Join the Gin Revolution!
Wednesday 19th September, 7 for 7.30pm at the Sussex Produce Cafe.
In association with Steyning Food and Drink Festival, and The Sussex Produce Cafe, we are excited to welcome Dave Broom, Glaswegian drinks writer and spirits expert extraordinaire, who will join us at the Sussex Produce Cafe for a dinner and gin-tasting evening. Dave has written over a dozen award-winning books on whisky, gin, rum, and the art of bartending, is a contributor to numerous whisky journals, and lectures widely on wine, spirits and distillery. Over a delicious 2 course dinner, Dave will lead us through tastings of a range of artisan gins, and will also share insights into the history and manufacture of gin, and how best to enjoy its subtle flavours.
Tickets £35 to include superb 2 course dinner, gin-tasting, and a copy of Dave’s new book ‘Gin:The Manual’.
Vicky Woodgate is a professional artist and illustrator from Brighton who is fascinated by all things NATURE!
Urban Jungle is her first picture book, and what a treat it is! A beautifully produced collection of city maps detailing the sometimes unexpected animal inhabitants of cities around the world – from flying squirrels in the heart of New York city to wild boar snuffling around the streets of Berlin. Vicky has gathered a cornucopia of weird and wonderful international animal antics, all illustrated with characterful, colourful accuracy!
Vicky’s event will include: animal guessing games, drawing activities, quizzes, and lots of fascinating animal facts! It will suit nature lovers aged 6 – 12 years.
Tickets are £5 each to include free refreshments. The ticket will entitle the bearer to £5 off the book which is priced £20.
Please book in advance as spaces are limited.
We are delighted to welcome novelist Juliet West to the bookshop for an intimate evening as part of our celebrations for Independent Bookseller’s Week 2017. Weds 28th June at 7.30pm.
Juliet will introduce her new novel ‘The Faithful’, a rich and gripping tale of deception and desire, set against the very well-researched historical background of Sussex in the 1930’s. Tensions mount in the seaside Sussex village of Aldwick as Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts arrive to set up camp, and local girl Hazel finds herself torn between friendship and desire. Secrets and betrayals take the story to London, the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War and beyond. It will be fascinating to hear Juliet share her passion for history – her best-selling first novel ‘Before The Fall’ was also inspired by a true story, set in the First World War.
Juliet lives near Chichester and both her novels are published by Pan Macmillan.
Tickets are £7 to include wine/soft drinks and a voucher towards Juliet’s new book ‘The Faithful’.
You may love or hate the A272, a 99 mile stretch of road winding between Hadlow Down and Winchester, but we, like many locals, have long been baffled as to why a Dutch couple decided to write a book about it!
‘A272 An Ode to a Road’ has been an unlikely bestseller for Pieter and Rita Boogaart. Tonight is your chance to find out the romantic story behind their long-standing obsession with the road, as well as to hear fascinating insights about the buildings, landscape and landmarks you might encounter if you journeyed the whole stretch. Pieter and Rita will illustrate their talk with a Powerpoint presentation, and will take questions at the end.
Ticket price includes a voucher towards purchase of the book, and wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.
The venue is the Gluck Studio, a lovely converted artist’s studio with beautiful gardens, just off Church St in Steyning.
Wednesday 3rd March 7.30pm.
We are very excited to announce that we have managed to bag novelist Scarlett Thomas for an intimate evening event at the bookshop! Scarlett will be in West Sussex promoting her brilliant new children’s book, ‘Dragon’s Green’ but we’ve persuaded her to stay for the evening to talk to her grown up fans.
Scarlett Thomas is the author of 9 novels, including ‘The Seed Collectors’, ‘Our Tragic Universe’, ‘The End of Mr Y’, ‘PopCo’, ‘Going Out’ and ‘Bright Young Things’, all of which are firm favourites here at the Steyning Bookshop! She has also published short stories, non-fiction and journalism, and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kent.
Scarlett’s novels are unique and genre-defying – she excels at creating smart, geeky, relatable characters who struggle with finding their place in the world, and her social observation is deft and spiked with sharp and sometimes filthy humour. What really characterises Scarlet’s novels though is the breadth and wondrous tangle of her narratives – she will weave in subjects as diverse as alternate dimensions, ethnobotany, code-breaking, literary theory, and knitting, all the while considering corporate control, the nature of consciousness, veganism, post-capitalism, faith, science, love and death….. So expect an illuminating evening from one of the UK’s most exciting writers!
We are very fortunate to have Scarlett appearing at our little shop, as she does not do many events, so please make sure you book early as places are limited.
Ticket price includes wine and nibbles. All Scarlett’s 6 novels currently in print will be on sale, as well as her new children’s book – this event is not for kids though.
Your ticket will give you £5 off the price of 1 book.
The Seed Collectors
The End of Mr Y