Authors are lined up for a series of talks and visits at Royston's new independent bookshop.

Bow Books in Angel Pavement was opened in June by Paul Bowes, and since then has hosted a number of local authors.

Businesswoman Elisabeth Goodman, who is a workplace and life coach, recently presented her book 'Coaching in the Helix' and offered a coaching session within the shop.

Elisabeth founded her own business, River Rhee Consulting, and helps people connect with what is "important, possible and sustainable" for them.

She said: "This book is about learning, self developmemt, and growth. It’s about the journey I have been on, and continue to be on, to become who I truly am.

"It’s an exploration of other coaches' journeys too, to see if there are any common themes in our experieces."

Paul Bowes praised Elisabeth's talk, saying: "After a very informed and practical presentation, a lively discussion ensued in a most convivial atmosphere."

Elisabeth will host another coaching session at 7.30pm on Friday, October 6.

The event is free to attend but customers must book in advance by emailing or via the bookshop.


Author Jane Hind visited Bow Books on Saturday, September 23 to discuss her book 'Humans in the Extreme'.

Jane was inspired by a severe storm in 1927, which took place in the fishing village of Cleggan on the west coast of Ireland.

Named 'The Cleggan Bay Disaster', the event cost the lives of 45 fishermen. Only one boat and crew made it safely to shore, steered by fearless captain Festus Feeney - Jane's grandfather.

Jane's book explores selflessness in everyday life, and is also inspired by her work as a psychotherapist.

Local author Chris Parker will deliver a writing workshop and sign his book 'Nameless Lake' at midday on Saturday, September 30, as part of the Royston Arts Festival.

On Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm paranormal historian and author Damien O'Dell will give a talk on Chicksands Priory, England's former most haunted house.

Both of these events are free, but attendees must book in advance via the bookshop.

Children are also invited to take part in a competition to design a Christmas bookmark, as part of the Royston Arts Festival.

The winning design will be used in store with the winner receiving 50 copies of their printed bookmark.

Entry is free and open to anyone up to age 12. Entry forms are available in store and the deadline is Saturday, October 28.


Meanwhile the bookshop will host storytime for five-to-eight-year-olds from 4pm to 4.30pm every Monday until October 16.

Each week Zoe will read a different book and explore the story and characters through drama, art and music.

Sessions are free, but attendees must register in advance by emailing Zoe at

Accompanied children aged four to eight are also invited to the launch of Detective Buster Cuffs Catching the Treat Snatcher by Lina Somerset.

The free sessions are at either 11am or midday on October 14 - please book your preferred time via the bookshop.