Julian Hight: Britain's Ancient Forest - Hunting Raven presents...
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Julian Hight: Britain's Ancient Forest - Hunting Raven presents...

  • Frome Town Hall Christchurch St West Frome BA11 1EB (map)
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An evening of talk and original music celebrating the launch of Julian Hight's stunning new book, Britain's Ancient Forest: Legacy and Lore

Just what were Britain’s forests, how how did they develop, and what remains of them?

Join us for a magical evening with author Julian Hight as he weaves the story of Britain's ancient forests and woodlands, and plays specially written music following the forest through the seasons.

Julian's stunning new book, Britain’s Ancient Forest:Legacy and Lore, presents an alternative scenario to the commonly held view that Britain was blanketed in dense woodland. Instead it presents Britain as a patchwork mosaic not only of thick woods, but of open grazed wood-pasture, grass, heath, marsh and plain.

From the wildwood, through working woodlands and royal forests, enclosed deer parks and landscaped manorial estates to modern plantation forestry and rewilding, Britain’s Ancient Forest is the little-told tale of an evolving landscape shaped by its wildlife, people and their relationship with trees – many of which survive as living links to Britain’s rich and ancient history.

This beautiful book is a lavishly-illustrated tribute to Britain’s forest, told through history, lore and its unique surviving ancient trees and is packed with archive photographs and engravings, and stunning contemporary photographs taken by the author.

Julian Hight is a highly-regarded specialist on the subject of trees. His first two books Britain's Tree Story and World Tree Story remain perennial bestsellers at Hunting Raven. He travels widely, camera in hand, to document historic ancient trees and present regular talks, including an appearance as judge on Channel 4’s Tree of the Year. Chair of Wessex Ancient Tree Forum and verifier for the Ancient Tree Inventory, Julian launched Reviving Selwood Forest and campaigns for ancient trees and woodland.

Books will be available to buy on the night and Julian will be happy to sign them.

Please note: There is no parking (except Disabled Parking) at the venue itself. There is limited on street parking nearby, and plentiful parking in any one of the Town Centre's public car parks just a short distance from the venue.

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Justin Newland - Book Signing
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Justin Newland - Book Signing

Join us in Frome for a signing with Somerset author Justin Newland.

Justin will be signing copies of his latest novel, The Old Dragon's Head, a historical fantasy set in the shadows of the Great Wall of China.

He'll also be signing copies of his debut novel, The Genes of Isis. ‘Genes of Isis’ means Genesis, and the novel is an epic re-telling of the Biblical story of the flood.

For more author info, see http://www.justinnewland.com

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Alan Power: Stourhead's Head Gardener
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Alan Power: Stourhead's Head Gardener

  • Trinity Church Hall Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Street Frome BA11 3DE (map)
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Join us for an evening with Stourhead's Head Gardener, Alan Power.

The story of Stourhead is a fascinating one, as much about the people who created it, as the garden itself. It is a timeless paradise, a landscape garden as breathtaking today as when it was created in the eighteenth century. No other garden from that period feels as complete, so perfectly balanced in its ideas, design and execution, and in the intensity of feeling it induces.

Alan Power is Head Gardner at Stourhead and perfectly placed to help us delve deeper into its design, explore the garden through the seasons, and understand what it takes to care for such an iconic and magical place.

This event celebrates the publication of 'Stourhead' a beautifully illustrated new book published by the National Trust, in which Alan Power and his co-author Stephen Anderton (garden writer for The Times) tell the fascinating story of how this tribute to the classical world – complete with lake, temples, grotto, bridges and monuments of all kinds – came to be created by generations of the Hoare family in Wiltshire.

Alan Power is Head Gardener at Stourhead. He has previously worked in some of the most beautiful gardens in the country, notably Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland and Hidcote in Gloucestershire. Alan is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and has worked with the Gardener’s World team for BBC4.

Tickets £7 or £20 with book, available below or in shop.

Books will be available to buy at the event (cash and card accepted) and Alan will be happy to sign them on the night.

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Rick Stein: Secret France
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Rick Stein: Secret France

Secret France £26

Rick is back on our screens this autumn with a new series and a new book. The book covers real French home cooking with all the recipes from Rick's new BBC Two series broadcast this autumn.


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 Rick’s no stranger to France, but this time he wants to embark on a personal road trip, in his own car, to explore towns and villages away from the main routes.  As ever, he will take you by the hand and discover a France – as yet unknown to him – full of hidden gems.  Eating in local restaurants – both traditional and innovative, delving into history and generally exploring markets and places of interest – always on the look-out for things where we, the British, could learn from the French to enhance our lives.

My friends tell me that France is no longer the place for good food.  They say the towns and villages that have been touched by tourism are now all the same.  But I guess I’m a bit of a romantic and I’d like to prove them wrong.  So I’m going to get off the beaten track and take to the backroads of France – meandering the length and breadth of a hopefully less discovered France that still cherishes the best of its past and is creating modern exciting dishes that are still unmistakably French. It’s a journey I know a lot of my viewers would like to take and I hope we won’t be disappointed.

