Saturday 15th, July 3.15 pm
Following the success of his first book ‘The Bucket’ a couple of years ago, we are delighted to welcome D J Cattrell back to Red Lion Books to launch the follow up.
‘The Bag’ is an exciting adventure, featuring sisters, Rachel and Sarah, and a wicked witch called Esmeralda.
Sarah’s bag attracts the attention of Esmeralda and becomes part of her evil plans.
The action crosses boundaries between different worlds as Sarah realises that her precious bag contains more than she realises.
‘The Bag’ is a magical tale aimed at 8 – 12 year olds.
It is published in paperback price £8.99.
About the author:
D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He left that world to act as main carer for his terminally ill mother, then acquired a degree in performing arts. He helped create and run the New Route Theatre Company, championing new writing and giving aspiring actors new works to try and trained others in international negotiation skills. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business.
He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his ageing horse, deaf cat, wife and two children.
Red Lion Bookshop, in partnership with Appetite Book Club, are delighted to host this event with Sarah Perry, who will talk about her wonderful novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ at
Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 6.30 pm
The Essex Serpent’, is set largely in and around Colchester towards the end of the nineteenth century.
A series of misfortunes out on the Blackwater estuary lead to rumours that the legendary serpent (or dragon) is stalking the land once more, roused from its slumbers by the earthquake of 1884.
It has been shortlisted for many prestigious, national literary awards, including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa Fiction Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize. It has just been announced winner of the British Book Award 2017.
The Arts Centre doors will open at 6.00pm with the event starting at 6.30pm sharp.
There will be the opportunity for audience Q&A and the event will run through to 7.30pm.
Tickets at £5.00 can be bought from the shop during normal opening hours of 9 – 5.30pm.
Tickets are also available online from Colchester Arts Centre website for £6 where an ordering charge is also applicable.
All profits from this event will be donated to Read Easy, a charity that works to help adults learn to read.
Find out about the excellent and important work they do here http://readeasy.org.uk
Thursday 27th April at 6.30 pm
Come and meet two authors and hear about their new books.
In a unique partnership this event will be hosted by the irrepressible
on a rare night off from the Arts Centre!
This is a free event but space is limited so please email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Wednesday 22nd February
6.30 – 8.30 pm
We are very pleased to welcome Colchester author, Sarah Armstrong back to Red Lion Books for the launch of her second novel. Sarah will talk about the book and her writing.
Drinks and nibbles will be available.
‘The Devil in the Snow’ is the story of Shona who wants to free herself of Maynard, the ex, who is still living in the house. When her teenage daughter goes missing, she’s certain Maynard is the culprit. Her Mother is obsessed with the Devil, Uncle Jimmy is fresh out of prison and has never been entirely straight with her.
And then there is a shaman living in the shed!
Shona soon discovers that the secrets she buried are as dangerous as the family curse haunting her mother.
Sarah’s short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies.
For many years she has taught creative writing for the Open University as well as being tutor for writing classes held here in the shop.
Sorry this event has been cancelled due to ill health.
Wednesday 15th February
6.30 – 8.00 pm
Leading Colchester historian Andrew Phillips will be here to talk about his new book ‘Colchester in the Great War’.
Refreshments will be provided.
This is a free event but our space is limited so please get in touch to book your seat.
email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01206 578584
About ‘Colchester in the Great War’
Few towns equalled Colchester in their role in the Great War. In this expert account, Colchester historian Andrew Phillips records four of the most dramatic years in the town’s history. Over 10 per cent of Colchester’s adult men died in the conflict, the highest in eastern England and twice the national average. The garrison was Headquarters of Eastern Region and supplied many of the men who prevented the early defeat of France. The town then became a training area for at least 100,000 recruits. While training, guns on the Western Front could often be heard. At times Colchester’s civilian population of 40,000 was equalled by 40,000 troops, who often billeted with local families or housed in large tent cities. Soon thousands of requisitioned horses, trucks, artillery pieces and munitions were also assembled in the town.
As the war took its deadly toll, Colchester became one vast hospital as the wounded arrived by train. An enlarged garrison hospital, an enlarged civilian hospital and six Red Cross Hospitals nursed at least 110,000 men.
Published by Pen & Sword, paperback £12.99.
Come and join us to celebrate the launch of Liz Trenow’s new novel
‘The Silk Weaver’
Wednesday 1st February: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
There will be a short talk from Liz, book signing, drinks and nibbles.
Since turning to writing fiction five years ago, Colchester’s Liz Trenow quickly established herself as a successful novelist, now translated and published around the world.
Brought up in a house next to the family silk mill in Suffolk her books regularly draw on her passion for silk and textiles for their background themes. But is her skill at creating strong characters and engrossing human dramas that make her books so readable.
We are delighted to welcome Liz back to Red Lion Books for the launch her new book.
About ‘The Silk Weaver’
1760, Spitalfields, London.
Anna Butterfield’s life changes forever as she moves from her idyllic Suffolk home to be into London society. A chance encounter with a Henri, French silk weaver, draws her in to the volatile world of the city’s burgeoning silk trade. Henri is working on his ‘master piece’, to become a master weaver and freeman. Anna, struggling against family pressure to marry a wealthy young lawyer, longs to become an artist.
Henri realises that Anna’s designs could give them both an opportunity for freedom. But his world becomes more dangerous by the day, as riots threaten to tear them apart forever . . .
Inspired by real historical events and characters, The Silk Weaver is a captivating, unforgettable story of illicit romance in a time of enlightenment and social upheaval.