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

Meet The Authors: Helen Iles, Delyth Jenkins, and Jane Fraser

Come and share an hour or two with some Welsh women and their words. Delyth Jenkins, Jane Fraser and Helen iles read from their recent works and answer questions about their experience of writing about the land they love.

Helen’s family have lived at least four generations in Swansea and Gower. In 2012, she reluctantly uprooted and moved with her new husband to Australia, then to Spain. Hiraeth reflects on the nature of home and community and how we, in a fractured world, might re-connect – to ourselves, to the land and to each other.

In the summer of 2012 Delyth Jenkins walked the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. She carried her small harp with her, giving a series of impromptu path-side concerts. Structured around the 17 days of the walk, her book – That Would Be Telyn – is an account of her adventures and the people she met and played for along the way.

Jane’s The South Westerlies is an attempt to know place (Gower) through the creation of a collection of short stories. Place is not a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of a wide cast of fictional characters. The collection is unified by the tone of the prevalent dank south-westerly wind that blows across the peninsula, the UK’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. However, the author chooses to let her gaze fall on the downsides of a much vaunted tourism destination and a place that is too beautiful, perhaps, for its own good.

Expect harp music, wine, welsh cakes and books!

Max Porter and LANNY

In this special event, Max Porter, winner of the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize for his internationally-acclaimed ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’, joins Francesca Rhydderch to discuss and read from his globally anticipated, Booker longlisted novel, Lanny.

Followed by Q&A and book signing.

‘In came the sound of a song, warm on his creaturely breath.
My singing child,
bringing me gifts.
A second or two before I realise it’s not him. Lanny?’

‘It’s hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don’t come along very often. It’s a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. It’s a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this.’
MAGGIE O’FARRELL

Max Porter’s first novel, ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times/Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. His second novel ‘Lanny’ (Faber, 2019) has been longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Max lives in Bath with his family.

In partnership with Cultural Institute – Swansea University

 

https://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/en/performances.php?id=58372

Bernard Hedges Glamorgan Cricket Swansea Book Launch

Come and join Stephen Hedges for the launch of his biography of his father: Bernard Hedges. Bernard played rugby for Pontypridd and Swansea, represented Great Britain at football, and was a widely respected cricketer with Glamorgan between 1950 and 1967.

‘Bernard was a true sportsman’ Don Shepherd
Truly, he was a hero’ Neil Kinnock
‘When it was my turn to face the bowlers, I often chose to be Bernard Hedges’ Sir Gareth Edwards

Bernard lived in Newton, Mumbles for the last 25 years of his life.

Stephen will be chatting and signing copies. Free!

Kitty Sewell: The Fault. Book Launch

Come and join international best-selling author Kitty Sewell for the Swansea launch of her new thriller – The Fault.

Saturday 28th September. In-store. 2PM.

Kitty Sewell was born in Sweden, but has joint British and Canadian nationality. She spent her adolescence in Spain and returned to live in Andalucia in 2003, keeping a foot each in Wales and Canada, and a hand in Sweden.

She has a background in psychotherapy, and alongside this career wrote a syndicated weekly newspaper column on mental health, personal development and relationship issues. Looking to exercise her vivid imagination stimulated an interest in writing fiction. Her first novel ICE TRAP (2006) was the dissertation for an MA in Creative Writing, and was subsequently published to critical acclaim and translated into 14 languages.

Kitty’s novels hover around the genre of psychological suspense but don’t feature a lot of blood and gore (nor detective inspectors, forensic scientists or investigative journalists). Her interest lie in the sphere of hidden human frailties, sins, vices and weaknesses, and the webs from which their victims strive for solutions or escape. Her novels are set in locations that she find fascinating, and which often to come alive as characters in themselves.

Kitty’s novels have been shortlisted and longlisted for the Hay Festival Welsh Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger award

Won the BBC Radio Wales “The People’s Choice”

Selected as Bertelsmann’s Media International Book of the Month

Literary Guild Main Selection (USA)

Kitty will be signing and chatting from 2PM.

Stephen Hedges and Alan Wilkins. Cricket Book Launch and Signing.

Come and join Stephen Hedges for the launch of his biography of his father: Bernard Hedges. Bernard played rugby for Pontypridd and Swansea, represented Great Britain at football, and was a widely respected cricketer with Glamorgan between 1950 and 1967.

‘Bernard was a true sportsman’ Don Shepherd
Truly, he was a hero’ Neil Kinnock
‘When it was my turn to face the bowlers, I often chose to be Bernard Hedges’ Sir Gareth Edwards

Bernard lived in Newton, Mumbles for the last 25 years of his life.

Stephen will be joined by broadcaster, commentator and ex-Glamorgan and Gloucestershire cricketer, Alan Wilkins.

Stephen and Alan will be chatting and signing copies of their respective books.

An Evening With Warren Gatland

 

Cover To Cover presents: An evening with Warren Gatland.

Come and join the three-time Grand Slam-winning coach for the launch of his much-anticipated autobiography.

As he leaves his post as Head Coach of Wales at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Gatland’s definitive autobiography provides a colourful and vivid chronicle of an extraordinary three decades at rugby’s dynamic coal-face.

His personal journey has been rewarding and challenging in equal measure, spanning many of the sport’s most passionate heartlands such as New Zealand, Ireland, England and Wales.

Gatland reflects in characteristically forthright and intelligent fashion on a lifetime spent playing and coaching the sport which has been his passion since as a young boy he first picked up an oval ball on New Zealand’s North Island, dreaming of joining the ranks of the mighty All Blacks.

Along the way we encounter the greatest matches, players and rivalries the sport has to offer. We are introduced to a stunning cast of unforgettable characters who grace the story with their humour and humanity, and emerge with a striking appreciation of how rugby has managed to retain its appeal for millions around the globe.

‘Gatland is the master’ Sir Ian McGeechan, Sunday Telegraph
‘Gatland is a coaching star’ Sir Clive Woodward, Mail on Sunday
‘Gats is one of the all-time great coaches’ Sam Warburton, The Sunday Times

Warren will be in conversation with rugby expert and broadcaster Phil Steele.

Tickets £25.00 include a pre-signed copy of the book (RRP £20.00) which can be collected on arrival.

The interview and audience Q&A will end at 8.30pm, after which Warren will have a limited time (1 hour max) to personally dedicate books for those who wish. He will not be signing any other books or merchandise.

Taliesin Arts Centre. Swansea University. Singleton Campus. Wednesday 20th November. 7.30PM

Tickets here or from shop –

sales@cover-to-cover.co.uk
01792 366363
www.cover-to-cover.co.uk

Warren Gatland Autobiography