Waterstones on Broad Street has a series of local heritage-related book launches and signings on Saturday 9 September.

11am – 12 noon

Daphne Barnes-Phillips will be launching her latest book Long may our lion roar: 140 years of Kendrick School. She also wrote The Top of Whitley revisited about the area around the Whitley Pump and Spring Gardens and This is our School about the British School on Southampton Street.

12 noon – 1pm

A new book about Reading cinemas and their history Picture Palace to Penny Plunge includes descriptions and images of Reading’s cinemas on London Street and Basingstoke Road. It will be hot off Two Rivers Press on the day and author David Cliffe will be signing copies.

1pm – 2pm

The Shady Side of Town which was reviewed by the Whitley Pump in June will be signed by the illustrator Geoff Sawers.

He is also the author of Broad Street Chapel & the Origins of Dissent in Reading and will be giving two tours of the bookshop at 12 noon and 12.30pm, talking about the history of the building which used to be home to the chapel. Booking is required.

  1. Heritage Open Days
  2. Long may our lion roar – Corridor Press
  3. Corridor Press
  4. From Picture Palace to Penny Plunge – Two Rivers Press
  5. The Shady Side of Town book review
  6. The Shady Side of Town: Reading’s Trees – Two Rivers Press
  7. Broad Street Chapel and the Origins of Dissent in Reading – Two Rivers Press
  8. Two Rivers Press
  9. Waterstones events