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18 Mar 2018
Get Hooked on Books! The overriding theme of this year’s May Children's Literature Festival is about inspiring young minds to be creative, to challenge them with exciting new activities and masterclasses and, most of all, to enjoy words by celebrating them in both the written and spoken format. By focusing on our ethos of inspiring children to develop a life-long love of reading, we have prepared...
Stefan Laird, carpentry workshop supervisor for The Furniture Scheme, puts up a new sign for the bigger and better bookshop
16 Feb 2018
A well known book shop in Ludlow has moved into bigger and better premises. The book shop, which used to be housed in a room at the back of Renaissance in Tower Street, is popular for classic books and, at times, extremely rare books too. It has moved across the walkway at the back of the store into the former flea market shop opposite. James Cooper, operations manager for The Furniture Scheme...
22 Mar 2017
Shrewsbury Bookfest is proud to present its ‘May Festival’ programme for 2017. This event,  described as ‘a beacon of excellence amongst literary festivals’ by their patron, author Michael Morpurgo, is their annual children’s literary extravaganza, with authors, illustrators and artists coming to this beautiful town to share their creative secrets, showcase their work and meet their fans. Since...
Author Peter Parker to give talk on Housman Country on October 12.
29 Sep 2016
Fans of A.E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ will get the chance to learn the secrets behind the famous poetry collection and its author when a distinguished biographer visits Shrewsbury to talk about his major new book. Peter Parker, who appeared at this year’s Hay Festival, will visit Shrewsbury on Wednesday October 12 to talk about his latest work ‘Housman Country: Into the heart of England’. The...
13 Jul 2016
Renowned author Peter Robsinson, creator of the Inspector Banks crime series that inspired the popular TV drama DCI Banks, will be visiting Shrewsbury on Friday July 22 to sign copies of his latest book. Mr Robinson will be at Pengwern Books, in Fish Street, as part of an official UK-wide tour to accompany the publication of his 23rd Inspector Banks novel ‘When the Music’s Over’. The number one...
17 Jun 2016
A best-selling author will talk about his latest crime novel when he visits Shropshire as part of the national Independent Booksellers’ Week. Vaseem Khan, author of the light-hearted Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, will be visiting Pengwern Books, in Fish Street, Shrewsbury, on Wednesday June 22 at 1pm. Khan’s first book in the series, ‘The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra’, was...
Dennis the Menace
28 Mar 2015
According to research published by the Institute of Education in February 2014 (Research Briefing No. 106), children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers who do not. "Reading for fun improves not only literacy but maths attainment too...From a policy perspective, this strongly supports the need to support and encourage children's reading in their...
Neil Rathmell - Shropshire author
12 Mar 2015
A Shrewsbury based author is celebrating this week, after receiving the news that two of his recent books are to be available from another county outlet! Neil Rathmell is pleased to report that both his books, ‘Vive Le Mole’ and ‘An Englishman and his Mother Abroad’, are available to purchase from Castle Bookshop in Ludlow, on the Market Square. Vive Le Mole is a tale of love and intrigue, a...
Neil Rathmell - Shropshire author
06 Mar 2015
Anyone with an interest and passion for literature and original writing, will appreciate the website of author Neil Rathmell, based just outside Shrewsbury. Neil’s website provides a mix of interesting plays, short stories - and a weekly blog too. One of the latest online offerings, is Peter - a short story offered in six daily instalments. The literary website is just one avenue of Neil’s varied...
Neil Rathmell  Shrewsbury author - novel
10 Dec 2014
A reminder to anyone late-night Christmas shopping in Shrewsbury town centre this evening - that there's a special literary event taking place at Pengwern Books. People are encouraged to drop by Pengwern Books on Fish Street, between 7pm and 8:30pm - to join Shrewsbury author Neil Rathmell, for readings of his latest novel Vive Le Mole - a grown-up sequel to The Wind In The Willows. There will be...
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