Past Events for 2011
Louis De Bernieres
Writer, musician, raconteur and local star Louis De Bernieres will be coming to give a reading on the 15th December. Always entertaining – as well as extremely interesting when talking about the craft of writing and his own career – an evening with Louis and a glass of wine will be a great way to have fun and relax in the middle of Christmas shopping horror. (Although you can do a bit of that too if you like – and he will be signing books of course…)From his most well known Corelli book, to his most recent wonderful collection of short stories, Notwithstanding, he has proved himself to be a writer of great wit, insight and observation and it is always a joy to hear him read.
Silly Solar System launch
Local writer Kevin Price,(The Beauty Contest at The Zoo) has written a new book, wonderfully illustrated by Robin Carter (Horrible Histories). Told as a long rhyming poem it is a fun and fascinating introduction to the stars and planets of the Solar System, told by a father to his son, in a rocket with a dog… Kevin set up his own publishing company and donates a portion of the profits to a different charity with each book – which are enjoying great success across the country. Come along to get this ideal present signed by the author at the launch!
Sarah Hall evening
Here is an event we have been hoping to arrange for some time… The brilliant Sarah Hall – author of such great books at The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army, Haweswater and How to Paint A Dead Man is coming to to do an event in the shop. The Beautiful Indifference is the title of her first collection of short stories which is published at the end of November and we are thrilled to have her here on the 1st December. This is the chance to hear a multi award-winning – including double Booker longlisted, (once shortlisted) – author reading in an intimate setting and talking about the experience of writing, whilst you sit on the floor and drink wine. What could be better?
Peter Scupham Evening
Borrowed Landscapes, Peter Scupham’s first book since his acclaimed Collected Poems of 2002, explores a hinterland of enchantment and nightmare, a landscape whose contours reach back to Shakespeare’s England by way of two world wars and a coming of age shaped by the Suez crisis and the Cold War. The barbarities of the twentieth century haunt the shadows; there is comfort in the graces of domestic life, in friendships and long memories, in cats and gardens and eccentricities. A sequence of poems honours the life of a scholarly father-in-law who fought in the Great War. In a parallel autobiographical sequence, ‘Playtime in a Cold City’, three undergraduate years in the 1950s become a touchstone for a lost pastoral, before the ‘fields of youth’ fade to memory, ‘the lit faces of dead friends, /laughing’. Generous, witty and shrewd, Borrowed Landscapes affirms Scupham’s belief that when a ‘murderous crew’ of sorcerer’s apprentices ‘turn is to was’, there is ‘only a pen to turn was to is’. Come and enjoy an evening with this much celebrated poet who will be reading from this very recent collection.
WG Sebald – Book Club
Writers Centre Norwich Book club open to all – this meeting will discuss one of the great pieces of East Anglian – (and pretty well eveything else in the known world) writing by the late and very great W.G. Sebald.
6.00pm – free
Black Shuck – The Devil’s Dog – Launch event – Piers Warren
For centuries Black Shuck has patrolled the coastal paths of Norfolk – a spectral portent of death. But now the phantom dog is evolving into something altogether more horrifying. Gaining strength and powers by the day, Shuck has developed a gruesome appetite – a hunger he sets out to satiate …
Wildlife film-maker Harry Lambert needs a serious rest. His best friend is dead, his wife has left him and his career is on the rocks. A spot of bird-watching on the Norfolk coast should help … but when Harry stumbles into Black Shuck’s territory, the hellhound finds the victim it was hunting for …
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens in 2012, Unthank Books are publishing Sir David Madden’s masterful new completion of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, Dickens’ last, and unfinished novel.
With astonishing literary ventriloquy David Madden pays the greatest homage by closely following the signals laid down by Dickens in his sadly incomplete original, as well as seamlessly continuing the story with a truly Dickensian repertoire of comedy, psychological acuity, inimitable description and turn of phrase.
Published in one volume with Madden succeeding the ‘master,’ this is at last a completion of the mystery
that proves Edwin Drood to be as much a ‘whydunnit’ as a ‘whodunnit’ and affords real pleasure, finally and
fully from start to finish. It is as if Dickens has risen from the grave to finish the book. Join us to celebrate the launch of this new title from Norwich publisher Unthank Books.
Voewood Literary Festival
Billed as ‘The Literary Garden Party of the Year’, the Voewood Literary Festival is bringing an outstanding line-up of writers, musicians and performers to North Norfolk for three days this summer. Check out the website to see how to get involved! Tickets available online, and also from The Book Hive, the festival’s official bookseller.
