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We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

ISLAND SONG: a reading with author Madeleine Bunting

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that writer Madeleine Bunting (author of The Plot and Love of Country) will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7 p.m to read from and talk about her debut novel ISLAND SONG (recently published by Granta).

Tickets are £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please email: or call:
020 7241 1626

Signed copies of Island Song will be available to purchase at the event.


Island Song by Madeleine Bunting

A spellbinding novel of love, families and hidden WWII secrets on the island of Guernsey.

In 1940, Helene, young, naive and recently married, waves goodbye to her husband, who has enlisted in the British army. Her home, Guernsey, is soon invaded by the Germans, leaving her exposed to the hardships of occupation. Forty years later, her daughter, Roz, begins a search for the truth about her father, and stumbles into the secret history of her mother's life.

Written with emotional acuity and passionate intensity, Island Song speaks of the moral complexities of war-time allegiances, the psychological toll of living with the enemy and the messy reality of human relationships in a tightly knit community. As Roz discovers, truth is hard to pin down, and so are the rights and wrongs of those struggling to survive in the most difficult of circumstances.


Praise for Island Song:

'A wonderful evocation of wartime secrets and hidden histories, and a moving exploration of the far-reaching consequences they can have.' - Catherine Hall, author of Days of Grace

'Vivid and engrossing, Island Song tells an extraordinary story, bringing to life a largely untold experience of WWII. Madeleine Bunting is a fine writer, and her beautiful novel a memorable debut.' - Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

'A gripping and exceptionally well-told story about one woman's quest for truth, illuminating the many ways in which emotional and political histories are so often intricately connected.' - Melissa Benn, author of One of Us


Praise for Love of Country:

'I devoured Love of Country in a couple of sittings. It's a magnificent book, a heroic journey that takes us as far into the regions of the heart as into the islands of the north west.' - Richard Holloway
'Madeleine Bunting's thoughtful question-asking journey through the Hebrides makes Love of Country an indispensable guide to the past and present of one of the most inspiring landscape of Europe.' - Ian Jack


Madeleine Bunting was for many years a columnist for the Guardian, which she joined in 1990. She is the author of four works of non-fiction: Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey (Granta, 2016), which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize and the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year award in 2017; The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre (Granta, 2009), which won the Portico Prize and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize; Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives (HarperCollins, 2004); and the acclaimed history The Model Occupation: The Channel Islands Under German Rule 1940-45 (Random House, 1995). Madeleine is currently working on Labours of Love (forthcoming from Granta in 2020), a work exploring the cultural crisis around the most essential of human activities: care. She lives in London with her family. Island Song is her first novel.

Verve Poetry Press Pamphlet Launch: Hurtz by Jasmine Gardosi and Some Ending by Ben Norris

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 6.30pm

Join us for the launch of two new poetry pamphlets from Verve Poetry Press. Hurtz by Jasmine Gardosi and Some Ending by Ben Norris are the latest titles from the acclaimed indie press. Enjoy a glass of wine and hear Jasmine and Ben, both hugely celebrated young writers, reading from their work. They will also be signing copies, which will be available to purchase on the evening.

Please RSVP:

JASMINE GARDOSI is a Birmingham-based poet of national and, increasingly, international renown. A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet-in-Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and Glastonbury Festival, and was recently featured by Button Poetry, the world’s largest spoken-word platform, after being awarded an Honourable Mention for Outstanding International Entry in their 2018 video contest. A Ledbury Poetry Festival board member, she also runs West Midlands Poets’ Place for Apples and Snakes.

Incredibly, Hurtz is Gardosi’s first foray into print. A single poem, performable and readable, on the subject of sound, colour and individual pain, Hurtz helps launch the new Verve Poetry Pamphlet series – ‘Pamphlet of Words’ – in which spoken-word poets of note explore the variety of ways performance pieces can be aimed resolutely at the page. 'They did it. They found a way to measure pain. They established a metric unit. Called it Hurtz.'

BEN NORRIS is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and regularly appears at spoken-word nights, literary, and music festivals up and down the country. His work has been broadcast across BBC Radio, his debut solo show won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. He has also written commissions for Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, RHS, and Ditch the Label, among many others. Born in Nottingham, Norris is currently Poet-in-Residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse, and a former Writer-in-Residence at Theatr Clwyd.

Some Ending is his second pamphlet of poems. Catalysed by the messy end of a polyamorous relationship, which causes Norris to revisit his parents' earlier separation with a fresh grief, these poems look unflinchingly at heartbreak and find it everywhere. But there is love, hope, and forgiveness here too. All endings have the seeds of new beginnings in them, and as Norris's poems unfurl, this becomes as much a eulogy to new-found friendship and self-love as it is an eloquent dissection of loss.

About Verve Poetry Press

Verve Poetry Press is a new Birmingham-based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways – as you would expect from a press that has grown out of the giddy and flamboyant, annual four days of poetry and spoken-word that is Verve Poetry Festival.

Like the festival, we strive to think about poetry in inclusive ways and embrace the multiplicity of approaches towards this glorious art.

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