On-line Zoom events for September/October/November from October Books!

Registration via Eventbrite is needed to access these online events, but a Zoom account is not needed. register via Eventbrite for instructions to join events. All events are free but donations are welcome!

October Books are maintaining their August opening hours of Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat 10am-4pm.

Health & Self Care by Andrew Tresidder

Wednesday 2nd September at 7pm

Join Dr Andrew Tresidder via ZOOM to learn practical ways we can invest time and energy into our health and wellbeing. Register via Eventbrite to attend.

Ask a hundred people how they are – “Fine” is often the answer. “Fearful, insecure, neurotic and emotionally imbalanced” is a fair description of what most of us have under the surface. Andrew’s book Health & Self Care covers aspects of health, the physiology of stress and performance, psychological health including ‘how life works’, the drama triangle and emotional logic, and aspects of spirituality, now recognised to also be important for optimal health, alongside common sense advice. It is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals and carers but aims to inspire us all.

Dr Andrew Tresidder has been a doctor in Somerset since 1983. He taught medical students since starting as a GP, and currently appraises GPs, works for Somerset CCG, and is South West Clinical Lead for GP Health, who look after GPs with psychological, mental health or addiction issues. His particular interest is what makes people tick, and how they can tick better.

Mitchell’s Wings by Johnny Carrington

Thursday 10th September at 7pm 

Join Johnny Carrington via ZOOM to hear fascinating and moving stories of ordinary people for whom the Spitfire has left an extraordinary legacy. Register via Eventbrite to attend

Using the testimonies of people who witnessed and were inspired by this iconic machine, Johnny Carrington has dramatised the story of Spitfire designer R.J Mitchell and his wife Flo, as told through the eyes of their son, Gordon. Spitfire was more than just a machine, it inspired a nation… across all walks of life. To illustrate this ubiquitous appeal, Johnny interviewed a range of people whose lives were touched by this iconic plane.

Aviation and drama have always been a part of Johnny Carrington’s life; he’s a lifelong member of the Maskers Theatre Company, a drama teacher and Head of Dept, and has held a private pilot’s licence for many years. This is his third published play, his first ‘Bang Out Of Order’ won many awards and was performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Online Get Together #6 – Bring Your Own Book!

Tuesday 15th September at 7pm 

We are having a social evening and you’re all welcome! Register via eventbrite to attend.

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.

The Nacullians by Craig Jordan-Baker

Thursday 24th September at 7pm

Join Craig Jordan-Baker via ZOOM to hear about his darkly comedic debut novel The Nacullians. Register via Eventbrite to attend.

Welcome to the world of The Nacullians, three generations of one family, living in a brick house in a line of other brick houses. Craig Jordan-Baker’s dark comedy charts the tensions and traumas of one family and their relationship with the city they inhabit.

Craig Jordan-Baker is a writer, dramatist and academic who is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton. He has published short fiction, alongside peer-reviewed research in leading international journals on the nature of Creative Writing in the academy, the representation of landscape and the uses of archives in creative writing practice. He is originally from Southampton and now lives in Brighton.


The Jesus Chapel, Pear Tree Green with Cheryl Butler

Thursday 1st October at 7pm

Join Cheryl Butler via ZOOM to learn about 400 years of Pear Tree Church and its parish. Register via Eventbrite to attend.

In September 1060 the Jesus Chapel was the first church since the Reformation to be consecrated using a new Anglican service specially written by Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester. In this talk Cheryl will tell us the history of the chapel and its parish over the last 400 years. A tale of pirates, spycatchers, wealthy merchants and cannibalism(!)

Dr Cheryl Butler has degrees in history from Winchester & Southampton Universities, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a trustee of the Hampshire Archives Trust and on the editorial boards of the Southampton Records Series and the Hampshire Papers. She is a member of the Peartree400 committee which is organising a year of events to commemorate Pear Tree Church’s history.

Register via Eventbrite for instructions to join your ZOOM event. All events are free entry, but if you’d like to give October Books a donation, please do.