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 Louise Minchin – Isolation Island Book Launch

12th September 2024, 7.00pm (doors 6.15pm) at Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY

An Evening with Louise Minchin – Isolation Island Book Launch

Booka Bookshop and Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to host the book launch for Louise Minchin’s debut crime novel Isolation Island, a tense, addictive thriller set within the world of hidden cameras and celebrity egos. Join author, TV presenter and journalist...

Tickets: £32 plus booking fee (all tickets include a signed copy of Isolation Island)

An Evening with Ann Cleeves – The Dark Wives

28th August 2024, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at Castle Hall, Castle St, Bridgnorth WV16 4AB

An Evening with Ann Cleeves – The Dark Wives

Calling all crime fiction fans! Join us in Bridgnorth for an evening with bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves as she talks about her new ‘Vera’ novel, The Dark Wives. Vera Stanhope, star of ITV’s Vera, returns in the eleventh novel in Sunday Times No. 1...

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Dark Wives) or £22 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Dark Wives)

An Afternoon with Barbara Erskine – The Story Spinner

6th August 2024, 2.00pm (doors 1.30pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Afternoon with Barbara Erskine – The Story Spinner

Join us for afternoon tea with bestselling author Barabara Erskine as she talks about her stunning new novel The Story Spinner A Welsh princess. A Roman general. The legends of Wales have been lost to the pages of time… The land of the Silures, 382 AD Elen is a...

Tickets: Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, includes cream tea. £5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Story Spinner) or £27 with book (Admits One, includes cream tea & a signed copy of The Story Spinner)

An Evening with Dr Natalie Cawley – Just About Coping

1st August 2024, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

An Evening with Dr Natalie Cawley – Just About Coping

Join us for an evening with Dr Natalie Cawley as she talks about her new memoir Just About Coping. In honest stories from her own life crises and the experiences of some of her patients as she trains to be a psychotherapist, Dr Natalie Cawley takes us on a journey...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy Just About Coping) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Just About Coping).

An Evening with Annie Garthwaite – The Kings Mother

24th July 2024, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

An Evening with Annie Garthwaite – The Kings Mother

Join us in Oswestry for an evening with Annie Garthwaite, the critically acclaimed author of Cecily, as she talks about her much anticipated new novel The King’s Mother. With energy and ambition, The King’s Mother takes us from the Wars of the Roses to the dawn...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy The King's Mother) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The King's Mother).

An Evening with Annie Garthwaite – The King’s Mother

23rd July 2024, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at Castle Hall, Castle St, Bridgnorth WV16 4AB

An Evening with Annie Garthwaite – The King’s Mother

Join us in Bridgnorth for an evening with Annie Garthwaite, the critically acclaimed author of Cecily, as she talks about her much anticipated new novel The King’s Mother. With energy and ambition, The King’s Mother takes us from the Wars of the Roses to the...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy The King's Mother) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The King's Mother).

An Evening with Will Kirk – Restore

18th July 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Will Kirk – Restore

Join Repair Shop expert Will Kirk as he talks about his debut book Restore, an inspirational guide to the principles of woodworking, restoration and maintaining items around your home. Caring for the items you love around the home is easier – and more rewarding...

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Restore) or £26 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Restore)

An Evening with Tom Heap – Land Smart

11th July 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Tom Heap – Land Smart

Join us for an evening with TV and radio environmental presenter Tom Heap as he talks about his new book Land Smart. We need land for so many of humanity’s growing needs, such as food, renewable energy, carbon storage and housing. Traditionally, we’ve...

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Land Smart) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Land Smart)

An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink – Ordinary Time

10th July 2024, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink – Ordinary Time

Join us for an evening with Sunday Times bestselling author, Cathy Rentzenbrink, as she talks about her new novel Ordinary Time. ‘There are already three of us in this marriage. I’m not sure there is room for a fourth . . .’ Ann is a reluctant...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy Ordinary Time) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Ordinary Time).

