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Check out our upcoming events:

An Evening with Stu Hennigan

Thursday, 14th July at Drake – The Bookshop from 7:00pm (doors 6:30)

This is a free event – but please do book your place!

There will be a foodbank collection on the night. Refreshments (wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks)  will be available on a pay as you feel basis with proceeds being donated to local food bank.

Stu Hennigan is a poet and writer from the North of England, join him in the shop as he discusses his book Ghost Signs.

Stu Hennigan delivered emergency medicine and food parcels during the the first 6 months of Covid 19 in inner city Leeds. GHOST SIGNS highlights the issue of 21st century poverty and how a decade of Austerity has devastated our most vulnerable communities.

Please Note this is a ticketless event – remember to select ‘collect from shop’ at the checkout – you will receive an email receipt to confirm your payment and event booking.


An Evening with Natasha Solomons

Thursday, 19th May at Drake – The Bookshop from 6:00-7:30pm

Tickets are £5.00, which allows £5 off the purchase of I, Mona Lisa on the night or 15% off all book purchases on the evening

Join us for an evening with Natasha Solomons for an illustrated talk about her latest novel – I, Mona Lisa

Over the centuries, few could hear her voice, but now she is ready to tell her own story, in her own words – a tale of rivalry, murder and heartbreak. Weaving through the years, she takes us from the dazzling world of Florentine studios to the French courts at Fontainebleau and Versailles, and into the Twentieth Century. I, Mona Lisa is a deliciously vivid, compulsive and illuminating story about the lost and forgotten women throughout history.

Please Note this is a ticketless event – remember to select ‘collect from shop’ at the checkout – you will receive an email receipt to confirm your payment and event booking.

Feminist Book Fortnight Fundraiser (Free to Attend)

Monday, 23rd May at Drake – The Bookshop from 6:00pm

Tickets are FREE, but we ask that you book a spot in order to attend (we have limited numbers)

Join us for an exciting and inspiring evening of poetry, spoken word and perfomances!

TWP is back for a feminist book fortnight showcase at Drake’s on Monday, the 23rd of May. This annual nationwide celebration is the brainchild of the independent bookshop network, set up in the 1980s due to frustration with advances in feminist publishing. And the rally continues! We join the campaign for FBF as we have successfully done in 2018 and 2019, with poems and conversation responding to any book that has inspired our feminism.

What’s happening?

-A showcase of our favourite feminist texts, and powerful spoken word and poems inspired by the text, written and performed by Tees Women Poets

-Donation-based TWP craft fair, Refreshments (kindly offered by Drake’s) with all proceeds donated to (UWF supports Ukrainian women in crisis)

-Browse through the amazing book store

-Q and A and lots of conversation

Please Note this is a ticketless event – remember to select ‘collect from shop’ at the checkout – but you do NOT need to collect a ticket from the shop. You will receive an email receipt to confirm your event booking. It just helps us keep track of numbers of those attending.

Previous Events

An Evening with Robin Ince at ARC Stockton.

Join us Friday, 3 December. Doors open 6pm.

In partnership with ARC Stockton, author, comedian and podcaster Robin Ince joins us for an entertaining and science-filled evening. He will be discussing his new, erudite and witty book, The Importance of Being Interested.

Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world’s most popular science podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. Every year he meets hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers. In his book, Robin reveals why scientific wonder isn’t just for the professionals. He explores why many think of the discipline as distant and difficult. From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic and profound book will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure.

Robin will be doing a Q&A and signing copies of his new book afterwards.

Please note: This author event is taking place at ARC Stockton (Dovecot St, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL). You can purchase your tickets on ARC Stockton’s website (just click on the button below to purchase your tickets).

Standard single tickets are £20 each to include a copy of the book. If booking two tickets together and only one copy of the book is required, please use promo code 2FOR30 to book two seats for £30 and receive one book (limit of two tickets per customer for this offer).

The Yorkshire Shepherdess and her family have carved a special place in all our hearts with their exploits over the years on their farm up in the Dales.

Now you have got the chance to come and say hi and buy a book or two and get them signed.

Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess : Farming, Family and Delicious Recipes to Share is Amanda’s latest title and we are hoping to have copies a few days early to add to the special nature of the occasion.

Sunday 24th October from 2pm – 3pm at DRAKE – The Bookshop, 26 & 27 Silver Street, Stockton TS181SX.

An Evening with Annie Garthwaite

We are so excited to invite you to our first author event in the shop since re-opening and expanding into our new space! We are over the moon to have Hartlepool native Annie Garthwaite join us on Thursday 23rd September, 7:00 pm to discuss her debut novel, Cecily, followed by an opportunity to purchase a signed copy at £14.99.

This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, strong female characters, historical heroines, and books by Hilary Mantel, Alsion Weir or Philippa Gregory.

Tickets are £5, which includes a glass of wine and 15% of any books purchased on the night.

The event will take place Thursday 23rd September, 7:00 pm at DRAKE – The Bookshop, Silver Street, Stockton, TS18 1SX

Our first live event of 2021: CRIME ROCKS!

We are excited to invite you to join two talented North East Writers for an evening of live music and conversation as we launch Independent Bookshop Weeks with our first live author event of 2021 at NE Volume Music Bar in Stockton. Get your tickets here!

Teesside author Fiona Erskine, writer of the much acclaimed Chemical Detective, and follow-up Chemical Reaction is launching a new novel Phosphate Rocks:A Death in Ten Objects and is joined by Newcastle writer, Trevor Wood, who is also launching his new book One Way Street, follow-up to the prize winning A Man on the Street. They will be talking about their books and answering audience questions as well as signing copies of their books. Musical entertainment will be provided by Andrew Johnson.

Phosphate Rocks by Fiona Erskine


As the old chemical works in Leith are demolished a long deceased body encrusted in phosphate rock is discovered. Seated at a card table he has ten objects laid out in front of him. Whose body is it? How did he die and what is the significance of the objects?

One Way Street by Trevor Wood

A gritty and addictive crime thriller. For fans of Val McDermid & Ian Rankin


The second gritty Newcastle-set thriller in this unforgettable series about a homeless veteran turned local sleuth and vigilante. Follow up to the highly acclaimed The Man on the Street. A series of bizarre drug-related deaths among runaway teenagers has set the North East’s homeless community on edge. The word on the street is that a rogue batch of Spice – the zombie drug sweeping the inner cities – is to blame, but when one of Jimmy’s few close friends is caught up in the carnage, loyalty compels him to find out what’s really going on. One Way Street sees the welcome return of Jimmy Mullen, the homeless, PTSD-suffering, veteran as he attempts to rebuild his life following the events in The Man on the Street. As his probation officer constantly reminds him: all he needs to do is keep out of trouble. Sadly for him, trouble seems to have a habit of tracking Jimmy down.

Mighty QI Elves Quiz NightSunday, 6th December 6:30-8:30pm

What better way to spend a dark December evening than to huddle together in front of the screen and pit your wits against the mighty QI Elves.

Get your ticket here!

Join us and Alex Bell, Jack Chambers and James Rawson from QI for a Sunday-night quiz to keep the ‘little grey cells’ working. Gather your smartest friends and family (whether they be in the same room or connected via phone or FaceTime) to make a team of four. Purchase just one ticket for £15 per team (of four) to compete.

One ticket includes one copy of Funny You Should Ask… Your Questions Answered by the QI Elves (worth £12.99).

Extra copies for the team members or for the perfect Christmas gift can be bought at a discounted price of £10.00 each. Remember, teams are a maximum of four people & NO GOOGLING!

Prizes for the first three highest-scoring teams (tie-breaker question at the ready!).

Check out our Facebook Live chats for our Book Groups. Alice Lickens and Judith Eagle were great sports as our first Facebook Live guests. As ever it was fascinating hearing the back stories and sneaky snippets of futures works. Click here and join the group to see the videos.

Check out all our book group books here

All our book groups are online at the minute. Join our Wednesday evening group, which is uniquely on a Thursday at the minute (the same time as our usual online book group). Again, ask to join the group here.

If you like what you hear, you can buy this month’s book here

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