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Winstone’s Hunting Raven Books is delighted to present an in-conversation event with authors Lily Dunn (Sins of My Father) and Ali Millar (The Last Days).Both Dunn and Millar have written gripping personal memoirs around the effects that non-mainstream religion, cults and addiction can have on family life. Both memoirs have...

Former BBC broadcast journalist, podcaster on Parkinson’s, and health and technology writer, Rory Cellan-Jones' enthralling memoir Ruskin Park weaves post-war spirit with the beginnings of the BBC. A moving account of his indomitable mother, talented father and the glamour of 1950s television, the book details Rory's compelling journey of discovery about...

"Women have always gardened, but their stories have all too often been buried with their work. Alice Vincent is on a quest to change that. To understand what encourages women to go out, work the soil, plant seeds and nurture them, even when so many other responsibilities sit upon their...

Somerset. Beautiful and ancient from moor to coast. We are a county stuffed full of walkers, climbers, nature enthusiasts and writers.The perfect place, in fact, for Christopher Somerville - the Bristol- based Times walking correspondent - to introduce his latest book Walking The Bones of Britain – A 3 Billion Year Journey from the Outer Hebrides to the...

A decade after the publication of the beloved and prize-winning memoir Love, Nina, award-winning author Nina Stibbe is back with a diary of her return to London in her sixty-first year.Join us for a fabulous event with Nina, as she introduces her new book: Went to London, Took the Dog. Nina...

  • Monday, 4th September 2023
  • Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens, DT9 5NR
  • 6.30 for 7pm
  • Tickets £2 redeemable against the book
  • Wednesday, 8th November 2023
  • The Butterfly House, Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR
  • 6.30 for 7pm
  • Tickets £5
  • Thursday, 10th August 2023
  • Winstone's Hunting Raven, 10 Cheap St, Frome BA11 1BN
  • 7.30pm
  • Sunday, 9th July 2023
  • Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne
  • 6.30 for 7pm
  • £7 ticket only, £20 with signed copy of the book
NOT TO BE MISSED!  GRAHAM HURLEY will be in conversation with Andrew Chatterton at Sidmouth Library on Tuesday, 11th July at 3pm.
  • Thursday, 20th July 2023
  • Winstone's Books, Sherborne
  • 6.30 for 7pm
  • Free event
  • Thursday, 3rd August 2023
  • The Glade, Smith's Cafe at Steeptonbill Farm, DT11 0BZ
  • 6pm cocktails, 6.30pm book talk followed by music, food and chat
  • Tickets £2 redeemable against the book, includes a cocktail
  •  Thursday, 22nd June 2023
  • 6.30pm for 7pm
  • Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL
  • £2 inc. refreshments

Analog Sea first came to our attention in 2018, when they sent us a beautifully wrapped sample of the Analog Sea Review together with an elegant letter explaining their offline philosophy. It was love at first sight. Roll on five years and we have Analog Sea Reviews one, two, three...

  • Friday, 3rd March 2023
  • Cheap Street Church, Cheap Street, Sherborne
  • 6.30 for 7pm

From one of our most treasured BBC broadcasters, The Spy Across the Water is the the third instalment in James Naughtie's brilliant spy series, woven around three brothers bound together forever through espionage.

  • Sunday, 12th March 2023, 10am-1pm
  • Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG
  • Tickets £35
  • The Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
  • Wednesday 30th November, 7pm start
  • Tickets £9 Lit Soc members, £10 non-members
  • Tuesday, Oct 4, 2022
  • The Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne

Heber-Percy, Vicar of Savernake, draws upon a kaleidoscopic knowledge of nature, philosophy, poetry and music, as well as religious writings, and interlaces them with amusing and touching vignettes from his Wiltshire parish.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • 7:00pm
  • East Knoyle Village Hall
  •  Friday, November 18th, 2022
  • Castle Gardens, Sherborne


In The Seed Detective, Adam shares his tales of seed hunting and the stories behind many of our everyday vegetable heroes. 

  • Saturday, 22nd October 2022 10.30am
  • Winstone's Books, Sherborne
  • Free entry
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
  • Powell Theatre, Abbey Road View map

Published for the 60th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis - the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war.

'Here are the ways. We must find the will'. Tom Heap lays out the various ways we can combat climate change : spreading rock dust on fields, educating girls, enhancing photosynthesis, building with wood, cooling reactors with salt and even listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger!In his recent BBC podcast and book,...

Join Sophie Pavelle on a low-carbon journey around Britain in search of ten animals and habitats threatened by climate change in the 21st century.Like many of her generation, millennial science communicator Sophie Pavelle is determined to demand action on climate change. In this amusing and thought-provoking book, she describes the...

