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Bottleworks Bookshop


Regular opening hours:

Monday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm



Tuesday 24th May, 7pm - Arachne Press Showcase

Plotting for the Future: Survival Renewal and Optimism

Local authors, short fiction writer Lily Peters and poet Rob Walton read from their recent Arachne Press Publications, Accidental Flowers and This Poem Here. They will talk about how their very different writing (Science Fiction and poetry) connect in their themes of navigating the personal and political through an imagined, but horribly likely, ecological disaster and an all too real pandemic, to make room for optimism for the future, and an accidental connection through allotments.

Join in with Q&A and an opportunity to write your own 100 word story including at least one of the words Survival, Renewal & Optimism – or a variant of them.


Thursday 26th May, 7pm - Jane Burn & Jake Morris Campbell

Poets Jane Burn (Be Feared, Nine Arches Press) and Jake Morris Campbell reading a selection of their work.

Jake Morris-Campbell is from South Shields. Corrigenda for Costafine Town is his first collection of poetry. Selected by the BBC as a New Generation Thinker, he regularly appears on Radio 3 programmes. He is an Assistant Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a freelance writer, critic and tutor.

Jane Burn is a poet and illustrator based in the North East of England. She has won many awards, including first places in the Wirral, PENfro and Wolverhampton Literary Festival Poetry Competitions. She is a working-class bisexual with a late diagnosis of Autism. Her poems have been published in many magazines and appeared in anthologies, including Writing Motherhood (Seren, 2017), #MeToo (Fairacre Press, 2018), The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (2019), and The Anthology of Illness (The Emma Press, 2020). Her work has been nominated for the Forward and Pushcart Prizes. In 2019, she co-edited Witches, Warriors, Workers, a volume of contemporary women’s poetry and essays with Fran Lock for Culture Matters Press. Her illustrations have also been used as covers for many books. She lives with her family for eight months of the year in an off-grid wooden cottage as she cares deeply for nature and the environment.

Friday 27th May, 7pm – Publisher Showcase: And Other Stories
Local authors Preti Taneja and Sammy Wright join us to celebrate their latest books, Aftermath and Fit. Both published by Sheffield’s award-winning And Other Stories, the two books showcase the best of publishing in the North.
Fit was the winner, by unanimous decision, of the 2020 Northern Book Prize. Charting the impact on a small community of a girl being plucked by happenstance from her foster home and dropped into a dazzling new life as a London model, Fit is a moving, tragic, but ultimately hopeful look at the ways in which poverty and neglect can echo through a life… even after you think you’ve gotten your fairy-tale ending.
Aftermath, from the Desmond Elliott-winning author Preti Taneja, is a profound attempt to rebuild faith in human compassion after a terrorist attack, and an extraordinary recommitment to the politics of abolition, activism and radical hope. Described by Max Porter as, “A major landmark in British narrative non-fiction” it is a book that interrogates the language of terror, trauma and grief; the fictions we believe and the voices we exclude.
Join us for drinks from 7pm to meet the authors and learn more about the books, no ticket needed just drop in