October Books – lots events/activities March – May 2019!

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Tuesday 12th March – Radical Reading Book Group

free entry – 7pm – instore
Discussing ‘Open Borders’ by Teresa Hayter


Thurs 4th April – Book Launch: The Pilgrimage Of Piltdown Man by Michael O’leary

free entry – 7pm – instore

Join us for an evening celebrating Michael O Leary’s new book ‘ Pilgrimage Of Piltdown Man’, published 28th March with Triarchy Press. Mike O’Leary has been a professional storyteller for 25 years and his post-fairy tale vividly knits together the knuckers, hags, wisht hounds and dragons of folklore with more contemporary concerns of roadkill, hitch-hiking, migration and abuse. The result is a very adult story that investigates the whole idea of story in our lives and in our search for meaning.

“Once upon a time…there was the Weald. Much of the Weald was smoke and flame – a place of blast furnaces and molten iron – and the mine pits; still, deep, dark cooling pools, from which would come the hiss of steam when white hot iron was plunged in. And scattered throughout the Wealden forest there were those charcoal burners’ enclosures – the hut and the kiln, the piles of cut limbs and branches, and the solitary, wrinkled charcoal burner. And when the charcoal burner died, as often as not his body rotted away in solitude and there was no-one to miss him, as the forest retook the enclosure – and the hut and the kiln subsided back into the ground. Sometimes bits of body were collected – no-one knew by whom. Someone dark. Someone with a book. Bits of body were fixed together – bits of this, that and the other. Higgledy piggledy wiggledy. A brain animated by a spark of fire from a bloomer – an ancient blast furnace; a clay chimney – or fluxed into awareness and motion by an organism usually associated with rot and decay – the body jerked into some sort of life…”

Here begins the story of Link, a cryptid, a knitted-together Piltdown Man, whose pilgrimage takes him up the South Downs, staggering along the A27 and the M27, through Southampton, through Amesbury, past Porton Down, to Glastonbury, Dartmoor, the west of Cornwall and Brittany.

The Pilgrimage of Piltdown Man is written for readers of contemporary adult myth and folktales, as well as radical-, artist, performance- and everyday-walkers, who know or want to explore the landscape of Southern England and Brittany.


Wed 20th March – Reimagine. Reset. Retell. writers workshop with Susmita Bhattacharya

£12 – 11am – community space

Put your character in a painting… and bring the painting to life. Reimagine. Reset. Retell.

Setting is one of the most vital elements of a good story. Join me for a two-hour session at the October Books creative space, exploring the visual arts to set your stories in. Reimagine paintings, breathe life into the characters in the pictures. Explore voice and themes through experimentation. Share your stories in a safe and encouraging space.


Susmita’s workshop on the 20th March has been postponed to a new date TBC – watch this space!…

Put your character in a painting… … and bring the painting to life.…

Tues 23rd April – Members Meeting

Attention all members! Get your voice heard, and hear all about where we are at with October Books at this October Books Members Meeting.

Please join us from 6.30pm in the shop, RSVP via this event link if you can attend.


Sat 4th May – Author talk: Lost Women Of Rock by Helen Reddington

free entry – 4pm – instore

Join us for this very special event as part of Feminist Book Fortnight 2019.

Helen Reddington was one of the original punks in 1977, not in London but in Brighton, where she played bass in bands as part of the Brighton punk scene. Much to her surprise, this led to a seven year career in bands under the moniker of Helen McCookerybook, with both The Chefs and Helen and the Horns recording numerous sessions for John Peel. Later she worked as a composer to film sound tracks and a songwriting facilitator on housing estates in South London, before moving into academia. The book The Lost Women of Rock Music was her response to the fact that there were no histories of women punk musicians in University libraries. She continues to write on women in punk, and has just completed a book on women producers and engineers, which will be published shortly. The film Stories from the She-Punks, made in conjunction with Gina Birch of The Raincoats, adds to the history of women’s activity as instrumentalists in punk. Helen continues to play live and release music, now as a solo artist, and will be touring the UK in summer 2019.


Fri 17th May – Author talk: White Privilege by Kalwant Bhopal

free entry – 7pm – instore

Join us for this very special event as part of Feminist Book Fortnight 2019.

In ‘White Privilege: The Myth Of A Post Racial Society’ Kalwant Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy making has increased rather than decreased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. She also shows how certain types of whiteness are not privileged; Gypsies and Travellers, for example, remain marginalised and disadvantaged in society. Drawing on topical debates and supported by empirical data, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Despite claims that we now live in a post-racial society, race continues to disadvantage those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Kalwant will be discussing this in her talk.

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice, Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education.


Thurs 23rd May – In conversation with… Claire Fuller

free entry – 7pm – instore

Join us in the shop and in conversation with Claire Fuller, to coincide with paperback release of her critically acclaimed third novel Bitter Orange.

Bitter Orange, a novel about loneliness, secrets and lies, is set in a real-life Hampshire country house. In 1969 Frances falls under the spell of a captivating, bohemian couple until she is drawn so far into their lives she cannot escape. Claire will talk about the how Bitter Orange came about, its themes, her writing processes, and what other books inspire her. Claire Fuller didn’t start writing until she was 40. She’s the author of three novels: Our Endless Numbered Days (winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize), Swimming Lessons (shortlisted for the Encore Award), and most recently, the critically acclaimed, Bitter Orange. She also writes short stories and flash fiction, and has won the Royal Academy / Pin Drop short story prize amongst others.

“Fuller creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier.” The Times.