Join us to meet the charismatic travel writer and chef and pick up  a signed copy, the perfect Christmas gift for the cook in your life!

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Meet Rick Stein at Winstone’s 8, Cheap St, Sherborne on November 5th at 1pm. Entry is free so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment!

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Rory MacLean: Pravda Ha Ha - Hunting Raven presents...
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Rory MacLean: Pravda Ha Ha - Hunting Raven presents...

  • The Archangel (The Naval Room) 1 King Street Frome BA11 1BH (map)
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Join us for an evening with author Rory MacLean, whom John Le Carré hails as 'the outstanding travel writer of our time.'

When the Berlin Wall fell, Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were – for most Brits and Americans – part of the forgotten half of Europe.

This exploration formed the basis of his bestselling title Stalin’s Nose. Now MacLean retraces his original journey, backwards, to find out why the great hopes of thirty years ago have come to nothing.

Pravda Ha Ha unearths the realities of Eastern Europe, drawing on the stories of individuals to create a dark, anarchic portrait of the people who ran off with all the wealth, of the people left behind, and of betrayed lands with porous borders open to rampant corruption from drugs to arms

In Moscow, MacLean meets Russia’s Chicken Tsar and samples the secret (and seemingly hallucinogenic) blond truffle called ‘Putin’s Pecker’. He befriends an illegal African immigrant making for the UK and plays video games with a St. Petersburg cyber-hacker who waged war by hacking emotions, managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts on behalf of the nefarious, so-called Internet Research Agency.

Pravda Ha Ha draws on the voices of these individuals and communities, highlighting how opportunists have made a joke of truth by perpetrating fake news and enflaming xenophobia. From oligarch Moscow and a Black Sea Nowhereland, to Brexit Lancashire and central London, multiple forces are shaping lands and lives; this is both a tragic and timely examination of the collapsing European dream in a post-Brexit world.

After the event, there will be a Q&A and Rory will be signing books.

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Hunting Raven presents... Henry Blofeld
Nov
26
7:30 PM19:30

Hunting Raven presents... Henry Blofeld

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Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket…

The cherished golden voice of cricket has been celebrating by touring the country with his live show celebrating the release of his forthcming book ‘My A-Z of Cricket’ . Expect a jam-packed performance full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the Test Match Special box not allowed on the radio!

Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’.

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Henry Blofeld: My A-Z of Cricket
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Henry Blofeld: My A-Z of Cricket

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Legendary cricket broadcaster Henry Blofeld takes the reader on a journey from A-Z through the world of cricket.

In his trademark charming style, Blowers goes through the alphabet, explaining some of the puzzling cricket terminology and regaling his favourite anecdotes from his fifty years in the sport, covering the most important moments in the sport's history as well as the most entertaining and amusing.

The book will also contain a glossary for those who want to make sure they know their googlys from their bouncers.

This gift book is perfect for fans of cricket who want to understand the sport from Henry's unique point of view, it is a humorous and entertaining jaunt through the cricket landscape.

Venue: Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Tickets £12 from Winstone’s or purchase below:

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Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic


Marine Theatre Lyme Regis.

The nation’s favourite poet, Pam Ayres visits the Marine for the first time, to talk about her new book of poetry, Up In The Attic, and to sign copies.

With the same magic that has enchanted her fans for more than four decades, Pam’s new collection is by turns side-splittingly funny, at others so reflective and profound that audiences are moved to tears. From the horror of playing host in ‘The Dinner Party’ and complaints about pub tableware in ‘Don’t Put My Dinner on the Slate!’, to the poignant ‘Up in the Attic’, in which Pam is deluged by memories when searching for an old document, and the sadness of wartime ‘Down The Line’, this new collection will tickle and move readers in equal measure.

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Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced, You Made Me Late Again!, and The Last Hedgehog. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was a best seller when it was published in 2011. On radio she is a regular on Just A Minute, six series of her own Ayres On The Air, and has appeared twice on the legendary Desert Island Discs.

“Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life. It’s not something poets often do – they’re usually too deep in love, death and angst.” ~ The Mail on Sunday

Tickets £11 from The Marine Theatre 01297 442138 or from See Tickets

https://www.seetickets.com/event/pam-ayres-up-in-the-attic/marine-theatre/1397945

In association with Winstone Books, Sidmouth

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Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic
Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic

Pam Ayres returns to Sherborne after her highly successful 2017 appearance to talk about her new book of poetry, Up In The Attic, and to sign copies.

‘Up in the Attic’ is the brand-new collection of verse from the nation’s favourite poet, Pam Ayres.

