In 2016, Katherine Rundell, prize-winning author of five novels for children – found her understanding of the world she lived in upturned: by Brexit, Trump, a sweep across Europe towards nationalism and insularity, terrorist attacks. Literary fiction did not help her understanding, so instead she turned to old narratives, told for the benefit of children and adults and anyone who would listen.
This Independent Bookshop Week, join Katherine Rundell and Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Children’s Book Editor, for an inspiring conversation about how children’s books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children’s fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world. Capturing this, Katherine has written a delightful persuasive essay ‘Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise’. All those attending will receive a copy.
Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children’s novels, for which she has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst many others. She spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature; and is learning, as a direct result of writing her new stunning adventure story The Good Thieves (June ‘19), to fly on the flying trapeze.
Tickets: £6 (Includes a signed copy of Why You Should Read Children’s Books). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron as he talks about his new book Joe Country, the latest instalment in his highly acclaimed Slough House series starring Jackson Lamb.
If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die and as Jackson Lamb’s crew of misfit exiles emerge for the sixth time, it looks likely not all of them will return from the field.
In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. Meanwhile, in Regent’s Park, Diana Taverner’s tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she’s going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil …
And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they’re heading into joe country…
Kicking off with 2010’s Slow Horses, Mick Herron’s Slough House series has lit a match under the British spy genre. With its world-wary coterie of misfits and starring the cunning Jackson Lamb, Herron is now at the front rank of espionage fiction . We’re delighted to welcome the spymaster to Booka during Independent Bookshop Week!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Joe Country). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Do you have a story that you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something a bit more substantial?
Join award-winning author Edward Docx for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and ten practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline.
Ed has written four novels. He’s been long listed for the Booker Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber. He reviews contemporary fiction for The Guardian and he’s been teaching the Guardian Masterclass for Fiction for the last seven years. He’s also hosted dozens of Arvon residential writing courses and coached lot’s of private pupils – several of whom are now published.
We’re delighted to be hosting this special event with Ed and his publisher Pan Macmillan to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week. So why not come along and get some practical advice, some top quality inspiration and a fascinating insight into the world of creative writing.
All those attending will receive a paperback copy of Ed’s latest novel Let Go My Hand.
Tickets: £12 (Includes ‘How to Write a Book’ session and a copy of Let Go My Hand) Tickets available from the Bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture in Berriew, welcomes The Derek Harrison Band on Saturday 22 June 2019.
Stunning boogie piano will meld with Fats Waller influences as Derek (Piano / Vocal) amusingly reflects on his New Orleans, Los Angeles and QM2 experiences and brings stardust Jazz Standards to twinkle the exhibits at ALMoS. Stuart Tanner on bass, dynamic drummer Graham ‘Rockit’ Ashley and, bringing his Chet Baker and John Coltrane influences, trumpeter Stan Williams complete this versatile swinging line-up. Also included is a light supper of Gumbo and Cornbread.
“This is a completely new line-up for the Museum”, said ALMoS administrator, Anne-Marie Pope, “I can’t wait to hear all Derek’s stories, the amazing playing and the fantastic food – it will be a wonderfully entertaining evening.”
The Derek Harrison Band will play at 8.15pm, shortly after doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door, with reductions for under 16’s and free for under 10’s (where they do not require a seat). Advance tickets can be bought from the Andrew Logan website (http://andrew-logan.myshopify.com/collections/tickets-for-events), or in person at either the Museum, at The Lion Hotel, Berriew or at R H Bunners on Arthur Street in Montgomery.
The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture opened in Berriew in 1991 and celebrated an auspicious 25 year Silver anniversary in 2016. The museum is open 12 – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout June, July, August and September and by arrangement. Usual entry to the Museum is only £3.00 (Concs £1.50 / Family £8). For more information contact the Museum direct on 01686 640 689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabaret Of Chaos!
A brand new show hosted by professional thespian, RANDOLPH TEMPEST and featuring the wonderful accompanying sounds of CAFE LOLA!
Back at The Hermon by popular demand, comedian Peter Slater ( Ideal , Steven Seagal’s Black Puddings and Where Are the Joneses?) slips once again into the shoes of his character Randolph Tempest presenting an evening of comedy and music alongside special guest Rod Shepherd – Slacktivist + more!
