Bow Books in Royston has a busy schedule of events in the run-up to Christmas, with a children's bookmark competition and an upcoming author visit.

In conjunction with the recent Royston Arts Festival, children under 12 were invited to design a Christmas bookmark.

Royston Crow: Paul Bowes and Mayor Cllr Lisa Adams outside the shop with Carrie Dunn's bookPaul Bowes and Mayor Cllr Lisa Adams outside the shop with Carrie Dunn's book (Image: Clive Porter)

On Saturday, November 18, Mayor of Royston Cllr Lisa Adams visited the shop's 'children's den' to present 11-year-old Amelia - a pupil at King James Academy - with 50 printed bookmarks of her winning design.

Royston Crow: Amelia's winning bookmark designAmelia's winning bookmark design (Image: Clive Porter)

Amelia's seven-year-old sister Louisa, who attends Icknield Way Primary School, was one of five runners up, and was awarded Bow Books book tokens.

The six top entries are currently on display in the shop.

Royston Crow: Carrie Dunn will sign her latest book at Bow BooksCarrie Dunn will sign her latest book at Bow Books (Image: Courtesy of Carrie Dunn)

Coming up next month, author Carrie Dunn will visit Bow Books - reuniting with owner Paul Bowes, who published her first book, after 20 years.

Carrie, who grew up in Bedfordshire and has family ties to Hertfordshire, will be at the shop signing books from 11am on Saturday, December 2.

Her latest book: 'Woman Up: Pitches, Pay and Periods - The Progress and Potential of Women's Football' shines light on the 'painful past and exciting future' of women's football, exploring the evolution of the game and the gender gaps that still persist.

Royston Crow: Carrie's latest book 'Woman Up'Carrie's latest book 'Woman Up' (Image: Carrie Dunn)

She will be joined at Bow Books by former Lioness Karen Farley, who played in England's first-ever official Women's World Cup in 1995.

Carrie's previous book - 'Unsuitable for Females: The Rise of Lionesses and Women's Football in England' was shortlisted for the Football Book of the Year at the 2023 Sports Book Awards.


Paul Bowes published Carrie's first book 'A Brand New Bright Tomorrow: A Hatter's Promotion Diary' back in 2002, under his Book Castle imprint.

Royston Crow: Shoppers browsing at Bow BooksShoppers browsing at Bow Books (Image: Clive Porter)

One of Carrie's other earlier books was a project with her grandfather George to produce his memoir, 'From the Valleys to Verulamium', covering his life in South Wales before moving to St Albans, and his experiences in the Second World War.

Carrie, who was born in Luton, now lives in Wales with her actor husband and their rescue lurcher, Spring, and is the volunteer media officer for Aberystwyth Town Women's FC.

Royston Crow: The Folio Lounge at Bow BooksThe Folio Lounge at Bow Books (Image: Clive Porter)