A Thought for Fathers Day.

Forget the socks and aftershave,
the gadgets for reluctant cooks.
Show you care on Fathers Day
and give your Dad some books!


Upcycled Fabric Sculpture: an exhibition by Anna Boon

A unique exhibition of sculptures made from old t-shirts, resin and wire transformed to replicate bronze and stone.

Of he work, Anna says….

“I am intrigued with how objects are frequently discarded when they become old and worn. I hope within my work to show there can be beauty within ageing and those marks of time should be venerated for the life travelled, character and memories they evoke.”

Anna’s  work move between painting and sculpture. Underlying both is a need to explore colour, texture and the figurative form.  Within sculpture Anna has found a  method of transforming old t-shirts, resin and wire into sculptures that replicate bronze and stone. The resulting sculptures capture the ethereal beauty, fluidity and movement of the figure.  The paintings displayed are inspired by an old  steamer trunk and the beautifully aged labels that had survived many journey over decades of use.

Anna grew up in Cornwall, moved briefly to Glasgow and has since settled in Suffolk.  After a career in the travel industry and bringing up two children she fulfilled a long held ambition to study art and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art and Design in 2008.

Anna is also a tutor and runs regular classes in drawing and painting in Nayland and West Bergholt. Please see her website for details www.annaboon.co.uk.

Sat 21st April 3 pm. – Book launch: ‘A Deed Undone’ by Robert Seymour

Saturday 21st April, 3 pm

Robert Seymour, a retired lawyer and judge advocate was a Samaritans volunteer in Colchester for many years. This novel, a thoughtful, gentle thriller, draws on his knowledge of both these worlds. He is the author of two earlier books, entertaining tales based on his early experiences at the Bar.

About ‘A Deed Undone’

In the course of their Samaritans training, Lucy and Gerald come to understand what has brought them to this point in their lives. Gerald’s desire to help others leads him elsewhere, while Lucy starts taking calls, supporting distressed and suicidal people in their time of greatest need. They soon find themselves working together in a race against time to track down Lucy’s friend Alison as she runs, haunted by past events, from herself and her memories.

Robert fell ill while writing this novel and sadly, he died just as its publication date approached. We are pleased now to hold a launch for ‘A Deed Undone’.

Robert’s wife, Jane and editor, Jill Burrows will be on hand to talk about Robert’s aims in writing this book and the valuable work done by the Samaritans.

Paperback £6.9.                                                        Refreshments will be available.

The Little History of Essex: Meet the Author, Judith Williams.

Wednesday April 11th, 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Come and hear local author JUDITH WILLIAMS talk about her latest book THE LITTLE HISTORY OF ESSEX

There’s nothing ‘little’ about the history of Essex! However, this small volume condenses that fascinating and rich history into a collection of stories and facts that will make you marvel at the events our county has witnessed.

Discover the development of shipbuilding at Harwich, the silk and wool industries in central Essex, the fortunes of Chelmsford and Colchester and the rise of seaside resorts at Southend and Clacton


This is a FREE EVENT but space is limited so please contact the shop to reserve your place.


‘Out of the Hedgerow’ – an exhibition of paintings by Emma Wren


Quirky seagulls, flamboyant hummingbirds, charismatic hares and stunning meadow flowers make up the latest collection from Essex Artist Emma Wren, now showing in our gallery space downstairs. Created with inks and vivid watercolours, Emma’s contemporary vibrant paintings and Giclée prints capture these wild characters in their natural surroundings.

Growing up in Norfolk, Emma spent hours sketching on her Dad’s fruit farm, capturing the colours of the hedgerows and flowers in the fields. This passion for drawing stayed with her and led her to pursue Textile design at Winchester school of art. Colour, experimental textures and drawing were always the watch words in her collections. Upon obtaining her degree, Emma began her career in a London studio, designing printed textiles, cards and giftware. After several years of producing purely handcrafted work, Emma retrained using CAD programs and worked as a freelance Magazine designer on various glossy titles.

After a short career break to bring up her 2 children, Emma has returned to her first love of drawing and painting. She now lives with her family in Colchester and paints from her home studio.

The exhibition can be viewed throughout April.

Thank you to all our customers!

A big thank you to all our wonderful customers. We have enjoyed sharing our enthusiasm for books with you and been overwhelmed by the expressions of support and congratulations we’ve received. We’re so pleased now just to be ‘in the mix’ for the National Award along with the other regional winners all of them fantastic, dedicated, characterful shops serving their communities with passion and creativity.