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.

Swifts and Us – Walk & Talk with Sarah Gibson

7th July 2021, 8.00pm (doors 7.45pm) at Booka

Swifts and Us – Walk & Talk with Sarah Gibson

Join local author and Shropshire Wildlife Trust Communications Officer Sarah Gibson as she takes us on a ‘Swift Walk’ around Oswestry to celebrate the publication of her new book Swifts and Us. Each summer swifts bring us three months’ joy, scything over...

Tickets: £17 (includes a signed copy of Swifts and Us) or £20 (couple/two person ticket with one signed book). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Julia Donaldson – The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

19th June 2021, 10.30am at Online Event

Julia Donaldson – The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Join bestselling children’s author Julia Donaldson, at the start of Independent Bookshop Week, for this ‘live’ virtual event with songs, stories and Q&A to mark the publication of her new book ‘The Woolly Bear Caterpillar’ Brilliantly written and stunningly...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £15.99 (live stream plus a copy of The Woolly Bear Caterpillar delivered to your door)

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An Evening with Sarah Winman

10th June 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Sarah Winman

Join Sarah Winman for an evening at home as she talks with Simon Savidge about her new novel, Still Life. From the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M....

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £20 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door)

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At Home with Gordon Brown

8th June 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

At Home with Gordon Brown

At Home with 4 Indies are thrilled to be hosting this online event with former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown. Gordon will be discussing his new book ‘Seven Ways to Change the World’ with Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern When...

Tickets: £28 (live stream plus signed bookplated copy of Seven Ways to Change the World delivered to your door)

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An Evening in with Sue Monk Kidd

31st March 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening in with Sue Monk Kidd

Spend the evening in with bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd as she talks about her latest novel The Book of Longings with Elizabeth Buchan. The Book of Longings is an inspiring story set in the first century AD about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from...

Tickets: Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £12 (live stream plus a paperback copy of the book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Peter May – The Night Gate

24th March 2021, 7.00pm at Online Event

An Evening with Peter May – The Night Gate

Join bestselling author Peter May as he talks about his new thriller The Night Gate. In a sleepy French village, the body of a man shot through the head is disinterred by the roots of a fallen tree. A week later a famous art critic is viciously murdered in a nearby...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £23 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith

22nd March 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Escape the sofa and travel the globe with Alexander McCall Smith. Join the master storyteller as he transports you to Germany for the long-awaited return of the hilariously hapless Prof Dr Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld, then jet to Sweden to hear about the latest...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or from £12 (live stream plus a copy of one of the books delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Marian Keyes & Chris Brookmyre

18th March 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Marian Keyes & Chris Brookmyre

Join Sunday Times bestselling authors, Marian Keyes and Chris Brookmyre, in conversation for the first time, discussing their new novels, Grown Ups and The Cut with Jude Rogers. Grown Ups (out in paperback) Meet Jessie, Cara AND Nell. Married to brothers Johnny, Ed...

Tickets: Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £12 / £21.99 (live stream plus copy of either book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Emma Stonex – The Lamplighters

4th March 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Emma Stonex – The Lamplighters

Join Emma Stonex as she talks about her new book, The Lamplighters, one of 2021’s most anticipated debut novels. They say we’ll never know what happened to those men. They say the sea keeps its secrets… 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £18 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door)

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An Evening with Jeanine Cummins – Amercian Dirt

25th February 2021 (doors 7.30pm) at Online Event

An Evening with Jeanine Cummins – Amercian Dirt

Join us for this unmissable conversation about ‘American Dirt’ with Jeanine Cummins and Sam Baker. ‘American Dirt’ is an extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son. Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico,...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £10 (live stream plus paperback copy of book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Jon Sopel – UnPresidented

17th February 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Jon Sopel – UnPresidented

Our man in America – join Jon Sopel as he gives his take on the most turbulent US election campaign in living memory. Fear and loathing on the 2020 campaign trail… ’26 February, White House Briefing Room The coronavirus feels like it is changing...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £23 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Chris Riddell – Poems to Fall in Love With

11th February 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Chris Riddell – Poems to Fall in Love With

Join author and illustrator Chris Riddell as he talks about his new book Poems to Fall in Love With. Chris will be talking about curating this collection & of course drawing live, if you’ve not seen Chris at work you’re in for a real treat! In Poems to Fall in...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £15 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door)

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A Virtual Event with Pamela Butchart – The Broken Leg of Doom

10th February 2021, 11.00am at Online Event

A Virtual Event with Pamela Butchart – The Broken Leg of Doom

Join us for a hilarious and highly entertaining event with bestselling children’s author, Pamela Butchart as she talks about her new book ‘The Broken Leg of Doom’. Hilarious, illustrated school-based antics where everything that happens leads to...

Tickets: £8 (live stream plus signed book delivered to your door - UK only)

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An Evening with Mick Herron – Slough House

4th February 2021 (doors 7.30pm) at Online Event

An Evening with Mick Herron – Slough House

Join bestselling author Mick Herron on publication day as he talks about his latest spy thriller Slough House. Fellow author Ann Cleeves will be chief interrogator for the evening. Slough House is the seventh instalment in Mick’s bestselling Slough House series....

Tickets: Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £18 (live stream plus copy of book delivered to your door - UK only)

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A Virtual Evening with Brian Bilston

25th January 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

A Virtual Evening with Brian Bilston

Join Twitter’s own unofficial poet Laureate, Brian Bilston, as he reads from and answers questions about his new poetry collection. Alexa, what is there to know about love? is a wonderful collection of poems about love in all its forms, covering everything from...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £16 (live stream plus copy of book)

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My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell – Live Stream

18th January 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell – Live Stream

Join Kate Elizabeth Russell, in conversation with Louise O’Neil,  as she talks about her novel My Dark Vanessa, one of the most talked about books of 2020 and an instant Sunday Times bestseller. An era-defining novel about the relationship between a...

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Ian Rankin – A Song for the Dark Times – Live Stream

7th October 2020, 7.30pm at Online Event

Ian Rankin – A Song for the Dark Times – Live Stream

Join bestselling crime author Ian Rankin talking about his latest Rebus novel ‘A Song for the Dark Times’ in with fellow crime writer Mark Billingham. **The first 100 people to register for the event with the ‘with book’ option will receive a signed copy...

Tickets: £10 without book or £23 with book (Includes a copy of A Song for the Dark Times delivered to your door)

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Baroness Floella Benjamin – Live Stream

7th October 2020, 10.00am at Online Event

Baroness Floella Benjamin – Live Stream

Join Baroness Floella Benjamin for this special ‘Live Steam’ event to celebrate the publication of a new picture book edition of Coming to England charting her her own journey from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of...

Tickets: £12.99 (includes a copy of Coming to England delivered to your door)

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Heather Morris – Stories of Hope – Live Stream

24th September 2020, 8.00pm at Online Event

Heather Morris – Stories of Hope – Live Stream

Join Heather Morris, author of international bestselling novels, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey as she talks about her non-fiction debut Stories of Hope. **The first 100 people to register for the event with the ‘with book’ option...

Tickets: £10 without book or £18 with book (Includes a copy of Stories of Hope)

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Michael Morpurgo – Boy Giant – Live Stream

21st September 2020, 6.00pm at Online Event

Michael Morpurgo – Boy Giant – Live Stream

Join Sir Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestselling author of Warhorse as he talks about his new novel Boy Giant. in conversation with Emily Drabble. **The first 50 people to register for the event will receive a...

Tickets: £12.99 (Includes a copy of Boy Giant delivered to your door)

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