Latest Goings-on

The tiny town of Clare has a number of community events throughout the year and Harris & Harris Books is regularly involved. In 2016 they were proud to support the local library to bring literature readings to the Party in the Park, in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. The seasonal events, including Christmas late night shopping and the ritual switching on the of the Christmas lights see Harris & Harris Books, in full decoration, hosting carol singers, passing out homemade coconut ice and sloe gin snifters.

Read on to find out about forthcoming events and the latest news.

Latest News

Signed copies of a new photographic book of Clare by Robin Stone now available from Harris & Harris Books (subject to availability). 

Slightly Foxed Book launch of the 3rd of Adrian Bell’s trilogy – The Cherry Tree- July 6th PM, in the shop.

Adrian Crisp – author of Colonel Belchamp’s Battlefield Tour – talk and signing at Clare Library- July 20th PM.

Emily Burnett – Soprano. Concert of ‘Opera Through The Ages’ at Clare Church 9th September. Tickets now available from the shop. (More information at

Past News

As well as the public events, Harris & Harris Books is always a keen supporter of the arts and other private events and is regularly the go- to place to buy tickets. In 2016 they were also proud to host two sell out events of their own.

An evening with Roger Hermiston, talking about his third book, All Behind You, Winston, saw the Clare Library heaving with enthusiastic fans of this skilled author. The event took the form of an interview, with Kate’s husband, Frank, guiding the room through the storyline with interactive video and audio clips augmenting the author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the political movers and shakers of the time.

A collaboration with a local art gallery led to a magical summer’s evening of poetry read by the respected poet and translator, Will Stone. The heady mixture of a crowded, art laden room where the airflow from the open window was obstructed by more people leaning in to hear the moving, sometimes dark, verse delivered to a silent crowd, was a heady experience for everyone.

10th March 2016 Soprano On The Stairs @ Harris & Harris BookshopOur Event ‘Soprano On The Stairs’ has now sold out!  Watch this space for the next one. An evening of opera classics sung by Soprano, Emily Burnett, accompanied by Canapès, wine and books. 7pm Start.





14th February 2016 Valentines @ Harris & Harris Bookshop 

Literary lovelies and goofy gifts for your Valentine at Harris & Harris Books.


Apologies for the last photo, this aged newspaper advert was found in a book. I thought it in equal parts inappropriate and hilarious.


Valentines Titles

Valentines Titles

























25th November 2016 Clare Christmas Lights Switch On @ Clare Town Centre

Christmas Window 2016

A spot of late night shopping with our extended opening hours.

Christmas 2016

Christmas Lights Clare

Late Night Shopping Hours


8th October 2016 Books Are My Bag @ Harris & Harris Bookshop

Books Are My Bag Campaign

Shop Front Display

Books Are My Bag















5th Anniversary


27th August 2016 Harris & Harris’ 5th Birthday @ Harris & Harris Bookshop

3 for 2 offer to celebrate five years in Clare.

17th June 2016 Will Stone Poetry Reading @ Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare 

Will Stone Event 2016


Will Stone, Poet and literary translator. Author of many poetry collections, including – Drawing In Ash, Glaciation and The Sleepwalkers.

Will read from his poetry collections while everyone enjoyed a tipple and tasty morsels and viewed the beautiful artwork.

Will Stone Event 2016







Party In The Park

12th June 2016 Party In The Park @ Clare Park 

A fantastic day out in Clare- there was lots to do and see. Not only was Rory Clements discussing his best selling novels in the Clare Library tent, but there was also a Pimms and Prosecco tent. Oh yes.


2nd June 2016 Roger Hermiston Book Discussion @ Clare Library 

Roger Hermiston Event 2016

Roger Hermiston Event 2016

Roger Hermiston discussed his new book All Behind You, Winston with Frank Harris at Clare Library. It was a splendid and very entertaining event to a sold out audience.

Kind Words

2nd March 2016 National World Book Day @ Harris & Harris Books

World Book Day

World Book Day

As always, celebrating World Book Day with vouchers for the smashing range of World Book Day books at Harris & Harris.

12th June 2015 Slightly Foxed Book Launch @ Harris & Harris Bookshop

The fabulous foxes at Slightly Foxed visited Harris & Harris Books to launch two, that’s right…TWO new publications. We were delighted to welcome people living locally and further afield for a chat, a browse and a glass of wine.

Slightly Foxed Event