In September 2000, John and Caroline bought the Hunting Raven Bookshop at No 10 Cheap Street, Frome.
Together with their enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff, and loyal, appreciative customers, they have
established a thriving store of veritable delights to suit all tastes and requirements.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their ownership ten days of special events and treats took place.

Tenth anniversary pictures

Our first Hunting Raven poetry competition was set up. Entrants were invited to write a poem entitled “10 Years at Number 10″. Three renowned local poets supported the competition as judges; children’s poet Judith Nicholls; poet, artist and writer Rose Flint and writer of poetry and prose Crysse Morrison. There were three age groups and the winners were invited to a special award ceremony to receive their prizes, certificates and read their poems.

First young customers collecting their new Discount CardsThe launch of a new Children’s Discount Card was enthusiastically received by our young customers. Children can now collect one Hunting Raven stamp each time books (valued £4.99 and over) are purchased. When ten stamps are collected children can then claim £5 towards their next book purchase at the shop.

Local author Rachel Ward from Chicken House publishers held a Question & Answer session. Rachel started writing five years ago after winning a local writers prize at Frome Festival with a short story which then developed into her first book. Rachel’s second book Numbers 2: The Chaos has now been published.

Local writer JOFFRE WHITE came to meet customers, chat and read from his newly published children’s novel ‘FROG’ . Joffre was inspired to write the book after making up a series of bedtime stories for his son Chris. FROG is a fast paced fantasy tale of a 12 year old boy, Chris, who discovers a mysterious suit of armour in his garden and is soon transported into a multi-dimensional world of colourful characters.

There were many special offers and treats including a “Hunt-the-ten” in the title competition devised for children aged ten years and under. They had to find books in the children’s window containing the word “ten” hidden in the title. There was 10% discount day, brilliant deals on selected art cards and cds at amazing prices, and a great selection of hard back books all on offer at £10 for the duration of the ten days.