Upcoming events this Spring


Saturday May 4th to Saturday 18th May at DRAKE - The Bookshop,  27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX


Thursday May 9th sees the return of The Tees Women Poets 

For the second year running we will once again be joined by the wonderful Tees Women Poets who will be joining us in the shop for an evening of poetry, performance and wise words on Thursday 9th May 7.00pm - 9.00pm
The sisters of the TWP poetry collective return to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight 2019 with a selection of original poems written in response to a wide range of feminist texts, from classic theory to contemporary podcasts. There will be plenty of space to chat, discuss, and buy books!

Our performers are:
Lisette Auton
Dianne Casey
Jade April
Caroline Walling
Esther Harrington
Julie Easley
Ann Cuthbert
with honorary TWP sisters
Sky Hawkins
Charley Reay

hosted by Kirsten Luckins
Refreshments will be available - tea, coffee, wine and nibbles, on a Pay As You Feel basis with proceeds going to a local charity we will also be making a collection of sanitary products for our local food banks.


What is Feminist Book Fortnight all about?
Feminist Book Fortnight

Last year over 50 independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland launched Feminist Book Fortnight, a celebration of feminist books. Independent bookshops around the country highlighted the diversity of women's writing over the two weeks. It was a great success demonstrating a thirst for discussion of feminist issues as well as a wider celebration of women writers.

Find out more about the Tees Women Poets https://applesandsnakes.org/opportunities/tees-women-poets/https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tees-women-poets-celebrate-feminist-book-fortnight-tickets-60430441076



Saturday 13th April 10:30am until 2pm - DRAKE -  The Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX


 Image for A Witch Come True : 3

Join us from 10:30 and come and say hi to James. You can either find out all about the start of Arianwyn's adventures (in which case don't read below, or get the final installment.

Either way, signed copies will beavailable!

The war is over and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs, but her troubles are far from over. Her day-to-day work as Lull's witch is tricky enough: winter has set in, bringing bad weather, ice imps and befuddling Yule traditions. But when Arianwyn's grandmother is abducted by the traitor on the Council, our witch faces her greatest challenge yet.


Saturday 6th April until 2pm - DRAKE -  The Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX


Image for She WolfLocal Author DAN SMITH will be signing copies of his latest adventure stroy SHE WOLF, before joining our Book Worms reading group for a Q&A - you'd be barking to miss it!

Northumbria 866 - Action, adventure, wolves, snow ... this story has EVERYTHING!

Washed ashore on a frozen English beach, Ylva's survived. She will not cry. She's meant to be strong.

She's a Viking. But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest circle closer, Ylva will need more than the memory of her mother's stories to stay alive. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge - or is there another way?


Saturday March 23rd 11.00am at DRAKE - The Bookshop,  27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX


Image for The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman : A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish HeartlandsSportswriter, HARRY PEARSON is signing copies of this latest book THE BEAST, THE EMPEROR AND THE MILKMAN, from 11am before cycling off to the terraces to watch Stockton Town FC.

 Blending reportage ,interviews, observation. biography and history and written with affectionate humour this book tells the story of Flanders' neurotic love affair with bike racing. Flanders is half the size of East Anglia with a population a tenth of that of Britain, but it have produced EIGHT winners of the Tour de France and has five times as many professional riders as Italy or Spain.



TUESDAY 2ND APRIL at 5PM at Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, TS18 3RH 

Image for The Chemical Detective Join local author Fiona Erskine to celebrate the launch of her explosive debut The Chemical Detective -

For fans of Killing Eve and Orphan X comes the electrifying Chemical Detective. Dr Jaq Silver. Skier, scientist, international jet-setter, explosives expert. She blows things up to keep people safe.

Working on avalanche control in Slovenia, Jaq stumbles across a problem with a consignment of explosives. After raising a complaint with the supplier, a multinational chemical company, her evidence disappears. Jaq is warned, threatened, accused of professional incompetence and suspended.

Taking her complaint further, she narrowly escapes death only to be framed for murder. Escaping from police custody, she sets out to find the key to the mystery. Racing between the snowy slopes of Slovenia and the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl, can she uncover the truth before her time runs out?

 This is a free event - book your free ticket here



WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL from 6.00PM - DRAKE -  The Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX

Image for The Curry Guy Veggie : Over 100 vegetarian Indian Restaurant classics and new dishes to make at home 

DAN TOOMBS, The Curry Guy will be cooking up a tale and a dish or two the night before the latest mouth watering installment -   CURRY GUY VEGGIE

Tickets £10 with £5 redeemable against a book

book your ticket here




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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