Category Archives: Books & Poems

Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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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.

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9 poetry & spoken word events in London

Bang Said The Gun - Photo: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bang Said The Gun – Photo: www.telegraph.co.uk

When I was at school, the word poetry used to make me want to come down with a ‘headache’ and run to the sick room (for about 45 mins until it was over… and then I’d amazingly recover. Especially if the next session was art. Or lunch).

Poetry nights are not what they used to be and if these here events had been around when I was younger in the way they are today, I’m certain I’d have felt very differently about the whole poetry world. Poetry is music, friends, laughter, NOISE, participation, exploration… and very little has to do with the rigidity of rhyming couplets.

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

March’s book: ‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis. Join us for the discussions on the 30th March!

ONLINE CHAT DATE:
Wednesday 30th March 2016, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time

OUR NEXT BOOK:
‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis
Published by Penguin.

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AUTHOR TINA SESKIS WILL BE
JOINING US IN PERSON FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’
by Sarah Winman

A Year of Marvellous Ways - Sarah Winman - Poppy Loves Book Club

February’s Book – ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ by Sarah Winman, who will be joining us for the discussions on Wednesday 24th February 2016

ONLINE CHAT DATE:
Wednesday 24th February 2016, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time

OUR NEXT BOOK:
‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’, by Sarah Winman.
Published by Tinder Press.

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AUTHOR SARAH WINMAN WILL BE
JOINING US IN PERSON FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!

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Kate Mosse
at Poppy Loves Book Club

Kate Mosse at Poppy Loves Book Club

On Wednesday night, members of Poppy Loves Book Club gathered in their local groups all over the world to join in the conversation.

Last month we read The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse.

Kate joined us in Notting Hill for our discussions, and hundreds of Poppy Loves Book Club members joined in online on Facebook from all over the world….

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Miss Magpie Fashion Spy is
coming to Poppy Loves Book Club!

Poppy Loves Book Club Kate Mosse

Illustrated by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

Exciting news, bookworms!

The wonderful Miss Magpie Fashion Spy is coming to Poppy Loves Book Club next Wednesday 27th, to live-illustrate the whole event!

The fantastic Kate Mosse will be joining us in person to discuss her book The Taxidermist’s Daughter, and clever Miss Magpie will be there to capture it with her magical pens and paper.

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’
by Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist's Daughter Kate Mosse

ONLINE CHAT DATE: Wednesday 27th January 2016, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse, published by Orion Books

AUTHOR KATE MOSSE WILL BE JOINING US IN PERSON FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
By Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Poppy Loves Book Club

ONLINE CHAT DATE: Wednesday 25th November 2015, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, published by Serpent’s Tail

AUTHOR KAREN JOY FOWLER WILL BE JOINING US ONLINE FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!

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London in Autumn

Oh London, oh London
I can’t believe my luck
For again, this hazy golden Autumn
Brings crunching leaves and blackberries
And butternutty soups in steaming mugs
And softest mittens
I’m a smitten kitten…

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
Left of The Bang by Claire Lowdon

Left of The Bang by Claire Lowdon

ONLINE CHAT DATE: Wednesday 28th October 2015, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: Left of The Bang by Claire Lowdon, published by Fourth Estate

** AUTHOR CLAIRE LOWDON WILL BE JOINING US FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS! **

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

ONLINE CHAT DATE: Wednesday 26th August 2015, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, published by Picador.

Poppy Loves Book Club, in partnership with Le Pain Quotidien, sees women all around the world reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together online to discuss it on the last Wednesday of every month – often with the author too!

There are two things you need to do do join Poppy Loves Book Club and both are FREE!

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An anonymous poem is
making London smile

poem

 

I do like this little story…

Londoner Ronnie Joice saw this poem pinned up on a wall of a bar in North London and it is now doing the rounds on social media while his Twitter account is being bombarded with messages.

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘The Underwriting’ by Michelle Miller
(And Michelle will be joining us online!)

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NEXT DATE: Wednesday 29th July 2015, 7:30pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: The Underwriting by Michelle Miller, published by Text Publishing Company, June 2015.

Poppy Loves Book Club sees women all around the world reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together online to discuss it on the last Wednesday of every month – often with the author too!

There are two things you need to do do join Poppy Loves Book Club and both are FREE!

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Poppy Loves Book Club
In Partnership with Le Pain Quotidien!

LPQ partnership

Well, this is exciting isn’t it!

I’m thrilled to announce that my book club – Poppy Loves Book Club – is now in partnership with the wonderful Le Pain Quotidien – one of my favourite places to sit and meet with friends, eat cake, read books… and of course, hold my book club.

I have been a huge fan of Le Pain Quotidien for many years and so this partnership is extremely special for me – their philosophy is one of slowness, friendship, appreciating the small things and coming together to share, be it food or thought… and this is so much what Poppy Loves Book Club is all about.

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