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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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Rory MacLean: Pravda Ha Ha - Hunting Raven presents...
Nov
29
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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife

‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom of Britain will fall…’

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We are thrilled to welcome Christopher Skaife to Hunting Raven Books to talk about his life as Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.

Chris's official title is 'Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London', and caring for the Tower's seven ravens is a central part of the distinguished position he holds.

In his critically acclaimed memoir Ravenmaster, Chris gives a wonderfully personal account of his life in service to Her Majesty the Queen and of his relationship with the portentous birds for which he cares. As he so beautiful states: "I look after the ravens – and the ravens look after us."

The event will take place in Frome, with the venue to be confirmed shortly. The £3 ticket price can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night. Chris will be happy to sign books.

Tickets can be purchased directly via Eventbrite or by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the Frome shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome, BA11 4DU)

'Blood-soaked biscuits and disembowelled pigeons in a wonderfully personal account of life with the ravens' The Guardian

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Emily Maguire: Meditation Mind
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Emily Maguire: Meditation Mind

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To celebrate the launch of her latest book, 'Meditation Mind' acclaimed British artist Emily Maguire will present an evening of poetry and acoustic songs at Hunting Raven Books.

Singer, songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and mental health advocate, Emily's five albums and two books have established her as a talent to be reckoned with.
With a remarkable, inspiring story to tell, she has been featured many times on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 - her thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.

Tickets can be purchased or reserved in the shop, by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or directly online by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emily-maguire-meditation-mind-tickets-49787289122

'Exquisite' UNCUT *** 'A class act' The Mirror *** 'Music for the Soul' Maverick Magazine

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Jen Arnall-Culliford: Sharing Your Craft in Print
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford: Sharing Your Craft in Print

Jen Arnall-Culliford, co-founder of Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ltd, is a knitwear technical editor, knitting tutor, and all round woolly enthusiast.

In 2017, Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ltd published its first knitting book, A Year of Techniques, which was swiftly followed by Something New to Learn About Cables and Something New to Learn About Lace.

The publishing projects were a new string to Jen’s (highly creative) bow, and learning how to pull together a beautifully designed and professionally put-together book was a learning curve.

Come and join Jen, as she talks about the books, her creative life in knitting, and her best tips for other creatives planning to bring their own artistic passion into print.

The event is free but booking is advised as space is limited. You can reserve your place by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the shop.

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Paddy Ashdown: NEIN!
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Paddy Ashdown: NEIN!

An evening with author, historian and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown.

In his latest book NEIN!: Standing up to Hitler 1935-1944 Paddy Ashdown tells, for the first time, the story of those at the very top of Hitler’s Germany who tried to prevent the Second World War and deny Hitler victory. Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler’s plans are revealed.

Paddy Ashdown served as a Royal Marine and intelligence officer for the UK security services before becoming leader of the Liberal Democrats for over ten years.

We expect demand for this event to be high, so booking in advance is recommended. Tickets are £5 (redeemable against purchase of the book) and can be obtained from Hunting Raven Books or reserved by contacting winstonebooks3@gmail.com / 01373 473111

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Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths

Join us as local favourites Mick Davis and David Lassman unveil deeds most foul and murders most suspicious - all committed in and around Frome.

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The authors have form; not for murder, but for relating, in brilliant detail, the historical happenings of our little town.

The launch of The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts packed out our little shop, and we hope to give David and Mick a warm reception once again as they launch Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in & around Frome.

This event is free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Places can be reserved by calling 01373 473111, emailing us on winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into our shop on Cheap Street, Frome.

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Trevor Day: Sardine
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Trevor Day: Sardine

Renowned marine biologist, Trevor Day joins us to tell the big story of a little fish…

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Trevor Day – fish-watcher, marine biologist and author of over 40 books – has spent nearly a decade researching his latest book, Sardine.

The ‘most challenging book’ of Day’s career, Sardine is written for a general audience and is wide-ranging - taking in poetry, literature, history and art as well as gastronomy, biology and economics. A strong theme running throughout the book is our relationship with nature – told through the story of this familiar fish.

In researching the book, Day travelled to South Africa, Portugal, California and Mexico.

This is a free event, but booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Places can be reserved by calling 01373 473111, emailing us on winstonebookks3@gmail.com or by popping into the shop at 9-10 Cheap Street, Frome. Books will be available on the night and Trevor will happily sign copies.

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Andrew Miller: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Miller: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

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Join us as Costa Prize-winning novelist Andrew Miller launches his latest novel Now We Shall Be Entirely Free. The event, which takes place at the Archangel Hotel & Restaurant, will conclude with a book signing by the author.

Tickets are £18.99 which covers entry and a copy of the book or £3 entry only (redeemable against purchases of the book on the night).

Tickets can be purchased directly online through our Eventbrite page, in person at Winstone's Hunting Raven Books, 9 Cheap Street, Frome, or by phone (01373 473111) or email (winstonebooks3@gmail.com).

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Crysse Morrison: Frome Unzipped
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Crysse Morrison: Frome Unzipped

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We are proud to be hosting Crysse for a lively and informal evening, as she talks to us about her new book Frome Unzipped. The book lays out - with true quirk and charm - the history of our ubiquitous town characters. From 'Prehistory' right through to 'Post Punk' Frome Unzipped is a brilliant distillation of what it is to be Frome and how we got here.

After her talk, Crysse will happy to sign books (both those purchased on the night or prior to the event).

Entry is free, but you can reserve your place on the guest list by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or popping into the shop.

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