An Evening with….. Alan Titchmarsh

One of our most popular television presenters, Alan Titchmarsh, is to give an evening talk at Portsmouth Cathedral about his latest book The Queen’s Houses which is a tour of the royal residences from personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research. Event organiser Marie Telford, Owner of The Hayling Island Bookshop, says

“We have worked with Alan twice before and we are delighted to be running one of only two events he will be holding this autumn about his new book, the other being Cheltenham Literary Festival! The soaring ceilings and stunning interior of Portsmouth Cathedral will be an absolutely perfect place for Alan to talk about the magnificent royal residences. We have put together a great value package for the evening and we are sure that tickets will be in great demand especially as audience members can meet Alan after the talk and have their books signed and dedicated. ”

The event is on Friday October 10th at 7.30pm in Portsmouth Cathedral.  Admission is by ticket bought in advance only from The Hayling Island Bookshop 02392 466 620 or in The Cathedral Shop within the Cathedral.

The £20 ticket for the evening includes

  • the new book The Queen’s Houses, rrp £20
  • an hours talk and Q&A with Alan
  • and meeting him afterwards for the book signing.

For couples, a second ‘partner’ ticket is available at £8 which includes Alan’s £7.99 paperback Elizabeth: Her Life Our Times A Diamond Jubilee Celebration.


Fantastic Family Fun Day During School Holidays

Parents might be interested to hear that Stansted Park is teaming up with Canine Partners and The Hayling Island Bookshop to present a dog themed fun filled family day out in the wonderful surroundings of Stansted House, Rowlands Castle on Sunday August 10th 2014.

The day will be packed with family friendly amusements including a fun dog show and demonstrations by Canine Partner Assistance dogs, vintage cars, craft stalls, children’s activities and the Author tent where you’ll be able to relax and listen to a lively show full of inspiration and fun for children of all ages.

In the Author Tent, The Hayling Island Bookshop will run events throughout the day featuring Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently with The Great Dog Bottom Swop for younger readers and the very energetic Two Steve’s (Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow) with Action Dogs for older primary school readers. Entry to the author events is included in the entry ticket along with all the other fantastic activities taking part during the day. Books can be bought at the event for signing by the authors.

Tickets will also give free access to Stansted Maze, and discounted access to Stansted Light Railway and Stansted House. There will be plenty of free parking!

Dogs are welcome on the day and there will be a chance to visit local vet Ben Trimmer, Director of Downland Veterinary Group in Emsworth, with any questions you may have about your four legged friend and to take advantage of the free microchipping service available on the day.

Tickets are available at the Gate on the day at Stansted Park and are £3 per child £5 per adult and £12.50 for a family ticket of up to five.  A 10% discount is offered for tickets bought online Tickets can also be bought in advance from The Hayling Island Bookshop 02392 466 620.


The Hayling Island Bookshop to Support Michael Palin Tour Date at The Kings

TV presenter and author Michael Palin has come out in support of independent bookshops, saying that they are “a way of bringing people together” and represent “the heart of community life”.

The Monty Python star announced that the latest volume of his diaries, Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988–1998, would be promoted with his first one-man tour across the country and he will be appearing at The Kings Theatre, Southsea on Friday 19th September.

At each of the 21 venues of the tour, a local bookshop will be selling signed copies of Palin’s books in the foyer of the theatre. Palin said: “The link up is to give them [local bookshops] a little more coverage and visibility. I think there is something that the bookshop represents which is the heart of community life,” he continued.

“Bookshops are a way of bringing people together. There is a feeling when you go into one, an idea that this is a good place to be. People talk to each other more. They take their time.

“I love bookshops because they allow you to browse much more easily than online. I love physical books, the look, the colour,” he added.


Marie Telford from The Hayling Island Bookshop said “Michael’s publishers contacted us a few weeks ago and we are delighted to be working with The Kings Theatre, when they host him in September. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Michael speak about this very busy period of his life, and I’m sure that the tickets for his show and the signed copies of his book will be in great demand.”

Travelling to Work will cover the period when Palin first ventured into travel presenting with “Around the World in 80 Days”.

To book tickets for his show at The Kings go to or call the Box Office on 02392 828 282.


Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Higson and Ann Widdecombe

We are supporting three events over the next few weeks with very well known authors

On Thursday March 27th Alan Titchmarsh is appearing at The New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton to talk about his new novel Bring Me Home  there may be a few tickets still available – contact them at Hayling Island Bookshop customers can reserve a signed copy (subject to availability) which we will arrange for Alan to dedicate if required. To place an order for a signed book call us at the Bookshop on 02392 466620 by 5pm on Wednesday 26th March .

For teen readers, on Monday 31st March we are with Charlie Higson from TV’s Fast Show, when he visits Portsmouth and Winchester as part of his national tour with the latest in the Enemy series – Fallen. Charlie’s events aren’t open to members of the public but involve invited schools audiences however, Higson fans can order signed copies of Fallen at £7.00 and collect them on April 1st  which is two days before the official release date – even on the internet!!!!  Call us at The Bookshop on 02392 466620 to reserve a copy.

To complete our trio, we are delighted to say that we will be with Ann Widdecombe again when she visits the area as the guest of Havant Conservative Association Supper Club at their fund raising event on the evening of Friday April 4th. This event is a dinner followed by an after dinner talk by Ann then meeting her for a book signing. If you would like to book for this dinner you can contact Ted Gale at Havant Conservatives 02392 475066 as they may have a few seats available. If you would like to reserve a signed and dedicated copy of Ann’s autobiography Strictly Ann or one of her novels then call us at The Bookshop on 02392 466620.

