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We love people as much as we love books and book-related events bring these loves together.  We host monthly book clubs to suit ages 7-107.   We also host a monthly Silent Book Club as well as a writing group; a weekly yoga class and regular author events as well as 4 bookshop parties a year. To find out more about these events please check here on a regular basis or make sure you are a subscriber to our mailing list.  Not all our events are accessible to wheelchair users but we taking some of our events offsite to accommodate this.

What's On?

29.02.2024
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Offsite. Please confirm location

Monthly event – Daytime Book Club:
APPETITE BOOK CLUB (Age 18+)
11.30am at various venues

02.03.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
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Author Talk
Annabel Abbs
Sleepless
2nd March, 11am
Discussing non fiction book ‘Sleepless’

04.03.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
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World Book Day Event
for teachers and educators
Monday, 4th March, 6pm
Guest Speaker and Authors

06.03.2024
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Red Lion Books

Silent Book Club
…because we all need to schedule in reading time
Monthly
Bring your own book & a blanket!
6th March 2024, 5pm

06.03.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Author Talk
Clare Mackintosh
I Promise It Won’t Always Hurt Like This
18 assurances on grief
6th March, 6.30pm

09.03.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Author Talk with Andrew Phillips
Paxman of Colchester
9th March, 11am

14.03.2024
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Red Lion Books

Author Event:
C.L Miller
14th March 6pm
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

16.03.2024
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Colchester Arts Centre

Author Event:
John Murray & Matt Johnson
Non-Fiction authors talking about their experience regarding the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher
16th March 11am
Paperback edition of No Ordinary Day included in ticket price

21.03.2024
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Red Lion Books

Linocut Workshop with Holly:
March 21st, 2024
10am

24.03.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Death Club
…because it’s good to find time to talk
Sunday, 24th March, 10.30am
Red Lion Books

28.03.2024
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Offsite. Please confirm location

Monthly event – Daytime Book Club:
APPETITE BOOK CLUB (Age 18+)
11.30am at various venues

11.04.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Spring Soiree 2024
Bookshop Shop Party
3 Author Hosts
11th April, 6pm
Red Lion Books

20.04.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Authors in Conversation
A trio of Thriller Writers
20th April 2024, 11am

20.04.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Poetry Reading
Rory Waterman & Declan Ryan
April 20th, 2.30pm

26.04.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
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Book Signing at Red Lion Books
Jason Fox
26th April, lunchtime
Embrace The Chaos

11.05.2024
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St Botolph’s Street, Colchester CO2 7EE

St Botolph’s Music Society
Concert Schumann Brahms
11th May 7.30 pm

22.05.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Author Talk
Ingrid Persaud
The Lost Love Songs of Boysie Singh
22nd May, 6pm
£20 includes signed, first edition, hardback

27.06.2024
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Colchester Arts Centre

Daytime Book Club in collaboration with Essex Book Festival:
Helen MacDonald and Sin Blaché
Discussing novel THE PROPHET
APPETITE BOOK CLUB (Age 18+)
11.30am at Colchester Arts Centre

13.07.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Author Talk with Nancy Stevenson
Beach Hut People
13th July 11am

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Past Events

24.02.2024
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Red Lion Books

Monthly Writer’s Club
Pay What You Can
Last Saturday of the Month
10am

07.02.2024
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Authors In Conversation
Holly Pester ‘The Lodgers’
Keiran Goddard ‘ I See Buildings Fall Like Lightning’
7th February, 6pm
In collaboration with Essex Book Festival

28.01.2024
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YA Book Club:
THE COCOA BOOKCLUB (Age 18-25)
monthly event

20.12.2023
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Poetry readings for charity
Jennifer Jones
20th December, 2pm-3pm

07.12.2023
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Winter Soiree 2023:
Bookshop Party
7th December, 6pm
3 Authors & a Goodie Bag

05.12.2023
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Red Lion Books
125 High Street
CO1 1SZ

Author Signing
Lisa Wakely
Hexed
5th December, 12.30hrs

25.11.2023
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Civilised Saturday 2023
9am-5pm
Shopping discount with an offering of sherry
Our civilised reaction to Black Friday

23.11.2023
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Linocut Workshop with Holly:
November 23rd 2023
10am

04.11.2023
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St Botolph’s Street, Colchester CO2 7EE

St Botolph’s Music Society
Autumn Concert: Fate or just a Yellowhammer?
4th November 7.30 pm

28.10.2023
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Red Lion Books

Writing Club hosted by Revival of the Arts:
October 28th 2023
10am

25.10.2023
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Red Lion Books

Children’s Illustration Workshop
With Hayley Wells
Wednesday 25th October
11am at Red Lion Books

14.10.2023
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Author Talk
Ian Anderson
The History & Natural History of Spices
Saturday 14th October 2023
11am

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Our Events

Why Come Along?

Robin-Ince

Meet Authors

Listen to authors talk about their books and the craft of writing.

NEWELL

Get a book signed

Buy a book with a personal dedication from a visiting author.

SARAH PERRY

Ask Questions

Our ‘meet the author’ events always finish with the opportunity for you to ask your own question.

Oyn

Get writing tips

Find out how published authors get their inspiration and then structure their writing.

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...they have put on numerous events online in what are difficult times.

It's the best book shop in Colchester by a country mile! They always have a huge selection of books in stock and this makes it a great place for discovering new titles, as well as discovering new topics. The staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful; during this year I believe they have put on numerous events online in what are difficult times. I cannot recommend this book shop enough!

Luke Rogers

they often have book launch deals and author meet events......

Red Lion Books is an indie shop with a great selection of books for the public. They're curated section is equally fantastic, and they often have book launch deals and author meet events that are worth looking out for too. If you're looking for book recommendations, this is the place. You get the impression here that they actually read the books.

Jessica Brown

Loved the Robin Ince event - more please!

Good at events

You are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!