Our Regular Groups

Everyone welcome!

Something for everyone

Connecting with our customers and friends around books, poetry, 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, whenever there are openings. 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. (Currently the Slow Reading Group Reading Group and the Storytime group are both fully subscribed, but we do hold waiting lists.)

All our groups are really lovely in special and indefinable ways, so why not just come along and try them out? 

Slow Reading Group

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
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 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.

*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.  

Poetry Breakfast at Tea on the Square

SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
9am – 10am £7 Doors open 8.45am, BARROW STREET, MUCH WENLOCK, TF13 6EN

*  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! 

Themes for 2019

January 10th:  A Feeling for Snow

February 14th:  Telephones 

March 14th:  Mothers and Daughters

April 11th:  Islands

May 9th:  The Singer and the Song 

June 13th:  Fathers and Sons

July 11th:  Arrivals and Departures 

Poetry Breakfast at Aardvark Books

FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

9.30 – 10.30am £8 Doors open 9.15am BRAMPTON BRYAN, nr KNIGHTON SY7 0DH

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 French breakfast followed by another session of reading. You are very welcome to bring poetry to read aloud, (we like short-ish poems, please!) 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! 

Themes for 2019

23 January:  Short days, long nights

27 February:  The madness of love

27 March:  Take some more tea, said the March Hare to Alice

24 April:  A Moveable Feast

22 May:  Blossom by blossom the spring begins

26 June:  So is mine eye enthralled 

7 July:  Aardvark Poetry Day – details tbc

24 July:  Midsummer madness

*  Please note – Poetry Breakfast at Aardvark Books will be a week early on 19 December *

*If you are looking for somewhere to share your own poetry writing, try the regular Ludlow Open Mic event at The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in, usually first Tuesdays.  Contact Jean Atkin for details.

StoryTime

EVERY FRIDAY
11am – 12pm

*  Please note – Storytime is now fully subscribed, but you can join our waiting list HERE

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 enjoyed 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 parents 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).

The Small Print!

– £3.00 per family

– The session begins promptly at 11am and late admittance is not possible

– Although we continue through school holidays, the group is for under-5’s only, we are very sorry we can’t accommodate older brothers and sisters

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12 High Street
Much Wenlock
Shropshire TF13 6AA

Opening Hours

Open 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday

Telephone

01952 727877

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