Events

Upcoming events are listed here. 

To buy event tickets, please click on the Buy Tickets link on each event and it will take you to our online shop where you can select the number of tickets you would like to order.
Please tick the ‘local pickup’ box at the checkout so you don’t get charged postage
Or you can order tickets in the bookshop or over the phone 01545 238282
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Saturday 25th May 5.30pm – 7pm

Being With Cows with Dave Mountjoy

Venue: Small World Theatre, Bath-House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY

Tickets to this event are free but please order them here or by contacting us directly (see above) for us to keep track of numbers.
Copies of Being With Cows will be available to buy at the event and signed by the author if you wish.
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Raised in the Worcestershire countryside, Dave Mountjoy spent much of his childhood on his mum’s family farm. After university, he travelled extensively in East and North Africa taking part in biodiversity expeditions and living with the Karamojong people in north-eastern Uganda. Humbled and inspired by their generosity of spirit, despite having little, further adventures followed including a stint as the assistant to the resident Shaman at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, where he met his wife, Diana.
The quest for a more sustainable, value-driven life led the couple to the foothills of the Pyrenees where they bought their first cows – hardy Galloways and Castas, an endangered breed native to the local area – setting up a farm retreat. Little could Dave foresee the impact the purchase of this humble herd would have on his own life.
Dave and Diana continue to live on the farm with their two young boys, Gabi and Elie and invite all to stay with them in their annual Being with Cows Retreats.

Being with Cows tells the heartbreaking, heartfelt, and ultimately, transformational story of how one man, shattered by the sudden death of his brother, was helped to a place of acceptance and quiet joy through the presence and gentle stillness of his cows.

It was a healing so deep and complete, that he realised others would benefit from his experience and the idea for the ‘Being with Cows’ retreats was born; a retreat where everyone can benefit from ‘cowfulness’ and the quiet journey to a simpler way of being.

An inspirational story about grief, family, mindfulness and the healing power of nature, Being with Cows is for anyone in search of inner peace and simplicity in an increasingly complex world.

Previous Events

Friday 16th February 7pm – 9pm

Crime Night with Louise Mumford & Sarah Ward

Venue: Gallery Gwyn, Oxford Street, Aberaeron, SA46 0JB

If you enjoy curling up on a winter’s evening with a good thriller, why not join us for a night of crime with authors Louise Mumford and Sarah Ward.

We’ll be discussing Louise’s third novel The Hotel and the second in Sarah’s new crime series The Sixth Lie.

Included in the ticket price is a choice of either title and we’ll also have Louise and Sarah’s other books available as well.

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Louise Mumford

Louise was born and lives in Wales and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and thrilling things that happen in her head. Her debut book, Sleepless, a “frighteningly inventive” speculative thriller inspired by her own experience of insomnia, was published in December 2020. This was followed by The Safe House, released in May 2022. Louise’s latest thriller The Hotel, came out in August 2023 and is inspired by the location of the Cliff Hotel at Gwbert.

Louise is Co-Chair of Crime Cymru, a co-operative of crime fiction writers with a connection to Wales and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association. She has recently been one of only ten writers picked to be part of Hay Festival’s prestigious Writers At Work scheme 2023, a creative development programme for emerging Welsh talent.

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is a Ceredigion based crime novelist who also writes gothic historical thrillers as Rhiannon Ward. 

The Birthday Girl, the first book in her new Welsh based series, was published in 2023 and described in the FT as ‘channelling Christie-esque tropes’ and was followed by The Sixth Lie

Sarah has also written Doctor Who audio dramas, is Vice-Chair of the Crime Writers Association and Treasurer of Crime Cymru, the Welsh crime writing collective.

Dafydd Iwan Book Signing

We’re delighted to welcome Dafydd Iwan to Gwisgo Bookworm at 2pm on Saturday 9 December to sign copies of his autobiography Still Singing ‘Yma O Hyd.’

Dafydd Iwan rose to fame with his 1960s protest songs and has been performing ever since. Welsh football’s recent adoption of his anthem ‘Yma o Hyd’ (Still Here) has twice taken it to No.1 in the iTunes charts. He is one of the biggest names in Welsh-language music and Welsh-language activism. This autobiography explains more about the man, his music and his political activism.

To help ensure we have sufficient stock you may wish to pre-order your book. If you are unable to get to the shop on the day please let us know and we can arrange for a copy of the book to be dedicated to you. Or, you can buy the book here and state who you would like the book to be dedicated to on the Checkout page.

