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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Events in the shop this Autumn

We've got quite a busy couple of months coming up with something for just about everyone!

Saturday 22nd September - 10am to 11am in the shop Help I'm Trapped in Witch School!

The wonderful children's author Em Lynas is joining to launch her third Witch School Book - Help I'm Trapped in Witch School.

Come and join us, find out your witch name and try on a hat or two! Oh and of course get a signed copy or three!

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National Icon Henry Blofeld is joining us on Sunday 30th October


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