Born in 1974 in Bristol, Padrika Tarrant received her BA(Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Norwich School of Art and Design. In 2005, she was the recipient of an Arts Council England Escalator award for fiction. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in Stride, Birdsuit, Poetry Monthly, Creature and Ink, Sweat and Tears. Padrika’s collection of short stories, Broken Things (Salt Publishing, 2007), was longlisted for the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Norwich with her four-year-old daughter, Jay Rowyn, and a menacing cockatiel called Scribble.
This is the launch of her new book – also with Salt – called The Knife Drawer.
Harriet Walter Event
Harriet Walter’s new book, Facing It: Reflections on Images of Older Women, edited by Joan Scanlon, is a wonderful collection of beautiful portraits of older women. The photographs, mostly by celebrated photographers, include some stunning portraits of well known figures such as Judi Dench, Bianca Jagger, Mary Quant, Elizabeth Frink and Pina Bausch, as well as those of older women bravely facing the glare of public scrutiny for the first time.
“We are all in it together”, says Harriet, whose collection of photographs aims to reflect the ‘infinite variety’ of older women in our society. The images are interspersed with very moving and insightful autobiographical essays by Harriet, and apt quotations from literary texts.
For several years, Harriet Walter has been collecting images of older women whose faces and lives have inspired and moved her. In this collection of portraits by a variety of remarkable photographers, Harriet reflects on the process of ageing in a society where older women are often rendered invisible, and asks why their often extraordinary stories are not portrayed in the theatre and in film. She also ponders on her own advancing years and takes courage from the positive examples set by the women represented in this book.
Grief and loss, joy and playfulness, humour and tenacity are all present in these pages, showing the grit and determination of older women looking age in the eye and offering some wonderful role models for younger women looking forward. Amidst all the books about how to stay young, this book is a wonderful and unique tribute to women growing old defiantly, and will appeal to anyone who wants to celebrate the beauty, wit and wisdom of their mothers, their friends, or indeed themselves!
This is an inspiring book that celebrates the beauty of older women while also exploring the old age of some famously beautiful women.
This is a beautiful book. Its message is one of joy and celebration. It holds the fear of ageing at bay and shows us beauty where we rarely look for it. Joan Bakewell
A heart-warming and compelling collection of photographs of older women, whose faces we see far too rarely amongst the images that surround us.
A really lovely book, so full of good sense — indeed of wisdom. It makes me envious — I wish I had put it together myself! But I end by feeling deeply grateful to Harriet Walter for bringing it off.
Harriet Walter is one of England’s best known actresses. Her career has spanned film, television and theatre since the late ’70′s. An associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Compnay, she has earned her position at the top of her profession, highlighted by her recent productions of Mary Stuart at the Donmar and Women Beware Women at the National Theatre.
Harriet will be visiting The Book Hive on Wednesday 6th July. Entry is £3, (redeemable against the purchase of books on the night) and includes wine. 6.30pm.Please call 01603 219268 to book.
We look forward to seeing you then for this unique chance to meet this inspirational woman.
Angus Sinclair Poetry Launch
Promising young poet Angus Sinclair 23, is £2,500 better off after being announced the winner of the fourth Café Writers Norfolk Graduate Commission. Also included in the award is publication of a poetry pamphlet by Gatehouse Press and the chance to read at Café Writers and the Poetry- Next-the-Sea festival. Angus, who is also professional wrestler Johnny Snott, will write a collection of poems based around the theme of wrestling in Norfolk. The sport has a rich history in the county from Lord Nelson and his sailors grappling at The Wrestlers Inn in Great Yarmouth to the present day World Association of Wrestling which brings the sport to local community centres and village halls.
Angus, who has graduated last year with a first class degree from the BA in Creative Writing at Norwich University College of the Arts and has just embarked on the UEA’s MA in Poetry said: “I am overwhelmed to have won and delighted to have the opportunity and so much support in writing about a sport I care so much about.”
Literary Translation Evening
Come and join MA students from the University of East Anglia as they read their translations of poems, play-scripts and stories from French, Spanish, Greek and German. Introduced by Professor Jean Boase-Beier Head of the School of Literature and Creative Writing, UEA.
Bernardine Coverley Evening
Bernardine Coverley is a gardener and writer. She has lived in Morocco, walked in the Algerian Sahara, observed flora and fauna in Jamaica, Cuba and Chile, and ridden a horse through forests in Hungary. In England she is a tree warden for a rural parish.
Garden of the Jaguar – Remote Mayan sites reclaimed by trees and vines – toucans, howler monkeys and wild orchids – Zapatista rebel gatherings and endangered turtles – this is a book for anyone who has a passion for plants or even the tiniest bit of wilderness, ever walked in a wood or nurtured a window box. In the tradition of natural science and personal journey, Garden of the Jaguar shows the writer’s daily life in a Mexican garden, and the mountains, forests and coast of Chiapas, home to more species of plants, birds and mammals than any other place in North America.
