We have a year-round events programme with John Lewis-Stempel, Chris Boardman, the Dean of Hereford, Phil Rickman and Adam Henson all 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.
Each year, in June, independent booksellers across the country celebrate their trade and their customers by offering a week-long mix of events and activities. This year, supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy will perform alongside Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay at venues across the country on a tour which will celebrate poetry and community. We are pleased as punch to have been included on this tour – thanks to Picador Books.
Our Shore To Shore event will take place on 22nd June at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth. Full details and tickets are available here.
Watch the Bookshop Band play A Great Depth at our concert with them in the Shire Hall, Monmouth. They will be playing for us again on June 15th giving a special concert at the Ross shop ahead of Independent Booksellers Week. Do join us; their book inspired folk music is a real treat and Beth and Ben are both charming and wonderfully talented.
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.
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.”
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. 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.