‘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.


Without Walls

Homelessness in Colchester is nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century two of our town’s most well-known residents were Emma and Grimes, an inseparable couple, devoted to each other though famous for their bickering, who slept in ditches and toured the streets scrounging for food.

This book describes itself as ‘an anthology of new poetry in aid of Colchester’s homeless’, but it is so much more. It contains a wide, varied and endlessly interesting collection of poems all on the theme of Colchester and its history by poets both well-known and unknown. But interleaved are many fine paintings and drawings by local artists as well as photographs that complement the poems. Added to that are fascinating articles on Colchester’s history and on homelessness and vagrancy over time, making this a book that really does have something for everyone. Author and historian, Alice Goss has done a splendid job in shaping poems, pictures and history into a coherent themed anthology to raise funds to help Colchester’s homeless people.

Hardback £15.00