Big thank you to Rosie Jackson for her wonderful talk on Wednesday evening and to the big crowd of people who attended. It was a lovely evening!
“Detail after stunning detail exposes rapture, fear, longong. These poems will make your battered heart beat fast again.” – Claire Crowther
Photos courtesy of Steve Small
In response to World Book Day, we hosted our sixth children’s literature festival: Authors and Books for Children Days. We invited Sarah Dennis, Mark Ecob, Fleur Hitchcock, Angie Morgan, Michelle Robinson, Maudie Smith, David Solomons and Joffre White who came from near and far to share their books and illustrations with the children of Frome. This year our array of amusing, super-talented and award-winning writers/illustrators presented their sessions over two days, visiting Hayesdown First School, Oakfield Academy, St John’s First School, Trinity First School, Vallis First School and Frome Library. Once again hundreds of young book-lovers were inspired by their words and entertained by their antics!
We have author signed copies of ABCDays books at special event prices – while stocks last!
Sarah Dennis – Paper cut artist and illustrator
Mark Ecob – Graphic Designer
Fleur Hitchcock – Author
Angie Morgan – Author and illustrator
Michelle Robinson – Author
Maudie Smith – Author
David Solomons – Author
Joffre White – Author
Lorraine Johnson joined us for a book signing of her new title, ‘The Butler and Tanner Story’. She spent the morning chatting to passers-by, customers and old employees of Butler and Tanner. She told us that one of the things she loves about the book is how it brings people together, the stories that people remember and share about their time at the Frome based publishing company. Butler and Tanner employed a large number of people from the town and you can pretty much guarantee that if it wasn’t you that worked at Butler and Tanner, you have a friend or relative who did!
We have signed copies in stock.
Dave Hamilton was here signing copies of his book, Wild Ruins, on Saturday and talking about his travels in the making of the book. Wild Ruins was published by Wild Things and explores ruins all around Britain by county– from castles to crumbling houses including local ruins such as the Fussells Iron Works. We have copies in stock so if you’re a fan of the Wild series of books, enjoy walking or are just looking for an adventure then this is the perfect book for you!
You can follow Dave on twitter – @DaveWildish
Frome left to right: Alice, Abi and Karin
To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland we teamed up with Frome Independent Market to transform the monthly super-market into a wondrous day of Alice themed fun!
There were competitions and a parade. A Mad Hatter’s tea party sponsored by local charities PAC and Frome WI. There was a croquet lawn and a whole range of make&do activities – not to mention lots of fancy dress!
Market organisers said, “We’re thrilled that Frome and everyone involved in the market embraced our Wonderland theme so whole-heartedly; special thanks go out to Kate Bielby and SATCO for being so game, Hunting Raven for the inspiration and prizes, and PAC and Frome WI for hosting the Tea Party.”
Quote from The Frome Times
We welcomed The Gruffalo as our special guest, having been awarded Julia Donaldson’s Independent Bookshop of the Month for April. The Gruffalo spent Friday 24th & Saturday 25th with us entertaining lots of children, their parents, teachers as well as the staff and friends of Hunting Raven.
The Sunflower Montessori Nursery School visited us for story-time with The Gruffalo on Friday morning. Children, staff and parents joined in the reading of the story and afterwards asked lots of brilliant questions. The Gruffalo answered with nods and shakes of his head, he also danced, hopped and jumped to everyone’s delight!
More story-time sessions took place on Saturday along with photo sessions with The Gruffalo. Generous donations raised £100 for Frome-based charity OpenStoryTellers.
We were delighted to host a special signing session with wildlife documentary maker and popular television presenter Simon King on 14 December. Simon’s stunning calendar for 2014 was a big hit with our customers and sold out very quickly. The perfect gift for Christmas!
We were thrilled to welcome Simon back to Hunting Raven; he chatted to customers about his work and signed copies of his 2014 calendar and also his books!
Simon has been working in the field of natural history film making for over 30 years. Recently he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and he has been awarded the OBE for services to Wildlife Photography and conservation.