Forthcoming Author Events


Tuesday, 17th May 2022 at 7pm

An Evening with Melissa Hemsley for Feel Good 

Join us for an evening with Melissa Hemsley, the bestselling author of Eat Happy, to celebrate the release of her latest cookbook, Feel Good. As well as being the author of three cookbooks (plus a co-author on two), Melissa Hemsley is a self-taught chef, food columnist, and sustainability advocate.

‘Not just good food, great food, to brighten every day.’ – Nadiya Hussain

Feel Good showcases satisfying, simple recipes to help you feel your best, whether it’s a quick dinner after a long day, cook-ahead lunches to see you through the week or a warming traybake for a cosy night in. Find energising veg dishes, flexible meat and fish recipes, feasts to share with friends, and simple snacks and desserts. Many take less than half an hour, and all use readily available ingredients.

Doors will open at 18:30 on the 17th of May. There will be a bar, as well as a sweet treat to sample from the book!

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Historical Fiction-

Wednesday, 25th May 2022 at 7pm

An Evening with Alison Weir for Elizabeth of York

Join us at the bookshop for an evening with Alison Weir to celebrate the publiction of Elizabeth of York.

Alison Weir, Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series, returns with a captiviating new trio of novels spanning three generations of history’s most iconic family, the Tudors.

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Friday, 10th June 2022 at 7pm

An Evening with Kathleen Whyman and Zoë Folbigg

Join us at the bookshop for a panel event celebrating two local romance authors. There will be a bar, books to buy, and plenty of laughs.

About the authors:

Kathleen Whyman is an author, journalist, knackered mum and Espresso Martini fan (these may be linked). Her debut novel, Wife Support System, was inspired by her own feeble attempt to juggle a career, childcare, never-ending house ‘stuff’ and, outrageously, the occasional five minutes to herself. She is still struggling. Kathleen’s novel Second Wife Syndrome was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print prize 2020. Both novels are contemporary, humorous, women’s fiction. As a journalist, Kathleen is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine and contributes to Romance Matters magazine. Kathleen lives in Hitchin with her husband and two teenage daughters. There’s a lot of door slamming.

Zoë Folbigg is the best-selling author of The NoteThe Postcard, The Distance and The Night We Met. Her background as a magazine journalist began at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and she has since freelanced for titles including The Guardian, i-paper, GlamourDaily MailHealthyTop SantéMother & BabyELLE and Sunday Times Style. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two sons. The Note was Amazon Prime’s most downloaded book of 2018 and has sold over 250,000 copies. Zoë’s fifth book comes out in September 2022.

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Tuesday, 14th June 2022 at 7pm

Bold Heart is Shoestring Press’s tribute to
John Gohorry, one of its most gifted and
original authors who died unexpectedly in
October 2021.

Join us to remember and enjoy the work of  Letchworth’s own laureate,  John Gohorry.  John, whose death in October shocked and saddened so many of us, was the irrepressible Poet in Residence here at David’s Bookshop and a highly valued member of the Letchworth-based PoetryID group.

Bold Heart is both a tribute to John and a celebration of the great humanity and powerful imaginative range of his writing.  Fellow poets, scholars and friends including George Szirtes, Glyn Pursglove, Merryn Williams and David Van-Cauter have contributed memoirs, and the editor, Stuart Henson, has selected some of the finest poems from John’s fifty-year writing career to make it a book that reflects his many shape-shifting guises.  Love, music, childhood, work, politics, Zen philosophy – there was nothing that John Gohorry couldn’t turn to poetic gold.

Do come along and share the launch of  Bold Heart, and listen to the words of a writer who never failed to surprise and delight.

This is a free event,so if you wish you attend please register your interest at the bookshop, over the phone 01462 684631, or RSVP to

Natural History-

Wednesday, 29th June 2022 at 7pm

Derek Gow on Birds, Beasts and Bedlam

Tearing down fences literally and metaphorically, Derek Gow is the one person with the character and strength of will to defy authority, bend the rules – and save our wildlife.

Join us to celebrate the release of Birds, Beasts and Bedlam: Turning my Farm into an Ark for Lost Species, which recounts the adventures of farmer-turned-rewilder Derek Gow, who is saving Britain’s much-loved but dangerously threatened species, from the water vole to beaver, wildcat to white stork and tree frog to glow worm. Derek tells us all about the realities of rewilding; how he reared delicate roe deer and a sofa-loving wild boar piglet, moved a raging bison bull across the country, got bitten by a Scottish wildcat, returned honking skeins of graylag geese to the land and water that was once theirs, and restored the white stork to the Knepp Estate with Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree.

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Maritime History-

Thursday, 30th June 2022 at 7pm, Central Methodist Church

Tom Nancollas on The Ship Asunder

In his moving and original new history, Tom Nancollas goes in search of eleven relics that together tell the story of Britain at sea. From the swallowtail prow of a Bronze Age vessel to a stone ship moored at a Baroque quayside, each one illuminates a distinct phase of our adventures upon the waves; each brings us close to the people, places and vessels that made a maritime nation.

Weaving together stories of great naval architects and unsung shipwrights, fishermen and merchants, shipwrecks and superstition, pilgrimage, trade and war, The Ship Asunder celebrates the richness of Britain’s seafaring tradition in all its glory and tragedy, triumph and disaster.

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Tuesday, 12th July 2022 at 7pm, David’s Bookshop

Poetry ID Anthology 2022  (10th Anniversary Edition) A Sackful of Clouds

Join us to celebrate the launch of local ‘Poetry ID’ group’s annual anthology. It features the work of twenty local poets who gather weekly, either at The Settlement in Letchworth or via Zoom to produce new poems, usually responding to creative prompts prepared by members of the group.
Each poet has chosen a selection of their recent poems for inclusion.
The writers are of varying ages and backgrounds, many of whom have a track record of publishing in books and magazines.
This year, the anthology also pays tribute to renowned poet John Gohorry (poet-in-residence of David’s Bookshop) who passed away in October 2021 and was a longtime member of the group.

This is a free event, so if you wish to attend, please RSVP to with your full name. The bar will be open, serving alcohol and soft drinks as well as crisps.



David’s has a long history of hosting visiting authors and speakers; from the bookfairs and ideas fairs of the 1970s and 80s, the later series of public debates and to our ongoing seasonal programmes.

Recent speakers include Dan Snow, The Hairy Bikers, Lucy Worsley, Janet Ellis, Merlin Sheldrake and Tim Anderson – among many others.  Most events will be held in our cafe which turns into a bright, welcoming space in the evening. For larger events we work with a variety of venues around Letchworth including the Cloisters, Central Methodist Church, Broadway Theatre and the theatre at St Francis’ College.


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