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.

Marc Morris – The Anglo-Saxons

22nd June 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Marc Morris – The Anglo-Saxons

Join us for an evening with renowned historian Marc Morris as he talks about his latest book The Anglo-Saxons, shining a light on Britain’s Dark Ages. Sixteen hundred years ago Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Grand cities and luxurious...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Anglo Saxons) or £11 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Anglo Saxons). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

The Island House – Afternoon Tea with Mary Considine

8th June 2022, 2.00pm at Booka

The Island House – Afternoon Tea with Mary Considine

Join us for afternoon tea with Mary Considine as she talks about her unforgettable new memoir The Island House, transporting readers to the wilds of Cornwall and remote island life. ‘In the January dark, a young man walks slowly into the sea. He can’t see...

Tickets: £10 Includes afternoon tea & £5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Island House. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

Andrea Elliott – Invisible Child

1st June 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Andrea Elliott – Invisible Child

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Andrea Elliot as she talks about her book Invisible Child. Based on nearly a decade of reporting, Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, a child with an imagination as...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Invisible Child) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Invisible Child). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

An Evening and Cheese Tasting with Angus D. Birditt

26th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

An Evening and Cheese Tasting with Angus D. Birditt

Join us for an evening with Angus D. Birditt, author of ‘Our Isles’ as he talks about his new book ‘A Portrait of British Cheese’, and explore the best of British cheeses through a cheese tasting. Angus D. Birditt is a writer, photographer and...

Tickets: £30 (Admits one, includes a signed copy of 'A Portrait of British Cheese' and cheese tasting) / £40 (Admits two, includes a signed copy of 'A Portrait of British Cheese' and cheese tasting) 

Tom Nancollas – The Ship Asunder

25th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Tom Nancollas – The Ship Asunder

Join us for an evening with writer and conservationist Tom Nancollas as he talks about his new book The Ship Asunder, a fascinating and passionate account of Britain’s rich maritime history. If Britain’s maritime history were embodied in a single ship, she...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Ship Asunder) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Ship Asunder). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

Magical Mindful Story Time and Craft

25th May 2022, 4.00pm at Booka

Magical Mindful Story Time and Craft

Join us for a Story Time and Craft, reading the first chapter of The Faraway Tree, on publication day. Aimed at 7-9 years Children must be accompanied by an adult Ticket covers child and adult – Discover the Magic Faraway Tree and explore the amazing lands it...

Tickets: £3 (redeemable against a copy of The Faraway Tree)

Joanna Cannon – A Tidy Ending

23rd May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Joanna Cannon – A Tidy Ending

Join us for an evening with Joanna Cannon, the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, as she talks about her new novel A Tidy Ending – a compellingly crafted mystery featuring an unfulfilled woman fleeing a dark...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of A Tidy Ending) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Tidy Ending). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

Jam Jar Flower arranging Workshop with Ragged Botanica

22nd May 2022, 2.00pm at Booka

Jam Jar Flower arranging Workshop with Ragged Botanica

As part of our Mindful May activities we are encouraging you to get closer to nature. Come and join local flower farm, Ragged Botanica, as Jodie  demonstrates creative ways of bringing nature into our homes. All equipment and refreshments will be...

Tickets: £30

Elodie Harper – The House with the Golden Door

18th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Elodie Harper – The House with the Golden Door

Join us for an evening with Elodie Harper, the bestselling author of Wolf Den, as she talks about The House with the Golden Door, the second part of her mesmerising trilogy set in ancient Pompeii. The life of a courtesan in Pompeii is glittering, yet precarious…...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The House with the Golden Door) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The House with the Golden Door). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Dance Tree

17th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Dance Tree

Join us for an evening with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, the bestselling author of The Mercies, as she talks about her new novel The Dance Tree, a heart-stopping story of family secrets, forbidden love and women pushed to the edge. In Strasbourg, in the boiling hot summer...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Dance Tree) or £15 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Dance Tree). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

Book Retreat

15th May 2022, 10.30am at Booka

Book Retreat

Join us for a Book Retreat in the bookshop. The morning will start with a Meditation & Yoga workshop with local Yoga teacher Jess Jones followed by a Bread Therapy workshop and talk with author Pauline Beaumont. From kneading dough, to taking a delicious-smelling...

Tickets: £35

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Mini Mindful Story Time and Craft

14th May 2022, 2.00pm at Booka

Mini Mindful Story Time and Craft

Join Imi for a Mini Mindful Story Time and Craft in the bookshop, reading ‘Thank you for the Little Things’ by Carly Hart. Aimed at children aged 2-6 years Children must be accompanied by adult, ticket includes child and accompanying adult Free Event...

Tickets: This event is free to attend but you must book your place in advance.

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Helen Mort – A Line Above the Sky

12th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Helen Mort – A Line Above the Sky

NB EVENT POSTPONED. Due to unforeseen circumstances our event with Helen Mort has had to be been postponed. All ticket holders have been contacted. We hope to be able to reschedule the event to a later date and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Join us for an...

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of A Line Above the Sky) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Line Above the Sky). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Jay Blades

10th May 2022, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Jay Blades

Join us for an evening with much loved TV presenter Jay Blades, the star of the hit BBC One show The Repair Shop. We’re thrilled to welcome Jay Blades to Oswestry to celebrate the paperback publication of Making It, his Sunday Times Bestselling memoir about...

Tickets: £15 (Admits One & includes a signed copy of Making It) or £25 (Admits Two & includes one signed copy of Making It).

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Guided Mindful Walk with Rosie Evans

5th May 2022, 10.00am at Booka

Guided Mindful Walk with Rosie Evans

Kick-starting our Mindful May at Booka activities, we have partnered with local environmental entrepreneur Rosie Evans – who is encouraging us all to get outside. Join us for a Guided Mindful circular walk starting and ending at Booka. Taking in local historical...

Tickets: This event is free to attend but you must book your place in advance.

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Draw Along and Book Signing with Rob Biddulph

26th April 2022, 4.15pm at Booka

Draw Along and Book Signing with Rob Biddulph

Join us and Rob Biddulph for a Draw Along and Book Signing to celebrate the paperback publication of ‘Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City’. This Draw Along is suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years. Superstar, author and illustrator Rob Biddulph...

Tickets: £3 per child (redeemable against a copy of Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City)

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An Evening with Patrick Gale

20th April 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Patrick Gale

Join us for an evening with bestselling author Patrick Gale as he talks about his new novel Mother’s Boy, a tender story of love, loss and a life hiding in plain sight. Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Mother's Boy) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Mother's Boy).

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Jon McGregor – Lean Fall Stand

12th April 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Jon McGregor – Lean Fall Stand

Join Jon McGregor, the Costa-award winning, three-times Booker-longlisted author of Reservoir 13 as he talks about his latest novel Lean Fall Stand. When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching – for the men involved and...

Tickets: £5 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Lean Fall Stand) or £9 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Lean Fall Stand)

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