The Big Comfy Literary Festival is here!


SO after months of planning, the weekend of the festival is here (in a few days). Here's the FULL line-up and a piece about each event. Every event is FREE except our headliners on Friday and Saturday. The shop is all seated and so it'll be first come first served for seats. We also have a bar with hot and cold drinks, beer and wine plus CAKE! Tickets for headliners can be bought HERE

Friday: Doors open at 7pm 8.00pm - Tom Cox talk and signing (Tickets £7) Saturday: Doors open at 10am 10.30am - Cat Weatherill Wild Magic Storytime 12.00pm - Local panal with Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Elizabeth Earle & David Court 1.00pm - Kate Riordan talk and signing 2.00pm - Ann Morgan talk and signing 4.00pm - Rowan Coleman talk and signing 5.00pm - Miranda Dickinson talk and signing. 6.30pm Close for change around. 7.30pm doors open 8.00pm - 10pm The Bookshop Band (Tickets £10) Close LATE! Sunday Doors open at 10.00am 10.15am - Sheroes of History storytime 11.00am - Dom Russell:Martian, Morlocks and Selenites Oh My!” A rampage through Victorian Science Fiction! 12.00pm - John Burton: George Eliot and her Coventry Years 12.50pm - Trevor Harkin Historical Coventry talk and signing 2.00pm - Margaret Egrot "Not Tiggerty Boo Tonight" reading 2.45pm - YA Historical fantasy panal with Lauren James and Rhian Ivory with signing 4.00pm - Mee Club with Cat Weatherill 4.30pm - Fire & Dust open mic poetry with guest Roy McFarlane 6pm - CLOSE

Tom Cox


(Friday 7pm, £7) Tickets from HERE

Since quitting his job as The Guardian's Rock Critic in 2000, Tom Cox has written eight books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry, and the recent follow-up Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind. His account of his year as Britain's most inept golf professional, Bring Me The Head Of Sergio Garcia, was longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award in 2007. Tom gave up journalism in summer 2015 and now writes fiction and pieces about nature, folklore and the British countryside to thousands of subscribers on his website, www.tom-cox.com. He hosts a monthly radio show on the experimental rural radio station Soundart not far from where he lives, in rural Devon. Tom will be telling stories about badgers, Dartmoor, cats, bats, beavers and his loud eccentric dad from his books, including the forthcoming one, 21st Century Yokel.

Come on down for our storytime!

Cat Weatherill - Wild Magic Storytime!


(Saturday, 10.30am, free)

Cat is a storyteller and author. She was born in Liverpool. Now she lives in Catshill, near Birmingham. She is Cat of Catshill!

She studied Drama at university and then became an actress, appearing on tv in programmes like Chucklevision and Casualty. Then she spent a few years as a professional singer. In 1999, she discovered storytelling and now she travels all over the world, telling tales for adults as well as children. She has performed in Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Russia and across Europe. Cat’s first novel was Barkbelly. This was followed by Snowbone and then Wild Magic. She also has a book for younger readers, called Jaco the Leek, and a beautiful picture book called By Lantern Light which has a lantern that actually lights up! Cat’s books have been translated into ten languages, and Wild Magic is also a BBC audiobook, read by Cat herself. Her latest book is The Hairy Marys.

Meet three up and coming local authors. Ask them questions, get to know their stories.

David Court


(Saturday, 12pm, free)

David Court was born and resides in Coventry, UK with his patient wife and his three less patient cats. A few years back David achieved minor internet notoriety under the pseudonym FoldsFive for his animated GIFs telling the entirety of the Star Wars Trilogy, a fact that he's still jolly well proud of and insists on telling anyone at any opportunity. When not reading, blogging angrily on www.foldsfive.co.uk, drinking real ale, writing software for a living or practicing his poorly developed telekinetic skills, he can be found writing fiction. His short stories "A Shadow Cast by the World" and "Undercurrent" were published in the horror anthologies "Fear's Accomplice" and "Terror at the beach" in 2014. His first collection of short stories - "The Shadow Cast by the World" was published in 2013 with "Forever and Ever, Armageddon" released a year later

Elizabeth Earle

(Saturday, 12pm, free)


Elizabeth became first published with Tartarus, a dark fantasy focusing on Diane Stillman's journey of revenge in 2012. It was her first taste of the publishing world and it became addictive.

