Events

Hosting a regular programme of author talks, book signings and themed events is an important and exciting part of what we do. We work hard to bring an exciting mix of bestselling authors and some of the best new writers to Oswestry. Booka prides itself on creating an ‘event experience’ for both audience and author. As well as the bookshop we make use of a number of outside venues for our larger events.

In addition to our own events, we also provide bookselling services to support the appearance of authors and celebrities at a number of Festivals and Shows.

An Evening with Max Hastings – The Dambusters

18th September 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Max Hastings – The Dambusters

Join bestselling and critically acclaimed military historian Max Hastings as he talks about Operation Chastise and the famous Dambusters raid of 1943. In his new book Chastise, Max Hastings offers a fresh and compelling account of the Dambusters raid. He grew up...

Tickets: £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Chastise) or £25 (with book - includes a signed copy of Chastise). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

An Evening with Mark Radcliffe

5th September 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Mark Radcliffe

Calling all music fans! Join much loved radio broadcaster and TV presenter Mark Radcliffe as he talks about his new book Crossroads and takes us on a personal journey picking out those moments which changed music history. Standing at the crossroads – the...

Tickets: £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Crossroads) or £17 (with book - includes a signed copy of Crossroads). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

An Evening with Philippa Gregory

21st August 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Philippa Gregory

Join international bestselling author Phillipa Gregory as she talks about her new novel Tidelands, the first in a brand new historical series. England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different… Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil...

Tickets: £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Tidelands) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Tidelands). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

Susannah Stapleton – The Adventures of Maude West, Lady Detective

6th August 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Susannah Stapleton – The Adventures of Maude West, Lady Detective

Join us for an evening in the company of Susannah Stapleton as she tells the remarkable true story of Maud West, Lady Detective. Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Adventures of Maud West). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

A Morning with Konnie Huq

6th August 2019, 11.00am (doors 10.15am) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

A Morning with Konnie Huq

Get ready to meet Cookie Haque – funny, science obsessed and ready to take on the world! Join author, broadcaster and much loved former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq as she introduces you to Cookie and her adventures in the first of a sparking new series for...

Tickets: £15 Admits One Child & One Adult with signed book (Includes a signed hardback copy of Cookie) & £5 Additional Adult/Child. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

Mike Parker – On The Red Hill

31st July 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Mike Parker – On The Red Hill

Join us for an evening in the company of Mike Parker as he talks about his superb new memoir On The Red Hill, telling the story of Rhiw Goch and its inhabitants in an intricately woven celebration of life in modern rural Wales and the redemptive power of nature. In...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of On the Red Hill). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival.

An Evening of Novel Conversation with Jo Baker & Anna Hope

24th July 2019, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at Booka

An Evening of Novel Conversation with Jo Baker & Anna Hope

Join us for an evening of novel conversation and contemporary feminist fiction as bestselling authors Jo Baker and Anna Hope discuss their latest novels. From Jo Baker, bestselling author of ‘Longbourn’ comes a dark, thrilling new novel – ‘The...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of either book). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

An Evening of Crime & Wine with Shari Lapena

22nd July 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

An Evening of Crime & Wine with Shari Lapena

Love a bit of domestic noir and looking for your next gripping read? Then join us for an evening of criminally good conversation and a glass of wine as Shari Lapena, international bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, talks about her latest electrifying thriller...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Someone We Know). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

An Evening with David Nicholls

17th July 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with David Nicholls

Join David Nicholls, the bestselling author of One Day, as he talks about his new novel Sweet Sorrow, a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale of ordinary lives. One life-changing summer. Sixteen-year-old Charlie meets Fran… Charlie is the kind of...

Tickets: £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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An Evening with Clare Mackintosh – After the End

10th July 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Clare Mackintosh – After the End

Join number one bestselling author Clare Mackintosh as she talks about her new novel After the End, a gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken. Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re...

Tickets: £8 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of After the End) or £13 (with book - includes a signed copy of After the End). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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How to Write a Book with Edward Docx

21st June 2019, 2.00pm (doors 1.30pm) at Booka

How to Write a Book with Edward Docx

Do you have a story that you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something a bit more substantial? Join award-winning author Edward Docx for an hour of insight, advice,...

Tickets: £12 (Includes 'How to Write a Book' session and a copy of Let Go My Hand) Tickets available from the Bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Mick Herron – Joe Country

20th June 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Mick Herron – Joe Country

Join bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron as he talks about his new book Joe Country, the latest instalment in his highly acclaimed Slough House series starring Jackson Lamb. If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die and as Jackson...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Joe Country). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Katherine Rundell – Why You Should Read Children’s Books

19th June 2019, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Katherine Rundell – Why You Should Read Children’s Books

In 2016, Katherine Rundell, prize-winning author of five novels for children – found her understanding of the world she lived in upturned: by Brexit, Trump, a sweep across Europe towards nationalism and insularity, terrorist attacks. Literary fiction did not help her...

Tickets: £6 (Includes a signed copy of Why You Should Read Children's Books). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Kirsty Wark

18th June 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Kirsty Wark

Join journalist, broadcaster and writer Kirsty Wark as she talks about her highly anticipated second novel The House by the Loch. Inspired in part by Kirsty’s childhood memories and her late father, The House by the Loch is a story about the bonds between generations,...

Tickets: £8 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of The House by the Lake) or £17 (with book - includes a signed copy of The House by the Loch). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Victoria Hislop – Those Who Are Loved

17th June 2019, 12.30pm (doors 11.45am) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Victoria Hislop – Those Who Are Loved

Join Victoria Hislop, the bestselling author of The Island, The Sunrise, and Cartes Postales from Greece as she talks about her captivating new novel Those Who Are Loved. Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and...

Tickets:  £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Those Who Are Loved) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Those Who Are Loved). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Leah Hazard – Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

6th June 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Leah Hazard – Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to thelife of a midwife. Join Leah Hazard as she talks about her memoir Hard Pushed chronicling life on the frontline of the maternity ward. Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Hard Pushed). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Elizabeth Macneal – The Doll Factory

21st May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Elizabeth Macneal – The Doll Factory

Join us for an evening in the company of Elizabeth Macneal as she talks about her highly acclaimed debut novel The Doll Factory, an intoxicating tale of love, art and obsession. Set in London in 1850/51, The Doll Factory tells the story of Iris, an apprentice...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Doll Factory). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Molly & Me – Colin Butcher

15th May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Molly & Me – Colin Butcher

Join us for an evening with Colin Butcher as he talks about his new book Molly and Me – an extraordinary tale of second chances and how a dog and her owner became the ultimate pet-detective duo. Ex-policeman Colin Butcher had set up his own pet detective agency...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Molly & Me). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

9th May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

Join us for an evening in the company of Christy Lefteri as she talks about her novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo. In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope The Beekeeper of Aleppo What will you...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Beekeeper of Aleppo). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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The Modern Cheesemaker – Morgan McGlynn

2nd May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

The Modern Cheesemaker – Morgan McGlynn

Calling all cheese lovers! Join us for an evening of tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn as we celebrate the publication of her new book The Modern Cheesemaker. Morgan McGlynn is one of the youngest women in the business;...

Tickets: £10 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Modern Cheesemaker). Includes cheese tasting & a glass of wine/soft drink. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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