Cressida Cowell

We are delighted to be hosting Cressida Cowell who will visit two schools in Portsmouth on Friday May 20th to speak to over 800 pupils about her book How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, the last instalment of her multimillion selling How to Train Your Dragon series. Cressida will visit Solent Junior and Court Lane Junior schools in events arranged by us with Portsmouth School Library Service.

Although you won’t be able to meet Cressida personally unless you are at the above schools, Hayling Island Bookshop Customers can call us and pre book copies of the last book How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, which we will arrange to have signed and dedicated by Cressida while she is with us in Portsmouth. Customers will be able to collect their signed books from the Bookshop. While stocks last, they will be supplied with an special A3 poster and How To Train Your Dragon badge.

Call us on 02392 466620 to pre book your copy and tell us what dedication you would like from Cressida.

Meet Romantic Novelist Erica James

Bestselling author Erica James is speaking at Hayling Library on Wednesday 27th April at 7pm. She will be talking about her 20 year writing career, including her new book Song of the Skylark. Her books include  GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, She grew up on Hayling Island and now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

Books will be on sale after her talk for signing by Erica. Ticket holders will receive a discount off books bought on the night.

Tickets are available from the library, through the booking line on 023 9246 1534 or visit to guarantee a place.

Tickets for BookFest 2016 are on sale on line or via the Box Office on 02392 688 037.

There are a wide range of events including the first Black British short story anthology Closure , Neil Allen and former Pompey goalkeeper Alan Knight in Played Up Pompey, Eleanor Stewart follows up her popular first novel Kicking The Habit with her sequel New Habits, multi million best seller Adele Parks joins us again, there is afternoon tea with Lotte Moggach and there ever popular CSI Portsmouth returns with crime writers and Hampshire Police specialists discussing the facts and fiction of crime. The full programme is on the website and tickets on line can be booked at

Free Books For Children On Small Business Saturday

Bookshop owner Marie Telford is hoping that shoppers will once again take advantage of the free parking offer across the whole of Havant Borough during Small Business Saturday on Saturday December 5th. The Hayling Island Bookshop have large stocks left of the special “short story” books produced each year for World Book Day and will be giving them away, while stocks last, to children who visit the Bookshop on the 5th. They will also have up to 20% off all books purchased in the store that day and free €œBooks Are My Bag€ canvas bags with purchases over £20.

Marie who owns The Hayling Island Bookshop had successfully lobbied Havant Council in 2013 to allow free parking for the first ever UK Small Business Saturday which resulted in increased footfall in Borough shopping areas. In 2015, Havant Borough Council has once again agreed to three hours free parking across their Car Parks in the whole Borough which is a great incentive to customers and businesses to shop with their local small businesses.

New Forest Readers’ Day – A mini literary festival in a day

Treat yourself to a day out in the autumnal splendour of The New Forest at the Forest Arts Centre, Forest Arts Centre. Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6DS

Saturday 14 November 10am – 3.30pm Tickets £26, £24 concs Places limited

Do you enjoy a good read?  Do you sometimes wish you could ask the author a question directly? On this day we give you the chance to do exactly that with three top writers of romance, crime and historical fiction – something for everyone.

Lucy Dillon has won the prestigious Romantic Novel Association prize twice, most recently for ‘A Hundred Pieces of Me’, a heart-wrenching yet truly life affirming tale.  Lucy’s latest novel, her sixth, is ‘One Small Act of Kindness’, a really vibrant story of friendship, secrets and the kindness of strangers.  A brilliant writer of women’s fiction with heart.

Kate Rhodes is the acclaimed author of two poetry collections.  In 2012 she published the first in her London based crime series featuring psychologist Alice Quentin, ‘Crossbones Yard’.  This year sees Alice’s fourth case come to light in ‘River of Souls’ where getting inside the mind of a killer isn’t for the faint of heart. Excelling in character, pace and sense of place,

S D Sykes has written for radio and developed screenplays.  Her first novel ‘Plague Land’ come out last year and is followed by ‘The Butcher Bird’ in October. Danger and intrigue fill these medieval mysteries, taking us from the plague ruined villages of Kent to the filthy streets of London.  Really compelling and vivid reads.

The day starts with a panel discussion involving all the authors before you split into groups to hear more from two authors of your choice.  They will ask for your choices at time of booking.

A sandwich lunch is included in the ticket price. Books available for sale and signing on the day.

Book on line or Call 01425 612393

Jacqueline Wilson Events

We are pleased to announce details of the two events we are running with Dame Jacqueline Wilson on Saturday October 17th in Gosport. These events are to celebrate the publication of the latest novel in her Hettie Feather series – Little Stars. Admission to each event is by ticket only and children must be accompanied to the venues by an adult, Tickets are on sale from September 1st from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466 620.

Details of each event are as follows:

Saturday 17th Morning  – Talk at Bay House School, Alverstoke. Sat Nav PO12 2QP 

Doors open 10.45, Jacqueline will be talking on stage about her books from 11.30 to 12.30 including audience questions. Tickets are for children only to be admitted to the Main Hall for the Talk to allow the maximum number of her fans hear her. There is a large Hall next to the Main Hall where adults accompanying children can wait during the talk. Car Parking available on school playgrounds (free) and at nearby public pay car parks. Each ticket £13 ticket includes a copy of the £12.99 Little Stars book, Jacqueline will not be meeting audience members individually to sign books but every book will have a preprinted signed book plate.