Prepare yourself for a jam packed evening of music! Comedy! Magic! Strange dancing! Poetry!
Prizes! Surprises! And …a raffle!
Please note that there will be an ‘Early Bird’ ticket offer for the first thirty tickets!
How to pay:
👉2. Ticket link 👉 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/652812
👉3. 01691 662 196
👉4.Visit us on Chapel street SY11 1LF
Whittington Castle Car Boot Sale. £5 per car if you are selling items – free entrance to visitors to the sale. Cars from 8.30am onwards. No need to book just turn up and staff will show you where to set up and collect your fee. Sorry no trade stands. Dogs on leads are welcome. Tearoom will be open selling hot drinks and bacon baps etc.
Following the outstanding success of 2018….the 2019 Oswestry Colour Run is back!
Sunday 30th June 2019
– Follow us on TWITTER @OsColourRun for the latest updates!!
– Like the British Ironwork Centre Facebook page too!
Get ready for the happiest 3K you’ll ever walk, dance or run. Can you help us make this years event even more of a success. Last year we raised over £14,500 to support Macmillan’s work in Shropshire.
The colour run is designed to be a happy, enjoyable day for all ages. It celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community while experiencing the uniqueness of the British Ironwork Centre. The Colour Run is a three-kilometre, un-timed race in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colours from various paint stations around the course.
A great opportunity to visit the British Ironwork Centre with all the family with refreshments available on the day.
N-Ex-T (New Experimental Tones)! For this collection of concerts we have drawn inspiration from the underground scene and publications such as The Wire. N-Ex-T explores the adventurous nature of live performance through the mediums of composition, improvisation, motion, sound manipulation as well as the abstract visual and avant-garde. This month we have…
Possibly the wildest ride you’ll experience at Hermon Chapel for some time, Croatian-based didgeridoo musician and composer Dubravko Lapaine is one of the most revered didgeridoo performers in the world.
He is a genuine avant-garde perfomer, who has devoted hos life to strict technical training and uncompromising search for the pinpoint precision of sound to take you on a journey far beyond your known reference – where his mastery of breath collides with a humble hollow tube and transforms it into an expressive organic synth and explosive drum machine.
It is really with the live stage performance that Du’s devotion to music comes to full expression. During his intense musical performances wrapped up with spoken stories of abstract but poetic worlds, the audience is invited to take a step out of the ordinary and float into the vast spaces of inner cosmic freedom full of deep echoes and images. Light contrasts with shade, raw, fast and tight counterpoints melodic and subtle, and all combines to create a unique multi-dimensional ride that will move body, mind and soul.
Manchester-based Marc Constantine plays hang drum and guitar, using live looping and effects to share songs from the heart.
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.
Headliner: Steve “Big Bear” Dodd
This self-deprecating, undeniably intelligent, cuddly, beautiful, highly sexual, self-promo writing beast has been performing for over 8 years now and is hot off his Nexus Festival headline closing spot.
If you love one liners and the temperament of Jack Dee, you’ll love the Big Bear and the complete lack of enthusiasm he’ll bring to the room.
Bring a stapler as sides will be split.
Winner – Gregsons New Act 2018
Quarters – Amused Moose New Act 2018
Quarters – Leicester Square New Act 2018
“The audience loved Gemma. She is funny, relatable and engaging. She was far and away the deserved winner of the Gregsons New Act of the Year Competition…” – Gregsons Comedy Club
At only 22 years old, Ellie is already addressing relatable issues to all ages. She approaches topics with a smile on her face, cutting through even the darkest of subjects. Her highly relatable song, ‘Family Dinner’ is a classic earworm.
“She has a really energetic and likeable stage presence which charms the crowd” – The Stand
One third of the amazing three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band The Young’uns and multiple award winning comedian, David is undoubtably one of the hottest new talents in the country.
I’m amazed we’ve managed to book him to be honest so catch him while you can.
Bath Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2019
Nottingham Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2018
And introducing… Lovell Smith
Lovell is a brand new but highly recommended comedian who is already breaking on to pro line-ups.
Let’s give him some love and maybe one day, you can tell your friends that you saw him in a converted chapel on the edge of the Shropshire boundaries.
Hawkstone Park is bringing back Follies Festival, for a wonderful weekend of family entertainment on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.Set against the breath-taking woodland landscape of caves, crags and cliffs, the stage will be set for comedy and music.