In A Brief History of Black Holes University of Oxford astrophysicist, Dr Becky Smethurst charts the scientific breakthroughs that have uncovered the weird and wonderful world of black holes, from the collapse of massive stars to the iconic first photographs of a black hole in 2019. A cosmic tale of discovery, you’ll learn: why black...

Why is an inch an inch? Why a kilogram, a kilogram? Who decides the value of units of measurement and what effect does this control have on the world? In this talk, journalist and author James Vincent will explore the hidden history of measurement, a discipline that is as important to...

  • Old School Rooms, Sherborne School
    The Manningtree Witches plunges its readers into the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust and betrayal ran amok as the power of men went unchecked and the integrity of women undefended. It is a visceral, exciting book that announces a bold new talent.
    • Thursday, July 21, 2022
    • The Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne

    Fighter Pilot: From Cold War Jets to Spitfires is a unique perspective on aviation, written by a talented and dedicated pilot at the very top table of the RAF.
    • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    • 12:30PM 
    • Cheap Street Church, Sherborne

    Discover the darkness that lurks around every corner in the latest instalment of Peter James's award-winning detective series, which is now a major ITV programme starring John Simm as Roy Grace. 
    • 6.30 for 7pm start
    • Winstone Books, Sherborne

      A fascinating personal account of a revolution in British farming.
        • Monday, October 10th, 2022
        • 6:30 PM for 7:00
        • Cheap Street Church

        Dorset-based upholsterer Sonnaz Nooranvary will be joining us to recount her experiences on the show and the associated challenges, in conversation with Kirsty Crawford. 

        • Saturday, September 3, 2022
        • 12:00-2:00pm
        • Winstone's Sherborne

        • Mon, 11 July 2022
        • 15:00 - 16:30 BST
        • Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR

        Join us to welcome best-selling author and former Sherborne schoolgirl Santa Montefiore for an afternoon tea celebrating An Italian Girl In Brooklyn.


        Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian in the UK who will be discussing her latest novel about Elizabeth of York.
        • Winstonebooks (map)
        • Tuesday, November 8th 2022
        • The Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens, Sherborne
        • 6.30 for 7pm

        With over 70 original illustrations, printmaker Angela Harding invites you to look at how the light changes the world around us, and how that changes us in its turn.

        Date: Friday 23rd SeptemberTime: 7.30 – 8.30pmVenue: The Merlin TheatreTicket Price: £10 Oozing with bad airs, boggarts and other spirits, the world’s marshes and swamps are often seen as sinister and only partly of this earth. Author of Swamp Songs, Tom Blass invites you on a swampish journey from Romney Marsh to North...

        Date: Friday 23rd SeptemberTime: 5 – 6pmVenue: Merlin TheatreTicket Price: £10 Kim Sherwood is expanding the Bond universe with the first of a trilogy of novels following three of MI6’s brightest and most skilled agents – each with a licence to kill. They’ll do anything to protect their country. Hear...

        Date: Thursday 22nd SeptemberTime: 8.30 – 9.30pm*Venue: Merlin TheatreTicket Price: £10*Please note the later start time The simply remarkable author, artist, musician, and professor of medieval history Amy Jeffs talks to fellow author Max Porter (Lanny; Grief is the Thing with Feathers) about her Sunday Times bestselling book Storyland: A New Mythology...

        Date: Wednesday 21st SeptemberTime: 7.30 – 8.30pmVenue: Merlin TheatreTicket Price: £10 Sunday Times bestseller and rising star, Joanna Quinn talks about her stunning debut novel The Whalebone Theatre. An instant hit with readers and critics alike, the novel has been called ‘wonderful’ and ‘a classic’ by Sarah Winman and ‘joyous’ and...

        Date: Wednesday 21st SeptemberTime: 5 – 6pmVenue: Merlin TheatreTicket Price: £10 Hear author and former politician Alan Johnson talk about his new fast-paced and warm-hearted page-turner, One of Our Ministers is Missing, in which (you guessed it) a government minister in the Foreign Office has vanished into thin air… Johnson was...

        Date: Wednesday 21st SeptemberTime: 1 – 2.30(ish!)Venue: The Silk MillTicket Price: £18 James Crowden (Cider Country) embarks on a journey to distil the ancient origins of cider, uncovering a rich culture and philosophy that has united farmer, maker and drinker for millennia. Cheesemonger Ned Palmer (A Cheesemonger’s Compendium of British & Irish Cheese) takes us...

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