Our Regular Groups
Something for everyone
Connecting with our customers and friends around books, poetries, stories, is what makes us so much more than ‘just’ a bookshop. Most of our groups have been running for many years and we enjoy building lasting and meaningful relationships with people as we share relaxed coffee and croissants with poetry once a month, or get together each week to closely explore a classic text. We love the cycle of Mums (or grand-parents) turning up each Friday morning with their babes-in-arms, then waving goodbye to them four years later as they bravely head off to school.
No matter what the group, it’s a matter of deeply held principle that newcomers are always made very welcome. We understand that people’s circumstances change: you may have just moved here, or be newly retired, or suffered a bereavement, or just be looking to extend your interests. Whatever your reason, you can be confident that the group will be warmly appreciative of your presence.
Only two of our groups work a little bit differently to that. Our Saturday Morning Book Club for 9 – 12 year olds is run by our teenager, Emily, who prefers to work with a small number of children so there is a waiting list for that group. And our Slow Reading Group spends so long discussing their chosen book that it wouldn’t be fair for someone to come in half away through and forever be playing catch up: so the group opens up to new members each time it starts a new book!
All our groups are really lovely in special and indefinable ways, so why not just come along and try them out? Here’s a note I received just this week from a customer:
StoryTime will finish on 21 December and restart on 11 January, 11am. The bookshop will be open from 10.30am.
Slow Reading Group
10.30am – 11.30am
The Slow Reading Group meets every week to discuss their current book of choice – please note: it can take a very long time to get through a book this way, so you do need to be patient and willing to go deep into and around the text. We do make sure it’s always an excellent choice!
How it works is that you’ll do the reading at home, from your own copy of the book (available from the bookshop with a 10% discount). We’ll provide a big pot of coffee and a plate of delicious biscuits from the Deli next door. You then gather round each Wednesday morning and discuss the chapter. The group opens up to new members each time a new book is started (approximately once a year or so, depending on the length of the book!) Previous books include Middlemarch, The Power and the Glory and The Plague.
This group is currently at full capacity, but let us know by email if you would like to be added to the waiting list and we will make sure someone contacts you in good time for joining at the next opportunity.
£5 to include coffee and biscuits.
SECOND THURSDAY EVERY MONTH in WENLOCK’S TEA ON THE SQUARE
9am – 10am £7 Doors open 8.45am
FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH in AARDVARK BOOKS, BRAMPTON BRYAN, nr KNIGHTON SY7 0DH
9.30 – 10.30am £8 Doors open 9.15am
* Please note – Poetry Breakfast at Aardvark Books will be a week early on 19 December *
Poetry breakfast is a friendly, informal gathering where we read our favourite (published*) poems on a given theme in the first section, followed by a breakfast of coffee or tea, croissants or toast, followed by another session of reading. You are very welcome to bring poetry to read aloud, or if you prefer, just sit back and relax and we will read to you! The themes are always wide-ranging, and open to interpretation, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of poems we share. By the way, we don’t analyse, we just enjoy!
All very welcome: it’s a fabulous way to start your day. Come early to get a seat!
*If you are looking for somewhere to share your own poetry writing, try Shrewsbury Poetry (upstairs in the St Nicholas café/bar on Castle Street, Shrewsbury) on every first Thursday evening of the month. They have a Facebook page @ShrewsburyPoetry.
Knitting & Poetry
2.30pm – 4pm
* Please note – there will be no Storytime on Friday 6th April *
This is a whole new way to get your regular poetry fix and a chance to get on with the craft of your choice while enjoying the sublime pleasure of being read to. Gather round the table with a pot of tea, some yummy biscuits, and even a cheeky glass of sherry and just relax as Tim Cook and Ali Redgrave read aloud their hand-picked poetry choices.
Half way through the session you’ll be invited to tell us what you’re working on and to show us how it’s going. There’s plenty of skill-sharing round the table, so if you’re stuck on something, chances are someone there will be able to help you out, or at the very least you’ll be warmly commiserated as you unpick that row yet again!
Listening to poetry against a background of gently clicking needles has to be one of the most laid back ways of taking in poetry so do come and give yourselves a treat. We’ll even let you come without your knitting!
We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2.30 – 4pm upstairs in the bookshop £7, no need to book, just come along.
NB: we have a very special Knitting and Poetry session on Thursday June 28th as it will be part of our Feminist Book Fortnight celebrations! All the poems read will be by, about and for women! Do join us!
11am – 12pm
* Please note – there will be no Storytime on Friday 7th and 14th September.
On Friday mornings we give over the upstairs of our shop to the marvellous Sue Dunne and her bag of tricks. Think real snow for stories about snowmen, knitted elephants, steering wheels for pretend cars – the list is endless! Sue has many years of working with children in special needs schools and she brings her love and passion for story, song and children to this hour of fun. We love to watch the children enjoy the magic of story and we revel as they grow in confidence and make new friends. (That goes for the Mums and grand-parents, too!)
We hold our StoryTime session every Friday (join the Facebook StoryTime group for up-to-the-minute information re cancellations for weather, holidays etc) and new families are always made very welcome.
£2.50 per family to include coffee for the grown ups and drinks for the children. There’s no need to book, just turn up!
At our Saturday Morning Book Club for children ages 9 -12, we enjoy reading a wide range of genres from sci-fi to fables, and everything in between! As well as reading at home and talking about the book in Club, we read aloud; we write reviews; play games and do all sorts of fun book-related activities from 11.30 – 12.30 every Saturday morning. Currently, we have space for 1 or 2 more members so please get in touch to get involved!
Contact our fabulous young leader for any information about joining: email@example.com
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Shropshire TF13 6AA
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