Jane Fraser. The South Westerlies. Book Launch.

We’re delighted to launch shop-friend and writer Jane’s first collection: The South Westerlies. Based in Llangennith, ‘Jane Fraser’s dark and unsettling debut collection of short stories explores the windswept Gower Peninsula of South Wales: a place of folklore and myth, birth and death, envy and revenge.’

‘Fraser’s stories are compellingly told and carefully crafted. She shares a heightened, acute sense of language with Annie Proulx and the right to comparison with such a prose stylist is properly won. And just as Proulx claims the lodgepole pines and wide-skied landscape of Wyoming as her own so too does Jane Fraser take the wind-flensed land’s edge of north Gower and make it hers. She has given this reader, at least, what he so often desires, namely the tang and sharpness of savouring language seemingly newly minted.’ —Jon Gower

‘The South Westerlies is obviously the work of a serious, committed and thoughtful writer, open to both inner and outer realms, the quivering sensitivities of the self, and the tactile, textured world outside, a kind of aesthetic elision between character and place.’ —Alan Bilton

‘The South Westerlies illustrate a landscape depicted with great specificity and detail, interfusing an exploration of place with the lives and perceptions of the characters who inhabit it… The stories display a sure grasp of the short story form and the techniques and processes of prose fiction… The collection is an original and valuable contribution to the literature of Gower and Wales.’ —Tristan Hughes

Mumbles Tabernacle | Thursday 8th August | 7.30PM | £4.00 inc wine!

Tickets available from shop or here

Ed Clarke – The Secret Dragon

Come and join the amazing Ed Clarke for the launch of The Secret Dragon: a heartwarming story of friendship and adventure – perfect for young explorers aged 8+. Readings, activities and more!

Mari Jones is desperate to be a real scientist, even though she’s only eleven. So when she discovers a tiny dragon while fossil hunting on the beach, she’s sure she can find a good scientific explanation – as long as she can keep it hidden long enough to study it.

Unfortunately for Mari, this is one secret that doesn’t want to be kept. And as she starts to form a deeper bond with the mischievous dragon, she might have to admit that, when it comes to friendship, science might not have all the answers…

‘Utterly enchanting’ – Cat Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island.

‘Seamless storytelling interwoven with fascinating science . . . perfect for reading aloud!’ – Piers Torday, author of The Lost Magician

Cover To Cover | Sat June 1st | 2PM | Free!



Alis Hawkins National Crime Reading Month Bookshop Tour

Come and meet Alis Hawkins – author of the Teifi Valley Coroner
historical crime series – on her 27 date tour of Independent Bookshops. Alis will be chatting and signing copies.

Monday 27th May. 2-3PM. In shop. FREE!

Kate Hamer: Crushed. Book Launch.

Come and join the wonderful Kate Hamer for the launch of her latest novel: Crushed.
Kate’s third novel CRUSHED is published in May 2019 (Faber & Faber). She is the author of THE DOLL FUNERAL (Faber & Faber 2017) which was a Bookseller book of the month and an editor’s pick for Radio 4’s Open Book. Her first novel THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT has been translated into 18 different languages. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. She grew up in the west country and rural Pembrokeshire and now lives with her husband in Cardiff.
“Kate Hamer’s gripping debut novel immediately recalls the explosion of similarly titled books and movies, from Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, to The Girl on the Train to Gone Girl … “―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Kate will be in conversation with Sarah Rees.
Tickets: £4.00
Available from shop and online 

Matt Pritchard. Dirty Vegan. Exist Skatepark

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

Tickets £6.00 from bookshop and Exist.

Online tickets HERE




Saturday March 23rd.

As a big thank you to all our customers and supporters for sticking by us when we had to shut for a few months last year, we’re hosting a whole day of activities, readings and fizz here in the shop.

10.30am Tom & Helen Docherty. Children’s storytelling, live drawing and book signing with international bestselling local authors Helen and Thomas Docherty.

2pm Katie Cottle. Children’s doodling, storytelling and signing with the Batsford Prize winner, author of The Green Giant.

