Short Story Competition

Write a ghostly story for the festive season in just 500 words


Can you write a funny, spooky or even futuristic seasonal ghost story in just 500 words for our new competition? You have until 30th November to email us your finished story - that's just 16.7 words per day!


One winner in each age group will win book related prizes! The stories will be judged by Stephanie Butland, Author of Lost for Words. All winning stories will be published on the website.


Age groups:

 Children - under 12

 Young Adult - under 18

 Adult - over 18

Closing date 30th November 2017, email your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on 30th November 2017, let us know your age and give us a contact number or email address so that we can get back in touch.


.........You still here? - go! get writing!


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Autumn Excitement heads this way (2)



Autumn Excitement Heads this way!

21st September A real AUTUMN feeling arrived, as copies of MAN Booker Shortlister ALI SMITH'S books arrived for us to give out to our Book Group. We will be championing Autumn (along with Elmet obviously) until 'results day' on October 17th.

22nd September - DRAKE - The Bookshop will be 2!
23rd September - Stockton & Darlington Railway 192nd Birthday Market. We will be in the marquee on the High Street with special train related storytimes throughout the day.
28th September - National Poetry Day. To celebrate this we have arranged for 3 local poets to come along to the shop in the evening and do some readings. Tickets are FREE and there will be nibbles and refreshments, but please book your tickets in advance. For more details, watch this space or call into the shop and ask.
7th October - What a day we have lined up!
Bookshop Day, Our 2nd birthday party and Nuala Ellwood will be joining us for a Q&A session and book signing.
This year's Bookshop Day (the weekend celebration of the launch of the books for Christmas) will see lots of competitions in the shop and bargains; free tote bags with purchases; and the chance to buy this year's exclusive bag designed by Orla Kiely (see below).
At the same time we will be having our 2nd birthday party with games and activities for young and old alike.

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Summer Activities


We’ve got exciting plans to keep everyone busy over the whole summer……

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Independent Bookshop Week Events for the Young at Heart

Saturday 24th June to Saturday 1st July.


To help celebrate this great event we have giveaways and bargains galore!

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20 years of Harry Potter. June 26th sees the 20th birthday of The Philosopher's Stone.

To celebrate we have house cover versions of this classic; Tote bags at £6.00 each (while stocks last) and a free raffle (ticket with every purchase throughout the week) for our spare Harry Potter bunting, posters and statuette.



Maisie finally comes to the Bookshop.

Come in and grab Maisie's latest adventure as she heads to the bookshop.




We have signed copies of books by Cathy Cassidy

and also Tamsin Cooke, including her latest book Stunt Double, which is published on July 6th (we have signed copies now).




For fans of Witch Wars comes a new series - BAD MERMAIDS by Sibeal Pounder.

During IBW we are joining in with a competition where you could win a signed copy and an exclusive print.



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