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.

Autumn returns29th September 2018

After a somewhat breathless summer and early autumn we now move into a somewhat quieter period here in Aardvark towers. Ahead lies the Frankfurt Bookfair, our October Brocante, Winter Shopping Event and Christmas Fair and beyond that Christmas itself. These weeks are perfect for carrying out some much-needed housekeeping and some sorting through of the many books we bought over the summer and have been unable to process.

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Long time no blog16th September 2018

Looking at my blog list I realise that a month has gone by since my last blog posting. Even by Aardvark standards the last month has been an incredible rush ( with five events in four weeks and a full shop and café almost every day). We have had some great successes over the last month and I would like to take the opportunity to give thanks to those who have helped us.

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Bank Holiday Monday - Vide Grenier hoorah!27th August 2018

So the Bank Holiday Monday  has finally arrived and we have a dry if overcast morning here in Brampton Bryan ( centre of the universe). Still what better way to spend a slightly drab Bank Holiday Monday than at Aardvark Books, the home of fun. We have nearly 30 stalls of bric-a-brac, plants, textiles and much more, live music from Blue Moon Blues from 11am, and free children's craft activities with Annie in the Bookburrow.

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Vide Grenier on Monday, J L Carr Day on 1st September, H.Art opens on the 8th of September25th August 2018

Another very busy week in Aardvark towers getting ready for multiple events over the next few weeks. First up is the Vide Grenier on Monday 27th. As usual it is the every popular mixture of stalls and live music ( this year we are again welcoming Blue Moon Blues Band). Then on Saturday the 1st we are celebrating the extraordinary polymath J L Carr, whose novels, publishing activities and maps are truly an extraordinary and under known story. Best known for his novel 'A Month in Country', Carr wrote many other novels as well as founding the Quince Tree Press.

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Art Books, Angelfest Kingsland, Vide Grenier, Carr Celebration, H.Art18th August 2018

This weekend is a final quiet moment before three very busy weekends in a row. Next weekend is the Bank Holiday weekend with our fantastic Vide Grenier on Bank Holiday Monday ( not to be missed with lots of fantastic bargains). After that the following Saturday is our celebration of author J L Carr ( introduced by author Matthew Engel), and the weekend after that is a double weekend with our  H.Art exhibition Autumn Medley curated  by Drusilla Cole opening on the Saturday, and the Ludlow Food Festival where we are running the festival shop and talk programme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Brilliant Scarecrow Sunday, lots of books, looking forward to J L Carr, H.Art and Ludlow Food Festival, sad goodbye11th August 2018

Congratulations to all behind the planning and execution of last Sunday's Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Day. A fantastic success with the village packed out with visitors, lots of people taking the castle tour and enjoying the terrific lunches. Things were also very busy at Aardvark all weekend - with Saturday's launch and lots of Scarecrow day visitors finding their way  to the Bookery. Whilst final figures are not yet in I gather that it will also be a near record fundraising total for the day, which is brilliant as St Barnabas is an important church (one of only six built during the Commonwealth period) and Scarecrow Day is vital to its ongoing finances.

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Scarecrow Sunday, Applications for Café position, Idle Thoughts of a musical & vinous bent5th August 2018

Today, as I never tire of telling people, is Scarecrow Sunday, Brampton Bryan's annual fete, when the village is teeming with Scarecrowws (this year on a musical theme), stalls and lots of activities and it is also the only time of the year when access can be made by the general public to the ruins of Brampton Bryan Castle, on guided tours led by Edward Harley. Plus the flower displays in the church are terrific. Aardvark is entering into the spirit of the proceedings and there will be guitar music from 11am-2pm courtesy of a  young man called Oran. To continue the musical theme, we also have our recently opened 'Summer Sextet' exhibition.

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Art Opening - Summer Sextet, Scarecrow Sunday, Radio Fame, Pop-Ups, lots and lots of books4th August 2018

It's a busy weekend in prospect here at Aardvark. First up we have the opening of our new art exhibition 'Summer Sextet' that has been curated by Rob Fountain and features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and multi-media art. The exhibition opens at 11am this morning, and then runs until Sunday 19th of August.

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Meetings with Remarkable Books, Summer Sextet, Scarecrow Sunday28th July 2018

Last week we started a new series of videos on our Facebook page 'Meetings with Remarkable Books'. The idea is to highlight some of the incredible books that come through the shop and to give people an impression of what makes an unusual or collectible book. Second instalment uploads next week and spoiler alert, it features Daphne du Maurier.

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28th July 2018

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