With the same magic that has enchanted her fans for more than four decades, Pam’s new collection is by turns side-splittingly funny, at others so reflective and profound that audiences are moved to tears. From the horror of playing host in ‘The Dinner Party’ and complaints about pub tableware in ‘Don’t Put My Dinner on the Slate!’, to the poignant ‘Up in the Attic’, in which Pam is deluged by memories when searching for an old document, and the sadness of wartime ‘Down The Line’, this new collection will tickle and move readers in equal measure.

Pam will talk for about an hour, after which she will sign copies of her books.

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About: Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced, You Made Me Late Again!, and The Last Hedgehog. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was a best seller when it was published in 2011. On radio she is a regular on Just A Minute, six series of her own Ayres On The Air, and has appeared twice on the legendary Desert Island Discs.

“Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life. It’s not something poets often do – they’re usually too deep in love, death and angst.” ~ The Mail on Sunday

In association with Winstone Books, Sherborne.

Venue: Digby Hall,. Hound Street

Tickets £12 from Winstone’s Sherborne, or buy online below:

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Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic - Hunting Raven Presents...
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic - Hunting Raven Presents...

  • Rook Lane Chapel Bath Street Frome BA11 1DN (map)
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Hunting Raven presents the nation's favourite poet Pam Ayres as we celebrate the launch of her new collection of verse, 'Up in the Attic'.

Up in the Attic is the brand-new collection of verse from the nation’s favourite poet, Pam Ayres. With the same magic that has enchanted her fans for more than four decades, Pam’s new collection is by turns side-splittingly funny, at others so reflective and profound that audiences are moved to tears.

From the horror of playing host in ‘The Dinner Party’ and complaints about pub tableware in ‘Don’t Put My Dinner on the Slate!’, to the poignant ‘Up in the Attic’, in which Pam is deluged by memories when on the search for an old document, and the sadness of wartime ‘Down The Line’, this new collection will tickle and move readers in equal measure.

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced, You Made Me Late Again!, and The Last Hedgehog. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was a best seller when it was published in 2011. On radio she is a regular on Just A Minute, as well as appearing in six series of her own Ayres On The Air, and has appeared twice on the legendary Desert Island Discs.

Pam performs her solo stage show throughout the UK, and lives in the Cotswolds, where she is an enthusiastic gardener for wildlife.

Tickets £12 or £25 with a book, available below or in shop.

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Oct
13
2:15 PM14:15

Sidmouth Science Festival: Dr David Whitehouse

Join us for an event with the Sidmouth Science Festival at the Norman Lockyer Observatory where Dr David Whitehouse will be talking about Apollo 11, The Inside Story.

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, David Whitehouse brings you the inside story of the astronauts, NASA engineers and political rivals that brought an end to the Space Race.

Fifty years ago in July 1969, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first man to step onto its surface. US President Nixon called it the greatest week since creation.

In the most authoritative book ever written about Apollo, David Whitehouse reveals the true drama behind the mission, telling the story in the words of those who took part – based around exclusive interviews with the key players. This enthralling book takes us from the early rocket pioneers to the shock America received from the Soviets’ launch of the first satellite, Sputnik; from the race to put the first person into space, through President Kennedy’s enthusiasm and later doubts, to the astronauts’ intense competition to leave the first footprint.

For more information, please check out the Science Festival website here: https://sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/apollo-11-inside-story-dr-david-whitehouse

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Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Sidmouth Science Festival: Dr Adam Rutherford

Join us for an event with the Sidmouth Science Festival at the Norman Lockyer Observatory where Dr Adam Rutherford will be talking about The Book of Humans, his latest work.

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We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals?

Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are.

In an original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford will explore how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.
 
Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author of two previous books, Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived.

Please note the start time.

For more information, please check the Science Festival website here: https://sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/book-humans-adam-rutherford

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Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Sidmouth Science Festival: The Vinyl Frontier

Join us for a free event at Kennaway House as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival. Jonathan Scott will be discussing his latest book The Vinyl Frontier.

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Forty years ago, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in Ithaca, New York to work on the most important compilation ever conceived. It wasn't from one person to another, it was from Earth to the Cosmos.

The Vinyl Frontier tells the story of NASA's interstellar mix-tape, from first phone call to final launch, when Voyager 1 and 2 left our planet bearing their hopeful message from the Summer of '77 to a distant future.

Jonathan Scott is a music writer and self confessed astronomy geek.

Formerly a contributing editor to Record Collector magazine, he has edited books about Prince, Cher and the San Francisco psych explosion, and written about Nirvana, the Pogues, the Venga Boys, Sir Patrick Moore and Sir Isaac Newton in a variety of magazines.

He received his first telescope aged eight, using it to track Halley's Comet in 1986. Having followed Voyager's planetary fly-bys throughout his childhood, he first got to write about the missions in 2004. If he'd been in charge of the Voyager Golden Record, aliens would assume humanity had three chords.

