Dancing in the Shallows – Clare Reddaway

Clifton Library 13 Princess Victoria St, Bristol, United Kingdom

Clare Reddaway launches her gorgeous and gentle novel, Dancing in the Shallows at the Clifton Library. 6.30 for a 7pm start. All details in the link below. We are so looking forward to hearing from Clare about the book and will have a bookstall at the event. 'She's had this feeling before. This feeling of marking time. Of pressing her nose against a window and watching as everyone else lives their best lives.'Isla Wintergreen has not seen her grandfather since she was seven, but when she unexpectedly inherits his cottage on the Isle of Skye, she cannot resist the opportunity to escape her purposeless life. As she slowly becomes a part of the island community, she learns more about the family she never really knew - from her estranged father, to her reclusive grandfather, and her intelligent but oppressed great-grandmother. Meanwhile, her mother Cathy reflects on her own past. Mother and daughter both hope to find new freedom - but can family patterns ever really be broken?Told through the lives of four generations of Isla's family, all linked by their connection to water, 'Dancing in the Shallows' masterfully explores family relationships and generational inheritance.

Alice Roberts: Crypt

St George's, Bristol St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, United Kingdom

We will be the booksellers at the launch of Crypt at St George's, Bristol. You can buy tickets from their website: https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/whats-on/alice-roberts-crypt/ Tickets are selling quickly! After a sell-out tour in 2022, Professor Alice Roberts returns to launch her new book, Crypt. This final instalment of her highly-acclaimed trilogy explores the experience of life, death and disease in the Middle Ages and beyond. Alice looks at the archaeological evidence for terrible brutality directed at an ethnic minority in medieval England, she explores the impact of incurable epidemics sweeping through Europe and looks at how modern science is unlocking secrets from the watery grave of the Mary Rose shipwreck. She also reveals how archaeogenetic research is uncovering cryptic clues and shedding new light on diseases such as leprosy, syphilis and the plague. Professor Alice Roberts’ charismatic and engaging style has captivated audiences from all backgrounds for over two decades. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join her for a fascinating evening, learn more about her latest book and even bag yourself a signed copy!

Non-fiction Book Club

The Lansdown 8 Clifton Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

The March book choice is Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev. We meet on the last Monday of every month at 6.30 in the upstairs room at The Lansdown. Do get in touch or pop into the shop if you'd like to sign up and pick up a copy of the book. If you already own a copy, we ask that you buy a different book of equivalent value in order to sign up.

Fiction Book Club

The Lansdown 8 Clifton Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

The March book is Tokyo Express by Seicho Matsumoto. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at 6.30 in the upstairs room at The Lansdown. The fiction book club is currently full; please get in touch if you'd like to be added to the waiting list or have a look at what we're reading in our other book clubs.

Chris French: The Science of Weird S**t!

Unitarian Meeting Hall Brunswick Square, Bristol, United Kingdom

Why our minds conjure the paranormal What better way to mark All Fools Day (no, this is not an April Fool) than an event that seeks to debunk the myths around the paranormal? This event is organised by Bristol Humanists, with Heron Books providing the bookstall. Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of people have reported unusual experiences, often labelled 'paranormal'. Opinion polls show that the majority of the public accept that paranormal phenomena do occur. This widespread belief can only mean one of 2 things. Either the paranormal is real or else belief in the paranormal can be explained psychologically. Ghostly encounters, alien abduction, reincarnation, talking to the dead, UFO sightings, inexplicable coincidences, out-of-body and near-death experiences. Are these legitimate phenomena? If not, then how should we go about understanding them? Chris French investigates paranormal claims to discover what lurks behind this "weird s**t." In the Science of Weird S**t he will debunk ESP, communicating with the dead, and alien abduction claims, among other phenomena. All the while, however, he says that our belief in such phenomena is neither ridiculous nor trivial; if anything, such claims can tell us a great deal about the human mind if we pay them the attention they are due. Chris French is Emeritus Professor and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Patron of Humanists UK. He has published well over 150 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics. His main current area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims. His most recent book, to be published in March 2024 by MIT Press, is The Science of Weird S**t: Why Our Minds Conjure the Paranormal. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bristol Humanists' events are FREE to members; they ask others to make a contribution of £3/£1. You can join Bristol Humanists here https://www.bristolhumanists.com/membership and for more information on Bristol Humanists https://www.bristolhumanists.com/

