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Another Record Year for Author Events in 2012

We are pleased to announce that in 2012 The Hayling Island Bookshop ran or supported an amazing 107 events with 91 different authors at 87 venues for over 18,700 people. Audience numbers were up by 42% over 2011 which was itself a record year.

We would like to thank everyone who came to our events which were held in so many different venues including schools, theatres, libraries and historic buildings.

The ninety one different authors included Sir David Attenborough, Sir Max Hastings, Lord Hattersley, James Herbert, Anthony Horowitz, Ben Fogle and George Alagiah.

In 2012, we were delighted to be asked to help run events with two new partners – Hampshire School Library Service and Southampton School Library Service as well as with our existing partners Portsmouth School Library Service, Portsmouth BookFest, Havant Literary Festival, The New Theatre Royal and The Portsmouth Festivities.

Books signed by the author make great gifts and we still have some signed copies available including:

The New Recruit by Andy McNab, Dead To Me by Cath Staincliffe, A Passage to Africa by George Alagiah, Citadel by Kate Mosse (and Labyrinth and Sepulchre), Once by James Herbert, The Rose Petal Beach and The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson, Silent Voices  by Anne Cleeves and A Force To Be Reckoned With (A History of the Women’s Institute) by Jane Robinson. We also have a signed editions of My Story by Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli.

Call us on 02392 466 620 to check availability of these signed books. Our 2013 programme has already started in schools and we have signed editions of many children’s books in stock including books signed by Anthony Horowitz, Ali Sparkes, Andy Briggs, Darren Shan and many more.

We are planning lots of events for 2013 and will keep you informed as details emerge.


Children’s Author at Late Night Shopping Evening

Sara Starbuck, author of the Dread Pirate Fleur series, will be in the Hayling Island Bookshop on Friday December 7th during the Late Night Shopping Festival.

This summer Sara helped to launch Reading Force, the reading scheme for Forces families and friends. At the launch on HMS Warrior Sara talked to the senior representatives of each of the Armed Forces about the importance of reading and made them all swear a solemn oath to read more books! She was subsequently invited to give a talk about her books to navy families on board HMS Diamond, one of the navy’s newest vessels.

In May 2013 Sara will be launching a new series of books published by Templar Publishing called Fairythorn Tales under the pseudonym, Lara Faraway. Parents and shoppers with younger children can hear more about the new series and get free sticklers whilst children between 8 and 12 can buy the Dread Pirate Fleur books at 25% off if they mention the secret password to Sara. The not so secret password is “Aye Aye Captain”. Sara will be signing and dedicating her books bought in the Bookshop during the event.

Sara is also a freelance editor specialising in commercial fiction and children’s books and has also worked for literary agents. She will be pleased to talk to budding children”s authors about the publishing industry.

Entry to this book signing is free and Sara will be with us between 5pm and 7pm.


Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse, the bestselling author of Labyrinth closes her trilogy with a heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. Meet Kate at Southsea Library on Sunday 4th November when she closes this year’s Portsmouth BookFest by talking about her newest book. Books on sale for signing after the event. Call the Festival Box Office on 02392 688037 or The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.

Andy McNab Event To Feature Pre Publication Book

Our event with Andy McNab on Saturday 27th October will now also include a book that isn’t even published yet! The New Recruit title for young adults is published in January 2013 but we will be allowed to sell copies at our event and Andy will sign them. Be the first to own a copy even before they are on sale anywhere! He will also be talking about Red Notice his new thriller for adult readers only out a couple of days before the event and also on sale at the venue for signing by Andy.

Tickets from our Portsmouth BookFest Box office on 02392 688 037


Meet Sir David Attenborough


There is a once in a lifetime chance to meet broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough when he visits The Hayling Island Bookshop on November 2nd at 1pm. He will be signing copies of his new book Drawn from Paradise along with his co author Errol Fuller.

This beautiful new book is a journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise , one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds.
Owner of The Hayling Island Bookshop Marie Telford says “

This is a wonderful opportunity for a small bookshop like ours. David Attenborough is a broadcasting legend; there can be few people in the country of all ages that have not seen his wonderful TV programmes.

I hope as many people as possible will come and join us to meet Sir David and Errol Fuller as they sign and dedicate copies of the book.

