Our Events

Looking for something different to do this month? What could be more exciting than exploring new ideas and worlds with their creators? At the Hungerford Bookshop, we are believers in opening up book discussion and giving our customers access to the many brilliant authors out there. Take a look at some of the acclaimed writers we have hosted over the years. Our events are always held at one of the fantastic (and often historic) local venues in Hungerford as well as on-line and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. See below for our latest events. Scroll down for more info or book tickets via our Eventbrite page

June 10th: Writing For Wellbeing with Susan Barsby

This hour-long session introduces attendees to how a regular writing practice can enhance day-to-day wellbeing.
In the session you will learn:
• An introductory free writing exercise
• A brief look at different types of writing you can do
• Journalling discussion
• A more detailed writing exercise exploring senses
• Top tips to make time for writing in your daily routines
The session will be a mixture of information and practical exercises with discussion.

For people who want to explore the practise of journalling further we recommend the workshop with Mary Fenwick on June 15th at the hub (see below).

Susan Barsby lives in Nottingham with her husband and daughter. By day, she is a internal communications consultant and wellbeing and bibliotherapy advocate, and by night she reads and writes. She was shortlisted for the Blue Pencil First Novel Award in 2018 and has short fiction published in ‘24 Stories of Hope for Survivors of Grenfell Tower’; ‘It Came From Beneath the Waves’ anthology; and on online fiction websites including Reflex Fiction, Fictive Dream, and MIR Online’s ‘Stories in the Time of Covid’ series. You can find her on Twitter at @SusanEBarsby

June 15th: Writing Back to Happiness - An Introduction to Journalling

Do you think about keeping a journal, but not sure where to start?

Have you felt worried where it might lead you to write down your own thoughts?

Imagine if as little as five minutes a day could help you feel calmer, and even sleep better...

Mary Fenwick writes the agony aunt column for Psychologies magazine, she’s been a journalist for 30 years, an executive coach for 12 years, and has kept a journal since Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was in the charts.

Mary runs an online programme which combines positive psychology research, with writing techniques. She is bringing her free taster session to Hungerford Hub as part of The Well Read Mind season.

Here are a few things that people have said about Writing Back to Happiness:

“I can’t believe that something as simple as sitting down for 15 minutes with a pen and paper every day could be so therapeutic. Really helped to get some thoughts together and I think I’m easier to live with as a result!”

“I learnt new habits which made me calmer and more ordered in my thinking. I would recommend the course to anyone suffering from stress or anxiety.”

June 22nd: Move! The Science of Body Over Mind

Did you know that walking can improve your cognitive skills? That strengthening your muscular core reduces anxiety? That light stretching can combat a whole host of mental and bodily ailments, from stress to inflammation? We all know that exercise changes the way you think and feel. But scientists are just starting to discover exactly how it works.

Interviewing researchers and practitioners around the world, she reveals how you can work your body to improve your mind. As lockdown throws us back on our own mental and physical resources, there is no better time to take control of how you think and feel.

"Our bodies are designed to be in motion, and our minds suffer when they aren't. Move! is science writing at its absolute best: lucid, informative, authoritative, fascinating - and very very important" -- Guy Claxton, author ― Intelligence In The Flesh

This is part of the 'Well Read Mind' season of events curated by Hungerford Bookshop & Hungerford Hub.

Caroline will be giving a talk in person, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and get a copy of the book Move! signed if you wish. This free event is a must for anyone who is interested in how movement affects our minds.

13th July: The Science of Sleep with Dr Stuart Farrimond

In his Sunday Times bestelling book The Science of Living : 219 reasons to rethink your daily routine Dr Stuart Farrimond uses the latest research in psychology, nutrition, biology, and physics, to unearth the facts behind the fads, and provides take-away advice on every area of our lives.

In this 'Well Read Mind' event Dr Stu (who is a trained doctor, food scientist for BBC’s Inside the Factory as well as the author of internationally bestselling books) focuses on the subject of sleep.

He can answer such questions as: Why do we yawn? Do sleeping pills help or hinder? What's the best way to fall - and stay - asleep? and, How do I know how much sleep I need?

As he says in his book:

Sleep is a refreshing, healing tonic that nourishes and repairs body and mind. It's a daily prescription more powerful than the most expensive drugs - and it's free.

Come along to hear Dr Stuart Farrimond at 7:30pm on July 13th in Hungerford Hub as part of The Well Read Mind Season.

Copies of the book will be on hand to buy on the evening. It will help make your day happier, healthier and more productive!

This is a very special bookshop. Seriously diverse and fascinating authors come to talk about their books. All in all, it gives a new dimension to Hungerford and is one of the main reasons it would be hard to move to a new area!
Belinda Coote, Customer

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