Friday will host a night of comedy, with Birmingham-based compere, James Cook as MC for the night. James joins the festivities after recent tour dates with Gary Delaney (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo) and Paul Sinha (The Chase). Hawkstone are thrilled to have Mitch Benn headlining the line-up. He is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit, and widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show for BBC Radio 4, and It’s Been a Bad Week for BBC Radio 2. He also has the successful Radio 4 show Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and presents The Mitch Benn Music Show on BBC Radio 7. As well as regularly appearing on television shows, including BBC1’s The One Show. Eddy Brimson completes the line-up. He has featured in several TV and radio shows, along with penning seven books. He has taken to the stage internationally from Norway to China, and was one of the first ever comics to perform in Myanmar. He is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is one of the most in demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. Prepare to laugh the night away!
The Saturday show is a must for lovers of musicals, with three acts all boasting west end credentials, sure to transport you to the heart of theatre land. ‘A Night at the Musicals’ features four of the West End’s leading vocalists, recreating the magic of all your favourite musicals. They will be performing songs from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many more. ‘The Spinettes’ are a trio of starlets set to bring some vintage glamour to the occasion. They will be sprinkling some retro sparkle on the event with their toe-tapping talent. ‘The West End Jerseys’ will be bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to life. Slick routines, tight harmonies and the unmistakable falsetto sound of Frankie Valli will fill the Follies, with all members of the group bringing their West End talent to the fore.
Sunday will a special day of family fun at the follies with standard admission prices applying. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows can be purchased from http://www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk/tickets/
Paul Evans is one of Britain’s greatest observers of Nature, a poet, musician, Radio 4 natural history broadcaster, and the author of a new book How To See Nature. His weekly Guardian Country Diary from Wenlock Edge has achieved cult status and has put Shropshire on the map. He will be in conversation with legendary rock climber, wilderness writer, and fellow Country Diarist Jim Perrin whose observations of Snowdonia and north Wales and talks on the beauty and importance of wild places are famed for their insights. Expect a thought-provoking start to Oswestry’s first Festival of Nature.
Come along for an outdoor cinema experience, showing The Greatest Showman on the Green at Blists Hill Victorian Town.
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show-business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The film is rated PG, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
IMPORTANT: Spaces for the FULL DAY HAND DRUMS & PERCUSSION COURSE in March sold very fast, hence WE RECOMMEND BOOKING EARLY!
This day is a wonderful opportunity for newcomers as well as seasoned hand drum and percussion enthusiasts of all ages to work intensively on developing their understanding of rhythm and exercise their manual dexterity under the guidance of professional drummer and percussionist Rick Wilson.
Rick is an experienced tutor of many years, drawing from his extensive repertoire of Indian, African and South American rhythms, which he makes accessible in astonishingly creative ways whilst providing a joyful and focused learning experience.
The workshop is designed around aspects of percussion such as the sounds of the drum, hand and finger techniques, solid, basic timekeeping, body rhythms, spoken words as a basis of rhythm, call and response rhythms, 2, 3 and 4 part rhythms, as well as a variety of other rhythmic activities that, besides drums, involve the use of bells, gongs, chime bars, shakers and more or less anything else that comes to hand and springs to mind.
Schedule for the day:
10.30am – 1pm Morning Session
1pm – 2pm Free Lunch in the Pews Your hosts at The Hermon will serve a delicious, vegetarian lunch of homemade soup, bread and fresh salad for all participants to enjoy – a lovely opportunity to socialize and regain strength for the afternoon session! Drinks can be purchased from our in-house bar.
2pm – 4pm Afternoon Session
Please bring your own drum and percussion instruments if you have any, but no worries, there will be plenty of instruments at hand! Whatever your experience, plenty or none at all, be sure to bring your enthusiasm – come and make a joyful noise!
DRUM CIRCLE FORECAST: Please watch this space ! New date announcements for our monthly drum circle at The Hermon with 2-hour sessions throughout the autumn will be made here soon – plenty of opportunity for extending your gained skills in this friendly group!
More about Rick that’s well-worth a read: www.eastorywilsound.co.uk/rick.htm
Doors Open at 10:00AM
From 10:30AM to 4:00PM
Chose your walk- Monty’s canal walk or Mini’s canal walk!