It was a competition the following year in 2013 that birthed The Girl With Nine Lives, and suddenly, Ellena and Ben's characters came blazing onto the pages.

Since then another two books have been published in the series of The Adventures of Benedict and Blackwell; The Girl Who Bit Back and The Girl With Ten Claws

Elizabeth has also just released her first children's book, Captain Claw Paw, the first in a line of picture books about a vain pirate cat who loves to go on seafaring adventures!

50% will be going towards Charlie's Beach Hut. www.charliecodling.co.uk

Elizabeth is expected to release a new series very soon

Kerry Hadley-Pryce


(Saturday, 12pm, free)

Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in Wordsley, in the heart of the Black Country. She likes coffee, real ale, running, canals and Hammer Horror. After dabbling in self-publishing, she completed an MA in Creative Writing in 2014 at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a Distinction, and during which she self-published an anthology of short fictions and wrote her novel, ‘The Black Country’. She was awarded The Michael Schmidt Prize 2013-2014 for outstanding achievement in her MA and she is currently working on her next novel, ‘Broken Dolls’ also set in her hometown

Meet Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph and The Shadow Hour

(Saturday, 1pm, free)


Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist who was born in London and grew up in Warwickshire. She spent her first years in journalism as a staffer, first at The Guardian as an editorial assistant and later at Time Out London, where she went on to become deputy editor for the lifestyle section, covering everything from travel to property to beauty. After seven fantastic years of weird and wonderful assignments, she decided to go freelance in order to concentrate on writing fiction, which had for a long time been an ambition (not least when she was interviewing authors for Time Out).

After moving to Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, she wrote Birdcage Walk, which was published by Diversion as an ebook in 2012. Her second novel sold to Penguin in the UK and HarperCollins in the US and Canada, and was published in early 2015 – as The Girl in the Photograph andFiercombe Manor respectively. A German edition will follow in the autumn of 2015. She is now hard at work on her next novel, a dual narrative story full of secrets and intrigue and moving between the years 1877, 1910 and 1922.

Kate lives in the Gloucestershire countryside with her husband and their dog Morris

Meet Ann Morgan, author of Beside Myself and Reading The World.

(Saturday, 2pm, free)


Ann Morgan is a freelance writer and editor. Her book Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, inspired by her year-long journey through a book from every country, was published in the UK by Harvill Secker on February 5, 2015 and as The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe in the US by Liveright/Norton in May 2015.

Her next book is a novel, a literary psychological drama called Beside Myself. It was published worldwide in English by Bloomsbury in January 2016. It will be published in simplified Chinese by United Creadion, in Thai by Amarin, in French by Presses de la Cité, in Italian by Piemme, in Spanish by Círculo de Lectores and in Japanese by Hayakawa Publishing, Inc.

Meet Rowan Coleman, Sunday Times Best Selling author of We Are All Made Of Stars and The Memory Book amongst others.

(Saturday, 4pm, free)


Rowan Coleman lives with her husband, and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in the opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.

Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is her eleventh novel, which was chosen as a Richard and Judy bookclub selection in 2014. Others include The Accidental Mother, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud and the award-winning Dearest Rose, a novel which lead Rowan to become an active supporter of domestic abuse charity Refuge, donating 100% of royalties from the ebook publication of her novella, Woman Walks Into a Bar, to the charity.

Meet Miranda Dickinson, Sunday Times Best Selling author of I'll Take New York and A Parcel For Anne Browne amongst others

(Saturday, 5pm, free)


Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library and today she is a bestselling author. She began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World's Slowest PC, and has subsequently written the bestselling novels Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take A Look At Me Now, I'll Take New York and A Parcel for Anna Browne. Miranda lives with her husband Bob and daughter Flo in Dudley