For more information please check out the Science Festival website here: https://sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/vinyl-frontier

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Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Sidmouth Science Festival: Dr Pete Etchells

Join us for a free event as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival in which Dr Pete Etchells discusses Lost in a Good Game at Kennaway House.

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Despite our anxieties about them, video games are becoming an increasingly important part of the social fabric of society.

They are the defining artistic medium of the 21st Century, and whatever our feelings about them, we need to start taking them seriously and accept that it’s okay to look at them in a positive light.  More than that, there is a growing body of evidence that points to video games being a positive force in society. Over the past twenty years, “violent” video game use has skyrocketed – but youth violence rates have dropped. Recent studies have shown that video game use fosters problem-solving skills, and has an impact on childhood learning and social skills.

Dr Pete Etchells is Reader in psychology and science communication at Bath Spa University. His research looks at the behavioural effects of playing video games. He writes regularly for the the Cosmic Shambles Network, and previous was the Guardian’s science blog network coordinator. His psychology blog Head Quarters was shortlisted for the Association of British Science Writers UK science blog award three times. He’s previously written for the Observer, Telegraph, WIRED, Discover magazine's science blog, the Nature Network, the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, and Scientific American's blog network, and he’s been a science consultant for BBC’s Horizon. He lives in Bristol with his wife, dog, two cats, and whatever local wildlife the cats happen to bring in each night.

For more information, check out the Science Festival website at: https://sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/lost-good-game

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Emma Carroll - Book signing
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Emma Carroll - Book signing

To commemorate Bookshop Day 2019, celebrated children's author Emma Carroll will be visiting Sherborne to sign copies of her books and to promote her new book, The Somerset Tsunami.

A sinking boat. A girl in disguise. A disappearing sea. When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved brother, Gem, she's only having a bit of fun. But now is not the time for a girl to be drawing attention to herself. She is sent away to find work dressed as a boy. Luckily a rich manor house is hiring. Yet Barrow Hill's inhabitants harbour dangerous secrets of their own, the suspicious owner is hunting for witches, and the house itself is a little too close to the sea.

The Somerset Tsunami will be published on the 3rd October 2019, RRP £6.99

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About:

Emma Carroll was a secondary school English teacher for many years. The Somerset Tsunami is Emma’s ninth novel for Faber; she lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.

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Diana Cambridge: Don't Think A Single Thought
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Diana Cambridge: Don't Think A Single Thought

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Please join us for a glass of something nice to celebrate the launch of Don’t Think A Single Thought by Diana Cambridge.

1960s New York, and Emma Bowden seems to have it all – a glamorous Manhattan apartment, a loving husband, and a successful writing career. But while Emma and her husband Jonathan are on vacation at the Hamptons, a child drowns in the sea, and suspicion falls on Emma. As her picture-perfect life spirals out of control, and old wounds resurface, a persistent and monotonous voice in Emma’s head threatens to destroy all that she has worked for... Taut, elegant and mesmerising, Don’t Think a Single Thought lays bare a marriage, and a woman, and examines the decisions – and mistakes – that shape all of our lives.

Diana Cambridge is an award-winning journalist. She has written for many national newspapers and magazines, gives regular writing workshops, and is a Writer-in-Residence at Sherborne, Dorset. She is Agony Aunt to Writing Magazine. She lives in Bath. Don’t Think a Single Thought is her first novel.

Location: Winstone’s Books

6.30pm for 7pm start

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Meet by the Book
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Meet by the Book

  • Frome Town Hall Christchurch Street West Frome BA11 1EB (map)
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Hunting Raven Books is hosting a free party for people in Frome – particularly younger people and those of working age – who may be feeling lonely or disconnected.

Loneliness has been described as the 'scourge of modern society' but when we think of loneliness our minds often conjure up the image of somebody elderly who, on account of age or bereavement, is isolated or on their own.

It is this stereotype which can make loneliness all the more difficult for younger people to recognise and admit to – especially when they feel they should be (to quote that most-annoying cliché) ‘living their best life’.

Moving to a new town, working from home, becoming a parent, living with a mental or physical illness, or simply not having found where you ‘fit’ can all trigger profound feelings of loneliness. We would like to invite anyone who feels this describes them to come along and enjoy a warm and friendly evening of books and more...

To help take the agony out of the small talk (eurgh!) we are asking everyone to bring along a book as a conversation starter. It could be a book you love, a book you hate, a childhood favourite, or simply what you are reading at the moment. The main thing is that everyone can come armed with something they can have a conversation about – and we can all avoid that dreaded question: ‘So, what do you do?’”

There will be music, talks, food and information about some of the ways you can meet people and become more involved in the fabric of Frome life.

Tickets are free but must be booked as places are limited. Please note, there is no parking at the venue (except for Blue badge holders) and only limited on-street parking. If you are coming by car, please park in one of the many car parks in town (free after 6pm) and enjoy the short walk to the Town Hall.

