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.

How to Write a Book with Edward Docx

21st June 2019, 2.00pm (doors 1.30pm) at Booka

How to Write a Book with Edward Docx

Do you have a story that you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something a bit more substantial? Join award-winning author Edward Docx for an hour of insight, advice,...

Tickets: £12 (Includes 'How to Write a Book' session and a copy of Let Go My Hand) Tickets available from the Bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)

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Mick Herron – Joe Country

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

Mick Herron – Joe Country

Join bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron as he talks about his new book Joe Country, the latest instalment in his highly acclaimed Slough House series starring Jackson Lamb. If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die and as Jackson...

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

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Katherine Rundell – Why You Should Read Children’s Books

19th June 2019, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Katherine Rundell – Why You Should Read Children’s Books

In 2016, Katherine Rundell, prize-winning author of five novels for children – found her understanding of the world she lived in upturned: by Brexit, Trump, a sweep across Europe towards nationalism and insularity, terrorist attacks. Literary fiction did not help her...

Tickets: £6 (Includes a signed copy of Why You Should Read Children's Books). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Kirsty Wark

18th June 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

An Evening with Kirsty Wark

Join journalist, broadcaster and writer Kirsty Wark as she talks about her highly anticipated second novel The House by the Loch. Inspired in part by Kirsty’s childhood memories and her late father, The House by the Loch is a story about the bonds between generations,...

Tickets: £8 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of The House by the Lake) or £17 (with book - includes a signed copy of The House by the Loch). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Victoria Hislop – Those Who Are Loved

17th June 2019, 12.30pm (doors 11.45am) at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ

Victoria Hislop – Those Who Are Loved

Join Victoria Hislop, the bestselling author of The Island, The Sunrise, and Cartes Postales from Greece as she talks about her captivating new novel Those Who Are Loved. Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and...

Tickets:  £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Those Who Are Loved) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Those Who Are Loved). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.

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Leah Hazard – Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

6th June 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Leah Hazard – Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to thelife of a midwife. Join Leah Hazard as she talks about her memoir Hard Pushed chronicling life on the frontline of the maternity ward. Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS...

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

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Elizabeth Macneal – The Doll Factory

21st May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Elizabeth Macneal – The Doll Factory

Join us for an evening in the company of Elizabeth Macneal as she talks about her highly acclaimed debut novel The Doll Factory, an intoxicating tale of love, art and obsession. Set in London in 1850/51, The Doll Factory tells the story of Iris, an apprentice...

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

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Molly & Me – Colin Butcher

15th May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Molly & Me – Colin Butcher

Join us for an evening with Colin Butcher as he talks about his new book Molly and Me – an extraordinary tale of second chances and how a dog and her owner became the ultimate pet-detective duo. Ex-policeman Colin Butcher had set up his own pet detective agency...

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

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

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

The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

Join us for an evening in the company of Christy Lefteri as she talks about her novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo. In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope The Beekeeper of Aleppo What will you...

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

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The Modern Cheesemaker – Morgan McGlynn

2nd May 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

The Modern Cheesemaker – Morgan McGlynn

Calling all cheese lovers! Join us for an evening of tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn as we celebrate the publication of her new book The Modern Cheesemaker. Morgan McGlynn is one of the youngest women in the business;...

Tickets: £10 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Modern Cheesemaker). Includes cheese tasting & a glass of wine/soft drink. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

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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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