TICKET OFFER for ‘Afternoon Tea and Vegetables’ with John Hegley


Edinburgh Festival regular, performance poet, and mandolin player, John Hegley will be at White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk on Sun December 11, 4pm to 5pm, with free fig rolls for everyone wearing spectacles.  His family show is entitled Afternoon Tea and Vegetables with John Hegley!

John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival and is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson & Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC R4’s Hearing With Hegley.

A fun family event, £5 per ticket, or £16 for 4 tickets, Suitable for age 8+.  Tel 01845 524353 to reserve your tickets.

John will also be at Northallerton Forum on Sunday night at 7.30pm, along with A Firm of Poets… poster-j-hegley-2

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Bloomin’ Words Christmas Cabaret & Ey Up Stand Up! Nov 2016

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Special Guests included the talented Thirsk Yarnbombers, who performed a poetry set!



 CHRISTMAS BONANZA of live literature & stand up! 

After small beginnings with tiny audiences, White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk and local Radio 4 stand-up poet Kate Fox’s “Bloomin’ Words Cabaret” events have built up to see sell out audiences of eighty-plus for each of their three previous Christmas Cabarets and they hope their fourth will be their best yet. They’ll be in Thirsk’s Rural Arts venue for the first time on Thursday November 24, with the usual eclectic mixture of spoken word, live music, comedy and poetry.

This year will see Bradford poet and young teacher Kirsty Taylor whose funny and sometimes poignant rhymes about council estate life have seen her profile growing this year. Plus fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, spoken word artist Kirsten Luckins and hilarious stand-up poet from Leeds Rob Reed. There’s also music from stunning jazz/folk singer Jacqui Wicks and talented multi instrumentalist Richard Ormrod, who say they’re bringing “songs of heartbreak and harlotry” influenced by acts like Blossom Dearie and Tom Waits.

The event is backed by “Ey Up, Stand Up” which bagged an Arts Council grant last year to bring spoken word to Northallerton’s Forum venue and White Rose BookCafe and has run four events so far, bringing top national and regional stars of the spoken word scene to Northallerton and Thirsk. Kate Fox and Hambleton Council Arts Officer Kate Staines teamed up to do this because they wanted to spread the success of the Thirsk events even further.

 Stand-up poet, Kate Fox, of Sowerby said:  “I’ve been overwhelmed at the support we’ve had for all the events we’ve run in the past four years. At a time when arts funding is squeezed, rural areas are often under served when it comes to the arts and live literature. It’s been wonderful to have such forward thinking partners as White Rose BookCafe and Kate Staines at Hambleton District Council and audiences who are up for trying new things and discovering that poetry can be part of a brilliant night out rather than stuffy readings and school memories”

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Visit from Young Librarians from Thirsk School

Pupils from Thirsk School & Sixth Form College were thrilled to be awarded funds from the Siobhan Dowd Trust, they received the grant to spend on books in a local independent bookshop.

thirsk-school-librarians-jpg-2The Pupils & young Librarians of the school from years 8, 9 and 11, chose to spend the grant at White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk. The Siobhan Dowd Trust was set up by the author Siobhan Dowd, with the aim to bring the joy of reading to the young people who need it most.

Siobhan Dowd was a British writer and activist. The last book she completed, Bog Child posthumously won the 2009 Carnegie Medal from the professional librarians, recognising the year’s best book for children or young adults published in the UK.

Tragically, Siobhan died at the age of 47, in August 2007; she had been receiving treatment for advanced breast cancer for three years. Her memory lives on in The Siobhan Dowd Trust, set up to help children discover and experience the joy of books and reading. Although she was ill, Siobhan personally and energetically supervised its foundation; it was one of the very last things on her mind and clearly, for her, the most pressing cause in our society today.



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A Bumper Events programme for November & December …

christmasLots going on at the BookCafe over the next couple of months, see our November e-news below ….


Shop with us for a great selection of Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, 2017 Calendars and Diaries.



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What’s on Half Term Fun & diary dates ….

October Events & Half Term fun!


Sat 22 Oct – Book Signing with Dr Emma J Wells – 11am to 1pmPoster book cover & pic

Dr Emma J Wells signed copies of her new book Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles. emma wells pig






Sat Oct 29 – Book Signing with Andy Seed – 10am to 12 noon

Come & meet local author Andy Seed, signing his 2 new books – The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book & Poems for Pensioners! A FREE event.

Winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award with The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff for Kids!

Diary Dates….

Wed 23 Nov, 7pm to 8.30pm An Evening with Salley Vickers

Salley will give a talk, Q&A plus book signing of her new book ‘Cousins’. Tickets £5 each with £3 redeemable against the purchase of her book.

Thur 24 Nov,  6.30pm, Bloomin’ Words Christmas Cabaret at Rural Arts with Kate Fox & guests.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS £8 each until 31.10.16 (from 1.11.16  £10 ea)

Sun 27 Nov, 11am to 12 noon Meet Julian Norton star of Channel 5 The Yorkshire Vet

Julian will be signing copies of his book ‘Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet’ at Thirsk Christmas Fayre, at Thirsk Town Hall.

Sun 11  Dec, 4pm to 5pm – Afternoon Tea and Vegetables with John Hegley! Fig Rolls will be provided for all of those wearing spectacles. Suitable for age 8+.  Tickets £5 each.  A family event.

Sat 17 Dec, 2pm to 4pm – Take Tea with Gervase Phinn.  A FREE event.

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Stop Press MORE Events for October ….

