The Aardvark Blog

The Aardvark Blogger is always busy!

Lots going on with events and visitors to the bookshop. Not to mention plans for next year, markets and fairs, author events, live music and much more. Keep looking in to find out about everything that is happening in the bookshop in the middle of nowhere.

Winter Event - Bill Sewell, Jobs at Aardvark18th November 2017

This morning we are getting ready for our Winter Event ( the official start of our Christmas selling season), and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Bill Sewell who is going to be talking about his fantastic restaurant cafés in Hereford and Cambridge and offering some delicious samples. Later on we have Trevor Davies with his guitar/vibes trio. What a treat on a dull overcast day.

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Winter Event, False Lights Review, Aardvark in 201811th November 2017

With a week to go before next week's 'Winter Event' we are very much looking forward to welcoming Bill Sewell, the supremo at Hereford's All Saints Café as well as Trevor Davies and his wonderful Vibes/Guitar trio (as ever featuring Dayne on bass). Trevor has been a stalwart at Aardvark over the years and his music is never less than enthralling. Bill will be visiting us in the morning, and Trevor will be starting a little later than usual at 12 noon.

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Employment at Aardvark Books4th November 2017

At the end of October we were very sorry to say goodbye to Petra who has been with us for a year and who has done stalwart work for us and rapidly became extremely popular amongst our regulars and indeed customers in general. We are therefore looking for some temporary help in the café for the next two months, before appointing a new part-time café person in the New Year.

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October Brocante, Frankfurt update, Winter Event22nd October 2017

After a few frenzied days we managed to get everything ready for today's Brocante/Flea Market ( many thanks to Paul and the team), and exhibitors are all set up and the first customers are starting to arrive ( notwithstanding that we don't open for half an hour). This does mean that we had to curtail putting through the new Frankfurt stock, so it will be all hands to the pump next week to get everything out and on the shelves.

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Back from Frankfurt, Brocante Sunday, much more to come21st October 2017

Back from our flying trip to Frankfurt for the bookfair. Weighed down with some of the most fantastic art books we have ever bought - including from new publisher to us Tate Publishing. Needless to say these are starting to sell fast.


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Syrinx and Harp Arcadia at Aardvark, Frankfurt Bookfair, October Brocante, Weekend helper required8th October 2017

Many thanks to Roger Nichols and Hugh Webb for their marvellous and stimulating talks yesterday, to the Arcadia musicians for providing the accompanying illustrations for Roger and to Tom Bowes and Elearnor Alberga for coming up with the idea and running another brilliant Arcadia festival.

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'Syrinx and Harp', October Brocante, new titles in store23rd September 2017

In two weeks' time Aardvark will be hosting a very exciting event in this year's Arcadia Music Festival, "Syrinx and Harp": a two-part illustrated talk by Hugh Webb and Roger Nichols that will explore two different aspects of the musical programme this year.

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False Lights, Tickets for Arcadia Music, Stall bookings for October Brocante16th September 2017

Many thanks to all who helped make yesterday's book launch for Katy's new novel 'False Lights' such a success. Particular thanks to her editor Rosie de Courcy who made the journey out to the wilds of Herefordshire to be there on the night. Seeing Katy's novel grow from the seed of an idea to the final book published by a major publisher has been a great pleasure and delight. Well done to here and to all at her publishers Head of Zeus for such a beautiful production.

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Ludlow Food Festival, False Lights Book Launch, Syrinx and Harp11th September 2017

It is a truth universally to be acknowledged that books and water are a very poor combination, so congratulations to our dedicated team at this year's Ludlow Food Festival for managing to keep everything dry ( except themselves) amongst the frequent showers. Thank you also to Peter Burden who was a superb compere for the 'Literary Ludlow' strand, and to Katy and Glynn from 'Wots Cooking' for their unstinting help and support.

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Why Buy Art?1st September 2017

Meditations on Buying Art for Herefordshire Art Week 2017

With less than two weeks to go before the start of this year's Herefordshire Art Aeek show 'Weft and Warp', I have been thinking about why it is that showing and selling art has become such an important part of what we do at Aardvark. My answer is two-fold: Firstly because we wish to support our local artistic community, and secondly because we enjoy helping to introduce our customers to objects of beauty and/or curiosity.

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