Previous 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.

Bookshop Social with Jennifer Rosner

2nd April 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Bookshop Social with Jennifer Rosner

BOOKSHOP SOCIAL WITH JENNIFER ROSNER – CANCELLED With the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) Jennifer Rosner will no longer be travelling to the UK and so our Bookshop Social on Thursday 2nd April has been CANCELLED. All ticket holders will be notified and will be...

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Our Isles with Angus Birditt & Lilly Hedley

26th March 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Our Isles with Angus Birditt & Lilly Hedley

OUR ISLES EVENT WITH ANGUS BIRDITT & LILLY HEDLEY – POSTPONED  In light of the latest Government advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) and avoiding all non-essential contact and social gatherings, the Our Isles event with Angus Birditt and...

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The Yorkshire Shepherdess – An Evening with Amanda Owen

18th March 2020, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

The Yorkshire Shepherdess – An Evening with Amanda Owen

AMANDA OWEN EVENT – POSTPONED In light of the latest Government advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) and avoiding all non-essential contact and social gatherings, our event with Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, on Wednesday 18th March has...

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Lars Mytting – The Bell in the Lake

16th March 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Lars Mytting – The Bell in the Lake

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled by Lars Mytting and his team who feel that travelling from Norway at the present time would not be appropriate. They send their sincere apologies and plan to visit the UK later in the year.  

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Kerry Irving and Max the Miracle Dog

10th March 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Kerry Irving and Max the Miracle Dog

Join us for an evening with Kerry Irving and Max his springer spaniel as we celebrate the publication of their memoir Max the Miracle Dog, a heart-warming tale of a life-saving friendship. In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Kerry Irving’s life forever....

Tickets: £7 (redeemable against a signed copy of Max the Miracle Dog). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Prue Leith & Peta Leith – The Vegetarian Kitchen

26th February 2020, 12.30pm (doors 11.45am) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Prue Leith & Peta Leith – The Vegetarian Kitchen

Join Prue Leith and Peta Leith at this special lunchtime event as they talk about their inspirational new cookbook The Vegetarian Kitchen. Featuring one hundred delicious, heartwarming vegetarian and vegan recipes from Prue Leith – (the founder of Leiths School of...

Tickets:  £10 without book (Admits One. Redeemable against a signed copy of The Vegetarian Kitchen) or £25 with book (Admits One. Includes a signed copy of The Vegetarian Kitchen. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Gill Hornby – Miss Austen

13th February 2020, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Gill Hornby – Miss Austen

Join us for an evening in the company of Gill Hornby as she talks about her wonderfully original and richly imagined novel Miss Austen. Why did Cassandra Austen burn a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen – an act of destruction that has...

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

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Mercies

11th February 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Mercies

Join us for an evening with author, poet and playwright Kiran Millwood Hargrave as she talks about her new novel The Mercies, already tipped as one of the books to read in 2020! On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardo is thrown into...

Tickets: £7 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Mercies). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Sophie Hannah – Haven’t They Grown

30th January 2020, 12.30pm (doors 12.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Sophie Hannah – Haven’t They Grown

Join crime writing superstar Sophie Hannah as she talks about her gripping new thriller Haven’t They Grown. All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home. Just because she knows that her former best friend...

Tickets: £10 (redeemable against a signed copy of Haven't They Grown). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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An Evening with Jack Monroe – Vegan(ish)

30th January 2020, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Jack Monroe – Vegan(ish)

Join bestselling food writer and award winning campaigner Jack Monroe as she talks about her new book Vegan(ish). The inspirational Jack Monroe is the go-to cook for anybody looking to create delicious meals on a tight budget.  This collection of simple, affordable...

Tickets: £8 without book (redeemable against a signed copy of Vegan(ish) or £17 with book (includes a signed copy of Vegan(ish). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Adam Hamdy – Black 13

16th January 2020, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Adam Hamdy – Black 13

Like your thrillers action packed? Join author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy as he talks about his scorching new novel Black 13, the first book in his new Scott Pearce series. In this addictive and fast-paced thriller, ex-MI6 officer Scott Pearce is about to show us...

Tickets: £6 (redeemable against a signed copy of Black 13). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Henry Blofeld – Book Signing

10th December 2019, 2.00pm at Booka

Henry Blofeld – Book Signing

Come and meet legendary broadcaster and voice of cricket Henry Blofeld as he signs copies of his new book My A-Z of Cricket at this early afternoon book signing. In his trademark style, Blowers takes readers on a journey through the A-Z of cricket recounting his...

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An Evening with Lemn Sissay – My Name is Why

20th November 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Lemn Sissay – My Name is Why

Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with Lemn Sissay, one of Britain’s best loved, award-winning poets and performers, who will be joining us to talk about his highly acclaimed memoir, My Name is Why. How does a government steal a child and then imprison...

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

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An Evening with Eddie Jones

19th November 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Eddie Jones

Fresh from this year’s Rugby World Cup, Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an Evening with England coach Eddie Jones! Brilliant, honest, combative – Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. In My Life and...

Tickets: £20 (Includes a signed copy of My Life and Rugby) Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Rick Stein – Secret France

7th November 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45am) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Rick Stein – Secret France

Join us for an evening with one of the nation’s best loved chefs as Rick Stein returns to the food he loves best with his new book Secret France. It is almost twenty years since Rick Stein’s last great French food adventure and the publication of his bestselling...

Tickets: £10 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Secret France) or £26 with book (Admits One, includes one signed copy of Secret France)

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Cynan Jones – Stillicide

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

Cynan Jones – Stillicide

Join the award winning writer of short stories, Cynan Jones, as he talks about his new novel Stillicide, a series of interconnected dystopian stories telling of a future Britain fighting for water…. Water is commodified. The Water Train that serves the city...

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

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Lindsay McCrae – My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors

22nd October 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Lindsay McCrae – My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors

NB Change of Venue: This event is now being held at the Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry Twelve men have walked on the moon. But how many have spent an entire season with the Emperor Penguins in Antarctica? Maybe more, likely less. Lindsay McCrae has –...

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

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Richard Humphreys – Under Pressure

1st October 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Richard Humphreys – Under Pressure

Get a glimpse into another world and join us for an evening in the company of Richard Humphreys as he talks about his new book Under Pressure, a compelling and entertaining account of what it was like to serve and live on a nuclear submarine during the Cold War....

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

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An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

26th September 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth – raconteur, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lover’s companion, Have you eaten, Grandma? – has a passion for poetry. His brilliant new book – Dancing by the light of the moon – is both a celebration...

Tickets: £15 (Includes a signed copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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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.

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