Events for Independent Bookshop Week

 We are thrilled to bring you 2 authors for the afternoon to help us celebrate IBW2017.


Stephanie Butland and Julia Chapman will be joining us for a spot of GUEST BOOKSELLING and then a cosy chat with cream tea and birthday cake.

Saturday July 1st, 3:00pm to 5:30pm (more details below)

Please reserve your tickets by June 23rd.


 STEPHANIE BUTLAND, whose books include Letter to my Heart and The Other Half of my Heart began her writing career during her "dance with cancer" and now she's a novelist. She also works as a speaker and trainer and works with charities to help raise awareness and money "in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart."

Lost for Words is set in a second hand bookshop in York with trips to the seaside and features open mic poetry evenings and a past (or two).

It caused Kate Fforde to make up a word to describe it "unputdownable"!  


JULIA CHAPMAN is the pseudonym of Julia Stagg. Julia currently lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in the north of England. When not writing, she spends her time out in the hills, running on the fells that provide the beautiful setting for the Dales Detective novels, or riding her bike through the small hamlets and villages that are a vital part of her books.

Her latest novel Date With Death is the first of a new series about which Julia says  "Think Midsomer Murders but with fewer murders and more sheep."

"A classic whodunit... riddled with Yorkshire humour (and dry stone walls)" Cath Staincliffe.


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An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink

We are thrilled to be able to bring to the north east, editor, former director of Quick Reads and much acclaimed author Cathy Rentzenbrink for an evening with to be held in the shop on Wednesday 5th July.

Doors open at 6:30 and we start at 7:00.

Get in touch for more details and don't miss the opportunity to hear what Cathy has to say about writing, the book trade and having to answer the questions instead of ask them!

Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.


Tickets for this event are £5 redeemable against a copy of A Manual for Heartache and includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

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Author Events in May DAN TOOMBS

Dan Toombs is the Curry Guy.



Join us from 10am on Saturday 6th May and ask your questions and get a signed copy.

Yarm based Dan started his The Curry Guy blog in 2010 and in March 2011 he announced to his family that he wanted to cook and eat nothing but Indian food for a whole year. Assuming it was just one of his "silly ideas" they agreed! This book is the culmination of that process.

The Curry Guy Cookbook is "the only book you will ever need to make British Curry House meals at home"

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Easter Activities

Come and join the fun and games at DRAKE - The Bookshop over Easter.

Creative writing classes (Wednesdays)

Storytime (Wednesdays & Fridays)

Origami Bookmarks (Thursdays)

Young Bookworms (Saturday 2pm)

Easter Competition - chance to win £50 of books from Bloomsbury (last entry 15th April)

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