Events we have held recently
Dr.David Stephenson will talk about and sign his long awaited new book 'MEDIEVAL POWYS- Kingdom, Principality and Lordships 1132 - 1293' here in the Great Oak Bookshop on Friday 16th September, at 7.30pm. Powys, extending over north-east and central Wales, was one of three great medieval Welsh polities, along with Gwynedd to the north and Deheubarth (south-west), occupying nearly a quarter of the country. However, it has been somewhat neglected by historians, who have tended to dismiss it as a satellite realm of England, and viewed its leaders as obstacles to the efforts of Gwynedd leaders to construct a principality of Wales. This book provides the first full, authoritative history of Powys in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Refreshments provided.
Tia will talk about and read from her book The Curlew's Cry at the Great Oak Bookshop, on Friday evening, August 19th , at 7.30pm. With refreshments.
This promises to be a very enjoyable and interesting evening - Tia Jones launched her prequel The Moss Gatherers with great success here 3 years ago. Tia lives and works with her husband on their organic hill farm in Montgomeryshire. She has written for television and radio, and has regularly contributed to newspapers and magazines including Country Times and Landscape, Country Living and The Field. In 1995 her drama for television, ‘Llety Piod’, (Magpie’s Home) was directed by Ceri Sherlock and starred Bill Nighy, Sandra Dickenson, Stewart Jones, Alun Eldyr and Catrin Fychan was shown by S4C. It has been subsequently sold internationally to Croatia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Ireland. It has also been used as set text for GCSE.
A regular contributor to The Daily Post as an equine columnist, Tia‘s first novel, On Open Ground, was published in 2008 by Gomer. It is set in post-War rural Wales and explores the impact of unspoken truths in an isolated and superstitious community. Tia has now written the last book in her trilogy, The Curlew's Cry, following on from the Moss Gatherers, which in turn is the sequel to On Open Ground.
The author Peter Ellis has just published his third book in his fantasy trilogy for YA and adult readers. They are set in Mid-Wales and this last book is set in the area around Staylittle. He visited The Great Oak Bookshop last year to talk about and promote his books and he is back here on Friday 1st April between 11am and 1pm. Vol.1 Seventh Child has been shortlisted for the Wishing Shelf Award for teenage fiction this spring. He is also organising another event at The Star Inn, Dylife, on 25th June (a walkabout of the sites from Unity of Seven, vol 3 in the trilogy).
Emily will give a talk (+ slideshow) about some of her adventures, followed up by a reading and a Q&A. Come and have your copy of the book signed! About the book: Emily Chappell never meant to be a cycle courier. She planned to earn her living using her mind rather than her legs. She thought it'd be a useful stopgap while searching for a 'real' job. Today, six years on, she's still pedalling. 'It's my most enduring love affair; the career that's shaped my life, made me what I am, and entirely derailed any hope of a normal existence.' As she flies through the streets of the capital, dancing with the traffic, Chappell records the pain and pleasure-both mental and physical-of life on wheels: the hurtling, dangerous missions; the ebb and flow of seasonal work; the moments of fear and freedom, anger and exhaustion; the camaraderie of the courier tribe and its idiosyncratic characters; the conflict and harmony between bicycle and road, body and mind. At the same time it is a hymn to London; its changing skyline, its chaos and interconnectedness: 'the unlikeliest street corners will have some tattered threads of memory fluttering from them like a flag...It's almost as if the memories have overflowed from my head and scattered themselves about the city. Some parts of my life I can recall simply by thinking of them; others I think I'd remember better if I went back to a certain part of London and plucked them up from the tree I'd hung them from, or retraced them from the park bench I'd scratched them on, or snatched them up as they blew around in circles in an alleyway like a discarded carrier bag'. This is a book about discovery and belonging, connection and memory, choosing life's uncharted course and the delicious sensation of just riding.
Delyth Jenkins, one of Wales' leading harpists, will give a harp recital at the bookshop.
Tickets £5, available from the bookshop.
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