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.

Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay

31st October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay

Join us for an evening with Markus Zusak, the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling author of The Book Thief as he talks about his highly anticipated new novel Bridge of Clay. The five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, dreaming, loving – in the...

Tickets: £10 (Admits One - fully redeemable against a signed copy of Bridge of Clay) or £19 (Admits One & includes a signed copy of Bridge of Clay). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light

29th October 2018, 12.30pm (doors 12.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light

Join international bestselling author Jodi Picoult at this lunchtime event as she talks about her latest book A Spark of Light, a powerful and provocative novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart stopping crisis. As one of the world’s most popular...

Tickets: Tickets: £17 (With book - includes a signed copy of A Spark of Light). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Bobby Seagull – The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

24th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Bobby Seagull – The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Your Starter for Ten! – change how you see the world around you and join us for an evening with University Challenge Star and BBC Maths Guru Bobby Seagull as he shows us the life changing magic of numbers. Once you know how to see them, numbers are all around us...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Life Changing Magic of Numbers). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Allan Mallinson – Fight to the Finish

16th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Allan Mallinson – Fight to the Finish

As part of the Wilfred Owen Festival being held in Oswestry to remember and commemorate the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death and Armistice Day, Booka Bookshop are delighted to welcome Allan Mallinson to talk about his new book Fight to the Finish: The First...

Tickets: £6 (redeemable against a signed copy of Fight to the Finish). 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 Shane Warne

10th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Shane Warne

Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricketers of the 20th Century, as he talks about his new autobiography No Spin. To many, Shane Warne is the greatest spinner, if not bowler of them all. From the start of his...

Tickets: £25 (includes a signed copy of No Spin: My Autobiography). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Kate Humble

9th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Kate Humble

Join us for an evening with one the UK’s best known TV presenters, Kate Humble, as she talks about her new book Thinking on My Feet, celebrating walking and the small joy of putting one foot in front of the other. Thinking on My Feet tells the story of...

Tickets: £10 without book – Admits One (£8 redeemable against a signed copy of Thinking on My Feet) or £20 with book - Admits One and includes a signed hardback copy  of Thinking on My Feet. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Michael Palin

3rd October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Michael Palin

Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with Monty Python stalwart and much loved television globetrotter Michael Palin talking about his latest book Erebus: the Story of a Ship. In this major new work, Michael Palin brings to life the world and voyages of...

Tickets: £20 (Admits One - with signed book) or £30 (Admits Two - with one signed book). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Kevin Keegan

1st October 2018, 7.00pm (doors 6.15pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Kevin Keegan

Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with football legend Kevin Keegan as he tells the story of a remarkable career which saw him rise to become one of the superstars of the sport. Kevin Keegan is one of the greatest players in English football history....

Tickets: £25 (includes a signed copy of My Life in Football). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Patrick Gale – Take Nothing With You

24th September 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Patrick Gale – Take Nothing With You

Join us for an evening in the company of bestselling author Patrick Gale as he talks about his latest novel Take Nothing With You – a novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality. 1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball...

Tickets: £8 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Take Nothing With You). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Kate Atkinson

18th September 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Kate Atkinson

Join us for an evening with award winning and bestselling author Kate Atkinson as she talks about her magnificent new novel Transcription. In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department...

Tickets: £10 (without book - £7 redeemable against a signed copy of Transcription) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Transcription). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Deliciously Ella: The Cookbook – Ella Mills

13th September 2018, 12.00pm (doors 11.30pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Deliciously Ella: The Cookbook – Ella Mills

Join bestselling cookery author and entrepreneur Ella Mills as she talks about her new book Deliciously Ella: The Cookbook and shares her passion for delicious healthy food. Ella’s latest book features the most popular, tried and tested recipes from her supper...

Tickets: £10 (£8 redeemable against a signed copy of the book at the event ). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Manda Scott – A Treachery of Spies

12th September 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Manda Scott – A Treachery of Spies

Join us for an evening in the company of Manda Scott as she talks about her latest novel A Treachery of Spies. A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you...

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

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Joanna Cannon – Three Things About Elsie

22nd August 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Joanna Cannon – Three Things About Elsie

Join us for an evening with Joanna Cannon, the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, as she talks about her wonderful second novel Three Things About Elsie, a restorative, wryly perceptive story exploring memory, friendship and old age. There are...

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

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Jasper Fforde – Early Riser

7th August 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Jasper Fforde – Early Riser

Join us for an evening with Jasper Fforde, one of Britain’s most original writers, as he talks about his highly anticipated new standalone novel Early Riser. A new Jasper Fforde novel is always a major event. But he’s made his fans wait for Early Riser...

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Early Riser). Includes a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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James Aldred – The Man Who Climbs Trees

25th July 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

James Aldred – The Man Who Climbs Trees

Join us for an evening with James Aldred as he talks about his memoir The Man Who Climbs Trees, revealing the extraordinary stories of his adventures across the globe. You may not know his name, but you will have seen his work. James Aldred is a professional British...

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Man Who Climbs Trees). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Anne Youngson – Meet Me at The Museum

18th July 2018, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at Booka

Anne Youngson – Meet Me at The Museum

Join us for an evening in the company of extraordinary new writer Anne Youngson as she talks about her acclaimed debut novel Meet Me at the Museum. Stirred by memories from childhood years ago, Tina Hopgood writes to the curator of a Danish Museum. She does so without...

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Meet Me at the Museum) Includes a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway

26th June 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway

Join us for an evening in the company of international bestselling author Ruth Ware as she talks about her brand new psychological thriller, The Death of Mrs Westaway. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial...

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Death of Mrs Westaway) Includes a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Ruth Hogan – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

19th June 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Ruth Hogan – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Join us for an evening in the company of Ruth Hogan, the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things, as she talks about her new novel The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. Masha’s life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her...

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes) Includes a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson

9th June 2018, 11.00am (doors 10.15am) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson

Join us for a morning with bestselling children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, as she talks about her writing career, her best loved characters and her new book, Rose Rivers. Former Children’s Laureate, Dame Jacqueline Wilson has written over 100 books and...

Tickets: £15 with book (Includes a copy of Rose Rivers) & £7 Accompanying Adult/Additional Child (£3 redeemable against book purchase. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Christie Watson – The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

4th June 2018, 7.30am at Booka

Christie Watson – The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

Join us for an evening in the company of Christie Watson as she talks about her memoir The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story – a tender, informative and unflinching account of what it means to be a nurse. Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years....

Tickets: £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Language of Kindness). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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