“In 2003 I travelled to the heartland of the Mayan world, and worked as a gardener for a pioneering environmental charity. Na Bolom, House of the Jaguar, was founded in the 1950s to protect the Lacandon rainforest and champion the people who lived there. In the same spirit of enquiry as amateur Victorian naturalists, I wanted to observe and record what I saw.”
Bernardine will also read from her book-in-progress, Eve’s Apprentice – “based on my year as an apprentice in a big garden in Essex and also the small rural parish where I live with its hornbeam wood, native black poplars, red deer, barn owls. Vikings sailed up the River Blyth and I like to think that Ubbeston is named for Ubba, one of the viking brothers who killed St Edmund.I’ve been the tree warden for the last twelve years and with many of the 37 households helped with a hedge survey, plant new trees and go for full moon walks.”
This is a return to The Book Hive for Bernardine who came to the shop last July. Known also from the book Hideous Kinky, written by her daughter Esther, she is an engaging and entertaining speaker who conveys not only a great knowledge about the natural world, but also a genuine passion and sensitivity.
The Butterfly Isles – Patrick Barkham
The Butterfly Isles – Butterflies animate our summers but the 59 butterfly species of the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland. A few survive for months while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. This bewitching book charts Patrick Barkham’s quest to find all 59 – from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper – in one unforgettable summer. Barkham brings alive the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our butterflies. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout. He meets some deeply knowledgeable and eccentric butterfly obsessives and reconnects with lovely, overlooked corners of our countryside. As he goes, he looks back at the butterfly collectors of the past and ahead to a future in which many of our butterflies will struggle to survive on an overcrowded and overheating island. Wry, attentive, full of infectious delight and curiosity, written with a beautifully light touch, “Butterfly Isles” will become a classic of British nature writing.
PATRICK BARKHAM was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/patrickbarkham He lives in London and Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.
Patrick will give an illustrated talk, read from (and sign copies of) the book and take questions – all with wine, of course.
Richard Mabey Event
Richard will read from his new book, The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn: Six Personal Essays on Natural Science and Romanticism
Undoubtedly Britain’s foremost nature writer, Richard Mabey’s most recent book follows hot on the heels of Weeds, published at the end of 2010.
This title contains inspiring meditations through the author’s rich store of memories. In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey, attempts to marry a Romantic’s view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn’t a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it. Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow. Our feelings are an extension of our senses – sight, taste, smell, touch and sound – and here, in a sextet of inspiring meditations, Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.
Superhero day in the shop!!
The authors of the brilliant book “101 things to do to become a superhero… or an evil genius! ” will be giving a workshop for aspiring young superhumans and evil genii on Sunday 8th May at 10.30 am. Get your cape on and come on down to this once in a lifetime chance to release yourself from being a mere mortal!!!
The Book Hive and Nasty Little Press bring you This is What a Poet Looks Like
Following up on the success of last year’s Hack-In-A-Box, this year we present 16 poets over the 16 days of the festival, in the shop, writing. Each poet will base themself in the large window at the front of the shop, on a special ‘poet’s desk’, but will then – if they choose – use the whole shop as an arena in which to work for as long as they like on their given day. The result will be a collection of new poems, which Nasty Little press will then publish and have back in the shop for sale as soon as possible. The poets taking part in this extravaganza of wordsmithery are:
Fri 6 – George Szirtes
Sat 7 – Tom Warner
Sun 8 – Lora Stimson
Mon 9 – Dean Parkin
Tues 10 – Hannah Jane Walker
Wed 11 – Luke Wright
Thurs 12 – Molly Naylor
Fri 13 – Laura Elliot
Sat 14 – Nathan Hamilton
Sun 15 – Tim Turnbull
Mon 16 – Helen Ivory
Tues 17 – John Osborne
Wed 18 – Martin Figura
Thurs 19 – Sam Riviere
Fri 20 – Yanny Mac
Sat 21 – Tim Clare
Come and see them at work, be part of the atmosphere they will absorb and react to, and of course, have a butchers at what a poet actually looks like… Then buy the book you witnessed being created.
Street Hunt!! One of the most exciting things to happen in The Book Hive – Win up to £10,000!
Street Hunt is a kind of visual crossword puzzle, a treasure hunt where the riches are road names, a story emerging from the page, and your chance to win up to £10,000!
A poem has been written with words from Norfolk road names. A book of photographs shows the street signs and their surroundings, but with the names removed. You have to work out what the streets are, using the emerging story of the poem to help you. The first person to submit a correctly completed book with all the right answers wins. The prize is the total cash fund from book sales, with a guaranteed minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £10,000 if all the books printed are sold. Street Hunt is about getting out into the streets, travelling around the county and talking to people.
