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.

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).

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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...

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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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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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