Events coming up at October Books in November and some in December too!

The shop is open Mon-Sat from 9.30am-5.30pm in November, with an early 1.30pm closure on Wednesdays. For those who are planning ahead and spreading the cost, October Books has Xmas food items and titles in stock, alongside 2021 calendars and diaries!
Don’t forget to register via Eventbrite for instructions to join the relevant Zoom event! Donations would be welcome if you would like to.
Events are below:-

Heat Wave by Julian Stannard

Thursday 5th November at 7pm

Join Julian Stannard via ZOOM to hear from his new collection of poetry – Heat Wave.

Heat Wave is a form of poetic cabaret, ‘What good is sitting, alone in your room?/ come hear the music play!’ If a cabaret is full of high jinks it can also land punches – truth can be masked by the burlesque and the grotesque: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’. Heat Wave seeks to unsettle and wrong-foot; it refuses to adopt a sententious or holier than thou attitude regarding the many crises which confront us. The poems subvert as well as entertain. The reader might weep and laugh on the same page. The lyrical and the demotic might walk hand in hand.

Julian Stannard teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. His work has appeared in TLS, Spectator, Guardian, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry (USA) and Manhattan Review. Awarded the International Troubadour Prize for Poetry and nominated on several occasions for the Forward Prize, he has read at literary festivals across the UK, Europe and the US.

Unofficial Britain by Gareth E Rees

Thursday 19th November at 7pm

Join Gareth E. Rees via ZOOM and journey through unexpected places to discover Unofficial Britain.

Here is a Britain that exists outside of the official histories and guidebooks. A Britain in the cracks of the urban facade where unexpected life can flourish. This is a land where modern life speeds past but where people and stories nevertheless collect. Places where human dramas play out: stories of love, violence, fear, boredom and artistic expression. Places of ghost sightings, first kisses, experiments with drugs, refuges for the homeless, hangouts for the outcasts. Struck by the power of these stories and experiences, Gareth E. Rees set out to explore these spaces and the essential part they have played in the history and geography of our isles. This is Unofficial Britain, a personal journey along the edges of a landscape brimming with mystery, folklore and myth.

Gareth E. Rees is founder of and author of Marshland (2013), The Stone Tide (2018) and Car Park Life (2019). The modern myths and folklore of place have always driven his writing, which includes horror and weird fiction tales for numerous anthologies, including This Dreaming Isle (2018) and The Best of British Fantasy 2019

Online Get Together #8 – Bring Your Own Book!

Tuesday 24th November at 7pm

We have a regular social evening and you’re all welcome!

This is a book group with a difference! We are asking you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Book… and a bottle if you like!) so we can share inspiration we have found between the pages of our favourite books and raise a glass together.

You do not need to have attended previous Bring Your Own Book events, newbies are very welcome. What are you reading at the moment, and what has it meant to you?

The session will run for 1hr max and we do look forward to seeing you there.

Are We Home Yet? by Katy Massey

Thursday 26th November at 7pm

Join Katy Massey via ZOOM as she explores shame, immigration and class in her memoir Are We Home Yet?

Spanning the years from 1935 to 2010, Are We Home Yet? is the moving and funny story of a girl and her mother. As a girl, Katy accidentally discovers her mother is earning money as a sex worker at the family home, rupturing their bond. As an adult, Katy contends with grief and mental health challenges before she and her mother attempt to heal their relationship. By revealing their truths, can these two strong women call a truce on their hostilities and overcome the oppressive ghosts of the past?

Katy Massey was a journalist for fifteen years before returning to university. Her PhD findings formed the inspiration for Tangled Roots, a long-term project aiming to equip everyone with the skills to author their own lives. She is a skilled workshop leader, editor and writer. Her writing has been shortlisted for several prizes including Leeds Literature Prize and Crocus Books/Commonword First Chapter competition. Are We Home Yet? is one of Jacaranda Books’ #Twentyin2020 titles.

Register via Eventbrite for instructions to join your ZOOM event. Details of December events can also be found here. All events are free entry, but if you’d like to give October Books a donation, please do.