Joshua Sofaer makes art events, performances and exhibitions that often involve the participation of members of the public. He is interested in the way the ordinary and the overlooked can be visually spectacular, and believes that art can allow people to become more active citizens.
Reserve your copy of Street Hunt (£10) by purchasing a special voucher from the Festival box office. You can exchange your voucher for, or buy, a copy of the book from the Book Hive in London Street, Norwich, from midnight on Thursday 5 May.
Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You
It is our pleasure to announce the forthcoming publication by Nasty Little Press of Molly Naylor’s Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You.
How does it feel to have your world blown apart? Britain is booming and Molly moves to London from deepest Cornwall full of naive dreams, high hopes and on a quest to make her life just like the movies. Then on 7/7/2005, she finds herself on a tube blown up by terrorists and her life is forced to take a different direction. Blending poetry and prose with breathtaking illustration, this is the true story of what happened next and how we put things back together after they’ve been blown apart.
“I loved Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You. It’s funny, lyrical and sad, and most all does what all the best writing does – makes you tilt your head to one side and think about the world in a different way.” – Jonathan Coe
This is a departure for Nasty Little Press. Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You is published in American Comic format,(a bit smaller than A4,) to give the accompanying illustrations from Max Naylor room to show off.
Heidi Williamson First Collection Launch – Poetry Book Society Recommendation
Heidi Williamson’s first collection is peopled with vibrant and disturbing shadows. The Northern Lights reach down beneath the London skyline, James Dean learns the craft of distance, Darwin staggers across a heaving ship, Coleridge slumbers on to another dream, and The Travelling Salesman turns a calculator on us.
Fuelled by a residency at the London Science Museum’s Dana Centre, Williamson’s fascination with science leads her to explore less usual territories for poetry, including mathematics, chemistry, and computer programming, as well as space travel, electricity, and evolution.
As she investigates the limits of personal and factual knowledge with ‘eyes wide open’, the driving force throughout is a desire to understand the ‘astonishing state of possibilities’ in the world around and inside us.
“Heidi Williamson’s poems are about contact with the haunted world. She understands uncertainty and loss, as well as the trace loss leaves behind as memory, memory that acts like a Blitz incendiary waiting to ignite later in life. The sensuousness of language is asserted…through tender explorations of our haunted fabric.” – George Szirtes.
Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Everything is made of them, from the furthest reaches of the universe to this book that you hold in your hands, including you.
Like you, the elements have lives: personalities and attitudes, talents and shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. You may think of them as the inscrutable letters of the periodic table but you know them much better than you realise.
Welcome to a dazzling tour through history and literature, science and art. Here you’ll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You’ll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You’ll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table.
From ancient civilisations to contemporary culture, from the oxygen of publicity to the phosphorus in your pee, the elements are near and far and all around us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales will take you on a voyage of wonder and discovery, excitement and novelty, beauty and truth. Along the way, you’ll find that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own – and no nerdy chemistry. Find out why Shakespeare was a chemist and T. S. Eliot a spectroscopist!
Periodic Tales is Radio 4′s book of the week from 31st January. Come along to The Book Hive to celebrate its launch, have a drink, hear Hugh reading and buy a signed copy of the book!
Stop Sharpening Your Knives 4
SSYK4 is edited by the poets Emily Berry, Nathan Hamilton, Sam Riviere, and Jack Underwood. The series is fast establishing a reputation for spotting the best new poetic talent around.
This is the launch of the new one. Thursday 3rd Feb.6.30. drinks, readings, copies for sale, editors and contributors mingling with whoever wants to come and join in.
Bridgeworks is an anthology of prose fiction, poetry and autobiography by members of the long-running Creative Writing Group at the Rethink Bridges drop-in centre in Norwich. For many years, the group has met weekly under the auspices of the centre, and all members are welcome. Some of the group have published work nationally, some have not tried our hand at writing since we left school. In this warm and welcoming group, some remarkable work has been created – and Bridgeworks features the best of it.
Tom Cox Reading
Come and join Tom Cox to celebrate the launch of his new book Talk To The Tail on Thursday 13th Jan. Tom was one of the first people to do a reading at The Book Hive, which included some work in progress of this new book. People who have read his work, (on cat based themes, golf, music etc etc) will know what a great writer he is, but hearing him read is an experience not to be missed. Touching and very funny, his work appeals to everybody, NOT just cat lovers. Come along and see…
“Tom Cox is a very funny writer… And he knows his cats.” – Kate Atkinson
“Made me laugh out loud.” – David Sedaris