Our second reading course, Jubilee Lines, edited by Carol Ann Duffy will run for one more month. It is a fascinating way to look at the last sixty years: snapshots of history in poetry! Our next course begins on Tuesday September 18th at 4 o’clock and runs for five weeks. We shall be reading from the Penguin Book of English Short Stories, edited by Christopher Dolley, available from the bookshop. Numbers are limited to ten, so please book early to avoid disappointment! £25.00 payable in advance please.
Tea Time Tales!
On Friday 14th October I shall be starting a weekly group for grown ups who love to be read to! We shall meet at 4 o’clock every Friday and I shall read a short story to you, after which we will enjoy tea, cake and chat. It’s not a discussion group, you don’t need to buy a book, and there will occasionally be Guest Readers! As this group is going to be all about indulgence, I shall start by reading from my much loved copy of The Awakening by Kate Chopin, but after that - who knows! No need to book. Drop in as you feel like it, we can always move the furniture if it gets too big! Come and join me. £5.
The Gigantic Turnip is going down well with our little ones! There is coffee provided for Mums/Dads/Grand parents. Book ahead or just turn up! This group will run through the summer holidays but please check the answer-phone message at the shop to see if the group is running on a particular Friday as I may not be so completely reliable once my fourth grand-baby is born at the end of July. The aim is that I’ll be there though, so please come and join me! £2.00
Our reading club is held on Thursdays at 4 o’clock from now until the end of term. At the moment I am reading from Quentin Blakes' Magical Tales. All children aged 7 plus are welcome and this group enables children to mix with others of their age group from different schools. I look forward to welcoming your children to the bookshop. Book ahead or just turn up! £2.50. (NB this group will include a visit to the delightfully old-fashioned newsagent's and confectioner's across the road from the bookshop: each week we will choose a different selection of sweets to share so they can munch while they're being enchanted by the magical tales!)
Wenlock Poetry Festival
There will be a Poetry Parnassus in Much Wenlock on July 5th with poets coming from Pakistan, Hungary, Armenia, Mexico and Cuba. £10. We are also going to RAF Cosford on July 12th to show the Queen our wonderful knitted poem – join us there! Once again we will be running a Poetry Summer School for Key Stage 2 children (7 – 11). Follow the Wenlock Poetry Festival on facebook or twitter to get the latest news, or call in to the bookshop.
My Hay highlight was an inspirational appearance by Mario Vargos Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2010. He spoke about power and resistance, explaining very clearly why poets and writers are always the first people to be silenced under oppressive dictatorships. He described literature as ‘a way of living that opens the door to many experiences’. The second highlight was several hours spent in Richard Booth’s Bookshop: I feel a group trip to Hay coming on, let me know if you’d like to come!
Here is a sample from their lovely menu:
welsh rarebit, beetroot and orange chutney
courgette and rosemary soup, sourdough bread
spicy caesar salad with roast garlic croutons
chargrilled baby leeks, roasted new potatoes, romesco sauce
grilled fillet of mackeral, shaved fennel and rocket salad, soy lime glaze
Keeping in touch
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