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.

Clwyd Art Fund, Shropshire Books, Map Exhibition, Fire and Earth, Stuart Davies25th March 2017

Many thanks to the Clwyd Art Fund who came en masse yesterday to the bookshop and café, before going on to visit Brampton Bryan Hall. Really nice to see the shop so full, and thank you also for all the appreciative comments. Admittedly Ethel's homemade roast vegetable soup is incredibly delicious!

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London Book Fair, Building a Library-'Quartet for the End of Time', Books Books Books! 19th March 2017

Ethel Aardvark spent two very interesting days at the London Book Fair this week, taking the temperature of the book trade, and I myself had a flying visit on Thursday. Amazingly the book trade seems to be in reasonable health albeit with no few clouds on the horizon. Ethel said that the Fair was a wonderful international melting-pot of authors and publishers, and the Booksellers' Association kindly hosted her presence there this year. We bought our usual large haul of art and decorative arts books which are now back at base, and the next week will be spent putting them into stock.

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In memoriam Paul Williams,London Bookfair10th March 2017

We received the sad news a couple of days ago that Paul Williams the electrician both to Aardvark Books and the Mortimer Country Food Fair had died after a long illness. Paul was a massive help to us over the years, and his good nature and practicality became an essential feature of the preparations for Mortimer Country. He always managed to find a solution, and his bills were always extraordinarly reasonable (a great boon for a fair that always teetered on the edge of financial sustainability. Paul also worked in our own home and that of other friends and family. He is a massive loss to the area and to all of us who knew him.

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Blow Up, Borderlines Film Festival, Blow-Up Part 14th March 2017

Yesterday afternoon we bunked off, leaving the shop in Petra's capable hands, and went to catch a performance of Antonioni's Blow -up which was being show as part of this year's Borderlines Film Festival. The Festival has a whole special programme of films this weekend at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, and Blow-up was the first offering.

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