Thursday, April 24, 2014

Big Green Bookswap. Mike Carey & Joel Meadows

Wednesday April 30th - 7.30pm
The Big Green Bookswap, with Mike Carey and Joel Meadows

 A glorious evening of entertainment and literary chat at the Great Northern Railway Tavern on Hornsey High Street (N8 7QB).

This is a different kind of book event, so expect the unexpected. Here are the rules.

1. Bring along with you a book which you’re prepared to swap for another.
2. Have a drink.
3. Prepare to be entertained.

Those are the rules.

This month’s special guests.

Mike Carey.
Mike Carey got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world.
His brilliant Felix Castor books are a consistently bestselling series in the shop.
Imagine the Raymond Chandler novels if L.A. was London and Marlowe were an exorcist. Castor is a flawed but mostly likeable man who’s trying to do the right thing in a world that often makes the right thing more or less impossible. He makes his living as an exorcist, but from as early as the first book he starts to have doubts about what he’s doing and to shift his sympathies from the living to the dead. It’s not easy being an exorcist with those sort of scruples.
All of this is against the backdrop of a world where the dead have started to rise in serious numbers. There are ghosts, zombies, even were-creatures, so there’s a big demand for exorcists, and there‘s money to be made if you know what you’re doing....
His new novel is The Girl With All the Gifts.
Joel Meadows.
In 1992, Joel and his neighbour Simon Teff launched the first issue of TRIPWIRE. It went on to become the UK’s best-loved comics and genre magazine.
Featuring interviews and articles by such luminaries as Bryan Moore, Terry Gilliam, Matt Groening and Will Eisner, the magazine has garnished heaps of praise from everyone in the business.

“Still the coolest magazine on the planet..” – IAN RANKIN 

“Amazing, gratifying. A pleasure to look at, a pleasure to read..” – MICHAEL MOORCOCK

“The touchstone of comic book culture in the UK” – GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Mike and Joel will be joining to discuss…well anything you want them to. That's the nature of the Big Green Bookswap.

Tickets, priced at just £3, are now available. HERE.
We hope you can make it

Working Title Comedy at the Bookshop (episode 35)

Friday April 25th – 8.00pm
Working Title Comedy at the Big Green Bookshop

This month’s line up is, as ever, stunning;

Andrew O'Neill

Stand-up comedian, metalthead, amateur occultist and musician.

One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights of comedic brilliance.- TimeOut

So funny I put him in my new TV show. - Steve Coogan

Andrew O'Neill is like comedy ball-lightning. Fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortunes of others. -  Alan Moore

Gerry Howell
Award winning comedian, actor and writer. In 2010 he won Best Individual Comedy Show Award at the Buxton Fringe Festival for his one man comedy drama "The Fantastic Reality of Frederick Goodge".
 If you haven't seen Gerry before, expect the unexpected, if you have – ditto. The greatest pleasure is the pleasure of anticipation. So that's something to look forward to.

"Gloriously inventive" Chortle

"Surreal Rambling Brilliance" –TimeOut

Since our regular MC, Chris Brosnahan, is elsewhere, we've replaced him with another Chris.

Chris Coltrane
Comedian, activist, writer, disco dancer and sweet romancer.
Chris has been doing stand-up for five years. He started off weird and surreal; nowadays he's weird and political. He tells tales of protests and mischief, and trying to smash the Tories with punchlines.

Mark Thomas: "One of a handful of comedians who are the future of British political comedy."

As ever tickets are just a fiver and you can bring your own refreshments.

The Book Barge is coming to Wood Green!

Tuesday April 29th 7.00pm
Sarah Henshaw, owner of the Book Barge in conversation.

