Book Recommendations


cover_jpg_rendition_460_707This weeks book recommendations 27.2.17

Staff Book ChoiceCommon Ground by Rob Cowen, Anna says “A Harrogate edge-land in kaleidoscopic detail. Brilliant!”.

Spring – an anthology to welcome in the new season. Edited by Melissa Harrison, £12.99.

Children’s Choice of the Week – All the World Book Day books, school children are entitled to receive a £1 World Book Day book token to exchange for a FREE World Book Day Books or is redeemable against any book or audio book costing £2.99/£3.99 at White Rose BookCafe.

Redemption period for the £1 World Book Day book tokens is 27.2.17 to 26.3.17.

Book Group monthly book – Outrun by Amy Liptrot.


spring28210186Happy World Book Day!The Outrun

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We are recruiting…

Job DescriptionFood & Beverage Supervisor

Our Company :            White Rose BookCafe is an award winning bookshop and coffee bar in Thirsk. We pride ourselves on offering our customers a blend of great coffee, books, gifts and cards, in relaxing, attractive surroundings. We have expanded our Cafe area and menu to include light lunches, alongside our existing cakes, scones and biscuits.

Department:               Coffee Bar/cafe

Reports to:                  Business Superviser & Director

Hours of work:            Full time position up to 37.5 hours per week over 7 days, to include weekends and Bank Holiday working.

Job summary:              To manage the development and preparation of a light lunch menu within an existing coffee bar environment. You will be required to offer a professional, friendly and efficient service to our customers, provide advice and assistance to current staff, undertake cleaning duties and ensuring compliance to company policies and current legislation.  Manage stock ordering, waste levels, health and safety in both café and prep kitchen.

Essential skills, Experience and/or qualifications:

  • Good organisational skills
  • Good team working skills and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, COSHH
  • A comprehensive understanding of Food Hygiene Regulations
  • Good interpersonal and customer facing skills
  • Good oral communications skills and an ability to communicate at all levels
  • A conscientious, enthusiastic and ‘can do’ working style

Desirable Skills, Experience and/or Qualifications:

  • Food Hygiene Certificate desirable, training given if not achieved
  • Attainment of a GCSE English and Mathematics qualification to a minimum level grade C (or equivalent)
  • Barista training or similar (training given if required)
  • Experience of working in a catering environment or similar
  • Working knowledge of till systems


  • Preparing and cooking a variety of light lunch dishes; soups, paninis and sandwiches
  • Assist and give guidance for new and existing staff in all aspects of their work with food service, giving instruction where appropriate
  • Assisting in preparation of drink refreshments
  • Making sure good nutritional standards are maintained
  • Making sure that all food at point of delivery is of the highest quality
  • Table service to customers when necessary
  • Responsible for high standards of food, hygiene and health and safety
  • Responsible for ordering and stock control and rotation of food and ancillary supplies (cleaning products etc)
  • Responsible for fridge and freezer cleaning and management
  • Undertake and achieve company funded industry recognised Food Hygiene qualification if not currently held
  • To prepare menus in advance in a regular and varied way
  • Promote and ensure the good reputation of the business
  • Ensure that all information of confidential nature gained in the course of duty is not divulged to third parties
  • Carry out other tasks that may be reasonably assigned to you
  • This job description indicates the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list.

Remuneration: Dependent on current qualifications and experience this role will attract a wage of £7.40 per hour.

Application: Ideally the suitable candidate will start in March 2017, interviews will be immediate. Please apply with CV and references by post or e-mail addressed for the attention of Sue Lake at the following address;

White Rose Books, 79-81 Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1ET

e-mail:                                      tel: 01845 524353

Poster Vacancy Food & Beverage Supervisor Feb 2017

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Book of the Week 13 Feb

Book of the Week -  ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ by Sinclair Lewis, £8.99. Recommended by Anna “A cautionary tale- yes, it can happen!”

Children’s Book recommendation - Pet Dragon by M.P Robertson and Sally Symes. Anna says “The ultimate dragon-care guide. Remember a dragon is for life!”.

The Book Group are reading ‘The Outrun’ by Amy Liptrot, a lyrical, brave memoir with an Orcadian backdrop.

It cant happen herePet DragonThe Outrun


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FEBRUARY NEWS & Book recommendations 30.1.17

LATEST NEWS IS HERE – click the link


Book of the Week – Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book),by Prince Charles and Tony Juniper. RRP £7.99. After the spoof Ladybirds, now a series of seriousness!

Book Group are reading ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr. “A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned.” — Booklist “Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine’s locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.” —New York Times Book Review

Staff Book Choice by Anna. ‘Books for Living’ by Will Schwalbe. Anna says “it’s a book for booklovers – a treasure box”. From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.all-the-light-we-cannot-see-9781476746586_in01-300x300Books for living

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January SALE & NEW Winter Opening Hours plus other news


  • HALF PRICE Christmas Stock –  Cards – wrap – bags –  tissue – napkins – only whilst stocks last
  • 33% OFF Jumbo Floor Puzzles ages 3+, 24 Jumbo pieces was £15 now £10
  • 25% OFF selected Christmas titles
  • 2 for £6 paperback table top sale
  • New BARGAIN Stationery from £2.99

  Date for your diary…..
CHILDREN’S STORYTIME  Every Friday Pre-School Storytime 10am to – FREE

 WINTER OPENING HOURS from 4.1.17 to 28.2.17
9am to 5pm Mon-Sat (except Tues open 9.30am)
10am to 5pm Sundays
Café closes 4pm every day

  Café News ……
Healthy options available in the Café -
Skinny drinks, homemade soup full of natural goodness, all sandwiches are available in a salad option. Plus Gluten free bread and cakes.

Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

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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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