SPRING COMES TO KEW & SHEEN…
With all this snow around at the moment, we thought we’d give the two shops a taste of Spring which will eventually arrive – so our Easter windows have gone in – here’s the Kew window:-
We are delighted to announce that possibly the most famous bird-watcher in the UK is going to be joining us on Friday 1st December for our marvellous Kew Sparkle event !!
He will be signing copies of his wonderful new book ‘Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener’ and hopefully telling us a bit about it too – so do come and join us in Kew Village for a lovely evening of carols, market stalls, shopping, wine and mince pies…it’s your early December treat !!
Join us for this exciting book launch on Thursday 28th September at 7pm – no need for tickets, just turn up !! :-
HEROINE CHIC by James Webster (Inspired Quill Publishing)
I am the girl the Lost Boys lost.” Queens and Scoundrels. Witches and Rebels. Grifters and Goddesses. These are stories about heroines.
From prolific poet and writer James Webster, and featuring 52 very short stories, ‘Heroine Chic’ is a celebration of the heroine’s place at the heart of science fiction, fantasy, and reality. Told with humour, daring, and gorgeous lyricism, these are tales of magic, love, adventure, SCIENCE! and much more.
James is an inveterate scribbler of poetry and prose who can most reliably be found writing weird little stories online, or on a stage somewhere, doing something that can only be described as ‘proclaiming’. As a poet, he’s won multiple slams, performed up and down the UK (mainly down) and written two full-length spoken word theatre shows (50 Shades of Webster and Poor Life Choices) that he’s performed at various festivals and even one sci-fi convention.
When not performing, he’s had poetry published in a couple of anthologies, but most often publishes microfiction and flash fiction on his tumblr page – Strange Little Stories.
In an evening of many captivating speakers and new writing, Iain Sinclair and Caitlin Davies present their latest books, Ian Rawes plays vintage recordings of life on the Thames, and storyteller Griot Chinyere Nwaubani presents a new watery tale inspired by the river. You can also get a glimpse of London’s playwrighting talent as the MA writers from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama present new works inspired by the Thames both in the Theatre and popping up all around Watermans.
Here is a link to the official timetable of the evening’s events where you can book tickets – these include these three presentations:-
6pm: Ian Rawes: Listening to the Thames… at night, in 1933… (£5 – Theatre)
Ian Rawes’ project The London Sound Survey is a glorious collection of sound recordings, encompassing the changing landscapes, technologies, streetlife and wildlife of the last hundred years in this great city. Here he presents vintage recordings of life on the Thames, starting in 1933 with a cruise along the river at night, guided by a BBC presenter who, he says, sounds like ‘James Mason at altitude’. This is a great opportunity to spend some time just listening, to rare recordings and a wonderful speaker.
Novelist and historian Caitlin Davies travelled the Thames from source to sea, researching stories of people who have been drawn to its waters. In her book Down Stream, she unearthed intrepid rebels and forgotten champions of the Victorian era including Agnes Beckwith, who made history in 1875 by swimming the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich. Here she presents a novel in progress, a fictionalised life story based on the lives of Victorian wild swimmers. Illuminating and entertaining, Caitlin Davies will enchant you with her tales.
Iain Sinclair presents ‘The Last London’, the last book of his epic project documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that has absorbed and obsessed him for most of his adult life. A memoir, a critique and a love letter, in The Last London, Sinclair strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Come and be among the first to hear this ‘modern-day William Blake’ present his latest book. With a Q & A session and book signing.
Come and join us for a really interesting evening !! This is all part of their River Weekender 2017
We are very excited to announce that we will be welcoming historical fiction author P. F. Chisholm to our bookshop at Kew to talk about her latest publication ‘Guns In The North’.
Come and join in the chat – we’ll be discussing the real life stories behind this book and find out more about the irresistible Robert Carey !!
A little more here:-
We are pleased to announce our first Dual Book Launch Event at the Kew & the Sheen Bookshops on Wednesday 24th May at Kew and Thursday 25th at Sheen, both events are starting at 6.30pm. £2 entry fee, but the £2 ticket price is redeemable against the price of the book !!
Come and meet award winning author Emma Henderson for an informal talk about her latest novel. It is a deeply involving, intriguing novel telling the story of an English family through the generations and a memorable French woman, whose lives seem worlds apart yet which become inextricably connected.
This was a fantastically enjoyable event, so many thanks to Alan and his hard work creating what turned out to be quite a literary Quiz !!