Special Storytelling with Emma Yarlett Saturday 12th September 11am

Poppy PickleJoin us on Saturday 12th September when we welcome Emma Yarlett to host our regular storytelling at 11am.

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Poppy has the most extraordinary imagination. When she is sent upstairs to tidy her room, she just can’t help imagining and suddenly …her imagination literally comes alive. Soon her room is jam-packed with all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures.

There’s a problem, though – the mammoth puts his foot through the floor and the hungry crocodile thinks Poppy would make a tasty snack. Poppy needs to get rid of all these creatures FAST – but how?

Storytelling begins at 11am, followed by colouring activities and then a book signing at 11.30.

Pillows and Paintbrushes: Sleepover at Dulwich Picture Gallery Saturday 3rd October

Pack your bags and run away to Dulwich Picture Gallery! Follow in the footsteps of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid for a night-time adventure as we delve into the world of From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler. Visit Mrs E Frankweiler’s house and listen to her tales, explore the mysteries of the Gallery with our special Mixed-Up Files treasure hunt, make your own autographed book bag to take with you on your future escapades and get some shuteye in the company of Rembrandt and friends……in the morning awake to breakfast over a film. Book tickets now image

Organised in partnership with Pushkin Press. Suitable for children aged 7 – 13yrs. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Group ratio: 1 adult: 1 – 3 children

What will I need to bring? Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toothbrush, and a water bottle

What will I eat? Breakfast and evening snacks provided courtesy of Urban Fruitand Bear Snacks. Please eat dinner before arrival.

Where will I sleep? You will be sleeping on the floor amongst the paintings! You will sleep as a family group.

Matthew Pamplin in conversation with Jacqueline Riding in Dulwich Picture Gallery Thursday 22th October 7.30pm

Will Tom PBWill & Tom by Matthew Plampin offers a glimpse into the early life of JMW Turner, exploring his humble origins, fervent work ethic and rivalry with the now obscure artist Tom Girtin. Join Matthew and art historian Jacqueline Riding – who consulted on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner – for an evening discussing Turner: the character of his work, his travels around the country and the friendships and alliances that helped an awkward, secretive and irritable young man emerge as a great artist.

This is a joint event with Dulwich Picture Gallery and tickets are booked directly with the gallery. Tickets are £14 and include a paperback copy of Will & Tom and a glass of wine. Book tickets now image

Art historian Jacqueline Riding who consulted on Mr Turner will be in conversation with Matthew.

Special Storytelling: Halloween Saturday 31st October with Katie May Green 11am

seen and not heardIn a big old house, up creaky stairs, in a silent little nursery full of dolls and teddy bears, you’ll find the children of Shiverhawk Hall. They’re children in pictures on the wall – seen and not heard…Original, atmospheric and delightfully spooky, this is the story of dainty little Lily Pinksweet, the Plumseys, clever Billy Fitzbillian, kind Percy and the De Villechild twins (who are perfect angels)…They all look so sweet and good, just like children should, but when night-time comes and there’s no one to see, the children climb out from the quiet of their picture frames and they run riot and they run free! Perfect for children with wild imaginations and anarchic spirits, this magical book is filled with unforgettable images and free-spirited joy.

Places are free, storytelling begins at 11am and is followed by crafts and activities.

Tessa Hadley & Janet Davey Wednesday 11th November

Join us on 11th November to hear Tessa Hadley & Janet Davey discuss their latest novels. More details shortly, email dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk to join the waiting list.

The Past“There is something reassuring yet deliciously unexpected about a Tessa Hadley novel.” (Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph). Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks.

Another Mothers Son‘We’re lucky to have such an intelligent chronicler of our present’ Tessa Hadley on Janet Davey. Lorna Parry lives with her three sons, each one lurching uncomfortably into adulthood. In the claustrophobic loneliness of her own home, Lorna orbits around her sons and struggles to talk to them; she’s still angry at her ex-husband, uncomfortable around her father’s new girlfriend, and works quietly as the only employee left in a deserted London archive.

Dulwich Books Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland 2014

Bookseller Industry Awards 2014!

Sheila Collecting BA Award
Sheila collecting the award for best independent bookshop in UK & Ireland 2014

Dulwich Books wins national award! Dulwich Books was voted the best independent in the UK & Ireland 2014  said “combining the traditional virtues of bookselling with thoroughly modern marketing & digital actiPrintvity”, “vastly experienced staff”, “offering superb customer service”, “a packed calender of events”, “eye-catching 21% leap in sales”, “the energy is amazing” and that Dulwich Books was a destination bookshop

The award was presented by Alan Johnson at the industry dinner of nearly 1,000 people and a good night was had by all!
It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their loyalty, support and advice over the years. We are very proud of what we have achieved and you make it a very enjoyable job.

It is a thrill to be rewarded for doing our job. Sheila

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