Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Wednesday 21 October 2020

The Big Book Bash!

wbs40The Big Book Bash

Wivenhoe Bookshop 40th Birthday

7.30pm Sat 29th Oct

William Loveless Hall


Tickets £15 from the shop

Call 01206 824050 to book

Join us for an evening of literary cabaret, song and dancing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Wivenhoe Bookshop!

It’s going to be a fantastic evening with some outstandingly accomplished special guests, a live band and licensed bar.

The bill includes the following literary luminaries:


A L Kennedy

A L Kennedy has many strings to her literary bow – award-winning writer, comic, Guardian columnist – and she excels at all with a distinctive and considered voice.

Her work includes novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction and journalism for a variety of UK and overseas publications, and many of her books have been translated into a number of languages.

Her latest novel ‘Serious Sweet’ is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, and we’re delighted she’ll be joining us.

STOP PRESS! A L Kennedy has just been awarded the prestigious Heine Prize, one of the most important literary and personality awards in Germany.



Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh’s critically acclaimed debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was chosen as Brighton Festival’s ‘City Read’ for 2016.

Born in Belfast, Paul began his writing career as a playwright and wrote comedy shows.

His short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, read on BBC Radio 5 and commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He is also the co-founder of the London Short Story Festival, and Associate Director at the Word Factory.

STOP PRESS! Paul is the winner of the 2016 Polari Prize! Congratulations!


Martin Newell

Martin Newell

Martin Newell is a wordsmith and rock musician who was resident poet for The Independent and The Sunday Express, and is a columnist for the East Anglian.

He’s published a dozen collections of verse, and the rock memoir ‘This Little Ziggy’.

He also led the legendary Cleaners from Venus, whose backlist CDs are now on general release. His songs have been covered by MGMT, The Damned,  Richard Shelton, Laura Groves, Captain Sensible and Alphaville.

Band of Fools

Band of Fools

Band of Fools’ exhilarating blend of gypsy, Klezmer and Balkan folk with shades of swing and jazz will have you dancing your socks off.

The Fools are a collective of eight charismatic musicians with eclectic musical backgrounds who have become firm favourites on the East Anglian festival circuit.

Their infectiously energetic stage performances call audiences to their feet and deliver upbeat joyous renditions of traditional Balkan tunes and their own original and often humorous balkanesque creations.

NB We are indebted to James & Catherine Dodds for permission to use the bookshop linocut.

 There will also be a licensed bar and retro nibbles!

Tickets £15 available from the bookshop – or call 01206 824050



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