Events

  • Independent Bookshop Week

    June 15-22, 2024

    This Independent Bookshop Week, we will be saying a big THANK YOU to all of you who have supported First Draft Books & other independent bookstores this year. Stop by the shop for special giveaways, promos and activities. There will be something new each day! Plus, join us for the Book Swap, Reading Social and Devon Anthology — all bookish events happening over the course of the week in and around Bovey.

  • Reading Social [BT]

    June 26, 2024 [5:30-7:30 PM]

    Cromwell Arms, Function Room, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey

    Hey there, social readers! It’s time for our monthly get-together. Bring whatever you’re reading, however you’re reading it for a full hour of quiet reading. Doors will open at 5:30pm, silent reading from 6-7pm and then a little chitchat for those who want it until 7:30pm. See you there!

  • Morgan le Fay Reimagined: A Book Talk with Sophie Keetch

    July 5, 2024 [6:00-7:30pm]

    First Draft Books, 54 Fore Street, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AE

    Sophie Keetch writes complicated, formidable women. Most recently, the often misunderstood character of Arthurian legend, Morgan le Fay. Her latest novel, Le Fay (out on July 18), builds on the story in her first novel, Morgan is My Name (2022). Join us in the First Draft Books shop for a conversation steeped in Arthurian legend, fantasy adventure, and feminist writing.

    In addition to this engaging & interactive chat, Sophie will sign copies of her books on the night. You can reserve copies during the registration process. **This includes early access to Le Fay — available two weeks before the book is released to the world.**

    This is a free but ticketed event. Please reserve your seat here to guarantee a spot.

  • A Place for Hope: A Book Talk with Authors Sophie Pierce & Fiona Williams

    July 10, 2024 [5:30-7:00pm]

    First Draft Books, 54 Fore Street, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AE

    United by stories with a deep connection to place, two incredible authors join us to talk about their works.

    Sophie Pierce, known for her Wild Swimming guides, shares a different side of herself in The Green Hill: Letters to a Son. Following the loss of her son, Sophie writes a moving memoir about love and grief, and the healing power of the natural world, particularly Dartmoor and South Devon. 

    Fiona Williams navigates similar depths in her debut novel, The House of Broken Bricks. Set in a rural Somerset village, this is the story of a broken family, what they see and cannot say in their overlapping perspectives. It is a tale of loss & hope, of life in the cracks and how it can be repaired.

    These two inspiring and talented writers are sure to leave you feeling uplifted. In addition to the content, they will also give us a glimpse into their lives as writers – their journeys, experiences and processes. You’ll have the chance to ask them anything on your mind so get those questions ready.

    Plus, Sophie & Fiona will hang out after the talk to chat with you and sign copies of their books. You can reserve a copy of their books during the registration process. This is a free but ticketed event. Register here to save your seat.

  • Reading Social: A Silent Book Club [TQ]

    July 16, 2024 [5:30-7:30pm]

    TQ BeerWorks, 1A Abbey Crescent, Torquay TQ2 5HB

    Calling all you readers in Torbay who are looking for dedicated time to read amongst friends. Grab whatever you’re reading, however you’re reading it and join us for some non-book club, pro-silent reading time.

    How it works:

    + 5:30pm – arrive, get settled, chitchat
    + 6:00pm – the silent reading hour
    + 7:00pm – more chitchat about what we read
    + 7:30pm – wrap up

    All readers welcome! The First Draft Books’ pop-up bookshop will be on hand in case you have any book emergencies and need to pick up something new. See you there & happy reading!

  • Reading Social [BT]

    July 17, 2024 [5:30-7:30pm]

    Cromwell Arms, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AE

    Hey there, social readers! It’s time for our monthly get-together. Bring whatever you’re reading, however you’re reading it for a full hour of quiet reading.

    You’ll find us in the function room of the Cromwell Arms. Doors will open at 5:30pm, silent reading from 6-7pm and then a little chitchat for those who want it until 7:30pm. No need to register – just come along.

    See you there!

  • TQM Book Club: Mortal Engines

    20 July, 2024 [10:15-11:00am]

    Holden Gallery, Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HB

    Hey kids! There’s a new book club in town just for you. All readers ages 8-11 are invited to join us to discuss Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. The conversation will be facilitated by Jane Powell 11+ Tutoring and Exams and supported by First Draft Books at Torquay Museum. Please read the book in advance.

    This monthly book club is designed to celebrate the joy in reading while helping to improve vocabulary, concentration, reading performance, and build a deeper understanding of the world around us. You can check out the six books we’ll be reading together – and the registration page to book your seat – in our special TQM Book Club link here. See you there!