Press Clippings

Both local and national publications have been pleased to write about Aardvark Books over the last ten years. Below is a selection of our favourite clippings.


‘A derelict building in north Herefordshire has been brought back to life as a progressive book store in a £100,000 scheme run by two former Harpercollins Executives. ... The former cow barn, recently home to a rusty Morris Minor and dilapidated grain mill, now holds a huge collection of around 235,000 books... ’

Hereford Times, 26th September 2007


Battle will rage again

‘A Civil War battle will take place in a North Herefordshire village this weekend. But residents needn't fear as the duel wil be a miniature re-enactment of the siege of Brampton Bryan Castle created by Civil War fighting techniques expert Martin Hackett.’

Hereford Times 20th August 2009


Brilliana Inspires at the Re-enactment of Siege

On Saturday and Sunday people travelled from far and wide to Brampton Bryan, just outside Knighton, to witness the re-enactment of the Siege of Brampton Bryan Castle by the English Civil War Society of which there are some local members. The event, which is sponsored by Aardvark Books of Brampton Bryan, is now in its second year, and with free entry and free parking is proving very popular.’

The County Times, August 2010


‘Herefordshire actor John Challis will be launching and signing his new memoir Being Boycie at his local bookshop Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan on Saturday 1st October.’

Hereford Journal, 30th September 2011


County's Past is Mapped Out: Rare Collection Gives Glimpse of History at Special Exhibition

‘A rare collection of maps of Shropshire - some dating back to 1607 - is to go on display next month. Noted map maker Simon Vernon will unveil the exhibition at Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan near Bucknell on May 6th.’

Shropshire Star, 17th April 2012


Vide Grenier Event a Great Success

Crowds flocked to Aardvark Books at Brampton Bryan just outside Knighton at the weekend for the second annual Vide Grenier. Some 30 stalls were situated in tentes in the yards and in the large hall, with the main attraction being the Little Rumba band which is based in Presteigne ... With free entry and free parking a great day was had by all.’

- Mid Wales Journal, 7th September 2012


Art Exhibition for Children's Charity

Art lovers were invited to attend the private viewing of the Tros Gynnal charity exhibition at Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan near Knighton on Friday 12th October. The 106 art works in the exhibition had been donated by artists across Wales and the borders... The event was opened by Knighton Mayor Chris Branford who congratulated the hosts on staging the exhibition.’

Brecon &  Radnor Express, 25th October 2012


History Comes to Life

The past was brought to the present at Brampton Bryan castle. The weekend event saw the English Civil War Society re-enact two sieges that took place in 1643 and 1644 at the site on the Herefordshire and Shropshire border. Aimed at bringing history to life, cannons and muskets were used while worshippers wore period costume for a church service in the village on Sunday morning. Organiser and managing director of Aardvark Books, Sheridan Swinson, said: "All in all it was a really good weekend and we're delighted to invit eht e English Civil War Society back in 2015." More than 100 re-enactors were watched by a crowd approaching 1,000 over the two days.

Hereford Times, Thursday August 15th 2013

 And again in 2015, and 2017:

Civil war returns to Shropshire border

By Thomas Morton, Shropshire Star, Aug 10, 2017

The English Civil War Society will be visiting the Brampton Bryan, a small village near Bucknell on the border of south Shropshire and north Herefordshire, to recreate the two famous sieges of Brampton Bryan Castle of 1643 and 1644.

The society will bring more than 150 members, together with cannons, muskets and pikes for a full-scale re-enactment featuring cavalry and a living history village, where and visitors can see artefacts associated with the sieges.and children can try on arms and armour.

This year will be a re-enactment of the thrilling moment when, during the first siege, Lady Brilliana Harley sent her forces under cover of night to blow up the Royalists’ gunpowder magazine.

Sheridan Swinson, owner of Aardvark Books, which is hosting the event, which takes place roughly every two years, said: "It’s exciting to see how, with each re-enactment, the society finds new aspects of the sieges to bring to life for contemporary audiences.

"At the time of its first siege during the English Civil War in 1643, Brampton Bryan was second only to Ludlow as the most important castle in the central Marches.

"A detachment of some 600 to 800 Royalist men marched up from Hereford under the command of Sir William Vansittart. Brampton Bryan Castle was in the command of Lady Brilliana Harley, the wife of Sir Robert Harley, a prominent parliamentarian who remained in London throughout the siege.

"After a bloody six-week conflict during which Vansittart’s detachment lost over 50 men, the Royalists were forced to withdraw.

"The next year however – following the death of Lady Harley – they returned and eventually the defenders were forced to surrender. The children of the family were captured and imprisoned in Ludlow Castle."The society will bring a Living History Village comprising numerous tents demonstrating authentic crafts and pastimes of the period.

Battlefield historian Martin Hackett, author of Lost Battlefields of Wales, will return with his large-scale models of the Siege of Brampton Bryan and a model of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross.

Adrian Durkin, former keeper of Dudley Castle, will provide the opportunity for children to try on arms and armour. In addition, there will be tables with original artefacts on show.

Hot food, a bar and refreshments will be available on Saturday and Sunday, entry is £4 for adults, under-16s and parking are free of charge.

And our Katy, who is also a writer, has been busy! "False Lights" published in September 2017, will be out in paperback in February 2018!

Katy's book imagines French invasion

By Toby Neal, Shropshire Star Aug 23, 2017

A trip to the site of the Battle of Waterloo proved a major inspiration for a Shropshire author's first adult novel which imagines an alternative path of history - in which Napoleon wins.

"You don't have to read much about the battle to reach the conclusion that it was a close thing, as the Duke of Wellington himself said," said Katy Moran, whose book False Lights is being launched next month.

In her plotline, Napoleon's ex-wife Empress Josephine presides over French-occupied England, and the Duke is held a secret captive in the Scilly Isles.

"I like alternative histories. Most of them seem to be set in the Second World War. I have never seen one set in this period," said Katy, who lives between Ludlow and Leintwardine.

False Lights is written under a nom de plume, K J Whittaker, and is her seventh book, and her first adult book after a run of six young adult novels.

"One of the major inspirations behind the book was when an archaeologist friend invited me out to the site of the Battle of Waterloo for the 200th anniversary of the battle a couple of years ago."

The trip was by Waterloo Uncovered, which is a charity which combines an archaeology project on the battlefield with a support programme for veterans. Katy says meeting and working with former soldiers gave her an insight into the impact of war, and being guided around the battlefield by archaeologists and an expert historian was "like an author's research gold."

"It was an amazing research opportunity, and while doing that I had a bit more of an insight into what it can be like to experience combat."

Katy, who is 38, is a bookseller at Aardvark Books at Brampton Br

False Lights is published by Head of Zeus, price £14.99.


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