There will be a Bookshop at the event with a range of Jacqueline’s other titles which will be sold with preprinted signed book plates. Payments by cash only as there are no card processing facilities at the venue.

Saturday 17th Afternoon Tea with Jacqueline – the Bakery, Royal Clarence Yard Sat Nav PO12 1AX 

The restored Naval Bakery within the heritage site at Royal Clarence Yard is the setting for “Tea for Little Stars” – which is an afternoon tea with Jacqueline rather than a talk and will be limited to 80 children.  Doors open 2.15, tea starts at 3pm. Jacqueline will visit each table during the afternoon to meet the children. Afternoon Tea tickets are for children only and cost £18 each to include the afternoon tea and a signed copy of the £12.99 book Little Stars, parents will be able to wait at the venue during the afternoon but will not be seated for afternoon tea. There is free Car Parking for up to four hours at Cooperage Green which is a six minutes walk from the venue. Use Sat Nav PO12 1AX for the Car Park.

There will be a Bookshop at the event with a range of Jacqueline’s other titles which will be sold with preprinted signed book plates. Payments by cash only as there are no card processing facilities at the venue.

Minister For High Streets Visits Smallest Bookshop

You can celebrate Small Business Saturday by visiting us this Saturday when there will be FREE PARKING for 3 hours at all Havant Council Car Parks including the car parks near our Bookshop in Mengham Village on Hayling Island. We still have a good selection of books on sale signed by authors from our 2014 events programme including books signed by Michael Palin, Alan Titchmarsh, Stephen Fry (preprinted commemorative book plates), crime writers MC Beaton, Graham Hurley, Hilary Bonner, Jessie Keane, children’s authors Chris Bradford, Jacqueline Wilson, Charlie Higson, Angie Sage, Michael Grant and many many more. You can meet local MP David Willetts who will be popping in around late morning and we are expecting to be joined by The Minister For High Streets, Penny Mordaunt at around 2pm on her whistle stop tour of High Streets in the area. Join us for a sherry (or orange juice!) and mince pie and take advantage of our special offers of 10% off books and 20% off selected toys. We also have a range of CD’s and DVD’s at internet matching prices. While stocks last, for purchases over £20 we will be giving away “James Patterson” canvas school bags to children and for adults, limited edition “Books Are My Bag” canvas bags designed by Tracey Emin.  

Come up with a festive spinechiller and win £50

The Hayling Island Bookshop is sponsoring the annual Portsmouth News Christmas Ghost Story Writing Competition. Entering our Christmas ghost story contest couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is write a ghost story with a Christmas theme. It must be no more than 1,000 words long and it must be all your own work. But apart from that the content is entirely up to you. You can e-mail your story to; send it via the Share Your Story link on the home page of or post it to: Christmas Ghost Story Competition, Features Department, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN. Please ensure you include your full name, address, age and a daytime phone number.

The winners in each age group will receive £50 in Hayling Island Bookshop tokens and have their winning stories printed in The News.

Books Are My Bag 11th October 2014

The Hayling Island Bookshop is once again taking part in the Books Are My Bag national campaign with the news that award-winning British artist Tracey Emin is to design the 2014 collector’s edition Books are My Bag bag. The bags will be exclusively sold from The Hayling Island Bookshop and other chain and independent bookshops nationwide, offering book lovers a unique platform to express their support for their local stores.

On Saturday 11th October The Hayling Island Bookshop will welcome two authors to help celebrate Books Are My Bag day. In the morning crime writer Pauline Rowson will be with us from about 11am. Pauline is the creator of the very popular Andy Horton crime novels set in the local area, she is also the organiser of CSI Portsmouth which is one of the annual highlights of Portsmouth BookFest.

Around lunchtime we hope to welcome Abbie Headon an Editor at Summersdale Publishers who is visiting us during her Books Are My Bag Bike Tour, visiting her favourite local bookshops around the area. Summersdale is a great local publishing house based in Chichester and can be found at

In the afternoon children’s author Miriam Halahmy will be in the bookshop. She has recently published the final book for teens in the Hayling Trilogy – Stuffed. Miriam will be appearing at Hayling Library in the morning — you can book tickets from them on 023 9246 1534

Stephen Fry – Live Streamed Event & Limited Edition

Actor, comedian and raconteur Stephen Fry launches his new volume of memoirs with a brilliant one man comic show on Friday October 1st. Broadcast live in HD from the Royal Festival Hall to cinema’s in the UK and around the world, this unique streamed event offers Stephen talking about the book in his own inimitable style.

The Hayling Island Bookshop will be at Vue Cinema Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays on October 1st selling copies of the book with the special limited edition book plates which will only be available when buying a copy of the new book at participating Cinemas and at their designated Bookshops. There are only 2000 of these limited edition book plates printed with a handwritten message from Stephen making them highly collectable by his fans.

To book tickets for the live streaming on Friday October 1st you can go to Vue Portsmouth on 0871 224 0240 or