This event would not be possible without the kind support of Frome Town Council and the publisher Pan Macmillan.

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Henry Hemming: Our Man in New York
Sep
26
2:30 PM14:30

Henry Hemming: Our Man in New York

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Join us at Kennaway House to meet bestselling author Henry Hemming. Henry will be giving a talk about his forthcoming book Our Man in New York, based on the true story of the underhand tactics employed by the British to pressure America into joining World War I. Using storytelling, music, props and an audience game, Henry will bring to life a particular episode from his book.

Doors will open at 2:30pm to start at 3:00pm. Tickets are priced at £10 which includes tea and a cake!

Tickets available at Kennaway House Office or call 01395 515551

 

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Jeremy Barker - book signing

Jeremy Barker will sign books and talk briefly about two aspects of the work of the great Dorset painter Sir James Thornhill (both works never before studied and written about in depth).

Venue: Winstone’s Bookshop, Cheap Street, DT9 3PX

Entry free

Wine and light refreshments provided

6.30pm for 7pm start

All welcome!

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Henry Hemming: Our Man in New York - Hunting Raven presents...
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Henry Hemming: Our Man in New York - Hunting Raven presents...

  • Frome Town Hall Christchurch Street West Frome BA11 1EB (map)
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Hunting Raven is proud to present Sunday Times bestselling author and respected journalist Henry Hemming...

Our Man in New York is the true story of the undercover British campaign to bring America into the Second World War - and the extraordinary MI6 officer at its heart.

When William Stephenson – 'our man in New York' – arrived in the United States towards the end of June 1940 with instructions from the head of MI6 to ‘organise’ American public opinion, Britain was on the verge of defeat. Surveys showed that just 14% of the US population wanted to go to war against Nazi Germany. But soon that began to change...

Drawing upon hitherto private and classified documents, Henry Hemming reveals the extraordinary truth of a propaganda campaign described by the Washington Post as ‘arguably the most effective in history’.

"A revelatory and wholly fascinating work of history. Superbly researched and written with gripping fluency, this lost secret of World War II espionage finally has its expert chronicler." William Boyd

Henry Hemming is the author of five works of non-fiction including the Sunday Times bestseller M. He has written for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, The Economist, FT Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and has given interviews on Radio 4’s Today Programme and NBC’s Today Show. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Tickets £7 available HERE

Books will be available to purchase on the night and Henry will be very happy to sign them.

Please note: There is no parking at the venue (except for blue badge holders) and limited street parking around the venue. Please park in one of the many car parks in town (free after 6pm) and enjoy the short walk to the Town Hall.

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Gavin Pretor-Pinney: A Cloud a Day - Hunting Raven & Forward Space present...
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: A Cloud a Day - Hunting Raven & Forward Space present...

  • The Refectory @ Forward Space The Old Church School Butts Hill Frome BA11 1HR (map)
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Hunting Raven Books and Forward Space are proud to present bestselling author and founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney...

“Cloudspotting is more of a frame of mind than an activity or a means of ticking things off lists. Ultimately, you need to be aware of what’s going on in the sky and willing to stop what you’re doing at any moment you see something that is remarkable, or beautiful, or stands out for you.”
Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Despite founding the Cloud Appreciation Society - which boasts 46,000 members from 120 different countries - and authoring the bestselling book The Cloudspotter's Guide, Gavin Pretor-Pinney has always rejected the title of expert - preferring instead to think of himself as someone who is just very interested in clouds. But his knowledge is rich, and his latest book A Cloud a Day is both an informative guide to the clouds that grace our skies and a beautiful and timely reminder of the power of taking a moment each day to stop, look skywards, and take in the wonders above our heads.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a writer, speaker and graphic designer and the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. He was also co-founder of The Idler magazine - which champions the importance of downtime in creative thinking. Gavin is the author of four books. The Cloudspotter’s Guide and The Cloud Collector’s Handbook were both international bestsellers and Gavin's third book The Wavewatcher’s Companion won the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books - considered the most prestigious prize in popular science publishing. He lives in Somerton in Somerset.

Tickets £5 available HERE which includes entry and a glass of wine.

There will be a Q&A after the talk. Books will be available to buy on the night and Gavin will be happy to sign them.

Please note: parking at the venue is extremely limited. On-street parking is usually possible in the evening. Alternatively, you could park in any of Frome's public car parks and enjoy the short walk to the venue.

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Celia Brayfield: Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Celia Brayfield: Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists

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In London in 1958, a play by a 19-year-old redefined women's writing in Britain. It also began a movement that would change women's lives forever. The play was A Taste of Honey and the author, Shelagh Delaney, was the first in a succession of young women who wrote about their lives with an honesty that dazzled the world. They rebelled against sexism, inequality and prejudice and in doing so challenged the existing definitions of what writing and writers should be. Bypassing the London cultural elite, their work reached audiences of millions around the world, paved the way for profound social changes and laid the foundations of second-wave feminism.

