Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

They didnt notice that all he wanted was a hug…

Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That’s how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he’ll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug.

In her debut picture book, Simona Ciraola creates an endearing tale of friendship, beautifully illustrated with buoyant wit and the perfect story to share. 

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


Count Your Chickens by Jo Ellen Bogart & Lori Joy Smith

Chickens, chickens everywhere — going to the county fair!

Follow a family of chickens as they prepare for their big outing. You’ll see chickens wondering what to wear, baking pies, painting their toes and knitting socks. A stroll through town reveals that everyone else is excited for the festivities too. There are so many sights to see! Over there we see racers sprinting to the finish line. Over here, farmers showing off their best crops. Clowns, entertainers and musicians take the stage. And don’t forget the rides: the Ferris wheel, super slide and merry-go-round. Grab some cotton candy and popcorn, because this very silly book will entertain and challenge young readers with searching and counting elements.

For fans of Richard Scarry, a cute-as-a-button picture book featuring dozens of chickens as they set out for the county fair!

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


For twenty years, Lindsay Errington curated the Scottish collections of the National Gallery of Scotland. In Private Views, the passionate art historian returns with an avowedly personal slant to eight of the works she knows so intimately. In poems which are irreverent but affectionate, she opens up a dialogue between the artist and the sitter, characters and viewers, prompting us to look at these old favourites in ever surprising ways.

Join us for an evening of readings and discussion with this dedicated champion of Scottish painting.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll be welcomed with a glass of wine in the bookshop, and we’re delighted to be displaying prints of some of the paintings which Private Views responds to. Lindsay will be reading her poetry, as well as discussing the ideas behind it, and there will be plenty time for questions. The event will be a standing reception, but chairs are available on request.

ABOUT LINDSAY

As the curator of the Scottish collections of the National Gallery of Scotland, Lindsay Errington fought for better recognition of Scottish art during a particularly formative period, overseeing the then New Wing of the Gallery (opened in 1978) and working to achieve a representative collection of Scottish art and painting.



Neon Leon by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

The chameleons are in a leafy jungle. And they’ve all turned green! They match! They’re hard to spot, aren’t they?
Well, all except for Leon.
He’s still orange.

Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon. Leon is neon! In fact, he’s SO bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake at night. But poor Leon is lonely, so he goes off in search of somewhere he can blend in.

In this delightful interactive book, filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, sending him to sleep and giving him lots of reassurance when he’s feeling down. But will he ever find a place he can fit in…?

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


The Book Doctor will see you now!

The Golden Hare presents a one-to-one bibliotherapy service with budding bibliotherapist Claire Daly.

Bibliotherapy: The prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments
(Berthoud and Elderkin, 2013)

For centuries people have turned to literature as a salve. Fiction has the transformative power to help us break free from our everyday problems or see difficult situations from a new perspective. Whether you are having trouble finding your Mr Darcy, or you have empty-nest syndrome, bibliotherapy can help you disconnect from your current woes.

Using the curative power of novels to treat your troubles, Claire (aka the Book Doctor) will offer you personalised literary remedies, help you reinvigorate your reading list, and assist you with spring-cleaning your old bookshelves. Laden with an armful of books tailored specifically for your life situation, we hope you will depart the Golden Hare happier, healthier and wiser.

NB: Please note your bibliotherapist does not offer counselling and is not a trained therapist. This is a purely literary service.

What to expect

Please think carefully before booking your ticket time slot, as tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable! After booking your slot online or in-store (first-come-first-served), you will be sent a questionnaire via email which you will send back ahead of your appointment, giving Claire a good overview of what you might be looking for during your session.

During the half-hour appointment in the bookshop, you’ll have a one-on-one chat with Claire and enjoy 10% off everything in Golden Hare Books that day, as well as receiving a complimentary goodie bag! Then, working closely with our booksellers, Claire will also send you an in-depth reading prescription no more than a few days after your session.

