Summer fundraising Burbage fete

It’s the time of the year where we pack up the Travelling Bookstall and go out to the villages. Saturday 18th at Burbage Village Hall, SN8 3 AJ

Gavin Ketchen, editor of Burbage News, invited us along to a Saturday Market. All month the good folk of Burbage have been donating money from their activities as part of the ‘Burbage Super Month’. The aim is to raise £1000 for Prospect Hospice.

We said “Yes!” and teamed up with local Burbage author Barbara Townsend, and will be selling her wonderful books, ‘The Savernake Big Belly Oak’, ‘The Oaks of Savernake and the Lengendary Ghosts’, and ‘Harriet’ for a discounted price of £6.00, on the day. She is donating £2.00 of every book sold to the hospice. It will be nice to have another children’s book next to Ken Towells The Adventures of Anthony Ant.

We’ll also be having our popular book tomola. People like taking a punt on finding a book they’ve never read before. If you are thinking of going to Malborough Jazz festival, pop in, have a cuppa at the vintage tea room and say hi to us at our stall.

All the fun to be had at Burbage this summer.

All the fun to be had at Burbage this summer.



On the second day of Christmas…two poetry books.

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Bobbie Coleho’s first poetry collection to raise money and awareness of Parkinsons

The second poetry book by Bobbie Coleho.

The second poetry book by Bobbie Coleho.

Bobbie’s poetry books are perfect for people who don’t ‘get’ modern poets but know what they like. Any one who is a fan of Andover style of poetry will enjoy these poems. Bobbie has a way of connecting with the human condition and touching hearts.  Her books can be found at The Vinetrust bookshop in Andover, at the Travelling Bookstall and online.

Discount Weekend Andover Guildhall

Yes, we are going to start our Christmas promotion by adopting this American tradition. We are going to be at the Andover Guildhall today from 9-2 at Mencap Andover Christmas fair. We have poetry books discounted from £5.00 down £3.00 and “Anthony Ant, stories to read your Grandchildren is also down from £5.00 to £3.00. We have an amazing Tombola and we will gift wrap your presents for you. Or come ans see what books we have for the person in your life that’s read everything. Pop down and say hi.

Performance opportunity at Michaelmas Fair

IMAG3489The Travelling Book fair will be at Michaelmas fair, Weyhill Fairground on Saturday September 20th from 12-4pm and Sunday September 21st form 12-4 pm. We’ve negotiated 8 outdoor performance slots of 15 mins just for you. Music, poetry, funny skits and comedy is what is needed. Remember its family friendly so nothing naughty or rude. Outdoor performing is hard work but people at the fair are friendly and fun.

All money raised will go to our two new projects, the performance and poetry cafe and a marketing pilot to find out what book groups want to read.

Interested? Email us at and tell us what you’d like to perform and which day.

Travelling Bookstall at Overtoun

This Christmas buy why not buy local, think global. Our bookstall has unusal gifts for people. Instead of buying the same old Christmas cards, why not get a bauble shapped poem from RAW. Wondering what to get your teenager who has read everything? Well if she’s into fantasy we have 3 authors with books to keep her happy over Christmas, plus horror, humour. We always have poems and this year we’ve to Bar De Arts 2013 anthology. Plus Bees Nest Books can help you find the copy of their latest e-book, Tree Speaker. So take a whole heap of stress out of Christmas shopping by coming to see us.

The Travelling Bookstall at Appleshaw St Peter’s Fete

On Saturday from 12pm till 4, we are going to be up at Appleshaw School. This time as well as all the children’s books, we are taking ALL the pre-loved (second hand) books we’ve been donated. 50p a book or 3 for a £1.00. Bargain

Our aim is to raise enough funds to be able to hire the hall at the Wellington centre. Cat’s Writing Room is helping us run the poetry cafes there one Saturday a month. We don’t want to clash with the poetry nights put on at The Lamb at all which is why we are calling them performance cafes.

Our focus will still be poetry but there are other word forms and we are looking at Pop Up Bar de Arts as our role model. They have short theatre pieces and monologues and short comic skits which makes the evening varied and fun.

Why the Wellington Centre? Easy access from town, easy access if you have a wheel chair, a price that isn’t too steep and not a pub. Younger members of Big Up Words have pointed out, they have no where to perform and they can’t go to a pub.

So there you go, pop along to Appleshaw St Peter’s and pick up a bargain and support our local authors and writers.

Advent day 5 Margaret Armand Smith’s One Sun, One Moon, Two Stars

There were two very popular stalls in the 2012 Bookfair and Margaret’s was one of them. Here book captured the imagination of the younger teen readers ( Year 7 and up) who came along. And it all started at The Rufus Stone.

‘Here stood the oak tree on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell at a stag glanced and stuck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast of which he instantly died on the second day of August 1100.’

Margaret Armand Smith young teens adventure story

Margaret Armand Smith young teens adventure story

One Sun, One Moon, Two Stars’ is the first book in the trilogy. Set in the New Forest, Jonathan, Ben and Victoria unexpectedly find themselves in Norman England. It is not long before they discover that in order to return to the twenty-first century they will have to find a missing talisman — a golden sun.

While there they discover they each have a golden talisman identical symbols on their backs. Despite being mystified by their allusions to the 21st century they are befriended by the son of the local landowner.

Through their own resourcefulness and despite many dangers they eventually solve the mystery and return to their own time.  But even that contains further surprises.

Price is £6.99 and you can buy it from her web site by clicking here

Or from us by sending an email to Big Up


2nd Day of Advent is a SF book

Second day of Advent is a little late but heart felt

If you want a good SF story with a female lead then Ellie is the book for you.

Ellie moves in with her Aunt and Uncle after loosing her father in a tragic accident. She develops the Neutrino Engine which can travel in time. After her first test mission she is determined to go back and save her father. But she is thrown 7 years into the future where Earth has been decimated by creatures from another di

Ellies first big adventure in time.

Ellies first big adventure in time.

mention The only way to save mankind is to go back in time and she has only 24 hours to find her way home.

The good news is if you like this one the second in the series will be out soon.

On the first day of Advent…or support your local artists

The Secret Lives CD

The Secret Lives CD

It’s the first day of Advent and Christmas shopping is upon us. So in support of our members BUW is going to let you know the books and CD’s that you can get for your loved ones. At the end of the post is the link to the site where you can buy it. We also have outlets in Andover and will inform you or you can email us at Big Up Words before Wednesday 18th and we’ll post you one from our stock.

First is Ivor and Kevin Bundell’s CD Secret Lives. It is a sweet unplugged collection of folk and new songs. Ivor and Kevin’s voices are gentle and relaxing. The CD takes us on a tour of a the British Isles from Portmouth all the way to Scotland and from Roman times via highway men to the now. Ivor and Kevin touches on our hopes and fears with a subtle longing. Listening to this CD gives you a sense of England that isn’t shown on the BBC but is lived by us ordinary folk everyday. This is a perfect album to have in the background or sit and listen to in the garden or when driving.

We are hoping Ivor will be playing excerpts from it at the Pirate and Poets party in Feb. Click on this link to buy it from the Internet.