Monday, June 16, 2014

The "help us pay our rent" 3 for 2 Promotion.

In a promotion we're calling
"Please help us pay our rent this month",
we're offering 3 for 2 on all books and toys whilst
England are in the World Cup
England began their bid to win the World Cup on Saturday June 14th, when they faced Italy. The tournament will end on Sunday July 13th. Will England still be there, despite their first result?
Manager Roy Hodgson inexplicably failed to name a single player from Bristol City in his squad but despite this the Big Green Bookshop will be giving the team its full support.
And for as long as England are still in with a chance to win the competition, we will be offering
on all books and toys
at both our shops.
Yes, you heard right.
The 3 for 2 applies to all books and toys we have in store (not special orders), the cheapest book is free and can't be used on vouchers and tokens.
The earliest England can go out of the tournament is Thursday 19th June (but that would involve some very unlikely results), but there's a chance that England could still be there in a month's time!
So, if you were intending to buy a couple of books to read over the Summer, we'd really appreciate it if you made the most of this rather excellent opportunity. 


There are still half a dozen tickets left for punk legend Viv Albertine's visit to the bookshop next Tuesday June 24th. More details of this can be found HERE

As ever, there's a whole load of stuff going on in the bookshop over the next few weeks, and today I shall be adding at least half a dozen new events that we're involved in onto the website. So keep checking in (details of our Comedy Night on June 27th have just been added).

Hope you have a lovely week and thanks for your amazing support. We wouldn't be here without our amazing customers.

Simon, Tim, Katie and Carmel.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Viv Albertine - June 24th

Tuesday June 24th 7.00pm
Viv Albertine in Conversation with Dorian Lynskey.
Tickets - £18 (with book included) BUY HERE
£7 (entrance only) BUY HERE 
What an incredible evening.
One of punks pioneers, Viv Albertine is one of a handful of people who changed music, and the discourse around it, forever.
After forming The Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious in 1976, Viv found fame with The Slits and made musical history as one of the first generation of punk bands.
 In her new book Clothes….Music….Boys…. Viv tells the story of what it was like to be a girl at the height of punk: the sex, the drugs, the guys, the tours, the hard lessons learnt and those not considered. From Madonna to Lady Gaga, fashion to feminims, Viv Albertine has influenced a range of exceptional artists. Here, before and beyond the break-up of The Slits in 1982, is the full story of a life lived unscripted, with foolishness, bravery and great emotional honesty.
Viv wil be talking to Dorian Lynskey, music writer for the Guardian and Observer as well as magazines including Q, GQ and Mojo. Dorian is the author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute; a History of Protest Songs.
There will be a chance to ask Viv questions and she'll be happy to sign copies of her book.
Tickets for the evening are sure to go very fast, so please book early.
If you cannot make the event but would like a signed copy of the book posted (FREE P+P in the UK) you can purchase it HERE. 

Comedy - June 27th

Friday 27th June - 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Working Title Comedy Night with Nat Tapley's Margaret Thatcher Seance & Nish Kumar
Our comedy night goes from strength to strength, and remains at the budget busting  price of just five pounds (bring your own refreshments).
Appearing this month;
Nish Kumar
Nish is half of sketch duo the Gentlemen of Leisure, who made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2012. Early this year he performed at the Soho Theatre with his solo show "Who is Nish Kumar", which was described as follows…
 ‘This superb hour marks an astute solo debut…. he appears to have every trick in the book at his disposal.’
‘What an assured debut this is from Nish Kumar. A calling card which proves beyond doubt that he is already a skilled comic, preloaded with an hour of polished, gimmick-free stand-up guaranteed to do the job.’
We're thrilled he's going to be performing for us at the Big Green Bookshop.
Nathaniel Tapley
Nathaniel marked the anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's death by holding a séance at London's Leicester Square Theatre. Now he'll be performing this again for us at the Bookshop.
Nathaniel is best known as his alter ego Sir Ian Bowler MP but he'll be performing the séance as medium Melmoth Darkleigh.
Nathaniel explains "There will be a gigantic ouija board to answer the question Belgra-yes? or Belgra-no? Milk will vanish in front of the audience's eyes. Mrs Thatcher will pass on messages to the audience’s deceased pets. And we will discover the true circumstances of her death."
Your host for the evening is the marvellous Chris Brosnahan.
We would suggest that if you want to come along, you should buy tickets beforehand as it's likely to be VERY popular.
We hope you can make it. 

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Great Literary Talent Hunt

Saturday July 19th - 5pm-8pm
The Great Literary Talent Hunt – Laura West & Marigold Atkey from David Higham Associates
The Great Literary Talent Hunt continues, and we're once again delighted to offer budding authors a chance for a professional one on one consultation with a top literary agent. This time we’re thrilled to have Laura West and Marigold Atkey from David Higham Associates

How to take part:
1) To book a 10 minute slot you must purchase a ticket.
Tickets cost just £10 available HERE, or by contacting the Big Green Bookshop in person or via the phone (020 8881 6767).
2) Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you will need to submit an example of your work  (Laura and Marigold have suggested the forst three chapters of your book) and a plot outline. This will be read by the agents in advance of the session. Details of where to send this will be passed to you once you've bought a ticket.

Also, once your ticket is purchased you will be allocated a slot with either Laura or Marigold. They will have read your submission beforehand so that on the day you meet them they’ll be able to offer advice and guidance on what steps you should take in order to turn your writing dream into a reality.
Laura West
Laura is currently building a list of fiction and non-fiction with a strong interest in children’s books, young adult fiction, graphic novels, thrillers and cookery books.  *If anyone out there has a kids book set in space she’d love to see it!*  Laura is the agent for film critic Charlie Lyne, Coco Moodysson, the Swedish comic artist whose biographical Never Goodnight was adapted for the big screen as ‘We Are The Best’, illustrator Peter Utton and some new picture book illustrators and children’s writers too.  At David Higham Associates Laura works with Veronique Baxter and looks after, amongst others, Michael Morpurgo, Jenny Valentine, Edward Hogan and Sally Butcher.  Laura is also the Digital Manager at David Higham and in this capacity works with a wide-range of authors from across the agency including Rachel Abbott, the bestselling Kindle Author.
Marigold Atkey
Marigold is interested in literary fiction and women’s fiction.  She represents a growing clutch of novelists including the stand-up Liam Williams, while on the non-fiction side is the agent for Tilly, author of the bestselling ‘Love at First Stitch’, and has just sold ‘Confessions of a Tinderella’ to Random House.  In non-fiction, what links all her interests are those books written with a clear voice and sense of identity, be the book a cookbook, a memoir or a nature journal.  She works with Anthony Goff and Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates so looks after, amongst others, J.M.Coetzee, Stephen Fry, Owen Jones and Jenn Ashworth.  Away from the DHA list, her dream authors are Jon McGregor, Robert Macfarlane and David Nicholls.
Understandably, these events sell out REALLY quickly, so get in quick.