2D3D Art Exhibition

paintings, prints, ceramics, books
July 21st – September 2nd 2016

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2D3D are an informal group of painters, potters and printmakers who have lived and worked in the Tendring area for many years. Together they aim to uphold the spirit of making ‘art for all’ by making art accessible and fun through courses, workshops, events and exhibitions.

Artists featured in this exhibition are Sue Bennett, Di Humphries, Martina Weatherley, Jean Parsons, Daphne Sandham, Claudia Singer, John Theobald, Judith White, Christine Woodman and Mel King.



Saturday July 30th is Harry Potter Day at Red Lion Books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child





To mark the World Premiere of the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening at the Palace Theatre, London, we are filling the shop with all kinds of Harry Potter style magical mayhem. Try your hand at magical potions making and join the Grand Hogwarts Hunt in the shop. Come along and get in the mood for the launch of the new Harry Potter story.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is the play that forms the eighth instalment of the Harry Potter series and Harry is now grown up with children of his own. The plot line is the year’s best kept secret with those present at the dress rehearsals in London sworn to silence. The book containing the storyline play script is under strict embargo until after the first performance and cannot be sold before July 31st.

We will be opening our doors at midnight on Saturday night for those who want to get their hands on a copy as soon as possible.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ RRP £20.00 will be on sale at the special launch price of £15.00.

Meet the author: Emily Hauser

Wednesday 13th July, 7 pm

Emily Hauser attended Colchester Royal Grammar School and then went on to study ancient history at Cambridge under Mary Beard. She now teaches and researches at Yale University in the USA. We are really pleased to welcome her to Red Lion Books for the launch of the paperback edition of her first novel, which relates the legendary tale of Troy in a wonderfully original way.

FORTHEMOSTBThree thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War? Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story.

Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of Troy for the first time. The story of Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans’ High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus, who fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes. In this novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all – in a tale that has waited millennia to be told.

“Brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive.” (Manda Scott, author of Boudica).

This is a free event but numbers are limited so please contact the shop to reserve your ticket.



Bibliotherapy Sessions on Saturday 18th June

PrintTo celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK, Red Lion Books has Eloise, a ‘biblioenthusiast’,  visiting us on Saturday. Eloise is offering 15 minute one-to-one consultations where she will hear your needs, worries and woes (or joys, jokes and japes) and then recommend a book (or books) to suit your mood.

For £15 you will receive your consultation and one of the recommended books as well as a wrapped mystery book (a proof). Oh, and there will be cake.

Spaces are limited so please get in touch with us for available slots.

Come and meet Sarah Winman

Thursday 23rd June 12 noon (referendum day!)

Come and meet Sarah Winman who will be dropping for an informal visit to talk about her latest book ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’.

MARVELLOUSWAYSMarvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. She’s waiting for something but she’s not sure what. Drake is a young soldier back from the Second World War. His promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in the creek, broken in body and spirit and the old woman comes to his aid.

‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ is the second novel from the author of the international bestseller ‘When God Was a Rabbit’. It is a life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life, the pull of the sea and the healing powers of storytelling.