I love the Book Barge. Who wouldn't?
Here's the story in a nutshell.
With extraordinary willpower and huge positive attitude and very little help from the bank, Sarah Henshaw opened the Book Barge (a bookshop on a barge!) in 2009. 
As happens to all the best bookshops, money got a bit tight and so in 2011 Sarah decided to travel the canals of the UK for 6 months to raise the profile of the barge, sell some books and essentially survive. She even stopped off in London for a bit during her travels and I was lucky ebnough to spend a lovely afternoon on the barge.
I won't tell you the whole story because you can read about her adventures and philosophy in her uplifting, funny inspiring new book "The Bookshop that Floated Away".
Sarah will be at the bookshop on Tuesday April 29th to talk to Simon about her travels, sharing some great stories and generally bigging up books, bookshops and a free spirited attitude to life.

IT'S FREE to come along and there will be gin (Sarah's favourite tipple) and also less alcoholic beverages.  

Friday, March 07, 2014


Our 6th Birthday
We've got some great offers throughout the day tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate our 6th Birthday.
There'll be a 3 for 2 on everything (almost).

This also includes books, toys, and cards in the shop (not on special orders). The cheapest item is free and pretty much the only thing that isn't included in the offer is book tokens and vouchers.

Then, from midday onwards…
we'll be having a huge second hand book sale (weather permitting).
Yes, for one weekend we'll be bringing back our amazing selection of 2nd hand books for you to peruse
And how much are our 2nd hand book?
You can pay whatever you want for them!


And then, a reminder that as a way of saying thank you for all your support over the last six years, we'll be having a party in the evening, from 6pm. 

Cake, biscuits, wine, beer, I expect all this and more will be available. We'd love you to come along.

Saturday, March 01, 2014



We’re delighted to be working with the Women's Association of Lordship Rec throughout the whole of March to compile a list of 'Top 10 Books written by Female Authors'. The list is being put together to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women's Day on Saturday March 8th. If you want to participate email the Bookshop on with your TOP 3 BOOKS WRITTEN BY FEMALE AUTHORS (in no particular order). You can also tweet @biggreenbooks or @WALR_17, using the hashtag #WHMtop3.

 At the end of March one person who voted will be chosen at random to receive the TOP 5 books in the list.
You can find out more about the work that the Women’s Association of Lordship Rec are doing by visiting their Facebook Page or by sending them a tweet to @WALR_N17 OR BY EMAILING

You can also go to their International Women's Day Event on Saturday 8th March, 12-6pm, at The Eco Hub, Lordship Rec, N17 6HE, and let them know your choice of Top 3 books there.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crop Drop. Try it, you might like it.

There's this bit of land next to our shop that, ever since we opened, we've tried to work out what to do with it. 
Last year, the lovely people from a new enterprise called Crop Drop came in and asked if they could use it. We liked them and so we said yes. 
They do good things and so we'd like to tell you about what they do.

Local Food For People, Not Profit
Do you like your food super fresh and full of nutrients?
Do you find it hard to buy local and affordable organic produce in the area?

Meet Crop Drop – your Haringey-based veg box scheme!  We make it easy for you to buy ethically, eat seasonally and cook with the best quality produce.

Become a member of Crop Drop and receive a weekly bag of seasonal organic vegetables. We deliver to collection points around Haringey every Thursday afternoon.

Your local collection point is Big Green Bookshop – collect anytime of the day, at your convenience. And grab a good read while you’re at it.  07432 588 734

Here's a link to their website. Prices start at just £8 a week
So now you know.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thank You.

Last week, I posted on here that the chairs we used at the hundreds/thousands of events that we've done here in the shop had seen a few too many, um, things and that now they needed to be retired. 
We honestly can't afford to buy new ones and so we shamelessly asked people if they would Sponsor a Chair for us.

You can read more about it HERE

The response has been incredible and I want to say a huge THANK YOU.
We said that we'd needed 60 chairs, and I'm delighted and even more delighted and delighted once more to tell you that we have now reached our target.
I really can't put into words how much this means. It's not just about the chairs (although they will be very very welcome), but it's about the fact that people felt they wanted to help us out. Sometimes, on cold rainy days when we haven't had a customer for over two hours, you kind of wonder. But it's stuff like this that reassures us that what we're trying to do is worth it.
You lot are absolutely amazing and I love you.
PS. If you still feel the urge to sponsor a chair, i'm not going to stop you. x

Monday, February 03, 2014

Please Sponsor a Chair.

