june 15th-24th

what's on

saturday 15TH JUNE 

AN EVENING WITH bridget collins



‘Utterly brilliant’ Joanna Cannon
‘Truly spellbinding’ Guardian
‘Pure magic’ Erin Kelly
‘A real treat’ The Times
‘Gorgeous' Stella Duffy
‘Astounding’ Anna Mazzola

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.

Join us at The Bookshop at 7pm on Saturday 15th June for a talk with Bridget Collins, about her unforgettable, magical novel 'The Binding', a boundary-defying love story and unique literary event.


Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine.




Renowned watercolourist David Bellamy shares his passion for painting seas and shorelines in this inspiring and practical book. There is advice on finding subjects and painting the different moods of the sea; rocks, crags and cliffs; adding figures and animals into your artworks; as well as an in-depth look at the painting and sketching techniques required. David's extensive travels mean that seas and shorelines from all over the world appear in the paintings.

Join us at The Bookshop at 7pm on Monday 17th June for a watercolour demonstration with David Bellamy, and a book signing of his new book, 'Seas and Shorelines'. 

David Bellamy specialises in painting mountain and wild coastal scenes, and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature in the wild places. A full time artist and author, he has written seventeen books illustrated with his paintings, and eight dvd’s on David’s techniques in watercolour have been produced by APV Films.

Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine.


AN EVENING WITH kim mccabe


Do you have a daughter? Do you have this book? Not only will it take the dread out of the teen years but it'll show you ways to really enjoy those years.


Join us at The Bookshop at 7pm on Tuesday 18th June  for a meet and greet drinks reception with author and founder/director of Rites for Girls, Kim McCabe, followed by a talk at Sackville College on this 'indispensable guide' to raising daughters through these tricky teen years. 

This talk is for everyone who is interested in steering our children happily through their teens — parents of daughters age 8 to 18, flummoxed grandmothers and caring aunties too, and anyone who works in a personal way with pre-teen and teenage girls.

Lorraine Candy, The Sunday Times, “Kim McCabe’s book, From Daughter to Woman, parenting girls safely through their teens, is what I would call a gentle guidebook, she has a refreshingly healthy take on social media and is particularly good on body image.”

"Kim is the creator of an extraordinary social advance. I hope this book gets as close to your heart as it did to mine." Steve Biddulph, world best-selling expert on raising girls.

Tickets are £10. 


wednesday 19tH JUNE 

"Love and Detection": AN author panel with Helen cullen, angela dyson and marianne kavanagh 



Come and meet our lovely panel of authors, for a discussion about the different ways they have written on the themes of love and mystery in their own novels. 

Helen Cullen wrote the first draft of her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michele Roberts.  Helen started her career working in radio broadcasting, before moving to London in 2010. She subsequently worked for companies such as the BBC and The Times before her most recent role in Google on the EMEA marketing team. Helen is now writing full-time and her second novel will be published in spring 2020.

Angela Dyson, like her heroine, has had a myriad of jobs that she's only half-paid attention to, including working for a record label, waitressing, some pluz-size modelling (strictly clothes on), and palm reading on a Greek Island. She's hard at work on the next in The Love Detective series.

Marianne Kavanagh is an author and journalist. Her fourth novel Disturbance is a dark psychological drama about a woman driven to the edge by rejection and betrayal. Marianne has worked for Woman, the Tatler, the Sunday Telegraph magazine and British Marie Claire, and has contributed features to a wide variety of national newspapers, magazines and websites. She has three grown-up children in their twenties – a journalist, a stand-up comic and a textiles designer. She lives in south-east London with her husband Matt and two extraordinarily annoying cats.

Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine.

Thursday 20TH JUNE 

the art of chess


FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING, Jonathan Tuck, champion chess player, and chess teacher/ coaching manager for Sussex Junior Chess, will be playing up to eight games simultaneously outside Your Favourite Local Bookshop from 2:30pm on Thursday 20th June.

Come and challenge him to a game, or just come along to spectate, what is no doubt, going to be a very entertaining afternoon on East Grinstead High Street!

This is a free event.

Thursday 20TH JUNE 

AN EVENING WITH isabella tree


Join us at The Bookshop at 7pm on Thursday 20th June for a meet and greet drinks reception with award-winning author and travel writer, Isabella Tree, followed by a talk at Sackville College on her 'passionately personal, robustly argued and uplifting book' Wilding.

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

Tickets are £10. 

monday 24th June

music in the bookshop:
charlotte campbell


London's favourite busker Charlotte Campbell, will be returning to sing at The Bookshop, to once again launch our "Buy a Book for a Stranger" campaign 2019.

For the last two years, our customers have given the gift of reading to patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital. and this Independent Bookshop Week, once again, we invite you to share the joy of books with someone who can't come to The Bookshop.

So do come along and enjoy Charlotte's original music, a glass of wine, and some late night book-shopping.

Tickets are £10.


All the tickets for our events are available to purchase at The Bookshop, and over the phone on 01342 322669.

Booking is essential.

For any queries please email Sarah
at sarah.bookshop@outlook.com.

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independent bookshop week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association. it is a week of celebration focused on independents on the high street; a week of events and activity promoting the Books Are My Bag message that 'the best place to buy a book is a bookshop'.


Although Independent Bookshop Week has been running for over ten years, we first celebrated it in 2017. We have since held Creative Writing and Craft Workshops, author talks and signings, chess tournaments, dance demonstrations, music events, and our very own 'Buy A Book For A Stranger' charity campaign, for patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital!  


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