Friday 22nd September 7pm – 9pm

Kathy Biggs & Sian Collins in Conversation

Venue: Gallery Gwyn, Oxford Street, Aberaeron, SA46 0JB

Tickets are £10 and include a choice of signed book and a free glass of wine when you arrive

Join us for an evening with Kathy Biggs and Sian Collins to discuss their latest novels Scrap and Tiding, both published by Honno.

As an independent co-operative press run by women, Honno is committed to bringing you the best in Welsh women’s writing. It was established in 1986 by a group of volunteers determined to increase the opportunities for Welsh women in publishing and bring Welsh women’s literature to a wider public.

Kathy Biggs is originally from Yorkshire. She took a summer job in Mid Wales in 1985 – and never left. She has two grown children and lives with her husband, Paul. After studying a number of Creative Writing courses linked to Aberystwyth University, she discovered a talent for writing.  The Luck was her first novel.

Scrap is a captivating human fable of friendship and second chances with touches of magical realism – a quirky contemporary story set in Swansea.

Life has become stale for best friends Mackie and Sharon, who never imagined they’d end up working in a scrapyard. Sharon has dreams of becoming a cruise ship star, while a browbeaten Mackie cares for his wayward daughter’s twins.

But fate takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious kid is discovered in the boot of a car. He has a remarkable gift—he can draw visions of the future, and this opens up new avenues that neither could have foreseen…

Siân Collins is an Edinburgh graduate, she taught Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature in South Africa, worked as an assistant editor on The Lancet, and ran English and Drama departments in several well-known London secondary schools. She returned to her native Carmarthenshire to teach, write, and relish life in the beautiful Tywi Valley. Her debut novel, Unleaving, was published in 2019.

Tiding – A coming of age murder mystery exploring death, the afterlife and memory. During the Great Freeze of 1963, Eleanor O’Dowd, a middle-aged piano teacher, is found bludgeoned to death. As the freeze takes hold, there is a brutal reckoning for the residents of Glanmorfa, who are caught in the grip of an ancient curse. Or so it appears to the vicar’s daughter, Daphne Morgan, who finds herself engulfed in the currents of the adult world and mysteries far deeper than she expected in this chilling story about the power of imagination.


Set in the fictional Carmarthenshire town of Glanmorfa, Collins draws inspiration from her own childhood to craft a masterful tale exploring how children can sometimes become victims of adult power.

Friday 26th May 7pm – 9.30pm

An Evening of Film, Music and Poetry with Chrys Salt and Karen Gemma Brewer

Venue: Gallery Gwyn, Oxford Street, Aberaeron SA46 0JB

Tickets are £10 and include a choice of signed book and a free glass of wine/soft drink when you arrive

Join award winning performers, Chrys Salt from Scotland and Aberaeron’s Karen Gemma Brewer for an evening of film, music and poetry. With the first half comprising live performances of their latest works and following an interval, a showing of the 40 minute film Skoomum Jim and the American Dream. A story of greed, adventure and exploitation based on Chrys’ narrative sequence about the man who discovered gold in 19th century Yukon, unwittingly instigating an invasion of his culture and homeland, this film is a feast of poetry and exquisite drawings with an evocative score. Winner of Best Sound at The St Andrews International Poetry Festival and Best Illustrated Poem at The Welsh International Poetry Festival.

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Book Signing Saturday 13th May 12pm – 2pm

We are delighted to welcome Ness Owen and Julia Bell to Gwisgo Bookworm on Saturday 13th May.

Ness and Julia will discuss and read from their new poetry collections, Moon Jellyfish Can Barely Swim and Hymnal.

Entry is free so do come along and say hello between 12pm and 2pm.

Friday 24th March 7pm – 9pm

Caryl Lewis in Conversation

Venue: Gallery Gwyn, Oxford Street, Aberaeron SA46 0JB.

Tickets are £10 and include a signed paperback copy of Drift and a free glass of wine/soft drink when you arrive

Join us for an evening with Caryl Lewis as we celebrate the publication of her first English language novel for adults in paperback. Our bestselling hardback book in 2022, we’re delighted to welcome Caryl to discuss the themes of the book and writing about the sea.

Book Description:
Nefyn has always been an enigma, even to her brother Joseph with whom she lives in a small cottage above a blustery cove.

Hamza is a Syrian mapmaker, incarcerated in a military base a few miles up the coast. A violent storm will bring these two lost souls together – but other forces will soon try to tear them apart… Moving between the wild Welsh coast and war-torn Syria, Drift is a love story with a difference, a hypnotic tale of lost identity, the quest for home and the wondrous resilience of the human spirit.

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