Upcoming events this Spring


Sunday June 16th 1:00pm to 3:00pm at PRESTON PARK MUSEUM, YARM ROAD, EAGLESCLIFFE

 It is our great pleasure to be able to host an event with two writers whose books we have been most excited about selling in our four years of being booksellers: Ronan Hession & Glen James Brown


Leonard and Hungry Paul – Ronan Hession

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century.

This wonderful book has been quietly stealing into people’s hearts over the past few months. It is published by a small independent publisher – Bluemoose Books, based in Hebden Bridge, and it has quickly become a firm favourite with independent book shops. However, recently chosen as a Radio 2 Book Club book and with big name publishers vying for publishing rights this little book is about to go viral!


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Ironopolis – Glen James Brown

Stranded on the edge of Ironopolis – nickname to a lost industrial Middlesbrough – the Burn Council Estate is about to be torn down to make way for regeneration. For the future….

This book about working class lives in a fictional Middlesbrough has just been nominated for the Orwell Prize for political fiction.

Glen joined us for the launch of the paperback last year and we are so pleased that this book is finally getting the recognition it deserves.


This event is a free event, both books will be available to buy on the day and both authors will be signing their books.

Please drop us an email to reserve a free ticket for this event or reserve a ticket via eventbright here


Great North Author Tour 2019

Saturday 22nd June 1.30pm - 2.30pm - DRAKE -  The Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX



A whole host of fantastic children's authors are joining us for this year's Great North Author Tour


They are visiting schools on Friday and then taking a tour of North East bookshops on Saturday 22nd June - Join them all in Drake's between 1.30pm and  2.30pm where they will all be happy to chat and sign books



Saturday 29th June 5:00pm - Book Launch with local author Amy Lord


 Local Author Amy Lord launches her debut dystopian novel The Disappeared: An unflinching tale of resistance in dark political times. Set in a near-future Britain where books are banned, this is a thought-provoking dystopian debut.' - Caroline Ambrose, Founder of The Bath Novel Award

What if reading the wrong book could get you arrested? In a decaying city controlled by the First General and his army, expressing the wrong opinion can have terrible consequences. Clara Winter knows this better than anyone. When she was a child, her father was taken by the Authorisation Bureau for the crime of teaching banned books to his students.

She is still haunted by his disappearance. Now Clara teaches at the same university, determined to rebel against the regime that cost her family so much - and her weapons are the banned books her father left behind. But she has started something dangerous, something that brings her to the attention of the Authorisation Bureau and its most feared interrogator, Major Jackson.

The same man who arrested Clara's father. With her rights stripped away, in a country where democracy has been replaced with something more sinister, will she be the next one to disappear?*`Provocative and prescient, The Disappeared is an unflinching tale of resistance in dark political times. Set in a near-future Britain where books are banned, this is a thought-provoking dystopian debut.' - Caroline Ambrose, Founder of The Bath Novel Award


Join local author Amy Lord for the launch of her debut novel, The Disappeared. Find out how the book came to be written and published, after a successful crowdfunding campaign with publisher Unbound.

There will also be readings from poet Lisette Auton and music from singer songwriter Elaine Palmer. Plus cake and refreshments

Book tickets here at Eventbright




Sunday 7th July 

Drake the Bookshop invites you to enjoy

Sunday afternoon cream tea with author Ruth Hogan on

Sunday 7th July 2pm – 4pm

Tickets are £12* second ticket £5

Please book your ticket as spaces are limited - contact the shop

*includes refreshments and a signed copy of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel.

 Image for Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel : The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things

 Please note - for people on a low income we are able to provide a small number of free tickets for more information please contact the shop.







An evening in conversation with Stephen Moss

Tuesday 4th December at Preston Park Museum

from 7.00pm

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Join one of Britain's leading nature writers for an evening of fascinating discussion.

Stephen has produced a number of wonderful bird books including Mrs Moreau's Warbler - delving into the fascinating histories of how birds got their names. The Robin - A Biography, a year in the life of Britain's favourite bird and most recently The Wren: A Biography - putting a spotlight on Britain's most common bird which can often go unseen in our gardens.

Stephen is passionate about communicating the wonders of the natural world with as wide an audience as possible.

Tickets are £10.00 which includes £5.00 off the price of one of Stephen's books which will be available on the night for signing.

To order tickets please book on line here -  book tickets

or contact the shop.



Ironopolis - Glen James Brown

Image for Ironopolis IRONOPOLIS - by Glen James Brown  

‘A tapestry of working-class life in all its glory and pain’ – and as with all working-class folk, there’s a good deal of humour as well.

Ironopolis is a smartly written and inventive debut novel which captures the gritty no-nonsense character of the ‘Boro working class.

The story is set on a council estate in Middlesbrough about to be pulled down to build homes for a new generation. As the inhabitants of Burn estate are re-homed and prepare to move out the troubled history of three generations of family life are unravelled as each character retells their own story. Stories of pride, industry and hard-work. Boom times and recession. Social stigma, prejudice and unrequited love…

Jean unveils a secret on her deathbed. Alan unravels the truth of his father, who has haunted the Burn Council Estate for a lifetime. Corina is trying to get through one last day at the hairdressers before closing it for good.

The narrative is cleverly layered so that each character’s story is linked to the next and real events of Teesside history provide an atmospheric backdrop including ‘The Day of the Dark’ an epic storm from 1968, and the mythical Peg Powler. A creature of Teesside legend used by parents to frighten children into good behaviour, Peg is said to haunt the River Tees, appearing as a beautiful young woman with green hair pretending to drown so that people enter the water and try to save her.

If you enjoyed Ten Storey Love Song by Richard Millward – you will love this!

Come and meet Glen in the shop on Saturday 17th November at 4.00pm where he will be talking about his book, and signing copies.

This is a FREE event but please book your place here or by contacting the shop.

Ironopolis – paperback £9.99

Events for Autumn & Winter

Check out below for events coming up in November...


Sunday November 4th

 Stockton Firework Display - One of the largest FREE firework displays in the country. Find out more here 

 We will be open from 5pm - call in for a warming hot chocolate!


Tuesday 6th November - Unfortunately this event is cancelled - but the TWP will be back on Tuesday 6th December - please do join them!

Join the Tees Women Poets in the shop from 6.00pm to 8.00pm - TWP Writing Group is a chance to have fun with poetry prompts, hear other people's work, get encouragement and suggestions for our own work, and read the best contemporary poetry from other women writers.

No experience needed, just bring pen and paper. 



Saturday 10th November

Brilliant children's writer and illustrator Helen Stephens is coming to the shop to 'hide' a lion on our shop window! How awesome is that!!

Helen will be in the shop from 9.00am please pop down to see the illustration in progress, meet Helen and ask her about her wonderful books 'How to Hide a Lion' and 'How to Hide a Lion at Christmas'.



Saturday 17th November

Come along to hear talented debut author Glen James Brown talk about his book Ironopolis.  Set on a Middlesbrough council estate this book is alive with the voices of the 'Boro.

Join us in the shop at 4.00pm on Saturday November 17th and enjoy some wine (or coffee and tea) and nibbles.

It also happens to be Glen's birthday - so there will undoubtedly be cake!!



Friday 30th November

Late Night Shopping Evening 5:00pm - 9:00pm

We are kicking off our Yuletide countdown by having a relaxing festive evening in the shop. Please join us for mulled wine, mince pies and some carol singing from lovely local ladies choir Bella Canta.


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