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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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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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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Diana Cambridge: Don't Think A Single Thought
Oct
2
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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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

£14.99

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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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Hunting Raven presents... Helping Birth with Eleanor Hayes
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Hunting Raven presents... Helping Birth with Eleanor Hayes

Eleanor Hayes is a birth coach, antenatal teacher and author of this indispensable guide for parents looking for reliable information about birth pain relief options and common interventions in labour.

“ This is an absolutely fantastic resource that should be read by every pregnant couple, as being informed is the key to having a positive birth.”

This is an absolutely fantastic resource that should be read by every pregnant couple, as being informed is the key to having a positive birth.”

Her personal experience of having two wildly different births – one traumatic and one awesome – led her to create her business Birthzang and spread knowledge of how to cope with labour and birth to other parents to help them achieve an awesome birth!

Most pregnant mums plan for a natural birth, however in the UK over 50% of births include some form of drugs for pain relief, or an intervention to help the baby be born.

Eleanor will discuss her own birth experiences and why this book will enable you make empowered and informed decisions before, during and after childbirth.

This entertaining and informative talk will include a Q&A and copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night care of Winstone's Hunting Raven Books.

Tickets £7 for one or £10 for two. Book online at www.bit.ly/HelpingBirth or reserve tickets by email winstonebooks3@gmail.com; by phone 01373 473111, or in our Frome store Winstone’s Hunting Raven Books.

*Please note, there is no parking at the venue though there are three public car parks within very short walking distance*

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John Connolly - A Book of Bones
May
4
12:30 PM12:30

John Connolly - A Book of Bones

We are delighted to welcome best selling author John Connolly to our Sidmouth shop in May.

John will be chatting to customers and signing copies of his new release A Book of Bones… the ultimate Charlie Parker mystery thriller…

‘The finest crime series currently in existence’ Independent on Sunday.

This is a free event, book signing only. Please call if you would like to reserve a signed book.

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Hunting Raven presents... Jacqueline Wilson
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Hunting Raven presents... Jacqueline Wilson

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house.

Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from…

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Family Foraging with David Hamilton
Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Family Foraging with David Hamilton

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Join expert forager and all-round outdoorsy type David Hamilton for an after-school wander to Willow Vale. David will show you what foods to forage for, how to spot them, and what you can do with them.

Meet at Hunting Raven Books at 4pm and wander down to Rodden Meadow with David as your guide. Then come back to the bookshop for a snack. Books will be available to buy and David will happily sign them for you (and point out his favourite recipes!).

"Once you’ve caught the foraging bug, you’ll soon be looking for chestnuts to roast, hazelnuts to crack, or the best wild apple trees. Foraging is for life!" David Hamilton

Book online through
Eventbrite, by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com, or by popping into the shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome).

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There is a suggested donation of £3 per family.

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'Hand in Hand' with Moira Andrew and Nunney Poetry Workshop
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

'Hand in Hand' with Moira Andrew and Nunney Poetry Workshop

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Join us for the launch of Hand in Hand, an anthology of poetry from the Nunney Poetry Workshop.

The collection has been edited by author Moira Andrews, who will also be celebrating the launch of her latest book ‘Geese and Daughters’.

This is a free event, so simply come along for an evening of poetry and a very warm Hunting Raven welcome.

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Hunting Raven presents... Isabella Tree: Wilding
Apr
6
3:00 PM15:00

Hunting Raven presents... Isabella Tree: Wilding

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'A passionately personal, robustly argued and uplifting book . . . One of the landmark ecological books of the decade.'
Sunday Times

Isabella Tree is an award-winning travel writer and author, married to the conservationist Sir Charles Burrell. Her bestselling and critically acclaimed book Wilding tells the amazing story of their daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy Sussex clay was economically ruinous, they decided to step back and let nature take over.

In less than twenty years, wildlife has rocketed and numerous endangered species have made Knepp their home. The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future-countryside that benefits farming, nature and us.

The talk will include a Q&A and a signing. Copies of Wilding will be available to buy on the night.
Tickets are £7 and can be reserved by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com, popping into the shop in Frome, or directly online via Eventbrite.

Please note: There is no onsite parking at the venue, but there are two public car parks at a very short distance’s walk.

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Isabella Tree - Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Isabella Tree - Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Venue: Digby Memorial Hall

Tickets: £10 from Winstone’s

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Dave Hamilton: Wild Ruins BC
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Dave Hamilton: Wild Ruins BC

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Join us in the shop for the launch of Wild Ruins BC - follow-up to the bestselling Wild Ruins by writer, photographer and explorer of historic sites Dave Hamilton.

On the night, Dave will share some of his top favourite sites, with tips on the best places to visit with kids, the best for taking stunning photographs, the wildest and most adventurous to conquer, and the best for spotting wildlife.

Beautifully stylish and brilliantly practical, Wild Ruins BC will leave you bursting with ideas for your next adventures. Bring on the Spring!

Tickets £5
available on Eventbrite, in store or reserve via phone or email:
01373 473111 winstonebooks3@gmail.com

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Jenny Newman - Van Gogh: Reader and Writer
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

Jenny Newman - Van Gogh: Reader and Writer

Presented by Sherborne Literary Society.

Few artists can have revealed so much about themselves and their work through the written word as Vincent Van Gogh, whose letters have been translated, published and re-published many times. With their frequent references to writers living and dead, the letters also reveal a voracious and very serious reader. Indeed books as physical objects appear in many of his canvases. In advance of Tate Britain’s upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Britain (27 March – 11 August 2019), this talk explores Van Gogh’s literary enthusiasms. It will incorporate readings from his letters and from the works of Dickens, whose preoccupation with the lives of the poor was a formative influence on this most modern of painters. Jenny Newman’s art lectures have become a focal point of Sherborne’s cultural life. We’re delighted that she has found the time between her rambling and her regular programme of talks to contribute to the festival, on a subject close to her heart.

Venue The Eastbury Hotel

Tickets £8 from Winstone’s

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Raynor Winn - The Salt Path
Mar
7
6:45 PM18:45

Raynor Winn - The Salt Path

  • Old Meeting Hall/Unitarian Chapel, All Saints Road England, EX10 8ER United Kingdom (map)
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Join us for an evening with Raynor Winn in conversation with Sidmouth’s Jane Corry.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband lost their home and livelihood just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. In this uplifting memoir, Raynor writes on their impulsive and brave decision to leave everything behind and walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

The Salt Path is a true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

The Salt Path was Shortlisted for the Costa and Wainwright Prizes.

Tickets £3 or £9.99 with a signed book

Old Meeting Hall/Unitarian Chapel, All Saints Rd, Sidmouth

Doors at 6.30

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Andy Burnham: The Old Stones
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Burnham: The Old Stones

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Join us as we welcome Andy Burnham, author of The Old Stones - the most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland.

In his book, Andy Burnham gives unparalleled insight into where to find prehistoric sites and how to understand them, by drawing on the knowledge, expertise and passion of the archaelogists, theorists, photographers and stones aficionados who contribute to the world's biggest megalithic website, the Megalithic Portal.

Andy will talk us through how he set about pulling the guide together, about his own affinity to 'the old stones', and offer up suggestions for the best sites to visit to get away from it all, soak up a spiritual experience, and get inside the minds of the Neolithic and Bronze Age people who created these extraordinary places.

Entry is £5. Tickets can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night. Tickets can be reserved/purchased by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome). Tickets can also be purchased directly online via the Eventbrite page.

Doors will open at 7pm and the event will start shortly after. Andy will happily sign books after his talk.

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