After Delaney came Edna O'Brien, Lynne Reid-Banks, Charlotte Bingham, Nell Dunn, Virginia Ironside and Margaret Forster; an extraordinarily disparate group who were united in their determination to shake the traditional concepts of womanhood in novels, films, television, essays and journalism. They were as angry as the Angry Young Men, but were also more constructive and proposed new ways to live and love in the future. They did not intend to become a literary movement but they did, inspiring other writers to follow. Not since the Brontës have a group of young women been so determined to tell the truth about what it is like to be a girl.

In this biographical study, the acclaimed author Celia Brayfield tells their story for the first time.

Tickets free

Venue: Winstone’s

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Milly Johnson and Veronica Henry in conversation
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Milly Johnson and Veronica Henry in conversation

  • Kennaway House Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8NG (map)
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Two smash hit Sunday Times bestselling writers of feel-good summer reads join forces to share the secrets of writing the perfect novel.

Veronica Henry is the author of 20 bestselling books. She lives and works in Devon and her books have delighted readers all over the world. An army child, she went to 8 different schools and she started her working life working on The Archers, before becoming a script editor on 100’s of TV dramas including Holby City and Heartbeat.

Milly Johnson is a Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Yorkshire Pudding Club and The Perfectly Imperfect Woman. Known as the ‘Queen of Feel-Good Fiction’, she has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. Milly attended the University of Exeter, but is proudly from and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and is making a rare appearance in Devon.

Tickets £13 (includes a glass of wine)

Available to buy at Kennaway House office or 01395 515551

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Jeremy Wade: How to Think Like a Fish - Hunting Raven Presents...
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Jeremy Wade: How to Think Like a Fish - Hunting Raven Presents...

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... Fishing is about deception, so it has to engage the brain. It is an exercise in problem solving, where no two sets of circumstances are exactly the same, where success is an artful blend of drawing on experience and keeping an open mind...

Extreme angler and intrepid traveller Jeremy Wade rose to public prominence as the presenter of ITV's River Monsters - fishing in some of the world's most hostile and challenging waters in pursuit of the remarkable fish that lurk beneath the surface.

Since he started appearing on television, many people have asked Jeremy how they can improve their own fishing results. This book is his reply. Sparse on the details of technique, it’s more about the fundamental principles — a mindset for success. Part science, part art, and part elusive “something else”, this, he says, is something every angler can develop. Using examples from his own experience, he explains when to let instinct override logic, why less time can bring better results than more, which details are vital and which may be irrelevant — and why a “non-result” can be a result.

Due to a tight filming schedule, Jeremy's public appearances are very limited. We have been extremely lucky to have reeled him in. Book now so you don't miss this big fish!

Books will be available to buy on the night and Jeremy will be more than happy to sign them.

Tickets £5 available via Eventbrite (link) or in shop.

Please note: There is limited street parking around the venue. Please park in one of the many car parks in town (free after 6pm) and enjoy the short walk to the Town Hall.

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Deborah Moggach: The Carer - Hunting Raven presents...
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Deborah Moggach: The Carer - Hunting Raven presents...

  • The Archangel (The Naval Room) 1 King Street Frome BA11 1BH (map)
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‘The Moggach miracle continues’ The Times
‘Warm, funny and generous’ Independent

Hunting Raven is proud to welcome Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever.

Deborah will be talking about her new novel The Carer; a deliciously waspish, witty and poignant novel about age, sibling rivalry and having to grow up - at last.

James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?

Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane - changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.

Deborah Moggach OBE is an English novelist and award-winning screenwriter. She has written nineteen novels, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Thing, Heartbreak Hotel and Something to Hide. She lives in Wales.

Books will be available to buy and Deborah will be happy to sign them on the night.

Tickets £5 available on Eventbrite (link) or in shop.

Please note: There is no parking at the venue. There are several car parks in town (all free after 6pm) all within very close walking distance to the venue.

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A Literary Lunch with David Nicholls: Hunting Raven Presents
Jul
15
12:30 PM12:30

A Literary Lunch with David Nicholls: Hunting Raven Presents

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Join us for a very special literary lunch with Sunday Times Bestselling author and Bafta-winning screen-writer David Nicholls.

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.

Hunting Raven is delighted to welcome David to talk about his new novel Sweet Sorrow - the story of one sixteen-year-old's life-changing summer...

Charlie Lewis 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.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and almost require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

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.

This is David Nicholls at his brilliant best - and an event not to be missed!

All tickets include a light sandwich lunch (from 12.30pm) and the event itself will run from 1-2pm, so you can squeeze a little bit of culture and fun into your lunchbreak.

Tickets available in shop or on Eventbrite £12 or £28 with the book.

