happy for people to come along who are considering joining the group and just wish to experience it first.
Our Ross-on-Wye group meet in the Ross store on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our Monmouth group meet in the Monmouth store on the 1st Thursday of every month. Details of the meetings and the books we are reading can be found on our book group page here. Read more
It is always good to get feedback from customers, especially of course when it is positive! We were visited recently by Emma Drabble, who posts photos and words on Blipfoto on a daily basis. This great photo and these lovely words are the result of her visit to our shop at the end of January 2014.
Some authors go the extra mile to support booksellers, and artist and author Jackie Morris is perhaps one of the most dedicated. Jackie regularly visits bookshops around the country, signing her fantastic books, displaying her beautiful artwork , giving drawing classes and reading to avid listeners. She will next visit us in September to talk about Queen of the Sky. Read more