We organise many one-off events throughout the year, such as book launches, talks, workshops, readings and performances. Most are held at the bookshop, but when we need a bit more space we decamp to outside venues such as the Wenlock Pottery (perfect for cosy, candlelit evenings) and the Edge Arts Centre.
In 2014, we even filled the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury with an evening of poetry featuring the Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and Shropshire’s very own Liz Lefroy.
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Our annual Readers’ Retreat offers five days of bookish bliss to feed the soul and become immersed in the magic of reading and stories. Each day begins with a short story, followed by a walk. After enjoying a simple lunch, participants can settle down to read or join in optional activities including art sessions, visits from guest authors and group outings. A shared evening meal offers the chance to revisit the story read in the morning.
Our next Readers’ Retreat will be held in the booklover’s paradise of Wigtown, Galloway. The town is steeped in history and set in a beautiful rolling landscape minutes from the sea and mountains, and is home to seven bookshops and the Wigtown Book Festival (founded by our host and owner of The Bookshop, Shaun Blythell).
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Wenlock Poetry Festival
Founded by our very own Anna Dreda in 2010, the Wenlock Poetry Festival is now one of the top poetry festivals in the UK. The Poet Laureate (and the festival’s founding patron) Carol Ann Duffy has described Much Wenlock as ’the perfect place for poetry’ - a view shared by the hundreds of visitors and poets who arrive each spring to share the best of contemporary poetry in an idyllic setting.
From Benjamin Zephaniah to Gillian Clarke, to Lavinia Greenlaw, Liz Lochhead, Ian Macmillan and Luke Wright, the Wenlock Poetry Festival has welcomed the cream of UK poets as well as constantly supporting new voices and local talent. Visit the festival’s website to find out more.
Reader's Tour of Venice
An annual event in which the gentlefolk of Wenlock embark on a mini Grand Tour. Our guides are Venice residents, author Anne Amison and her historian husband Michael.
We spend four enchanted days exploring the city, eating, drinking, reading and following in the footsteps of literary greats such as Henry James, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Casanova, and the Shropshire Lad himself, A E Housman.
Wenlock Christmas Fayre
Join the throng as thousands of visitors descend on Much Wenlock for its annual Christmas Fayre. With stalls extending down the High Street and onto the church green, mulled wine, carols by candlelight in the Square, brass bands, street entertainers, donkey rides and more, the town is filled with seasonal goodwill. We always make a special effort to join in the fun, with treats and merriment for customers old and new.