The book is gorgeous and will appeal to general nature lovers, art enthusiasts and experienced ornithologists who will delight in this journey of discovery of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious birds.

A signed copy of this unique book will make a wonderful Christmas present and meeting Sir David will be a real treat. ”

Entry to the book signing is strictly by ticket only, bookable in advance from The Hayling Island Bookshop. Each ticket includes the book for signing by David and Errol. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Why is there something rather than nothing?

In his latest book, The Universe From Nothing, internationally known theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the most basic philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? And how is it all going
 to end?A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe From Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved-and the implications for how it’s going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way.As Richard Dawkins has described it: This could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for atheism since Darwin.
Professor Krauss will be giving an evening Lecture followed by a book signing on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm. The event is being held at The David Russell Theatre within The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets: Adults £5
from PGS Development Office or 023 9236 4248

Meet Ben Fogle

The award winning Hayling Island Bookshop continues its programme of high profile author visits this time in Portsmouth, with adventurer and commentator Ben Fogle. This is a rare chance to hear Ben speak on his national book tour then meet him personally afterwards during the book signing.

Ben Fogle’s new book The Accidental Naturalist continues the memoirs of his experiences as an adventurer and presenter. The first book The Accidental Adventurer published in 2011, related his experiences on rowing the Atlantic, running across the Sahara and racing to the South Pole.

When he’s not ice skating across Sweden, running barefoot in the Sahara desert or rowing naked across the Atlantic ocean, the odds are that you’ll find Ben Fogle hanging out with a wild beast or two. Most recently, and most scarily, you may have seen him on the BBC scuba-diving with wild crocodiles. All in the name of scientific research, of course.

But the fact remains – Ben and animals are a match made in heaven and he has stories to tell of his encounters with our furry friends that will break your heart as well as making your hair stand on end.

Ben is to this particular manner born, given that his dad is a vet, and from a very early age he was intimately acquainted with animals inside and out, helping out with operations as well as nursing sick beasts back to health. And of course, when the nation first clutched Ben to its collective bosom on the BBC’s prototype reality show “Castaway”, his black Labrador Inca was initially at least an intrinsic part of the package.

So began the animal association and soon Ben was charming worms and tickling trout for his 8 years on  Countryfile, minding the big cats and grooming llamas with Kate Humble for his 7 years on Animal Park. Ben was also the main commentator at Crufts and a host of One Man and His Dog.

Audience members will all receive a signed copy of Ben’s latest book and there will be the opportunity to meet Ben after the talk to have your book personally dedicated by him if you wish.

The event, on Thursday September 6th at 7.30pm, has been organised by the Hayling Island Bookshop at the David Russell Theatre situated within The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets can be bought in advance only, by telephone on 02392 466 620 with debit or credit cards or in person from The Hayling Island Bookshop.

Tickets are excellent value with the Talk from Ben, the book signing and a copy of the new hardback The Accidental Naturalist (rrp £18.99) all included for £15, there will be free parking within the School from their entrance on High Street, Old Portsmouth.

2012 Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival Celebrates the Olympics

To celebrate the Olympic Games this year The Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival has sport as the theme.

This event has been organised by the Hayling Island Bookshop for the last six years. Spot The Scarecrow Trail Sheets are available from 9am on the 28th July.

The Festival runs for two weeks until August 12th. The winners will be announced half way through on August 5th, during a free concert at Eastoke Corner featuring “scrumpy and western band” The Mangled Wurzels. The concert starts at 2pm.


2012 Portsmouth Festivities Events To Be Announced

Actress Sheila Hancock will launch the 2012 Festivities Programme on 25 April at a reception in The New Theatre Royal. Details will be available shortly afterwards on this website. The 2012 Festival theme is Great Expectations which will be celebrated by a great programme of musical and literary events this June.

The Hayling Island Bookshop are the Official Booksellers to The Festivities for the third year running.

2011 Events Programme Sets a New Record

The Hayling Island Bookshop have just completed their 2011 events programme which this year ran to an amazing 89 events featuring 68 different authors at 58 different Venues for audiences totalling over 13,100 people. Join our mailing list to find out about our 2012 events!