Book signing Event
On Saturday October 22, from 11am to 1pm Dr Emma J Wells will be signing copies of her new book Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles. A FREE event.
Emma is an authority on historic buildings and their social, political and religious history. She was a lecturer at Durham University Archaeology Department, Visiting lecturer in Theology at York St. John university, and her television work includes adviser for BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4.
Her new book leads the modern traveller on a fascinating journey of discovery along seven mediaeval pilgrim routes, taking in world-famous sites such as Canterbury and Lindisfarne as well as out-of-the-way places along paths not so widely travelled.
The book leads the modern traveller along seven British pilgrim routes with historic origins, taking in world-famous sites such as Holywell and Canterbury, and out-of-the-way locations on paths not so widely travelled.Poster book cover & pic

Each route guides pilgrims step by step on a journey of discovery. Illustrated throughout in colour, this book provides clear maps and informative commentary on the history of the most significant landscapes, shrines, art and architecture. Although it offers some fresh walking ideas, primary consideration is given to understanding the history, significance and practices surrounding the pilgrim routes and sites of Britain, helping you to follow in the footsteps of our forebears and gain invaluable insights into their medieval world.
To reserve your signed copy please tel: 01845 524353.

Published by Robert Hale. Out 11th October 2016.
Messy Myths with Jo!
On  Sunday October 23 from 11am to 12 noon join Jo Smith, storyteller and performer from 11am to 12 noon for Messy Myths 2Messy Myths in the garden (weather permitting, if not it’ll be upstairs!). Get crafty and creative with clay, wood, feathers, pebbles & found items, plus stories and fun – suitable for children age 5+.
Tickets £5/child, £8 for 2 and take home crafts.


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Autumn & Winter events


Latest Press Release…

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From Thursday October 6  all the Christmas bestsellers are released, and the countdown to Christmas begins for booksellers, Saturday October 8 marks the first Bookshop Day and continues the Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign, celebrating bookselling on the high street.andy seed books (2) 2
Sue Lake, Bookshop owner said “We are thrilled to be marking our 21st birthday in the book trade, and have a host of interesting events coming up in the busy run up to Christmas.”  Sue continued “we are looking forward to hosting events with Andy Seed, John Hegley and Gervase Phinn, and  our Christmas Cabaret evening is on Thursday November 24th at a new venue, Rural Arts in Thirsk, it is hosted by Kate Fox. Our fantastic team of 15 staff will be working very hard to continue giving great customer service.”

Several big autumn titles are released, including Sebastian Faulks’ Pistache Returns
(Hutchinson), Michael Palin’s A Sackful of Limericks (Random House Books), James Patterson’s Filthy Rich and A Woman of God (both Century), Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story (Ebury Press) and Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (BBC Books), among others.  Many signed copies are already in stock.

Book signing with Andy Seed

Local author Andy Seed will be at the BookCafe on Saturday October 29 from 10am to 12 noon, talking to customers and signing copies of The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book and Poems for Pensioners.   Andy Seed, wrote The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff for Kids, Winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award.

Bloomin’ Words Christmas Cabaret Thursday November 24 , at Rural Arts, Thirsk from 6.30pm for 7pm,

EARLY BIRD TICKETS on sale now £8 each up to 31.10.16, from 1.11.16 £10 each.

A fun night out, with our fantastic host Kate Fox, Stand-Up Poet, writer, performer, researcher and teacher. Kate will guide us through this Kate fox bestevening of spoken word, poetry, comedy and music. Performers to be confirmed. This is a ticketed event.

Afternoon Tea and Vegetables with John Hegley!

Poet John Hegley will make a welcome return to the bookshop on Sunday December 11 with a fun event for families from 4pm to 5pm.

During this fun family show John will be reading from ‘My Dog is a Carrot’ and ‘ I am a Poetato’. Fig rolls will be provided for all of those wearing spectacles.

Suitable for children age 8+.  Tickets £5 each.

Take Tea with Gervase Phinn!

Gervase Phinn will be taking tea in the BookCafe on Saturday December 17 from 2pm to 4pm, whilst chatting to customers and signing copies of his new books Grandchildren and Schooldays. A free event.

For further information and tickets for any of the above events please telephone 01845 524353 or visit www.whiterosebooks.com.

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Carol Drinkwater book signing ‘The Forgotten Summer’

TODAY – (Sat 1st October)  We are really looking forward to welcoming back to Thirsk author Carol Drinkwater who will be in the BookCafe signing copies of her new book The Forgotten Summer, from 1pm to 3pm.51joK4mx0vL__SX323_BO1204203200_

‘Lovely, mouth-watering, page-turning. Packed with the sunshine, scents and savours of the South of France. Enough to make you rush straight to the Eurostar.’ Daily Mail

The grape harvest at the Cambon family’s magnificent Provencal vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When the crop is accidentally destroyed, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame – her English daughter-in-law Jane.

I’s just the latest incident in a decades-long feud that has left Jane feeling like an uninvited guest in her husband Luc’s family. But when tragedy strikes and Jane uncovers a shocking secret at the family’s heart she wonders if she ever really knew any of the Cambons, especially her husband, at all.

carol drinkwater windowNow she is left with a terrible choice – walk away and see everything the Cambons believe in fall apart, or stay to expose the truth and risk being caught in the storm?

‘Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence – I loved this’ Santa Montefiore

‘This atmospheric read will whisk you straight to the South of France as you become immersed in the tale of secrets and heartbreak’ Marie Claire
Taken from Penguin UK website

Please telephone 01845 524353 to reserve your signed copy of the book.

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Stop Press ….

Stop Press … Author Salley Vickers is dropping by on Friday afternoon with Proofs of her new book ‘Cousins’, which will be available.

Brilliant and mercurial Will tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. cover_jpg_rendition_242_374
Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light, taking us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day.

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2 Vacancies in the Café.

Poster Vacancy Cafe Assistants Sept 2016

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