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.

Rick Stein – At Home: Recipes, Memories and Stories

23rd September 2021, 12.30pm (doors 11.45am) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

Rick Stein – At Home: Recipes, Memories and Stories

‘Live’ In Person Event Join us on a culinary journey as much loved chef and food writer Rick Stein talks about the joys and comforts of his home kitchen, brought together in his new book Rick Stein At Home. We are thrilled to welcome Rick back to Oswestry...

Tickets: £10 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Rick Stein At Home) or £26 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Rick Stein At Home). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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An Evening with Alun Wyn Jones

14th September 2021, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm) at Momentum Hall, Oswestry School, SY11 2TL

An Evening with Alun Wyn Jones

Live ‘In Person’ Event. Join us for an evening in the company of one of the greatest Welsh Rugby players of all time as the World’s most capped player Alun Wyn Jones talks about his incredible career and his new autobiography, Belonging. Belonging is...

Tickets: £22 (Includes a signed copy of Belonging: My Autobiography)

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An Evening with Ian Rankin

2nd September 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Ian Rankin

Online Event. Join bestselling crime author Ian Rankin as he talks his new book The Dark Remains. If the truth’s in the shadows, get out of the light . . .  Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he’s dead and it was no...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £23 (live stream plus a copy of The Dark Remains delivered to your door)

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A Slow Fire Burning – Paula Hawkins in Conversation with Kate Mosse

1st September 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

A Slow Fire Burning – Paula Hawkins in Conversation with Kate Mosse

Online Event. Join Paula Hawkins, the author of the bestselling phenomenon The Girl on the Train as she discusses her highly anticipated new thriller A Slow Fire Burning with fellow author Kate Mosse. Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £23 (live stream plus a copy of A Slow Fire Burning delivered to your door)

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An Evening with Matt Haig

31st August 2021, 7.30pm at Online Event

An Evening with Matt Haig

Online Event. Join much loved and bestselling author Matt Haig for ‘a little pick me up’ as he talks about his new book and dispenses wisdom and empathy for the human condition. The Comfort Book Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being...

Tickets: £5 (live stream only) or £20 (live stream plus a copy of The Comfort Book delivered to your door)

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Annie Garthwaite – Cecily

24th August 2021, 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) at Booka

Annie Garthwaite – Cecily

‘Live’ In Person Event. Join us for an evening with Annie Garthwaite as she talks about her breathtaking debut novel Cecily, which reimagines the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York – a mother, wife and shrewd political player in the the Wars of the...

Tickets: Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Cecily). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee

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Accidental Detective Tea Party with Serena Patel

14th August 2021, 1.30pm at Booka

Accidental Detective Tea Party with Serena Patel

Join children’s author Serena Patel as she delights children with her wonderful new book ‘Anisha, Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble’ A delightful detective story that is an ode to grannies and includes the Secret Hindu Society of Grannies, a super...

Tickets: £8 (includes a signed paperback plus refreshment)

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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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