Join bestselling poet and beloved novelist Brian Bilston as he talks about his new book Days Like These, a brilliant new way to mark and celebrate every single day of the year.

Days Like These contains a poem for every day of the year, each one inspired by an event associated with that day – from the invention of television to World Bee Day; from Ada Lovelace Day to the founding of the NHS; from the death of Agatha Christie to the beheading of Charles I.

Other subjects include: quarks, Morse code, Wittgenstein, Blue Peter, bananas, unicorns, Barbie, the unification of Italy, the Rubik’s Cube, water, Scrabble, Waiting for Godot, the moon, Jane Austen, Esperanto, beer, Matt Hancock, Lego, kindness, Countdown, and Elvis. Each introduction is followed by a poem written in response. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with friends, Days Like These: An alternative guide to the year in 366 poems will take the blues out of Monday, flatten the Wednesday hump, and amplify that Friday feeling. A brilliant way to enliven every day of the year.

Brian Bilston has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter’s unofficial Poet Laureate; with over 200,000 followers on social media, Brian has become truly beloved by the online community. His first collection of poetry, You Took the Last Bus Home, was published by Unbound. Diary of a Somebody was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the McKitterick Prize. Alexa, What Is There To Know About Love?, his previous collection, was described by one reviewer as ‘the funniest collection of humorous verse I have seen in a long time’. Fifty Ways to Score a Goal, a collection of poems about football for children, was published last year. Days Like These is his latest book.

No one has done more to highlight the humour and absurdity of the past few years than Brian Bilston. We look forward to welcoming him to Oswestry for what should be a hugely enjoyable event!

‘If you like a) laughing or b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston’ Richard Osman

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Days Like These) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Days Like These). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).