4pm Owen Sheers. Award-winning Welsh poet, author, playwright, and Professor of Creativity at Swansea University, Owen will be reading from a selection of his recent works.

5pm Dan Llywelyn Hall and Robert Minnhinick. Book launch/discussion. The Dunes is a collaboration by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall and poet, Robert Minhinnick. A collection of new drawings and poems inspired by the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes of South Wales.

10% off ALL purchases all day!

Women of Britain/ Merched Prydain

Thursday 14th March 2019 7.30pm Taliesin

Women of Britain / Merched Prydain in association with Swansea University

Featuring Clare Pollard, Sabrina Mahfouz, Menna Elfyn and Liz Berry

Join Swansea University for an array of voices, languages and poems as Modern Poetry in Translation launch their Spring issue as part of Swansea University Cultural Institute’s series of events celebrating International Women’s Day. Editor Clare Pollard will chair a discussion on translation, 21st century women’s poetry and the diverse language communities of Britain followed by a gala reading featuring poets from Swansea, Wales and across the UK, including multi-award winning poets Sabrina Mahfouz, Menna Elfyn and Liz Berry. An evening of words, performance and cutting-edge literature, not to be missed.

Introduced by Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity Owen Sheers.

‘MPT is the Fifth International, anyone who wants to change the world and see it changed should join’ – John Berger

Presented in partnership with Wales PEN Cymru and GENCAS, Swansea University’s Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society.

Taliesin £8.00/£4.00

You can purchase tickets here

Women of Britain

Laura Bates: The Burning

Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series Curated by Professor in Creativity Owen Sheers


A World Book Day Event.

Thursday 7th March. 7.30PM.

The hotly anticipated YA fiction debut from equality and diversity campaigner Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and best-selling author, is inspired by testimonies of teenage girls across the UK.

‘The Burning’ is an urgent book for our times written with unique insight by an author already ‘in many ways the voice of her generation’ (Huffington Post).

Followed by Q & A and book signing.

‘This is what feminism looks like’ RED ONLINE

Part of Swansea University Cultural Institute’s celebration of International Women’s Day, presented in partnership with GENCAS.

Booking essential. Tickets here

For more information please contact: Swansea University Cultural Institute (Email: cultural-institute@swansea.ac.uk) – Telephone: 01792295190

Geoff Brookes: In Knives We Trust

Come and join prolific local author and Swansea history expert Geoff Brookes for the launch of his first novel: In Knives We Trust.

Cover To Cover Bookshop. March 2nd. 2-3PM. A FREE event.

Geoff will be chatting and signing copies.

Geoff Brookes spent his professional life as a teacher in Leicester and in two Swansea Comprehensive schools. His writing career began with pieces in The Independent and he was soon writing regularly for The Times Education Supplement. He is a featured writer for Welsh Country Magazine and the author of a number of books about Swansea’s history.

An atmospheric murder mystery set in Victorian Swansea in 1880,it evokes a convincing portrayal of life in a nineteenth century Welsh town. A plot which uses authentic locations and voices.

The first in a series featuring Inspector Rumsey Bucke. Inspector Rumsey Bucke, a still-grieving widower, must find Daniel Guy who has tried and failed to murder his own wife. He tracks him steadily through the murky streets of Swansea’s poorest communities, with little help from a corrupt and incompetent police force.

Two fatal stabbings, which may or may not be connected, put Bucke’s position under threat from a scheming superior. However, he finds the will and the support to change his life from an unlikely source, the wife of a prime murder suspect. As he finally confronts his own sorrow, he discovers that terrible secrets lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary lives around him.

No one can ever escape from the secret burdens they carry with them. But there are unknown figures lurking in the shadows and Bucke is drawn into the dangerous world of international politics, with assassins playing out a clandestine war on the streets of the town, ready to kill the innocent to protect themselves. As he desperately runs out of time to prevent another murder, Bucke has to find the answers which have eluded him.

Who is the murderer? Is it Daniel Guy? Is it someone else? Just how many murderers are there? There is a bigger question for him too. If, as they say, justice is blind, are there occasions when the law should be blind too?