New listing of book and craft events

Events

We now have our very own Kemps Events programme with plenty of interesting workshops and events of all kinds.

Of course we have all things 'Book' - signings, talks, readings but also plenty of non book related events such as crafting, food talks, demos and writing workshops, kids and seasonal events, special shopping sessions and many others.

Scroll through below and keep checking back or via our social media feeds for updates and new things. You could also sign up for our mailing list and we will mail you (not too often) with updates and news.

Later in the year Alison Weir will be returning to The Milton Rooms to talk about her new book Elizabeth of York (dates to be confirmed) and we have other New Writers events and shopping evenings planned so do follow us on social media so you don't miss anything.

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Our Upcoming Events 

Celebrate 25 Years of Harry Potter

26th June  11:30 and 2pm

A free session of games and fun with Magical Quests. You may even be needed to help us with a special mission to save Hogwarts with your magical skills.

Places must be booked in advance and all children much be accompanied at all times by an adult.  Sessions are completely FREE and last roughly 40 minutes

Ideal for witches and wizards aged 4 and over

Session 1 at 11.30am  REGISTER FREE

Session 2 at 2.00pm  REGISTER FREE

 

Craft Class - Hand Spinning Wool

28th June, 19:00

Have you ever wondered how wool goes from fleece to skein? Hand spinning is a slow technique but incredibly satisfying and promises you a truly unique ball of yarn. In this class you will learn how to handle a drop spindle and about twist, ply and fibres. All materials provided

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JULY 2022

  

Book Club - Klara & The Sun

5th July AND 7th July @ 19:00

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Step into the dystopian world of Klara, an “Artificial Friend” in a world where children are genetically designed to be academically brilliant but are socially isolated. Klara watches humankind – and the sun – from her place in the shop window as she waits to be bought, eventually being selected by Josie to be her companion. But Klara discovers that the world of human relationships is more complex than she could ever have understood from her observations. Written by Nobel Prize-winning, Kazuo Ishiguro, this book has been described as both beautiful – and devastating.

Do you love books? Want to get out of your reading rut and be introduced to new and exciting authors? Fancy meeting up with like-minded souls to talk about books for a couple of hours?

Then come along to our friendly local Book Group and meet others who share your passion for all things literary. We're a relaxed lot, so it doesn't matter whether you devoured the book in one sitting or gave up after two pages

Just come and tell us what you thought, and hear what others made of it too. All opinions welcome - we start with the book, but the discussion can end up anywhere.

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Author Event - Walking with The Brontes' - Michael Stewart at The Milton Rooms

8th July, 19:30

See through the eyes of the Brontes as you immerse yourself in their lives and landscapes, wandering the very same paths they each would have walked in search of the inspiration behind their novels and poetry.  In his journey to get closer to the Brontes, award-winning author Michael Stewart began walking the historic paths they trod while writing their most famous works.  From Liverpool to Scarborough, across wild, windy and often unforgiving scenery, he discovered echoes of the siblings’ novels.
‘Michael Stewart is Head of Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield, and author of III Will, as well as 3 other novels and a selection of poetry.  His debut novel, King Crow, won the Not the Booker Prize in 2011.
He is also the creator of the Bronte Stones project, four monumental stones situated in the landscape between the birthplace and the parsonage, inscribed with poems by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson and Jackie Kay’.

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Craft Class - Learn To Crochet

12th July, 19:00

This crochet class is suitable for compete beginners and people in need of a refresher of the basics. You will learn how to do a foundation chain, the different stitches from doubles to double trebles and with the option of learning how to do a granny square.

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Meet The Author - Matson Taylor - All About Evie

24th July, 3.30pm

Author Matson Taylor will join us a a relaxed fun chat about the second of his trilogy about the fabulous Evie Epworth.

Did you love Evie in the 60's?  She is now 10 years older but is she any wiser?

Come and hear author Matson Taylor talk about the latest Evie book, writing in general and if his last visit was anything to go by, just about anything else in between.

