Category Archives: Events

Ellon Gordon Cricket Club Book Launch

Ellon Gordon Cricket Club celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth year with a book launch here at Better Read. The book details the foundation and history of the club and will be available from here or direct from the club itself

River of Words Event

The ‘River of Words’ project is seeking contributions of succinct phrases capturing thoughts on the physical & emotional relationship we have with the River Ythan.

Mary Bourne is a renowned NE visual artist who has been commissioned to provide artwork for the new Ellon Academy building – the River of Words piece will incorporate a stream of words provided by the writing project as a permanent artwork feature.
The contributions have to be less than 60 characters or ten words and are needed by the end of March.
Bernie Briggs will be on hand to explain further and Better Read have agreed to be a collection point for the contributions.

Come along between 7-8pm on the 8th and all will be explained- Refreshments will be provided

“Unrequited Love” book launch and poetry evening

Better Read Books will be hosting the first of this year’s poetry evenings on Friday 1st February.
7-9pm as usual

Haworth Hodgkinson has agreed to be MC for the evening and Pamela Shand & Yvonne Heald will be launching their new anthology of short stories and poems ‘Unrequited Love’ at the event.
We will have the usual open mic session so your contributions of your own or favourite poems will be greatly appreciated- otherwise just come along and enjoy a friendly and relaxed evening.
Usual refreshments will be supplied.

at 19:00–21:00

Book Launch – “Ghosts of the Dardanelles” by Alan Barker

The military debacle that was the Dardanelles campaign of 1915 is the backdrop for a new novel by Ellon author Alan James Barker.
Following his highly acclaimed war novels ‘Sacrifice of Innocents’ and Spoils of the Eagle’ this local author has achieved another well crafted tale in ‘ Ghosts of the Dardanelles’.
The story follows two brothers , long separated by the emigration of eldest, who are drawn together by their involvement in the bloody & hapless landings at Gallipoli one with the Anzac Corps, the other with the British Army. The unfolding tragedy for both sides in this war coupled to the interwoven sub plot of an Armenian deserter Artoune Seferian in his quest to return to Anatolia has the smack of reality that comes from meticulous research and great storytelling.

Come along meet the author and get a signed copy

Book Signing – ‘The Torment of Truth’ by Pamela Gaull

This story takes place in Ontario, Aberdeen, east London, Essex and Weymouth. Although the Torment of Truth is a sequel to The Darkness of Dreams, it can stand alone as a story to be enjoyed. Throughout the 1980s and 90s the threat of unemployment, the National front in East London, drug dealing, events in Northern Ireland, Poll Tax demos and the recession all play their part in shaping the lives of these characters who struggle continuously towards resolution.

Poetry Evening 29th June 2012

Come along to our poetry evening.
The format is quite relaxed and we try to give everyone who wishes to participate an equal turn at reading a poem, singing, or playing an instrument. Those who wish to sit and listen are also more than welcome so if you feel like just coming along to see how it all works that’s okay. Hope to see you on Friday

Book Signing – Hatching of Ghosts – by Bernard Briggs

Sunday 18th December 2011
Bernard Briggs, a regular at our open mic poetry evenings, will be signing his latest collection of poetry “A Hatching of Ghosts”. Come along to get your copy signed and to meet the author.
Book Published by Cauliay Publishing – priced £8.99 – ISBN 9780956881083

Poetry Evening 16/12/2011

Friday 16th December 2011
Our usual open mic night, open to all to contribute or just to enjoy. Two of the poets in attendance will also be signing their new books during the rest of the weekend. Refreshments will be provided at half time.