Ever since we opened, almost six years ago, we've held hundreds, if not thousands of events in the Big Green Bookshop.
These include;

  • Author Events
  • School class visits
  • Comedy
  • Boardgames Club
  • Poetry
  • Songs & Stories for younguns
  • Music Performances
  • Book Launches
  • Book Groups and Writers Group
...and many more.

The chairs we bought when we first opened the shop to help us accommodate these events have seen a lot of action. And we think it's about time to retire them.

I mean, look at them, the poor things.
"Oh, the things we've seen...."
So we need to buy some new ones. They cost about £10 each and we need about 60 to replace the ones we currently have.

We're not in a position to buy £600 worth of chairs, and so we are shamelessly offering you the chance to buy (or sponsor) a chair for us.

But sponsoring one of our chairs will not only give you a warm feeling inside, there are even more tangible benefits too.

You will be able to get £1 off EVERY ticketed event you come to at the Big Green Bookshop for a whole year.

You name will be put on the "Sponsor a Chair" Roll of Honour, which will be displayed proudly in the bookshop (you obviously have the option to remain anonymous)

We hope you can help

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

World Book Day

World Book Day is being held on Thursday 6th March this year and we’re looking to  hold book related events during the whole week, starting March 3rd.

We've been in touch with over 100 schools and asked them if they'd like us to help them organise book related fun during that week.
We've had a great response and it looks like we'll be very busy.
So this message goes out to Children's authors and publishers
If you are an author, and you're free to come to a school or two in Haringey, or you're a publisher and you know of any authors who may be free, please get in touch. 
We'll make sure the schools are primed for the visit and we'll do our very best to sell as many copies of the visiting authors books.
Kids love these visits and a lot of our local schools do a great deal to raise the profile of books and reading, especially during the week of World Book Day. It would really top the week off if the kids got to meet a REAL AUTHOR!!!
Anyway if you can help, you can contact us in many delightful ways, and here are three of them.
Phone 020 8881 6767
Email enquiries@biggreenbookshop
Twitter @biggreenbooks
Thanks. x

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Blogpost about stuff.

It's been quite some time since I've posted something on here.

The reason is this. After the Literary Festival in October, I kind of broke. 
The Festival was great. Really great. But I had no idea how much it was stressing me out until it was over. Seems it was stressing me out quite a bit, because afterwards I zoinked out for a while. I could work at the shop OK and do all the day to day things, but all the extra stuff that the shop need to live thrive and survive I just couldn't face doing. 
Tim was a bit of a hero and put up with me for a month or so while I sorted my head out, but it did kinda make things tricky at the shop.
Anyway, blah blah blah, i'm all fixed now.
We've got some rather jolly plans for 2014.
The first one is that we're launching our own "Book of the Month".
And the first one is this little gem,

Clay, by Melissa Harrison is due to be published on January 14th. Ha ha, but we've got it early. Especially for you (as Jason Donovan crooned).

It rightly gained a string of great reviews and was chosen by Ali Smith as one of her "Books of the Year" in 2013.
It's a wonderful book whose characters were brought to life beautifully. It also made me appreciate the nature that can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Through January, we'll be selling the book in the shop for just £5.99. If you want to get it online right here, right now, we'll stick it in an envelope, put a pretty sticker on that envelope and post it to you for just £6.99.
The important thing is that you read it. So, even if you don't get it from us, do make sure you check it out, eh?
Oh, and you can read the first chapter FOR FREE right here...

I'm reading two books right now. They're both rather good. One is Donna Tartt's Secret History (yes, I know I should have read this ages ago, shut up), and also a book that isn't out yet, called Young Skins by Colin Barrett. It's an amazing collection of short stories, which I shall no doubt bang on about when it's published in March.

Right, that'll do for now. We don't want to peak too soon do we.