As enthusiastic supporters of World Book Day we are involved with several local schools and always tend to order too many copies of each yearly crop of fantastic WBD titles. After all, the last thing we ever want to do is to run out! It does mean that after the dust has settled on the WBD events we are always left with extra stock. We have found some good uses for them over the years but the latest is maybe the best – a link with the local library service who take books into prisons.
For children, the occasional visit to their father in prison can be a difficult, awkward and daunting experience. The unfriendly formality of the visiting hall is not a helpful environment for a quality time together. Essex County Libraries have recently started to run Family Library Time sessions in Chelmsford Prison where fathers can spend time reading with their children in a much more welcoming environment. It is a place where children have a chance to relax and actually enjoy the time with their fathers. Our surplus WBD books mean that prisoners can give their visiting children a book to take away. A book to read and enjoy which is also a tangible reminder of their visit with their absent father.
Research has shown how important it is for parents in prison to maintain family relationships. It plays a big part in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. So, this is a brilliant partnership. Over 500 surplus WBD books, built up over years, are out of our stock room and getting into the hands of children – and in the process strengthening the family ties that help keep society healthy.
Here is a link to Essex County Council’s website post on this initiative.
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.
Yes, we have four tickets to see the brilliant pantomime, Dick Whittington at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Please note that the tickets will be for the matinee performance on New Year’s Eve at 3 pm.
To enter all you need to do is answer the following simple question.
Why did Dick Whittington travel to London? Was it…
- To search for his lost cat.
- To see if the streets were paved with Gold.
- To see Big Ben.
The winner will be the first correct answer drawn out of the hat on 18th December. Just drop into the shop for an entry form or you can enter by emailing email@example.com with your answer.
We are pleased to be hosting an exhibition of new pictures by Sara Napoletani. This collection of bird pictures have all been painted over the summer and autumn of 2016 and this is the first time they have been on show. Mostly finely painted water colours, save for two large and dramatic pictures in egg tempera, these pictures all reflect Sara’s recently developed endeavour to capture the spirit of birds in flight.
The exhibition continues through December and into the New Year.
On Saturday afternoon November 26th Sara will be in the shop 2.30 – 3.30 so do come along to meet her and find out more about her art.