The caterer operates from a small kitchen which handles nuts and other allergens. Please inform us upon booking if you have a serious allergy and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. It is also helpful if you could let us know if you are vegan or vegetarian, so that we can provide a good balance of options.

Please note there is no onsite parking at the venue and onstreet parking is limited. There are a number of public car parks all within walking distance from the venue.

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Andrew Smith - Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Smith - Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

The Dorset Moon at Sherborne Abbey presents Andrew Smith, author of the international bestseller Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth and the BBC documentary Being Neil Armstrong. This celebratory evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will combine lively conversation and Smith’s dramatic reading of his account of the first landing, with music and recently-uncovered film footage from a camera behind Buzz Aldrin’s head as the lunar module descended. Described as one of the books of the last decade this is one not to miss.

Venue: Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road

Tickets £12 from Winstones, or buy online.

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Kim Sherwood: Testament - Hunting Raven presents
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Kim Sherwood: Testament - Hunting Raven presents

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***Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz***

Hunting Raven is proud to welcome Bath-based author, Kim Sherwood to talk abut her Desmond Elliott-longlisted novel Testament.

Kim started writing Testament after her grandmother began to talk about her experiences as a Holocaust Survivor for the first time. These tales provided the seeds of a story that grew as Kim undertook research into the events of the Holocaust in Hungary.

Following the talk, there will be Q&A. Books will be available to buy on the night and Kim will be happy to sign them.

Tickets £5 available in store or on Eventbrite

'Compelling, Moving and ultimately uplifting'
Heather Morris, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

'Beautiful'

Andrew Miller, PURE

'Hugely Poignant'
The Independent

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Ben Aaronovitch  - Rivers of London: The October Man
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London: The October Man

  • The Cornish Bakery, 15 High Street, Sidmouth (map)
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Ben Aaronivitch joins us on publication of the new Rivers of London book The October Man as part of our celebrations for Independent Bookshop Week.

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Author and screenwriter, Ben was born and raised in London, he worked as a scriptwriter for Doctor Who and Casualty before the inspiration for his own series of books struck him whilst working as a bookseller in Waterstones Covent Garden. His unique novels are the culmination of his experience of writing about the emergency services and the supernatural.

Rivers of London is now to be developed for TV by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s production company, Stolen Picture, for which Ben will serve as an Executive Producer.

Tickets are £12.99 including a signed book or £3.00 without from Eventbrite

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Dave Hamilton - Wild Ruins B.C. The Explorers guide to Britain's ancient sites.
Jun
19
3:00 PM15:00

Dave Hamilton - Wild Ruins B.C. The Explorers guide to Britain's ancient sites.

  • Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth (map)
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Join us at Kennaway House for a History Talk to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week .

Wild Ruins B.C. reveals Britain’s extraordinary ancient history, from 10,000 years ago to the birth of Christ. Discover the lost remains and mysterious stones that lie hidden in some of the most beautiful landscapes. From sacred tombs and caves, to awe-inspiring stone circles and earthworks, Bronze Age brochs to dramatic Iron Age hill forts.

Dave Hamilton is a writer, photographer and explorer of historic sites. He is the bestselling author of Wild Ruins a guide to Britain’s lost castles, follies and relics in our more recent history, and the prequel to this book. He is also the author of The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and Family Foraging.

Tickets £8 from Kennaway House 01395 515551

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Libby Page & Richard Roper - Hunting Raven presents
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Libby Page & Richard Roper - Hunting Raven presents

  • Frome Town Hall Christchurch Street West Frome BA11 1EB (map)
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As part of our Books Against Loneliness Campaign, we are proud to present two authors who tackle the subject of loneliness head on and offer hope in the shape of community and connection...

Authors Libby Page and Richard Roper are at the forefront of feel-good fiction. Though their novels deal with some of society's biggest ills - loneliness, gentrification, and social disconnection - they are shot through with humour, hope, and warm-heartedness. They also share the same sense of community spirit that has helped to put Frome firmly on the map.

Libby Page' s The Lido was a smash-hit last when it was released in hardback last summer. The novel follows 26-year-old reporter Kate, who joins forces with 86-year-old widow Rosemary to save their local lido after the council announces plans to transform it into a state-of-the-art gym. The book (out now in paperback), centres on the value of community and the idea that hubs like lidos, libraries and other community spaces are essential for keeping people socially connected.

Richard Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline (Hachette Publishing). Something to Live For is his debut novel Andrew, the novel's protagonist, works for the council, arranging the funerals of people who have died alone. But with loneliness eating away at his own life, Andrew is struggling to find something to live for...

The event will conclude with a Q&A. Books will be available to purchase on the night and Libby and Richard will be very happy to sign them.

Tickets £5 available on Eventbrite (link), or in shop.

Please note: There is no parking at the venue itself and parking on the surrounding streets is limited. There are a number of public car parks all within walking distance in which parking is free after 6pm.