 

The Book Doctor / Your Bibliotherapist

Claire Daly was once an award-winning journalist who turned her hand to literary events programming. She coordinated the first ever Soho Literary Festival and was the founding Manager of the Bloomsbury Institute at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she worked for five years, along the way introducing two of her all time favourite authors, Margaret Atwood and William Boyd.

She shadowed a bibliotherapist at Chelsea Library and decided to combine her passions for literature and helping people. Having returned to Scotland, she now works for the NHS though not in a medical capacity. In her spare time she reads as much as possible in between looking after an 18-month-old little monkey.


In March, our Book Group will discuss a narrative non-fiction title exploring art, life and memories by Michael Jacobs, Everything is Happening.

Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez’s enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work. From Jacobs’ first trip to Spain to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs’s experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.

Cut short by Jacobs’s death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

Whether you’re a stalwart Book Grouper or have never been before, you’re most welcome at the Golden Hare Book Group. No booking required, just turn up at the bookshop in time to start at 6.30pm – wine, soft drinks and nibbles are provided free of charge!

As ever, those intending to attend will receive 15% off the book group.


“Can I see the cartoons in the paper?” asked Laura.
“Can I have the cake?” asked Lester.
“Can I get in with you?” asked the little one.
Mrs Large groaned.

Five Minutes’ Peace is Jill Murphy’s classic children’s story of how important it is to give parents a rest! A perfect book for Mother’s Day.

Sunday Stories is aimed at children between 3-7 years old (but all welcome) and is run by our Storyteller, Elspeth Chapman. Each session will last about 45 minutes and prominently features a hand-picked book from our much-loved Children’s Room, followed by some crafts or games based on the book we’ve just read.

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


Join us at the Golden Hare for a very special event featuring two expert authors on Native American culture…

This evening features the authors of  two authoritative texts on the subject of Native American culture: one is Blood and Land by J.C.H. King, a panoramic account of Native American history and culture, the other Surviving Desires by Henrietta Lidchi, which draws on the Native American tradition of jewellery-making to understand the wider impact of a fascinating traditional art on society.

Both books beautifully blend personal and rigorous research with an aim of emphasising the historical significance and relevance of Native American culture in today’s world. The books are not only important in understanding Native American culture – they are also very beautiful objects. This event is a chance to learn about and discuss a fascinating subject with two experts in the field. The evening is sure to be popular – don’t miss it!

What to expect

Jonathan King and Henrietta Lidchi will be in conversation with Mark Jones, followed by a Q&A with the audience and the opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the authors. This event will be seated and refreshments will be served free of charge.


Tickets

Tickets for this event are FREE but booking is essential. You can book tickets through this webpage further down the screen.

About J.C.H. King

J.C.H. King is currently the von Hügel Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He worked at the British Museum for nearly forty years. Latterly he was the Keeper of Anthropology in what is now the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. He has travelled extensively in North America, from the California Missions to Nunavut, and the Everglades to Point Barrow, working with many different Native people to understand cultures and to explain difficult histories for a general public.

About Henrietta Lidchi

Henrietta Lidchi is an anthropologist and curator, formerly curator of North American collections at the British Museum (1994–2002). She is currently Keeper of the Department of World Cultures at National Museums Scotland. She co-edited Imaging the Arctic (1998) and has more recently co-edited Visual Currencies (2009).

 


This was the garden.
It didn’t look like much, but it meant everything to its gardener.
It was his home. It was his supper.
It was his joy.

A charming tale of our relationship with the outside world, a sweet and thoughtful story with incredibly detailed illustrations by Emily Hughes.

Sunday Stories is aimed at children between 3-7 years old (but all welcome) and is run by our Storyteller, Elspeth Chapman. Each session will last about 45 minutes and prominently features a hand-picked book from our much-loved Children’s Room, followed by some crafts or games based on the book we’ve just read.

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.