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Welcome!

Since opening in December 2020 events Fourbears Books has always been key to offer a wide range of events for customers. In October 2021 we hosted a mini festival of Children's authors appearing in the shop and we were really pleased with how the Festival went, except we wanted to go bigger. This year May 17th-19th we are organising  the first Reading and Caversham Book Festival 2024. There are a range of events for Adults and Children in multiple venues for what is sure to be a fantastic weekend.

Events

There are loads of exciting events happening at Fourbears Fest this year. Take a look below to see what we have coming up.

Fest-Events
  • 17 May 2024, 16:30 – 17:30
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    Storytelling of two original but traditional style tales inspired by folk craft: Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain and Masha and the Firebird. For ages 5+
  • 17 May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    Wine Tasting is back! Come along and taste 6 different wines and find out about some of our favourite Summer Reads. Friday kicks off Fourbears Fest 24, a weekend filled with events
  • 18 May 2024, 10:00 – 11:00
    Caversham, Caversham Baptist Church, 1 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB, UK
    BROTHERS. ROBOTS. SUPERHEROES. Neill Cameron is the best selling writer and illustrator of the Mega Robo Bros series. Join us for a draw-along comic book workshop.
  • 18 May 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Caversham, Caversham Baptist Church, 1 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB, UK
    Best selling children's author Holly Webb talks about the adventures of puppies and kittens from her hugely successful Animal Stories series. Aimed at ages 7+
  • 18 May 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    Caversham, Caversham Baptist Church, 1 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB, UK
    A.F. Harrold will juggle poems, ideas, stories and beards, talk about why books are Good Things and point at members of the audience. Expect anarchy, beards, poems, comedy and, possibly, cats.
  • 18 May 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    Robin Ince, actor, comedian, writer, co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage is coming to Fourbears Fest
  • 18 May 2024, 14:30 – 15:30
    Caversham, Caversham Baptist Church, 1 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB, UK
    An interactive session on Fiona’s new book A Swift Return including a sweet potato swift draw-along and a swift quiz. For ages 5+
  • 18 May 2024, 16:00 – 17:00
    Caversham, Caversham Baptist Church, 1 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB, UK
    E L Norry will be talking about her fantasy adventure series Fablehouse. We'll be delving into books 1 and 2, the real life history and background which informed the story and more.
  • 18 May 2024, 16:00 – 17:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    We will be in conversation with Sunday Times Best selling author T M Logan as he comes to Reading. His books have sold over 2 million copies in the UK. These tense psychological books explore themes of loyalty and betrayal, love and hate, trust, jealousy, secrets and revenge.
  • 18 May 2024, 18:00 – 19:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    Laura Shepherd-Robinson will be discussing the best selling Square of Sevens. A brilliant historical fiction following Red, a traveller trying to solve mysteries while dealing with her past.
  • 18 May 2024, 20:00 – 21:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    The brilliant SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep) and the fabulous Will Carver (Psychopaths Anonymous) are back with their outstanding Podcast Let's Get Lit. Expect hilarity, book talk and much more that will end up on the cutting room floor.
  • 19 May 2024, 10:00 – 11:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    Maxine Nwaneri is interviewed by Claire Dyer as Maxine discusses her new book The Future is Greater. A Working Mothers Guide to Finding Balance deals with managing stress, feminism and Womens health
  • 19 May 2024, 10:00 – 11:00
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    ‘Weird Wild & Wonderful’ a wild and madcap hour with prize-winning poet and musician James Carter – not to mention Steve the melodica and Erik and Derek the ukuleles.
  • 19 May 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    The fantastic author of ‘What’s Science?’ and ‘What’s Technology?’ is bringing her workshop to Fourbears Books. Fact-filled non-fiction that uncovers the who, where, why and how of historical scientific and technological discoveries.
  • 19 May 2024, 12:00 – 13:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    Join us for a conversation with Peter Stothard on his latest book Palatine. A unique and entertaining history of the Roman Empire's first dynasty 14 CE: The first Roman emperor is dead. A second is about to succeed.
  • 19 May 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    Join award-winning author Michelle Harrison as she shares the inspiration behind her new book Twice Upon a Time. Find out how writing about time created lots of challenges, where the inspiration for her lead characters came from and pick up lots of writing tips!
  • 19 May 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Reading, Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL, UK
    Join 4 incredible authpors to discuss all the brilliant things about Sci Fi and Fantasy. The Authors are Natasha Pulley (The Mars House), Grace Curtis (Floating House), Georgia Summers (City of Stardust) and Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson (The Principle of Moments)
  • 19 May 2024, 14:30 – 15:30
    Caversham, 20 Prospect St, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, UK
    Jo Clarke is the author of The Travelling School Mysteries. If you want to learn how to plot the perfect heist story, assemble your own team and devise an elaborate plan that will surprise your reader, then join Jo in this fun and interactive writing workshop.

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Thanks!

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A HUGE thanks to our partners who helped to make this event possible. Have a look below to find out more about these wonderful organisations. 

Progress Theatre

Progress Theatre is Reading's oldest producing theatre, volunteer-led, performing a varied and exciting calendar of theatre including the best new plays, classics, and new writing by Reading-based writers. Progress is also proud to host regular Jazz performances, comedy nights, art exhibitions, and now literary festivals!  

The Reading Children’s Book Group

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As part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, RCBG are a testing group for the Children’s Book Award. They have both family and school members, and a wide network beyond that of people and organisations in the Reading area interested in children’s books. They have been running a regular family book group in the Fourbears Books shop since 2021. Chris Routh and Sarah Stuffins also have many years’ experience of providing a welcome in the Reading area for authors and illustrators through our membership of the FCBG. Additionally, Sarah is the current coordinator of the Children’s Book Award, and Chris is a previous coordinator of National Non-Fiction November.

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