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Songs of Praise Presenter Pamela Rhodes - Arthur's Garden
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of Praise Presenter Pamela Rhodes - Arthur's Garden

Talk and Signing with BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pamela Rhodes. Venue Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens. Tickets £5

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A heart-warming collection of songs and poems, advice and tit bits about the glorious, very ordinary, English garden - told through the life of her Uncle Arthur. This is a gardening book, with a story.


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Raynor Winn: The Salt Path - Hunting Raven Presents
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Raynor Winn: The Salt Path - Hunting Raven Presents

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Sunday Times Bestselling author Raynor Winn joins us to talk about her extraordinary memoir The Salt Path.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry everything on their backs and wild camp on beaches and clifftops. But slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk set. them on a remarkable journey.

Born out of extraordinary circumstances, The Salt Path allows us to discover the healing powers found in nature and the simple act of walking forward.

Raynor is a regular contributor on Radio, TV and in print, writing and speaking on the subjects of nature, homelessness and wild camping. She continues to live on the South West Coast with her husband Moth and their dog Monty.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Books are available to purchase on the night and Raynor will be very happy to sign them.

Tickets £8 available on Eventbrite or in shop

Please note: There is limited street parking around the venue. Please park in one of the many car parks in town (free after 6pm) and enjoy the short walk to the Town Hall.

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Lucy Wood & Ben Smith in conversation
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Lucy Wood & Ben Smith in conversation

  • The Cornish Bakery, 15 High St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LN (map)
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Join novelist Lucy Wood and debut author Ben Smith in conversation on how their work responds to the ocean, past present and future. A collaboration with Sidmouth Seafest.

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Lucy Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed collections of stories based on coastal and Cornish folklore’ Diving Belles and now The Sing of the Shore. She is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award.

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Ben Smith's Doggerland is a superbly gripping debut novel about loneliness and hope, nature and survival – set on an off-shore windfarm in the not-so-distant future.

The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory.

So too is the Boy’s father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared.

The Boy has been sent by the Company to take his place, but the question of where he went and why is one for which the Old Man will give no answer.

‘Heart-thumping miniature thrillers. There’s an uncanny, delicate quality to much of Wood’s prose that belies how difficult this kind of writing is to pull off’

The Guardian 

‘The Road meets Waiting for Godot. Powerful, unforgettable, unique’

Melissa Harrison 

Free event but please call to reserve a seat and buy a drink or snack to support the venue.

The Cornish Bakery 15 High St (opposite Winstone’s)

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Tom Nancollas - Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Tom Nancollas - Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

  • Sidmouth Sailing Club, the Esplanade, Sidmouth, EX10 8BG (map)
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A lyrical exploration of the rock lighthouses, the ingenuity of those who built them, and the social history of the communities linked to these off-shore towers, the most marginal part of Britain’s heritage.

We are delighted to collaborate with Sea Fest to bring one of our favourite non- fiction authors to Sidmouth. Hosted with a splendid sea view by Sidmouth Sailing club.

Seashaken Houses is an enthralling history of Britain’s rock lighthouses, extreme architectural gems. and monuments to our relationship with the sea.

They encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more noble, conceived as navigational gifts for the safety of all. Still today, we depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships.

Free event but please call to reserve a space and buy a drink or snack to support the venue.

11.00 am Sidmouth Sailing Club, The Esplanade.

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Damian Le Bas: The Stopping Places - Hunting Raven presents
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Damian Le Bas: The Stopping Places - Hunting Raven presents

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Hunting Raven Books is proud to welcome Damien Le Bas to celebrate the paperback launch of his critically acclaimed book The Stopping Places.

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.

In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of the Britain's Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today.

Following the talk there will be a Q&A and Damien will be happy to sign copies of the book which will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets £8 available from Eventbrite or in shop

*Please note, there is no parking at the venue. There is limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the Town Hall and a number of public car parks within short walking distance*

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Nina Allan: The Dollmaker - Hunting Raven presents
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Nina Allan: The Dollmaker - Hunting Raven presents

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We are proud to present the award-winning Guardian Fresh Voices author Nina Allan with her latest novel The Dollmaker. With its South West setting, and parts of the book set in a town modelled on Frome, we simply had to share it with you...

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

The Dollmaker is one of the Guardian's 'Must Read' books of 2019 and is perfect for fans of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist and Laura Purcell's The Silent Companion. Born in East London, Nina studied German and Russian at Exeter University and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where she completed an MLitt and monograph on madness, death and disease in the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov. Her 2017 book The Rift, won the British Science Fiction Award.

There will be a Q&A and book signing after the event.

Tickets £5 or £14.99 with a book available on Eventbrite or in shop

'A fantastic book' Andrew O'Hagan
'Wholly original - worthy of a modern Grimm' Andrew Caldecott (Rotherweird)
'A masterful and multi-layered haunted toyshop of a novel' Tony White (The Fountain in the Forest)

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