Forthcoming Events

Saturday 2nd December 2017  7.30 p.m.     Jessica’s Brother (Tom Charleston, guitar/vocals, Charlie Higgs, bass and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm, drums) will be playing a set of new songs. Tickets £5. Wine and nibbles. Should be a special night.

Saturday 1st October 2016  10-4   Dave will be in residence and will give a free book to the first person who comes in and asks: ‘Wherefore art thou who sometime we did seek?’

Saturday 21st November 6.00- 8.00 Jessica Charleston’s Christmas Special Private View. New drawings, new pictures. Come and join us for a drink, some nibbles, music and a generally riotous time.

Friday 23rd October 7.00-8.00 the return of Harry Mount who will entertain and talk about his most recent book, Odyssey, where the author follows in the footsteps of Odysseus and recounts his experiences. Seats £1. Not to be missed!

Friday 4th September 6.00-8.00  Private View of new paintings by John Talman. Some lovely depictions of East Anglian scenes. Pictures on show for the rest of September.

Friday 19th June  7.30 – 8.30 The return of the twisted troubadour Terence Blacker who brings to life the stories and characters of our world with a heartfelt comic twist. A well-known author and columnist who has played at festivals across the country, most recently at Hay-on-Wye where he went down a storm. Come and see him but let me know if you want a chair! £1 payable on the night.

1st- 31st May (Private View Friday 1st May 6-8) An exhibition of small acrylic and watercolour paintings by Heather Rachel Johnston from sketches in the Stour Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. Find out more by visiting Heather’s website:

2015!!! Ronald Blythe will be reading his new book of poems on Saturday 28th February. This is a very special event and you are advised to book your seats early. Copies of his new book (limited edition) will be on sale.

Saturday December 6th 6.30-8.30 Adrian May will be performing his Comedy of Masculinity with Murray Griffin on bass. Featuring poems and songs ‘as poignant as they are witty’ combining ‘toughness, tenderness and a Formby-esque music hall humour’. Martin Newell

Saturday September 20th 6-8 pm the Private View of Jessica Charleston’s Cat Circus and 3rd Birthday of The Open Road.

Patrick Barkham, feature writer on the Guardian, will be visiting the shop at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21st May to talk about his new book, Badgerlands. To reserve a seat at £1 email Dave asap. Seating is limited to 20.

An exhibition of new paintings by John Talman will be on display in the shop throughout April.

Oli Arditi and Alistair will be performing music from their latest cd on Burns Night 25th January 2014 from 6.30-8.30 pm. Burns’ poems and memorabilia and possible readings as well as portions of haggis. Bring your own whisky! All welcome.

Apologies to Ella Berthoud and Arabella Shand for not including their launches and exhibitions in our events’ calendar. Suffice to say that Ella’s book launch (The Novel Cure) was a huge success and we sold nearly 50 copies and enjoyed a splendid evening at her father’s house in Stoke by Nayland. Arabella’s exhibition of paintings in December 2013 was a triumph and another great success.

James Canton will be talking about his new book Out of Essex in the shop on Friday 26th July at 7.00pm. Beyond the brash stereotypes of Essex there exists a landscape that has inspired some of England’s finest writing. Come and hear how Shakespeare, Defoe, John Clare, Joseph Conrad and others were connected with this county and how it influenced their writing.James has taught the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex and appeared recently at the Essex Book Festival.  Please email me if you would like to reserve a chair for the performance.

After our soujourn to the USA, The Open Road is up and running again with a wonderful new show in May. Do come along to the private view of Dale Devereux Barker’s latest show entitled Warm Enamels on Friday 3rd May 6-8pm. This show features the very latest work by this exciting artist who has recently been commissioned to produce a monumental enamel work in St Katharine’s Docks, London.

Come along to our first event of the year which be on Thursday 7th February 2013 and will be a PYM SPECTACULAR!!! An evening of music, magic and marvellous photography featuring Dylan and, we hope, Dan, Henry and Jude. Please email me if you would like to reserve a chair for what is bound to be a  sell-out.  7-8.30pm

The final, climactic event of the year is on Wednesday 12th December and features Andrew Frolish reading his recently published poems at 7 pm followed by The Open Road Christmas Dinner at The Crown from 8.30. If you would like to attend one or both of these please email David @ to book a place. Chairs, as always, are limited.

PRIVATE VIEW!! Please come along to the shop on Friday 9th November 6.30- 8.30pm or Saturday 10th November 10.30- 12.30pm to see Gill Oliver’s exhibition of photographs entitled Taking the Long View. Meet the artist; have a drink

Harry Mount will be talking about his new book How England Made The English on Thursday 18th October from 7 pm

UNDER THE PEAR TREES – an exhibition of drawings and prints by JESSICA JANE CHARLESTON on Saturday 29th September 6-8pm in the shop. Come along, view the work and have a drink.

August is a quiet time in the shop. No featured artists and Dave goes on holiday 7th-20th. Look out for new artists in September, October and November. Also make a note of Ros Barber reading and talking about her latest book on Thursday September 20th and Harry Mount appearing on Thursday October 18th. Please see Dave about these events and book a chair. The Road goes on…

Throughout July a selection of collage on sale by Olivia Browne.

Our June exhibition of paintings features PRISCILLA BARRETT whose wonderful book of carnivores will also be on sale along with cards. Animals brought vividly and beautifully to life.

Thursday 7th June 7 pm

Jason Gathorne-Hardy will be talking about his new book  An Artist in the Garden with paintings and drawings by Tessa Newcomb.

New exhibition from Tuesday May 8th featuring work by Cuckoo Farm printer JUDITH BARFORD. Entitled Inner Space, there is a selection of etchings and lino prints for sale based on landscape and images inside our bodies.

Wednesday May 23rd 7 pm

Independent columnist, novelist, commentator, radio personality and zeitgeist musician Terence Blacker (check out Sad Old Bastards with Guitars on Youtube) will be performing tracks from his latest album. Contact Dave to book seat otherwise standing only.

From Tuesday April 10th, there will be an exhibition of photographs on sale by Ann Horn entitled Children of the World. Ann is an intrepid explorer and fine photographer living in Cambridge.

Wednesday April 25th 7 pm

Poet, singer-songwriter Adrian May will be performing in the shop and reading poems from his latest colllection Ballads of Bohemian Essex. See Dave to book a perch.

Throughout March there will be an exhibition of work for sale by Jill Desborough, a sculptor and printer of 10PM and Cuckoo Farm. Come and see Jill’s alphabetical etchings with aquatint.

Wednesday March 28th 7 pm

The acclaimed Ronald Blythe will be talking about the place of  the poet John Clare in literature and his importance in his own life and work. Copies of his recent book, AT HELPSTON  Meetings with John Clare, will be on sale.

Wednesday January 18th 7pm

The Spectator’s Mark Mason will be talking about his recent book, ‘Walk the Lines’, which describes how he walks the entire length of the London Underground – overground– passing every station on the way. See Dave to book a chair.

Throughout January, AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS, including pictures of Ronald Blythe, Maggi Hambling and Donald Soper, by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies

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