Jack-Jack: A Dog in Africa

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

Ben Garrod, Jack and Heron Books warmly invite you to the launch of JACK-JACK, A DOG IN AFRICA Children and dogs are all welcome. Where: Heron Books, Clifton Arcade When: 11am, Thursday 11th April What: A reading from Ben and Jack, book signing/paw-printing, pictures of the gorgeous Jack to colour in, photo competition to WIN a copy of the book and treats for your fluffy companions. Pre-order your copy here: https://www.heronbooks.co.uk/product/jack-jack-a-dog-in-africa/ Attendance is free but do RSVP to read@heronbooks.co.uk.

Poetry in Herons – April

Our monthly pre-prandial poetry reading in the shop. In April we are delighted to welcome Robert Walton and Jessica Haines to read their poetry. No tickets, free entry, just do get in touch if you’d like to attend so that we have an idea of numbers.

Caribbean Nights – Lyra Poetry Festival

Watershed 1 Canons Road Harbourside, Bristol

Heron Books will be bookselling at this fascinating event, part of the Lyra Poetry Festival https://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/12523/caribbean-nights-poetry In the 1980s the UK had little idea of the wealth of poetry coming from the Caribbean. In 1986, the BBC’s thought-provoking Arena film Caribbean Nights: Poetry changed all that. The film features Trinidadian intellectual Darcus Howe chairing an illuminating discussion with St Lucian poet Derek Walcott (1992 Nobel Prize for Literature), pioneering British-Jamaican reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and emerging British-Guyanese poet Fred D’Aguiar. Followed by a talk with poet and editor Rishi Dastidar, 2023 TS Eliot Prize winner Anthony Joseph, Louisa Adjoa Parker, and Bristol academic Madhu Krishnan. Helen Thomas will then read a new poem inspired by the film.

Alice Oswald and guests – Lyra Poetry Festival

St George's, Bristol St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, United Kingdom

Heron Books is delighted to support an evening of poetry with Alice Oswald, Caroline Bird and Rachel Long as part of Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2024. Alice Oswald has published 6 collections of poetry, including Dart which won the TS Eliot Prize. A gardener and poet, Alice Oswald lived and worked for many years at Dartington in Devon. She is the first female Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and has particular interest in poetry as an oral tradition. Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in the UK, in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Jhalak Prize Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. Caroline Bird’s selected poems, Rookie (2022), and The Air Year (2020) are two of Carcanet’s most popular books of the present decade. She won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2020, and has been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the TS Eliot Prize, the Costa Book Awards, the Ted Hughes Award, the Polari Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Bristol Bookshop Crawl

Bristol Bookshop Crawl is back. Pick up a leaflet/map from any of your independent bookshops and enjoy a wander across the city to discover (or revisit or re-revisit) Bristol's marvellous (yes, we are unashamedly saying that) bookshops and get 10% off your purchases on 4th and 5th May. Also as part of Bristol Walkfest, you can join the Bookshop Crawl gang for a guided tour: book your tickets at https://www.bookshopcrawl.co.uk/

Phoebe Stuckes and Rose Ruane – Book Launch

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

Heron Books is thrilled to host Phoebe Stuckes and Rose Ruane to celebrate their debut novels. We are huge fans of their writing – we've been lucky enough to read advance copies of their brilliant books – and can't wait to hear from the authors themselves.
Phoebe and Rose will be in conversation with Ash Bond, author of Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm.

£5.00 – £36.99

Poetry in Herons – Rory Waterman

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

Join us for the launch of Come Here To This Gate by Rory Waterman.
Rory will be reading from his new collection. With a reading also from wonderful poet Zoe Brooks.

£4.00 – £11.99