An Evening with A. J. West – The Betrayal of Thomas True

9th July 2024, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at 72 High Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4DX

An Evening with A. J. West – The Betrayal of Thomas True

Join us for an evening with A.J. West, the bestselling author of The Spirit Engineer as he talks about his new historical thriller The Betrayal of Thomas True. The only sin is betrayal… It is the year 1715, and Thomas True has arrived on old London Bridge with a...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy The Betrayal of Thomas True) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Betrayal of Thomas True).

An Evening with Jill Halfpenny – A Life Reimagined

25th June 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Jill Halfpenny – A Life Reimagined

Join us for an evening with much loved actress Jill Halfpenny as she talks ‘in conversation’ about her new book  A Life Reimagined, a touching memoir of love, loss and life after tragedy. When Jill was four, her father died. He went to play his weekly game...

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of A Life Reimagined) or £22 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Life Reimagined)

Rob Rinder & Gillian McAllister ‘in conversation’ with Louise Minchin

24th June 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

Rob Rinder & Gillian McAllister ‘in conversation’ with Louise Minchin

Join us for an evening ‘talking crime’ with TV personality, criminal barrister and author Rob Rinder ‘in conversation’ with bestselling author Gillian McAllister and soon to be crime novelist Louise Minchin.  Rob Rinder – The Suspect When...

Tickets: £12 (£10 redeemable against book purchases made at the event)

Mini Yoga with Jess Jones

21st June 2024, 11.00am (doors 10.45am) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

Mini Yoga with Jess Jones

Join us for a ‘Mini Yoga’ led by Yoga Teacher Jess Jones. Suitable for age 0-6  

Tickets: Free (booking required)

Writing Workshop with Joanne Burn

18th June 2024, 10.00am at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

Writing Workshop with Joanne Burn

Calling all budding writers! Start your writing journey with bestselling author and professional writing coach Joanne Burn. This full day workshop will explore the building blocks of storytelling, the magic of inspiration and give you helpful tips for getting started....

Tickets: £70 (includes full day workshop, refreshments and a signed copy of The Bone Hunters)

An Evening with Paul Sinha – One Sinha Lifetime

18th June 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Paul Sinha – One Sinha Lifetime

Independent Bookshop Week 2024 Join us for an evening with award winning comedian, quizzing mastermind and national treasure Paul Sinha as he talks about his hilarious and moving memoir One Sinha Lifetime. As a boy, Paul struggled to find his place in a world where he...

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of One Sinha Lifetime) or £22 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of One Sinha Lifetime)

An Evening with Wyl Menmuir – The Heart of the Woods

17th June 2024, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY10 2SP

An Evening with Wyl Menmuir – The Heart of the Woods

Independent Bookshop Week 2024 Join us for an evening with award winning author Wyl Menmuir as he talks about his new book The Heart of the Woods, a deep and explorative companion piece to The Draw of The Sea. Just as a parent leaves a legacy to their child, a tree...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Heart of the Woods) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Heart of the Woods).

An Afternoon Elizabeth Macneal – The Burial Plot

12th June 2024, 2.00pm (doors 1.30pm) at 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY10 2SP

An Afternoon Elizabeth Macneal – The Burial Plot

Join us for an afternoon with Elizabeth Macneal, the bestselling author of The Doll Factory, as she talks about her new novel The Burial Plot, a spellbinding gothic thriller set in nineteenth century London. London, 1839. Where the cemeteries are full and there is...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed The Burial Plot) or £19 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Burial Plot).

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An Evening with Fearne Cotton – Scripted

11th June 2024, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Fearne Cotton – Scripted

Join Fearne Cotton, one of the UK’s best-known and most popular broadcasters as she talks about life and her debut novel Scripted. Booka Bookshop and Linghams Booksellers are delighted to present ‘An Evening with Fearne Cotton’ A whole generation...

Tickets: £20 (Admits One and includes a copy of Scripted)

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