Monty’s canal walk will be a 13 mile walk, Starting at the Lion Quays. Accessing the canal, entrants will follow the Shropshire Union Canal, with beautiful scenery along the way. The turnaround point will be at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. A quick stop for refreshments, if you would like, then entrants will make their journey back to Rhosweil Bridge 18W, and will be greeted by supporters and a lovely treat.
Mini’s canal walk will be a shorter walk for families with children. The walk will start and finish at the Lion Quays hotel. Again joining the canal tow path, entrants will follow the Shropshire Union Canal following the same route as the other walkers. The difference being the turn around point will be at Chirk aqueduct. Entrants will again be met with a little treat at the end.
Please be advised that the long walk will not be open to children under 16, and advise you to book Mini’s Canal Walk.
Why not join us for this years Canal Walk on Sunday 7th July. Registration will open from 9.00am on the day and you will then be sent on your way at 09.45 for the Mini’s canal walk and 10am for Monty’s canal walk. Make sure to bring your EventBrite barcode as your ticket on the day.
Walkers will enjoy beautiful scenery, wildlife, canal boats, and two aqeducts. Also, if the dark doesn’t bother you, we are sure you’ll love walking through the dark tunnel in Chirk. The views are magnificent and their will be lots of photo opportunities.
Essential equipment List- plenty of liquids to drink, a bite to eat, torch/ head torch if you want to walk through dark tunnel, appropriate clothing for weather, appropriate footwear, mobile phone in case of emergency.
We reccomend that you walk in atleast pairs for the whole of the walk. If you are signing up on your own, then please join another group.
A new and exciting theatrical train ride. See surprising things as you travel along the line!
A unique event involving 100s of actors, singers and musicians. As your carriage goes slowly by the drama will unfold!
Sit back and enjoy a very unusual theatrical occasion. 5 trains on the day, tickets can only be booked by telephone 01938 810441
See wllr.org.uk for more info
Join number one bestselling author Clare Mackintosh as she talks about her new novel After the End, a gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken.
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. But anything can happen after the end . . .
Combining the depth of emotion that captivated readers of Me Before You, the structural ambition of Life After Life and the impossible choice at the heart of My Sister’s Keeper, Clare Mackintosh’s powerful new novel contains her winning formula of compelling characters and a page-turning plot.
With over two million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one Sunday Times bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie. We’re delighted to welcome her back to Oswestry to celebrate the publication of After the End – one of the most moving books you’ll read this year!
Tickets: £8 (without book – redeemable against a signed copy of After the End) or £13 (with book – includes a signed copy of After the End). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.
OSWESTRY’S CLASSIC AND VINTAGE TRANSPORT RALLY IS BACK!
With last year’s transport rally being a roaring success, we are excited to host the event again for 2019.
We had over 500 vehicles in attendance last year, and a huge crowd of enthralled spectators, all of whom made it a fantastic day..
So this year, we are putting the pedal to the metal, and are busy organising lots of exciting things, including live music, the famous midday cavalcade, and exciting activities for the children!
Exhibitors to arrive between 7:30am and 9:00am
Open to the public from 10:00am
BOOK YOUR PLACE VIA OUR WEBSITE HERE: https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/whats-on/the-transport-rally
Last year’s transport rally was a roaring success, we had over 500 vehicles in attendance and a huge crowd of enthralled spectators. We would like to personally thank each and every one of our participants and spectators for their attendance during the day.
We have lots of exciting things planned, including live music, the famous midday cavalcade, and exciting activities for the children!
We can’t wait to see you!
Join David Nicholls, the bestselling author of One Day, as he talks about his new novel Sweet Sorrow, a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale of ordinary lives.
One life-changing summer. Sixteen-year-old Charlie meets Fran…
Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.
Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the deep, reviving power of friendship and the brief, searing explosion of first love.
David Nicholls is one of Britain’s most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition. It’s ten years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation. It’s five years since the journey of Us took him to the Man Booker Prize long-list.
A new David Nicholls novel is a major publishing event and something to look forward to. We’re thrilled to be welcoming him to Oswestry as we celebrate the publication of Sweet Sorrow.
Tickets: £10 (without book – redeemable against a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow) or £20 (with book – includes a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.