Bookish events

We’re still enjoying the buzz from some recent events

To celebrate National Poetry Day in October, we held a Haiku Competition on the themes of Pets, Harvest and Halloween. We had a hard task to choose just three winners out of the many, fabulous entries: congratulations goes to Bob, Hannah and our overall winner, Sophie, with her Pumpkin haiku:

An orange carcass
Glows brightly on the doorstep,
Leering, crooked smile

This was closely followed by the auspicious weekend of the 9th & 10th October. The book stars were aligned that weekend, when we celebrated Independent Bookshop Day, the Bookmark 2021 Book Festival and Ralph’s birthday.

Huge congratulations to the whole BOOKMARK team and the marvellous authors, interviewers, contributors and sponsors for having the courage and tenacity to go ahead with the festival and bring us such a feast of delights:

  • Billy Kay talking about his book The Scottish World
  • Andrew Crummy discussing The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
  • C J Schüler taking us Along The Amber Route
  • Ewan Morrison taking us in the intriguing darkness of How to Survive Everything
  • James Roberton bringing us his new best seller News of the Dead
  • Ken Cox & Jim Jermyn offering hope for beginner gardeners with Gardening Made Simple
  • Shona MacLean taking us into the intriguing House of Lamentations
  • And Caroline Milligan and Jock Duncan bringing us Going to the Berries and Jock’s Jocks

Many, many thanks to BOOKMARK for this hugely entertaining weekend.

14th February – Valentines AND International Book Giving Day

Of course, neither love nor book giving are confined to this one day – but what a fabulous opportunity to give a book about love to a loved one.

And if you are looking for the perfect saying to put in a card, our bookshop window is bedecked with some quotes that will hopefully inspire.

Two to keep you going:

Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson


World Book Day:3 March 2022

We’re really pleased to be supporting the 25th World Book Day on 3rd March 2022. World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. The mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. You can find out more about World Book Day by clicking this link: World Book Day.

We will be accepting World Book Day £1 book tokens  from Thursday 17 February – Sunday 27 March. Tokens can be exchanged for a special edition World Book Day book or to receive £1 off the purchase of any other book in the bookshop.


Once masks are no longer needed in shops we will be holding storytime sessions. If you would be interested in this, please let us know: Get in touch