And Other Herons – Independent Bookshop Week

We are delighted to be partnering with publisher And Other Stories for Independent Bookshop Week, 15-22 June. Full details of everything we are planning to celebrate this superb literary publisher here. There will be short stories, there will be poetry, there will be a competition to win some BOOKS, there will be herons, there will be temporary tattoos, there will be more books. And Other Delights.  

Poetry in Herons – Ralf Webb

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us in the Arcade after hours for our monthly poetry reading. 6pm, 15th June.
Ralf Webb is our featured poet in June. Also on the bill is Florence Grieve.

Ralf Webb is the author of the poetry collection Rotten Days in Late Summer, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. His poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in Fantastic Man, Granta, the Guardian and the London Review of Books. He tutors in creative writing at Goldsmiths. Strange Relations: Masculinity, Sexuality and Art is his first nonfiction book, and publishes this July. 

Get Tickets £4.00 – £20.00

Short fiction book group – Independent Bookshop Week

The Lansdown 8 Clifton Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

For Independent Bookshop Week, we have partnered with publisher And Other Stories. 
Join us for a discussion of one our favourite titles, Black Vodka by Deborah Levy. 
We'll meet at 6.30 in the upstairs private room of The Lansdown pub. 
To sign up, pop in and buy a copy of Black Vodka or let us know if you need this delivered to you. If you already have a copy, we just ask that you buy a different book published by And Other Stories... have you read Boulder yet? You must.

Poetry book group – Independent Bookshop Week

The Albion The Albion, Boyces Avenue, Bristol

Poetry book club! Come along to discuss poetry collection, Pitch & Glint by Lutz Seiler, translated by Stefan Tobler. This is a particularly special occasion as publisher and translator Stefan will be joining us for the discussion.  
We'll meet at 6.30 in the upstairs private room of The Albion pub. NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE - WE ARE MEETING AT THE ALBION.
To sign up, pop in and buy a copy of Pitch & Glint or let us know if you need this delivered to you. If you already have a copy, we just ask that you buy a different book published by And Other Stories, with whom we have partnered for Independent Bookshop Week.

A Celebration of Writers at the University of Bristol

7 Woodland Road 7 Woodland Road, Bristol

A full-day writers' conference. Best-selling authors, signings, talks, workshops, manuscript help, and mind-blowing speakers.

Heron Books will be there with books to sell from many of our favourite local authors. 

Join us for a day filled with creativity and inspiration. This event will take place at 7 Woodland Rd.

Writers from all backgrounds will come together: whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, it's an opportunity to enjoy a day devoted to your craft and to celebrate the power of prose and poetry.

Amy Jeffs

St James' Priory 1 Whitson Street, Bristol

In conversation with Amy Jeffs, best-selling author and illustrator of Storyland and Wild

Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies are thrilled to host an interview with Sunday Times Bestselling Author Amy Jeffs.

Dr Amy Jeffs is an author, artist and medievalist. During her PhD in Art History at the University of Cambridge, she co-convened a project researching medieval badges and pilgrim souvenirs at the British Museum. She then worked in the British Library’s department of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts. Now a Somerset-based author, she illustrates her books with print and paper cutout.
Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain was published in 2021.
Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain was published in 2022.

The interview will conclude with an audience-led Q&A, with the opportunity to purchase copies of Storyland and Wild to be signed by Amy.

Jo Leevers: The Last Time I Saw You

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us to celebrate The Last Time I Saw You by Jo Leevers

Jo Leevers grew up in London and began writing fiction after a career in magazine journalism. Her bestselling debut, Tell Me How This Ends, was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club choice. Whether writing fiction or interviewing people for articles, she is fascinated by the stories and secrets that we all carry with us. She has two grown-up children and lives with her husband and their wayward dog, Lottie, in Bristol.

Tickets include a glass of wine on arrival. Tickets are £4 or free with the purchase of The Last Time I Saw You.
Tickets are fully redeemable against buying the books on the night.
Book orders will be available to collect and get signed at the event.

Get Tickets £4.00 – £8.99

Poetry in Herons – Jonathan Edwards

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us in the Arcade after hours for our monthly poetry reading. 6pm, 13th July.
Jonathan Edwards is our featured poet in July.
Jonathan Edwards’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and in 2019 his poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
The evening will begin with a reading from Adam Elms, followed by Jonathan's reading.

Get Tickets £4.00 – £9.99

Poetry in Herons – Martyn Crucefix

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us in the Arcade after hours for our monthly poetry series. 6pm, Saturday 17th August.
We will be celebrating the publication of Martyn Crucefix's translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry, Change Your Life. 
Tickets are £4 or free with the purchase of Change Your Life. All tickets include a glass of something sparkling on arrival.

Get Tickets £4.00 – £12.99

Poetry in Herons – Elizabeth Parker

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us in the Arcade after hours for our monthly poetry reading. 6pm, Saturday 14th September.
In September we are celebrating the publication of Cormorant, the second collection from Elizabeth Parker. 
Tickets are £4 or free with the purchase of Cormorant. All tickets include a glass of something sparkling on arrival.
The evening will begin with a reading from Julie-Ann Rowell, followed by Elizabeth's reading.

Get Tickets £4.00 – £9.99

Orla Owen: Christ on a Bike

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us to celebrate Christ On A Bike by Orla Owen

Orla Owen was born in Belfast, and raised in Ireland and the UK. Christ On A Bike, published by the award winning Bluemoose Books, has been described as ‘strikingly original and utterly brilliant’. It was picked as a recommended read by Nina Pottell from Prima Magazine, who reviewed it as ‘Black Mirror meets Tales of The Unexpected with shades of Shirley Jackson’ and was recommended as a read for January by Martin Chilton, The Independent’s Chief Book Critic.

Tickets include a glass of wine on arrival. Tickets are £5 or free with the purchase of Christ On A Bike.
Tickets are fully redeemable against buying the books on the night.
Book orders will be available to collect and get signed at the event.

Get Tickets £5.00 – £9.99

Poetry in Herons – Glyn Maxwell

Heron Books Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us for Poetry In Herons with Glyn Maxwell

6pm, Saturday 12th October.
Glyn Maxwell’s most recent poetry books are The Big Calls, a broadside against recent UK government, and How The Hell Are You, shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2020. Seven of his poetry collections have been shortlisted for the T S Eliot, Forward or Costa Prizes, and The Nerve won the Geoffrey Faber Prize.

You can buy tickets in advance online or in the shop.
Tickets are £4 or free with the purchase of either The Big Calls or How the Hell Are You. All tickets include a glass of something sparkling on arrival.

The evening will begin with a reading from Kaycee Hill, followed by Glyn's reading.

Kaycee is a working-class, mixed-heritage poet studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol. She won the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize and received mentorship from Malika Booker. Bloodaxe recently published her debut collection, Hot Sauce.

Get Tickets £4.00 – £12.00