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.

Jess Kidd – Things in Jars

16th April 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Jess Kidd – Things in Jars

Join us for an evening in the company of Costa award winning author Jess Kidd as she talks about her enchanting Victorian detective novel Things in Jars. London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Things in Jars). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Erin Kelly – Stone Mothers

10th April 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Erin Kelly – Stone Mothers

Join Erin Kelly, the bestselling author of He Said She Said, as she returns to Booka to talk about her gripping new suspense novel Stone Mothers. You can’t keep the secret. You can’t tell the truth. You can’t escape the past… Marianne grew up...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Stone Mothers). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Kate Spicer – Lost Dog

9th April 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Kate Spicer – Lost Dog

Join writer and journalist Kate Spicer as she talks about her life-affirming tragicomic memoir Lost Dog, a tender true story of one woman and her dog, both lost and rescued by love. Kate Spicer is a middle-aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Lost Dog). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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A Morning with Francesca Simon – Celebrating 25 Years of Horrid Henry!

23rd March 2019, 11.00am (doors 10.15am) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

A Morning with Francesca Simon – Celebrating 25 Years of Horrid Henry!

Join us for a morning with international bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon as we celebrate 25 years of Horrid Henry with the publication of Horrid Henry Up, Up and Away. Number One for fiendish fun! Horrid Henry is back and naughtier than ever in...

Tickets: £12 Admits One Child & One Adult with signed book (Includes a copy of Horrid Henry Up, Up & Away) & £6 Additional Adult/Child (£3 redeemable against other Horrid Henry book purchase. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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John Lewis-Stempel – Still Water

22nd March 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

John Lewis-Stempel – Still Water

Join us for an evening with the award winning and bestselling nature-writer, John Lewis-Stempel, as he talks about his new book Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond. The Pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Still Water). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Angela Clutton – The Vinegar Cupboard

20th March 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Angela Clutton – The Vinegar Cupboard

You can use it to make a salad dressing, pickle with it, marinade meat or fish, or toss through roasted vegetables or fruits but there is so much more to vinegar than shaking on your chips. Join award winning food writer and historian Angela Clutton as she talks about...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Vinegar Cupboard). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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‘Twists in the Tale’ – Harriet Tyce & Jenny Blackhurst

14th March 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

‘Twists in the Tale’ – Harriet Tyce & Jenny Blackhurst

Love the suspense of a good psychological thriller and looking for your next compulsive read? Then join us for an evening ‘in conversation’ with Harriet Tyce and Jenny Blackhurst as they come together to talk about their new books ‘Blood Orange’ and...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of either author's book). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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David Nott – War Doctor: Surgery on the Frontline

26th February 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

David Nott – War Doctor: Surgery on the Frontline

Join us for an evening in the company of David Nott one of the world’s most experienced trauma surgeons as he talks about his new book War Doctor: Surgery on the Frontline. For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a...

Tickets: £8 (redeemable against a signed copy of War Doctor: Surgery on the Frontline). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Blood & Sugar

30th January 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Blood & Sugar

Looking for your next page turner? Join Laura Shepherd-Robinson as she talks about Blood & Sugar, her debut historical crime thriller. June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark. Some...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Blood and Sugar). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Gerald Seymour – Battle Sight Zero

28th January 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Gerald Seymour – Battle Sight Zero

Join one of Britain’s finest thriller writers as Gerald Seymour talks about his latest novel, Battle Sight Zero. The Kalashnikov AK47. A weapon with a unique image. A symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. Undercover officer Andy Knight has...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Battle Sight Zero). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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Diane Setterfield – Once Upon a River

24th January 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Diane Setterfield – Once Upon a River

Join us for an evening in the company of Diane Setterfield as she talks about her spellbinding new novel Once Upon a River, a multi layered mystery set in the 19th Century. A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Once Upon a River). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Ruby Wax

15th January 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Ruby Wax

This New Year, number one bestselling author Ruby Wax is here to guide you through the chaos of the 21st century with How to be Human – a user’s manual for surviving life. Ruby Wax is one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human...

Tickets: £15 (includes a signed paperback copy of How to be Human). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Joe Wicks – The Body Coach

12th January 2019, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Joe Wicks – The Body Coach

Start your journey to a leaner, healthier lifestyle! – join us for an evening with the nation’s favourite healthy cook and fitness sensation, Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach as he talks food and fitness and introduces his new veggie cookbook, the latest...

Tickets: £20 (Includes a signed copy of Veggie Lean in 15). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death

4th December 2018, 12.30pm (doors 12.00am) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death

Join one of Britain’s most prolific and successful writers Anthony Horowitz as he talks about his new book The Sentence is Death. Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s brilliant new murder mystery,...

Tickets: £10 (fully redeemable against a signed copy of The Sentence is Death) Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Prue Leith

28th November 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Prue Leith

Join us for an evening with Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith as she talks about her life-long passion for food and her new cookbook ‘Prue’ featuring recipes from her own kitchen table. Prue Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for...

Tickets: £10 without book (redeemable against a signed copy of Prue) or £25 with book (includes a signed copy of Prue). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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An Evening with Dan Snow

20th November 2018, 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry, SY11 3EN

An Evening with Dan Snow

Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with historian and BAFTA winning broadcaster and TV presenter Dan Snow as he talks about his new book, On This Day in History. In ‘On This Day in History’ Dan Snow tells the story of an important event that...

Tickets: £15 (Admits One - with signed book) or £25 (Admits Two - with one signed book). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay

31st October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay

Join us for an evening with Markus Zusak, the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling author of The Book Thief as he talks about his highly anticipated new novel Bridge of Clay. The five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, dreaming, loving – in the...

Tickets: £10 (Admits One - fully redeemable against a signed copy of Bridge of Clay) or £19 (Admits One & includes a signed copy of Bridge of Clay). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light

29th October 2018, 12.30pm (doors 12.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light

Join international bestselling author Jodi Picoult at this lunchtime event as she talks about her latest book A Spark of Light, a powerful and provocative novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart stopping crisis. As one of the world’s most popular...

Tickets: Tickets: £17 (With book - includes a signed copy of A Spark of Light). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Bobby Seagull – The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

24th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Bobby Seagull – The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Your Starter for Ten! – change how you see the world around you and join us for an evening with University Challenge Star and BBC Maths Guru Bobby Seagull as he shows us the life changing magic of numbers. Once you know how to see them, numbers are all around us...

Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Life Changing Magic of Numbers). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Allan Mallinson – Fight to the Finish

16th October 2018, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Allan Mallinson – Fight to the Finish

As part of the Wilfred Owen Festival being held in Oswestry to remember and commemorate the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death and Armistice Day, Booka Bookshop are delighted to welcome Allan Mallinson to talk about his new book Fight to the Finish: The First...

Tickets: £6 (redeemable against a signed copy of Fight to the Finish). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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