3 4 Friday - Poetry, Planets and Teddy Bear's Picnics

After two cracking events for Independent Booksellers Week, today's '3 4 Friday' sees three more events coming up in the next few weeks, including some poetry in the garden (if this weather lasts) our first ever science fiction event, and a teddy bear’s picnic...

On Tuesday, July 23 we are inviting young children to bring their teddy bears to meet Jane Hissey and the original 'Old Bear' at a ‘Teddy Bear's Picnic’ in our courtyard garden. There are two sessions – midday and 3pm – so please let us know if you would like to come along (tickets are £3 per child). We’ll be providing cake – so you just need to bring a cushion, a blanket, some picnic items – and a favourite cuddly for Jane to judge in the 'best loved bear' contest.

On Thursday evening (25 July, 7.30pm) we have a fantastic - and very different - event in the shop. To celebrate the launch of his latest book, 'Phoenicia's Worlds', Abingdon SF author Ben Jeapes will be joined by 'Solaris' editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver to ask 'Just what makes a good science fiction novel?". It is the first time we have ever had an editor and author in discussion and we look forward to some fascinating insights. Discover more about the event here
Tickets are £3.
Finally, for anyone who enjoyed watching John Hegley in our garden two years ago, don’t miss the brilliant George Chopping who will be performing in the garden on Weds Aug 7 at 7.30pm. George is a poet who works in a pub and lives on a boat with his wife and cat. He makes wry observations on life through poetry – as well as making us laugh. He is best-known as a performance poet and appears and hosts poetry events in Oxford. He published his debut collection, ‘Smoking With Crohn's’ in August of last year. Tickets are £3 – George was a fantastic hit at the Radley 5x15 event earlier this year - don't miss this!

This weekend, slop on the suncream, slap on the hat and slip into a good book!

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