The very first ever ever
Captain Book Tea Party!

Poppy Loves Book Club

The Amazing Captain Books of Poppy Loves Book Club

Last weekend was an extremely momentous occasion for me and for Poppy Loves Book Club, as I held the book club’s very first Captain Book Event!

For those of you that are wondering what a Captain Book is, it is the name given to the girl who heads up one of my book clubs… and there are now nearly 50 in several different countries around the world.

The Captain Book’s role is essential to the success of my book club – they help me bring women together, encourage wonderful conversation, gather communities in their home towns/villages, raise the profile of books and authors and also help generate business for independent book shops, which is something very important to me (shop local, gang).

They are shining beacons of bookish light and I am immensely proud of them all… so it was high time I threw a little shindig to let them all know how special they are.

It also meant that we could all meet each other for the first time!

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Red Velvet Cake…

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

There were many Captain Books who were unable to get down to Drink Shop Do in London, as the commute was just that bit too far…

But that didn’t stop them posting messages to us all from their corners of the world in the Poppy Loves Book Club Facebook group, including CBs in Queenstown, NZ, Kurdistan, Iraq, Italy, Germany and Australia…

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Two of our wonderful Captain Books for Oxford and Central London

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

Annabel is our amazing Captain Book Coordinator…

We were lucky enough to be joined by a few authors, whose books we’ve read in the past, (Elizabeth Fremantle, James Benmore) the present (Tina Seskis) and will be reading in the future (Anoushka Beazley)…

Elizabeth Fremantle and Tina Seskis

Elizabeth Fremantle and Tina Seskis

James Benmore

James Benmore making us all laugh!

Elizabeth Fremantle and Tina Seskis

Anoushka Beazley is the author of The Good Enough Mother – our first self published title, which we’ll be reading later in the year

There was cake (so much cake) there were bubbles, there was much fun and frivolity, a few  tears (good ones!) and much laughter…

There were also goodie bags, packed with wonderful gifts from our supporters, which were so hugely appreciated by all of us…

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Goodie bags for everyone! Packed with wonderful treats…

Enormous thanks to Accessorize, Orion Books, Style by Portobello, Katie Leamon, Teapigs and Metcalfe’s Popcorn for the gorgeous treats and your support!

Poppy Loves Book club

Every goodie bag had some nail polishes from Accessorize…

Poppy Loves Book club

…some delicious teapigs tea…

Poppy Loves Book club

… a unique vintage scarf from Style by Portobello

Poppy Loves Book club

… some skinny popcorn from Metcalfe’s

Poppy Loves Book club

… some gorgeous Katie Leamon stationery and ‘Post by Katie Leamon’ subscription discount…

Poppy Loves Book club

…an art therapy colouring in book by Anastasia Catris, published by Orion…

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…and finally, a twinkly pair of Accessorize earrings!

We all came out on a cakey high, full in the knowledge that we are all part of something extremely special, filled with pride for our growing community of wonderful women.. and enjoying the thrill of meeting new friends and kindred spirits…

Poppy Loves Book club

We built our Captain Book Manifesto together…

Poppy Loves Book club

…and everyone left some ideas, thoughts on how we could do things even better!

Thank you to everyone who came, a huge warm welcome to all our new members… and if you are wondering what all the fuss is about, why not have a look over on www.poppylovesbookclub.com and join our Facebook group.

Poppy Loves Book club

Me and my Poppy Loves Book Club A Team! You guys are the BEST! From left to right – Amy, Dafne, Me, Annabel and Morgan… what a gang.

Do join us and tell your friends – we would love to have you!

Poppy x

Instagram: @poppylovesbookclub

The next Poppy Loves Book Club event is taking place on the 30th March at 7:30pm.

We will be discussing ‘One Step Too Far’, by Tina Seskis.

Join in online with the discussions with the author, or join your local Poppy Loves Book Club. All the information and links can be found here.


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