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Events at October Books for April and May 2024

All the info below is courtesy of October Books:


Take a look at our regular events listing for everything going on in the shop each month. All our other fantastic events including our new ‘We Can Learn to…’ workshops, can be found on our webpage here.

The cost of an event ticket goes towards helping support your local independent bookshop and community space and means we can continue to run events. Free tickets are available as part of our commitment to making our events accessible to all.


Planting the Seed – Book Launch & Signing
Saturday 6th April, 11am

Join Sheila Manhanga for her book launch & signing of Planting the Seed.

Sheila has worked with other women around the world to bring you Planting the Seed, an anthology of women’s stories which provide inspiration for a brighter future. Come and listen to some of these stories. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Yellow Door and Women’s Aid.

Transition Southampton – ‘Net Zero – what’s real?’ free film screening and discussion
Thursday 11th April, 7.30pm -9pm

What do we really need to do to reach ‘net zero’? What does net zero actually mean? Can we rely on technologies that don’t yet exist at scale? What behaviour changes are needed? This free film and discussion evening, being run by Transition Southampton, will help cut through the greenwash. Please click here for more details.

We Can Learn to…free form stitching workshop
Saturday 13th April, 11am – 12.30pm

This event has been very popular and has now sold out.
Please keep an eye on our website for more ‘We Can Learn to…’ workshops.

October Books Open Mic
Friday 19th April, 6.30pm

There is a growing hub of authors, poets, and storytellers in Portswood – something we’ve always celebrated and championed here at October Books. Whether you’re a poet, playwright, essayist, or novelist, reading your own work or someone else’s, all are welcome!

The event is a fundraiser for October Books to ensure we can continue offering a stream of events throughout the year.

For further details and to book your tickets please visit Lemon Booking/Eventbrite or contact the shop.

We Can Learn…hand reflexology workshop
Saturday 27th April, 11am – 12.30pm 

This event has been very popular and has now sold out.
Please keep an eye on our website for more ‘We Can Learn to…’ workshops.

What’s coming in May…

The Nettle Dress – film screening supported by Dead Good Days
Thursday 2nd May

The Broken Promise of Infrastructure – Author Talk with Dominic Davies
Saturday 4th May, 2pm – 4pm

Blue on a Blue Palette – Author Talk & Book Signing with Lynne Thompson
Wednesday 8th May, 5pm

We Can Learn to…make a vegan curry
Saturday 18th May, 11am – 12.30pm

We are open:
10am-5.30pm, Monday-Saturday
Order books from us directly for collection from the shop 
Come and browse our gifts, household and food products in the shop
October Books
189 Portswood Rd
SO17 2NF
Tel: 02380 581 030