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We hold Storytime for pre-schoolers every Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm. We have half an hour of stories followed by refreshments. Storytime is free but space is limited!


Book Club

Author Events

Our Book Club has been running since 2010 and continues to thrive. At one stage it became too large and we split it in two - so now we have two meetings a month, both reading the same book. Members can choose which night they come and can vary it to suit themselves. It is a very friendly, relaxed group and new members are made to feel very welcome. There is no pressure to say anything if you don't want to!


We meet at the Ripon Spa Hotel and they kindly let us use their room for free - therefore I encourage everyone to buy a drink from the bar to support this fantastic independent business.

We read a mixture of books and try to alternate between contemporary and classics, although recently we have been reading more contemporary writers. Pretty much the only rule is that members of the Book Club buy the book from our shop (at 20% discount.) Please do not bring kindles ...being a member of the Book Club is about supporting The Little Ripon Bookshop.


 David Nobbs Charlie Higson Annabel Pitcher Alex Scarrow Gervase Phinn Jack Sheffield 

Claire King Karyn Burnham Peggy Riley William Shawcross Philippa Gregory John Cooper

Diane Atkinson Alistair Sutcliffe Tom Palmer Carol Ann Duffy Mike Pannett Frances Brody 

Tim Hopgood Susie Steiner Andy Seed Bob Stanley Samantha Ellis Andrew Hammond

Jane Ridley Sarah Rees Brennan Philippa Langley Michael Jones Laura Barnett

Piers Torday Michelle Harrison Mark Cocker Evie Wyld James Rebanks Valentine Warner

Sarah Winman Claire Fuller Antonia Hodgson Peter Robinson Stephen Booth




Storytime in September


5th September- Being Me


12th September - Sleepovers


19th September -  Fruit, Veg, Jam & Pickles!


26th September - Inventions


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We are always open to suggestions and if you would like to talk to us about a possible event, please contact us in the shop or by email. Future events will be advertised on this page. If you'd like to be kept informed about our forthcoming author events then please subscribe to our newsletter by supplying your email address in the form below. We promise not to use your email address for any other purpose.

Over the years we have had the pleasure of hosting and supporting events with many authors including:

Book Club September 2017


Mend The Living

by Maylis de Kerangal


7.30pm Wednesday 13th September

7.30pm Monday 25th September

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Lost for Words

Literary Tea


4pm, 18th October 2017

The Old Deanery, Ripon.


Buy your Literary Tea Bag from the shop. £14. Each bag contains a copy of the book and a ticket for a delicious cream tea with the author Stephanie Butland.

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