Feb 01

White Rose Bookcafe is bustling with brilliant ideas again.

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What a feast of literary events from award winning White Rose Book Café in this month of February. Such a great example of an independent bookshop, and the cakes are great too.

Following on from the highly successful Ann Cleeves evening the BookCafe is featuring a monthly  spotlight on a particular genre, author, or selection of titles that take their interest – or why not make a suggestion of your own?

This month they are featuring New Crime Writers on the bloc, as recommended by Ann Cleeves (can’t get much better than that).

Emma Flint – Little Deaths. Abir Mukherjee – A RisingMan, Jane Harper – The Dry, Mick Heron – Slow Horses.


All of which are in stock from 2nd February.

Poetry is not being ignored. Why not head for Sofas in the Café everyThursday from 8th February. Just bring along a poem, explain why you chose it and read it aloud. I think I’d choose Vernon Scannell’s Walking Wounded which resonates profoundly, especially as I founded and run the charity, Words for the Wounded, which raises money for wounded and unwell veterans through providing opportunities for aspiring writers.

Timing: 2pm for 30 minutes.It’s FREE

Children’s Story Time is on Fridays, at 10 – 10.30. For pre-school children, and again this is FREE

Valentine’s Special in the café is Red Velvet Hot Chocolate or White Chocolate and Raspberry milkshake.


Can it get any better? Well yes, lovely Thirsk is playing host to the equally lovely Joanna Trollope on 21 February at 7.30 St Mary’s Church. The entry is £10 redeemable against a signed hardback copy of Joanna’s latest book An Unsuitable Match.

Tickets: 01845 524353 email: sales@whiterosebooks.co.uk


Margaret Graham also writes as Milly Adams for Arrow. Penguin/Random House UK.