We have a year-round events programme with local author Steve Howell, award-winning children’s author Nicola Davies, artist and writer Jackie Morris, and rugby legend Adam Jones 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 we are forced to cancel if there are insufficient advance ticket sales. If you are unable to come to an event but would like to reserve a signed book, please contact one of our shops.
Rugby legend Adam Jones is the latest addition to our events calendar. Nicknamed Bomb, Adam is one of only six Welshmen who can say they have won three Grand Slams. He was no bit-part player, but the beating heart of the most successful squad in Welsh rugby history. He was – literally and metaphorically – the cornerstone of this Welsh side. In his autobiography, Jones reveals exactly what goes on in the murky depths of the front row: the tricks, the techniques, the physical and psychological warfare; and the mental fortitude it takes to endure in one of the hardest positions in one of the world’s toughest contact sports. He will talk at the Blake Theatre on September 11th – surely an event not to be missed. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
We’re very excited about to be heading back to the Abergavenny Food Festival again this year, and what a line-up the organisers have arranged for 2015! Event tickets and wristbands are available from the Food Festival website. Head over to our dedicated page to order signed copies of books from the likes of Tom Kerridge, Cyrus Todiwala and Frances Quinn. Authors will also be signing their books and chatting to visitors at our Market Hall bookstall during the festival; these are the signings agreed so far, more to follow.
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
Wednesday 11th November at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Local author John Kinross will talk about his new fully illustrated book, revealing the fascinating history behind the castles of our local area which is characterised by rural beauty and agricultural charm, and is home to some extraordinary relics. From the majestic Goodrich Castle, which boasts one of the most intact sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving today, to the gorgeous red sandstone fort at Shrewsbury, protected by the River Severn, each site tells a different tale.