Matthew Hall. The Black Art Of Killing. Keeping Faith

Come and join the Bafta-winning creator of Keeping Faith for the launch of his new novel: The Black Art Of Killing.
KEEPING FAITH was one of the most-watched TV shows of 2018-19, accumulating 20 million downloads and becoming the most-viewed drama to ever be made by BBC Wales

THE BLACK ART OF KILLING combines the relentless pace, heart-pounding twists, and complex character-building that made it unmissable
Dr Leo Black is one of Oxford University’s rising stars. His lectures play to a packed audience of adoring students. He seems destined for tenure amongst the gleaming spires. But Worcester College has never employed a man like Leo Black before.

For twenty years Leo served the SAS with distinction. When the friend he served alongside is killed in Paris trying to prevent the abduction of a young British scientist, the world Leo has tried to put behind him begins to reel him back in.

Matthew Hall was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and graduated in Law from Worcester College, Oxford. He worked as a criminal barrister before getting his first screenwriting commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He has since written over 60 hours of prime-time drama. In 2018 he won a BAFTA Cymru for his BBC series, Keeping Faith, which returns for a third and concluding season in 2020. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife Patricia Carswell. They have two sons.

Tickets £6.00 with £3.00 redeemable against price of book. Available from shop or Eventbrite

Jocelyn Prosser Soul Divining An Intuitional Journey

Come and join local author Jocelyn Prosser for the book launch of Soul Divining: An Intuitional Journey.

In the book, Jocelyn shares some of her experiences to raise awareness of this much-undervalued sixth-sense.

Jocelyn is a full time carer, winning a National Carers Award in 2014 for looking after her disabled husband and daughter. She is also an artist and jewellery-maker.

Rhoda Thomas. Book launch and signing

Come and join Rhoda Thomas for the launch of her latest poetry collection. Rhoda Thomas writes and reads poems regularly on Swansea’s vibrant, growing poetry circuit; a member of Wales’ Red Poets, she is also a founder member of Swansea-based Live Poets Society and a frequent contributor to public and street events and festivals. ‘I Turned Around And You Were Gone’ is her fourth solo collection. Rhoda will be signing, chatting and reading from 2PM onwards

Michael Nath The Treatment Book Signing

We’re thrilled to announce Michael will be signing copies of his new novel: The Treatment, in-store Sat March 21st.

An incredible writer (with Mumbles connections), his first book was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial prize.

Based on the Stephen Lawrence case, THE TREATMENT explores London’s dark history of systemic racism, terrorism, police corruption and violence, dramatising ideas of masculinity, criminality,
lawlessness and identity.

‘Simply the best British novel I’ve read since I don’t know when – this decade? This century?…” David Peace (Red Riding, Damned United)

‘Original, funny and absolutely spot-on’ The Independent

‘A wonderful exercise in novelistic virtuosity, strange and beautiful’ – The Times Literary Supplement

Don’t miss it!

FREE.

Joanna Trollope: A Literary Lunch

Come and enjoy a literary lunch with the wonderful Joanna Trollope!

Joanna Trollope is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996 and CBE in 2019, a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012, and a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund in 2016.

She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes including chairing the BBC National Short Story Awards for 2017. She has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is a patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. Mum & Dad is her twentysecond novel.

Their parents made a choice years ago. Now they’re counting on the children to step in. After so much time, can old wounds heal? Mum & Dad by the Sunday Times bestseller Joanna Trollope is a wise, brilliantly drawn examination of a modern family dilemma.

Ticket includes a glass of wine, a two-course buffet and a copy of Joanna’s new novel: Mum & Dad.

Tickets £32 including two-course buffet, glass of wine, and a copy of Joanna’s new book: Mum & Dad.

Available from shop and HERE

Pat Reid: Adopting A Street Dog. Book Launch.

Pat Reid was born and brought up in Swansea and now lives on the beautiful Gower Peninsula.
She has been an animal lover all her life and has been involved in many animal rescues over the years.

Travelling in Asia in 2010 and 2011 brought her a new challenge – and a direction that was to change her life. Witnessing the terrible plight of many street dogs first hand was shocking and difficult.
“I felt so helpless in the face of such misery but I promised myself I would do something about it if I ever had the opportunity.”

“Adopting a Street Dog (The Story of Bruna and Me)” tells the very special story of Pat’s first year with Bruna, a street dog from Thailand. This is Pat’s first published work and proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to Soi Dog Foundation, the amazing charity that brought Pat and Bruna together.

Pat will be chatting and signing copies of the book.

Saturday January 25th. 2-3PM. In-shop. A free event.

Celia Reynolds: Finding Henry Applebee. Book launch and signing.

Come and join Gower author (and shop supporter) Celia Reynolds for the launch of her debut novel: Finding Henry Applebee.

Published by Harper Collins, and criss-crossing the UK from Oystermouth to Scotland, Finding Henry Applebee is a tender and uplifting story about unlikely friendships, the power of love – and how it’s never too late to change your life.

Celia Reynolds was born and raised in Wales and worked for almost twenty-five years in the film industry in London, and briefly Rome. In 2012, she left her job as European Marketing Director at Twentieth Century Fox to enrol in the Complete Creative Writing Course held at the Groucho Club in London’s West End. Later that year, she was awarded Runner Up prize in the London Writers’ Club/Hush Short Story Competition. After many years away, she is now based on the Gower coast in her native South Wales.

Saturday 14th December. 2pm. In-store. Free!

Matt Pritchard- Dirty Vegan 2: Another Bite

 

After the resounding success of last year’s event, we though we’d do it all again.

Come and join presenter, chef, skateboarder, and BBC star for the launch of his latest book: Dirty Vegan: Another Bite. Matt will be in conversation, signing and chatting. Vegan menu available on the night and a skate session is included in price. Books will be available.

Tickets:
£6.00 or for an extra £4.00 (£10.00), add a burger. Please let us know any special dietary needs. Please phone Exist Skatepark on 01792 474095 to pre-order food.

Tickets available from Cover To Cover and Exist Skatepark.
Or online here (booking fee applies)

Thursday January 28th. 6.30 for 7.30 start.

 

Dirty Vegan 2

Ellie Snowdon. Local Children’s Author/Illustrator

Meet The Author!

Come and meet Ellie Snowdon – author/illustrator of The Terribly Friendly Fox and Great Bunny Bakes.

Ellie studied Drawing & Applied Arts at UWE (Bristol), followed by an MA in Children’s book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, graduating in 2015. She was twice highly commended for the Macmillan Prize in the same year. Ellie now lives in Mumbles and works from a jumbled wonderland that is her studio.

She is the illustrator behind the Jasmin Green fiction series (published by Nosy Crow) and her first picture book ‘Great Bunny Bakes’ was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. Her second – The Terribly Friendly Fox is being launched by us at this event.

Ellie will be chatting and signing. Come and pick up the perfect children’s Christmas gift!

2-3.30PM In-store. Free!

Blues At The Bookshop. The Three Divas

THREE DIVAS – BLUES AND JAZZ at COVER-TO-COVER

Celebrating the publication of Jen Wilson’s new book FREEDOM MUSIC: Wales, Emancipation and Jazz 1850-1950.

Join us for a glass of wine, mince pies and songs from the classic blues singers Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday and some old gospel favourites.

Vocals: Margot Morgan and Elissa Evans
Piano: Jen Wilson