Wednesday 28th September at 5.30 pm
We are really pleased to have Natasha Pulley drop in to the shop for an informal talk and conversation about her brilliant first novel, ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ which has quickly become an award winning international bestseller.
About the book
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. He is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a bomb threat. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music.
Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.
As the lives of these three characters become entwined, Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses. Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius – and a clockwork octopus – collide.
‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ is available in paperback at £7.99.
Tuesday 11th October at 7.30 pm
Come and join us to celebrate the launch of a new novel which tells the fascinating but little known story of Katharina, wife of Martin Luther.
On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther pinned ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door, Wittenberg, criticizing the Church of Rome; they were printed and published by Lucas Cranach and caused a storm. Nine young nuns, intoxicated by Luther’s subversive writings, became restless and longed to leave their convent. On Good Friday 1523 a haulier smuggled them out hidden in empty herring barrels. Five of them settled in Wittenberg, the very eye of the storm, and one of them – Katharina von Bora – scandalised the world by marrying the revolutionary former monk. Following a near miscarriage, she is confined to her bed to await the birth of their first child; during this time, she sets down her own story. Against a backdrop of 16th Century Europe this vivid account of Katharina von Bora’s early life brings to the spotlight this spirited and courageous woman.
Anne Boileau grew up on a small farm in rural Suffolk and has an affinity with its ancient landscape, its history and wildlife. She studied German in Munich and worked as translator, interpreter and language teacher before returning to University to study for a BSc. She translates German poetry into English and her own poems have appeared in many anthologies. Awards include: Second prize in the George Crabbe Competition 2012, third prize 2014 and First Prize in the Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2016. Her poetry collection Shoal Moon was published by Grey Hen Press in 2014.
Katharina Luther is published in paperback by Clink Press price £8.99.
Lee Thomas is a Colchester based artist, photographer, graphic designer, illustrator and art director. Lee has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years and has been showing his artwork up and down the country for over 10 years.
The boat pictures included in the current exhibition are part of a larger collection that has been developing and growing over the last couple of years.
Meet the artist: Private View, Wednesday 14th September 6 – 8 pm
Lee draws inspiration from the world and nature around him in all of his work. From the sea and boats to woodland and animals, his every experience is evident in the breadth and style of his work.
You can see he real breadth of his work at gallerydesign.co.uk email
Commissions are welcome.
This exhibition will run from Tuesday 6th September to Saturday 15th October
Join us for farmhouse cakes and tea to launch an entertaining new book.
Saturday, 10th September at 2.30 pm.
For all pig lovers who struggle to face life without a new Blandings novel, Elizabeth Dye has written a pig-squealing, cow-pat-splattered memory of life on an Essex farm in the 1950’s. Elizabeth was brought up on a farm just outside Colchester and this book draws on her memories of the fun and humour as well as the sometimes tough times faced by a teenager on a family farm.
Pigs in the Garden is published by Seven Arches Publishing in paperback price £7.99.
paintings, prints, ceramics, books
July 21st – September 2nd 2016
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.
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.