The Unfamiliars Scratch Lab: Tales for the Fireside

Friday 30th November 7.30pm – 10.00pm

An evening showcasing some of the finest creative types Colchester has on offer. Expect comedy, music, magic, art, performance, poetry, spoken word and the unfamiliar. Taking place in different and exciting locations each monthly show is built around a theme. This month:

Themed “Tales For The Fireside”, the Scratch Lab contains an hour of curated content, a mini exhibition and the launch of the new issue of the Unfamiliars zine. Expect enthralling tales, gothic experiences and just darn good stories.


Lisa Temple-Cox

Lee Ashcroft

and more!

The evening will be hosted by Lewis Walker and Tourism Superstar 2017 Nominee Gemma Abbott.

Alongside all of the above there’ll be a limited edition zine boasting contributions from a host of incredible talent.

The event takes place downstairs at Red Lion Books. Seats are limited! Guarantee yours by booking in advance or chance it and pay what you want on the door.*

Tickets available from Eventbrite here

‘Floral Abstraction’ – a textile art exhibition

showing in our downstairs gallery area until Dec 31st 2018



Stitchers inc. is very excited to be making a return visit to Red lion Books and to bring our current exhibition Floral Abstraction to a wider audience.  Members of the group are based in North Essex and South Suffolk and come together to meet and work each month at Elm Farm Studio in Great Tey, under the inspirational guidance of mentor Alexandra Waylett.  We enjoy exploring a variety of media and incorporate paint, print, paper and water soluble materials in our textile work as well as more traditional forms of embroidery.  This exhibition brings a fresh and contemporary twist to an age old subject with ‘abstract’ being a key feature of our interpretation of flowers and plant life.  Each member has brought their own style to both group and solo pieces, and wall pieces are complemented by a selection of 3D explorations.

Their work will be exhibited at Red Lion Books until the end of December 2018.

Meet the Book Champions of Red Lion Books!

We have seven book champions here at Red Lion Books and each of them is championing the book that they love and want to see read by more people. Some are very well known, some less so. Here are our book champions and their chosen books.