The Heath Bookshop Opening Weekend

The Heath Bookshop Opening Weekend


Posted 2022-09-04 by dpmfollow

Fri 09 Sep 2022 - Sun 11 Sep 2022

Readers can enjoy a weekend of free author meet-and-greets and book-signings to celebrate the opening of a new independent book shop in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

The Heath Bookshop has a packed programme of top authors including Ruth Gilligan, Osman Yousefzada, Jess Phillips, R M Francis and Niall Griffiths for its opening weekend of September 9-11 culminating in a DJ set from Leftfoot DJs.

The shop, in Kings Court, is a dream come true for owners and reading enthusiasts Catherine Gale and Claire Dawes. "We met through a love of books and a desire to be around lots of them every day," they said. "Kings Court is the perfect location for our bookshop and we invite people to come and check us out before, during and after our opening weekend, to hang out amongst the books, drink coffee and get involved with some bookish chat."

While all the events are free, booking is required for the author events via . No booking is required for the DJ event.

Writer and academic Ruth Gilligan will be meeting reading fans on Friday 9 September at 6pm. A professor of Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham, Ruth has published five books. She became the youngest person in Ireland to reach number one on the Irish Bestsellers' List with her first novel Forget and her latest novel The Butchers won the Ondaatje Prize.

Artist, fashion designer and writer Osman Yousefzada will be at the store on Saturday 10 September at 2pm. Born in Balsall Heath, Osman will be reading and discussing his memoir The Go-Between, a coming-of-age story set in the 1980s and 1990s.

He will be followed, at 3.30pm, by Yardley Labour MP Jess Phillips. The author of three books, most recently The Life of an MP: Everything You Really Need to Know About Politics, Jess was born in Birmingham and is Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding.

On Sunday 11 September at 1.30pm Black Country poet and novelist R M Francis will be meeting readers. Currently Poet in Residence for the Black Country Geological Society and author of the novella The Wrenna and the Subsidence poetry collection, Francis is a lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton.

Niall Griffiths will be on hand at the shop at 3.30pm. Niall is the author of seven novels, several works of non-fiction, short stories, radio plays and numerous articles. He will be reading from his latest novel Broken Ghost and his first poetry collection Red Roar: 20 Years of Words.

The Opening Weekend will close with a DJ set by Leftfoot DJs between 4-8pm.

For more on The Heath Bookshop see Facebook and Instagram @theheathbookshop

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