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.