We have a very full programme of events in schools at the moment with children’s authors and have lots of signed books in stock covering all age groups so please do pop in and see us.

Jacqueline Wilson & Michael Morpurgo Signed Books Now Available

We have some great signed book offers from our autumn events programme

Jacqueline Wilson & Nick SharrattRare Double Signed Books

Jacqueline signed books for our Bookshop at the event we held with her on October 19th. Luckily for us we then had an event with her illustrator Nick Sharratt three days later and he agreed to signed them as well! This means we have some very rare books indeed on sale – hardback copies of Diamond and Queenie signed by both the author Jacqueline Wilson and the illustrator Nick Sharratt. We also have a number of other books signed by just Jacqueline in stock including – My Secret Diary, Totally Jacqueline Wilson, Jacky Daydream, Emerald Star.

Michael Morpurgowith pre printed signed book plates

November is Michael Morpurgo Month with all of his UK publishers coming together to celebrate his books. We were lucky enough to hold an event with Michael ourselves on September 28th and as a result we have a very small number of books, personally signed by him in the Bookshop and we can supply his other titles for you with his signature on a preprinted book plate. Featured is a first edition Of Lions And Unicorns which we have in stock.

We also hold stocks of signed books by a range of authors including Anne Widdecombe, Peter Lovesey, Kate Mosse and many otherspop into the Bookshop or call us to buy over the telephone on 02392 466 620

Jacqueline Wilson at Portsmouth BookFest 2013

Portsmouth BookFest 2013’s main programme opens with Dame Jacqueline Wilson in an event at The David Russell Theatre in Portsmouth High Street to talk about her latest book Diamond.

Portsmouth BookFest is jointly organised each autumn by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Library Service and Dame Jacqueline is a strong and consistent supporter of both Independent Bookshops and Library Services so we are delighted that she has agreed to support us with this event. Call us at the Bookshop to book tickets.

This year, BookFest will feature 40 authors in 27 events at 15 different locations across the city. There is an associated schools programme organised by Portsmouth School Library Service in city schools.

To find out more details about the BookFest Programme and how to Book Tickets click on the Portsmouth BookFest 2013 logo on the right of this page.

Meet Pam Ayres

We have a smile on our face just posting this to tell you that the wonderful Pam Ayres is coming to Hayling Island as part of her national book tour to coincide with the publication of her new collection, YOU MADE ME LATE AGAIN!, her first new collection since 2006.

Tickets will include a copy of the new book and after her Talk on stage, you will be able to meet Pam and have your book signed and dedicated by her.

Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for almost 40 years since winning the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975, and she has become an audience favourite for her sharp perception of the comic detail of everyday life.  She is one of the biggest selling female comedians in the UK, selling out virtually every theatre that she plays. Pam is a regular on TV and Radio, recently on programmes such as Just A Minute, Ayres On The Air, QI, Gardeners’ World, Countdown, and The Paul O’Grady Show.

The event with Pam Ayres is taking place at Hayling Community Centre Theatre on Thursday October 17th and will start at 6pm.

Tickets from The Hayling Island Bookshop or call us on 02392 466 620 for tickets.

TS Eliot Poetry Prize National Tour – Tickets Now On Sale

Poetry lovers will be delighted to hear that The Hayling Island Bookshop is organising a visit by a prestigious national tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Three of the poets who have been shortlisted in recent years will be reading their work.  The poets appearing are George Szirtes (2005 winner), Penelope Shuttle and Tim Liardet (both 2006 shortlisted) they will be joined by local poet Maggie Sawkins a founder member of Tongues and Grooves, Portsmouth’s popular poetry and music club

The event is being jointly staged by Portsmouth BookFest and The Portsmouth Festivities and will be held on Tuesday September 17th at The David Russell Theatre in The Portsmouth Grammar School. The pre event drinks reception starts at 7pm and the first reading starts at 7.30pm. Copies of the participating poets work will be on sale for signing during the evening.

The event is part of a national tour organised by The Poetry Book Society to celebrate 20 years of the prize.

Tickets are on Sale Now from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.

Michael Morpurgo

We are delighted to announce a special evening with Michael Morpurgo on Saturday 28th September at 7pm in the Portsmouth Guildhall as part of Portsmouth BookFest. This event is being held in advance of the main Festival due to Michael’s diary commitments.

Michael Morpurgo is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children’s literature. He has been awarded 11 literary awards and prizes and shortlisted for 9 awards. Some of his well known works include: Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion, Why the Whales Came and War Horse, the latter has been adapted as a radio broadcast, a stage play and a British film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Portsmouth BookFest is jointly run each autumn by Portsmouth City Library service and The Hayling Island Bookshop.

Michael will be talking about his latest books A Medal For Leroy and Pinocchio which will be on sale at the event along with many of his other titles. Ticket holders will receive £1 off books purchased at the event and will be able to meet Michael and receive a pre-signed book plate for books purchased at the Bookshop which we will be running at the venue.

Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office on line via the web page at or in person at the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office or by calling 0844 847 2362 (note that some delays can be expected at peak periods if using this number).


Sunday Times Bestselling Author Mark Forsyth

The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It’s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening. Join this acclaimed writer on June 26th for a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the words we use every day. Mark’s latest book, The Horologicon, was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Your ticket price includes a signed paperback copy of The Etymologicon, with copies of The Horologicon also available to buy for signing on the night. Tickets from The Portsmouth Festivities Box Office