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.

Story Time with Yas and Yoga Minis with Jess

9th April 2022, 2.00pm at Booka

Story Time with Yas and Yoga Minis with Jess

Join us for a Story time with Yas reading Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny by Emily Ann Davison followed by a Yoga Mini session with Yoga instructor Jess Jones.  A funny, reassuring picture book about yoga, mindfulness and finding calm, from debut author Emily Ann Davison...

Tickets: £3 each which is redeemable against a copy of Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny.

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An Evening with Lucy Easthope – When the Dust Settles

7th April 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Lucy Easthope – When the Dust Settles

Join us for an evening in the company of Lucy Easthope as she talks about her inspiring new memoir When the Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster. Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a...

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of When the Dust Settles) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of When the Dust Settles). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Jess Phillips – The Life of an MP

4th April 2022, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

An Evening with Jess Phillips – The Life of an MP

Join us for an evening with Jess Phillips as she talks about her life as an MP, lifting the lid on what a career in politics is really like. There is nobody in Westminster quite like Jess Phillips. Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015 and Shadow Minister (Home...

Tickets: £12 (Admits One, includes a copy of The Life of an MP) or £20 (Admits Two, includes one copy of The Life of an MP). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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The Hellion – Harriet Young

2nd April 2022, 2.00pm (doors 1.30pm) at Booka

The Hellion – Harriet Young

Join us for an afternoon with author Harriet Young as she talks about her debut novel The Hellion, a historical fiction novel.   Whalley, 1537: On a day like any other, a devastating fire changes the lives of two young girls. What happens next triggers a series...

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

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Natasha Solomons – I, Mona Lisa

24th March 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Natasha Solomons – I, Mona Lisa

Join us for an evening with bestselling novelist and screen writer Natasha Solomons as she talks about her new novel I, Mona Lisa. Listen to my history. My adventures are worth hearing. I have lived many lifetimes and been loved by emperors, kings and thieves. I have...

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

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Ben Aitken – The Marmalade Diaries

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

Ben Aitken – The Marmalade Diaries

Join us for an evening with travel writer Ben Aitken, author of The Gran Tour, as he talks about his new book The Marmalade Diaries, a portrait of an intergenerational friendship. Recently widowed, Winnie, 84, was in need of some companionship. Someone to help with...

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

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Anna Jones – Divide

16th March 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Anna Jones – Divide

Join us for an evening with journalist and broadcaster Anna Jones as she talks about her new book ‘Divide’, a call to action for town and country to make positive and lasting changes to benefit the environment. ‘Divide’ is a call to action. It...

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

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Julia Donaldson Book Signing

16th March 2022, 3.00pm at Booka

Julia Donaldson Book Signing

We are thrilled to be hosting a Book Signing with bestselling children’s author Julia Donaldson, to celebrate the publication of her latest books.  Julia will be signing copies of her books at Booka on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th March. The Gruffalo will...

Tickets: £6.99 Moles Spectacles (Board Book) Family Ticket; £7.99 The Woolly Bear Caterpillar (Picture Book) Family Ticket or Moles Spectacles & The Woolly Bear Caterpillar Family Ticket - £14

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Liz Hyder – The Gifts

8th March 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Liz Hyder – The Gifts

Join us for an evening with Liz Hyder as she talks about her debut adult novel The Gifts. In an age defined by men, it will take something extraordinary to show four women who they truly are… October 1840. A young woman staggers alone through a forest in...

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

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Story Time with Yas

5th March 2022 at Booka

Story Time with Yas

Join us for a Story Time with Yas reading the hilarious new picture book ‘Frank and Bert’ from author of The Suitcase, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros. We will be having two Story Times at 11am and 1pm, aimed at 3-6 year olds. Frank and Bert are the best of...

Tickets: This event is FREE to attend but you must book your place in advance. Please call the shop on 01691 662244 or email hello@bookabookshop.co.uk, to book your space.

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Andy West – The Life Inside

24th February 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Andy West – The Life Inside

Join us for an evening in the company of Andy West as he talks about his unforgettable new memoir The Life Inside, an intimate and authentic story about the search for freedom.  Andy West teaches philosophy in prisons. He has conversations with people inside about...

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

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Jo Browning Wroe – A Terrible Kindness

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

Jo Browning Wroe – A Terrible Kindness

Join us for an evening in the company of Jo Browning Wroe as she talks about her stunning debut novel A Terrible Kindness. It is October 1966 and William Lavery is having the night of his life at his first black-tie do. But, as the evening unfolds, news hits of a...

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

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Beth Morrey – Em & Me

16th February 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Beth Morrey – Em & Me

Join us for an evening with Beth Morrey, the Sunday Times Bestselling author of Saving Missy, as she talks about her uplifting and deeply moving new novel Em and Me. A mother. A daughter. A secret waiting to be discovered. For too long – since the sudden death...

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

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Rosie Andrews & Joanne Burn ‘In Conversation’

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

Rosie Andrews & Joanne Burn ‘In Conversation’

Join us for an evening ‘in conversation’ with Rosie Andrews and Joanne Burn as they come together to talk about their new historical novels The Leviathan and The Hemlock Cure, both set in the ‘extraordinary times’ of the mid 17th Century. The...

Tickets: £8 (redeemable against signed copies of The Leviathan & The Hemlock Cure - £4 per book). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Sally Hinchcliffe – Hare House

27th January 2022, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Sally Hinchcliffe – Hare House

Join us for an evening with Sally Hinchcliffe as she talks about new novel Hare House, a modern day witch story perfect for dark winter nights. Hare House is not its real name, of course. I have, if you will forgive me, kept names to a minimum here, for reasons that...

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

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An Evening with Jamie Roberts

1st December 2021, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Jamie Roberts

Live ‘In Person’ Event. Join us for an evening with Welsh Rugby star Jamie Roberts as he talks about his life in Rugby and his new autobiography Centre Stage. In a nation of rugby heroes, Jamie Roberts has become a legend. Jamie Roberts is your...

Tickets: £20 (Includes a signed copy of Centre Stage: My Life in Rugby).

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Pamela Petro – The Long Field

20th November 2021, 1.30pm at Booka

Pamela Petro – The Long Field

‘Live’ In Person Event. Join us for Tea & Cake with Pamela Petro as she talks about her new book ‘The Long Field’, a beautifully written memoir melding myth, history, nature and the power of place. The Long Field burrows deep into the Welsh...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Long Field). Includes Tea/Coffee & Cake.

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An Evening with Salley Vickers – The Gardener

17th November 2021, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

An Evening with Salley Vickers – The Gardener

‘Live’ In Person Event. Join us for an evening in the company of Salley Vickers, bestselling author of The Librarian, as she talks about her new novel The Gardener. Artist, Hassie Days, and her sister, Margot, buy a run down Jacobean house in Hope Wenlock...

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

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