‘A Year in Shropshire’

Wednesday 4th October, 11.00am – 1.00pm, at Burway Books, Church Stretton

Meet two of Shropshire’s finest photographers, father and son Mike and John Hayward, who have collaborated to showcase the county they love in over 160 stunning images, capturing unusual shots which offer a new slant on familiar and much-loved sights. Moving throughout the year, from spring to winter, and covering every corner of Shropshire from tiny hamlets to proud towns and monuments, this collection is a breathtaking tribute to our diverse and unspoilt county.




Saturday 25th November, 7.30pm
Church Stretton Methodist Church
Tickets £8 (£6 for Burway Books Loyalty Card Holders)

Dr. Alex Langlands is a British archaeologist and historian

Dr. Alex Langlands

He is a lecturer in medieval history at Swansea University and a regular presenter for BBC and Channel 4: he was one of the presenters of ‘Victorian Farm’, the hugely popular TV series filmed at Acton Scott, and has subsequently appeared in other programmes, including ‘Edwardian Farm’, ‘Wartime Farm’, ‘Time Team’ ‘Full Steam Ahead’ and ‘Britain at Low Tide’

We are delighted to welcome Alex back to Church Stretton for a talk to coincide with the publication of his new book, ‘Craeft: How Traditional Crafts are About More Than Just Making’. In this fascinating book Alex goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of craeft.

Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, he resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour, and passionately defends the renewed importance of craeft today. Alex will be meeting people and signing copies of his book after the talk. Tickets to his talks sell out very quickly, so don’t leave it too late to get yours!



Book Review Club

This group meets at Berry’s Coffee House between 2.30 – 4.00pm on the 2nd Wednesday or Thursday of most months. We will be reviewing latest releases as well as classics.

As space is limited PLEASE BOOK with us if you would like to attend. There is no charge to join and you will have a wonderful selection of coffees, teas and cakes (for which you can pay at the time).

Next Book Review Club: Next meeting Thursday 14th September

Our topic will be The Booker Prize shortlist which will be announced on Wednesday 13th Sepember.

Book Chat

Our friendly and informal Book Chat is now held at the shop on the *third Wednesday of every month between 2.30 – 4.00pm. We enjoy lively discussions on a pre-selected topic whilst enjoying a cup of tea and biscuits. Occasionally an author turns up to meet the group, and there is always an opportunity to browse the shelves or order any books that the particular month’s meeting has inspired.

Recent topics include: “Gardening Books”, “Diaries both factual and fictitious”, “Novels evoking place” “Books that changed my life”. We also enjoyed a lovely talk by author Kate Hamer at a recent Book Chat.

If you are interested in coming along, please come in and book a place: we have limited space and the group is getting very popular.

Next Book Chat: *Wednesday 21st September

For our August chat we discussed countryside writing and Hilary reported on the Wainwright Prize prize giving, where she met winning author John Lewis-Stempel and also Christopher Somerville.

* Please note we have changed to third Wednesday due to a time clash with another book group here in Church Stretton