To make it a special afternoon you can expect Babycham and 70's nibbles to fizz up your afternoon.  No need to read the book before

Discount on the book at the event plus other discounted shopping opportunities

Places limited - book soon

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AUGUST 2022

 

Book Club - Crow Road

2nd August and 4th August @ 19:00

Opening with its famous first sentence – “It was the day my grandmother exploded” – this book tells the story of Prentice McHoan, and his complicated relationship with his family and home town, as he tries to investigate the disappearance of his Uncle Rory. While he tries to unravel this mystery, he is forced to face many unresolved issues from the past, from failed relationships and sibling rivalry, to unrequited love. The book races along, changing voices, times and perspectives to give an intense and exhilarating read.

Do you love books? Want to get out of your reading rut and be introduced to new and exciting authors? Fancy meeting up with like-minded souls to talk about books for a couple of hours?

Then come along to our friendly local Book Group and meet others who share your passion for all things literary. We're a relaxed lot, so it doesn't matter whether you devoured the book in one sitting or gave up after two pages

Just come and tell us what you thought, and hear what others made of it too. All opinions welcome - we start with the book, but the discussion can end up anywhere.

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Meet The Author - Lily Lindon, Laura Kay, Bethany Rutter

10th August @ 19:30

FREE EVENT BUT BOOKING NECESSARY

We are celebrating summer with an exciting chance to catch up with three new novelists who have something different to say. Listen to them talk about their writing processes and what set each of them on their own personal writing journey be it in the area of queer literature or with a plus size protagonist.

Lily Lindon, a Cambridge graduate of English literature, who has more recently worked at Penguin Random House, Double Booked is her debut novel, written during lockdown in a doomed attempt to stay sane.

Laura Kay is an author and journalist and was selected as one of the ten Penguin Random House WriteNow mentee. Tell Me Everything is her second novel.

Bethany Rutter is a writer, podcaster and plus-sized influencer. Her adult debut, Welcome To Your Life, In her words: 'This is just one story that I wanted to tell, where a fat girl gets to be the protagonist of her own story, rather than a silly footnote in someone else's.’

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SEPTEMBER 2022

Craft Class - Pencil Portraiture

September 14th, 19:00

Learn how to draw a pencil portrait using a grid technique.

No previous experience necessary.

Participants are required to bring an A4 photocopy of a photo of a head and shoulders to enlarge and recreate.

All other materials provided.

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Craft Class - Learn To Knit

September 20th, 19:00

If you would like to learn the basics of knitting then this is the class for you. Perfect for complete beginners or people in need of a refresher, we will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and cast off.

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Craft Class - Stick & Ink Drawing

September 21st, 19:00

Create natural form representations using the crude but creative method of stick and ink. Participants will create an interesting collaged surface on which to work with a simple stick and drawing ink.

No previous experience necessary. All materials provided.

All materials provided and No experience or drawing skills necessary

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OCTOBER 2022

 

Madeleine Bunting Author Event

October 1st, 19:30

Award winning author Madeleine Bunting will talk about her writing on North Yorkshire and The Hebrides followed by questions and a book signing.

Her best selling books include The Plot and Love of Country.

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Craft Class - Batik Silk Painting

October 11th, 19:00

You will learn how to create designs on to silk stretched across a wooden frame, about mixing inks and dying the fabric to make a beautiful gift card/framed piece.

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Craft Class - Lino Cutting & Printing

October 19th, 19:00

Learn the beautiful artform of lino printing and create your first set of original prints.

During the course of the evening you will cut your design into the lino and then learn how to get the best prints from it. Lots of examples will be available to inspire you, but you’re very welcome to bring your own design ready to put straight onto the lino. The blocks that we will be using are10cm x 15cm.

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Craft Class - Festive Needle Felting

October 25th, 19:00

Learn how to needle felt to make unique Christmas decoration. We will learn about fibres and the best ways to structure secure needle felting and best ways to mix colours.

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NOVEMBER 2022

Alison Weir at The Milton Rooms

November 17th at 19:30

An evening with Kemps General Store and Alison Weir presenting her new novel 'Elizabeth of York: The Last White Rose'

Alison Weir is the top selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published 20 history books including Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and thirteen historical novels.  Her latest biography is Queens of the Crusades, and her latest novel is Elizabeth of York: The Last White Rose

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