Coming soon to Havering, the Havering Literary Festival in Havering’s Library’s.

An Evening with Lindsey Davis
Monday, 4 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Upminster Library

Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is best known for her Falco and Flavia Alba series set in first century Rome. Tickets £5.00

Chernobyl: uncovering the mystery
Tuesday, 5 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Romford Library

Dr Claire Corkhill and Simon Calder discuss the nuclear disaster that changed the world.
Tickets £10

An Evening with Dorothy Koomson
Wednesday, 6 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Collier Row Library

Dorothy Koomson is the bestselling writer of My Best Friend’s Girl and the Brighton Mermaid.
Tickets £7.50

An Evening with Alice Roberts
Thursday, 7 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Hornchurch Library

Biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing story of three animals that became our allies: dogs, cattle and horses.
Tickets £10

An Evening with Laura Belbin
Friday, 8 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Rainham Library, Havering

Mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend and that person you avoid eye contact with in the playground, Laura Belbin is a social media sensation known as “knee_deep_in_life”.
Tickets £10

An Evening with Jessica Fellowes
Monday, 11 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Hornchurch Library

Jessica Fellowes author of the Mitford Murders series, journalist and public speaker, former deputy editor of Country Life and communist for the Mail on Sunday.
Tickets £7.50

An Evening with Elizabeth Chadwick
Tuesday, 12 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Gidea Park Library

Elizabeth Chadwick has written more than 20 novels, winning awards for historical and romantic fiction.
Tickets £5

An Evening with Martina Cole
Wednesday, 13 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Romford Library

Queen of crime drama with more than 20 novels to her name.
Tickets £10

An Afternoon with Kate Thompson and Mel McGrath
Thursday, 14 November⋅1:00 – 3:00pm
Elm Park Library

Bestselling authors Kate Thompson and Mel McGrath talk about their latest novels.
Tickets £5

An Evening with James Oswald
Thursday, 14 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Harold Wood Library

One of Scotland’s’ foremost crime writers, James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series and the new DC Constance Fairchild series.
Tickets £5

Female Voices in Crime Fiction
Thursday, 14 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Gidea Park Library

An evening of discussion with leading crime writers: Kate Rhodes, Catherine Steadman and Lisa Cutts.
Tickets £7.50

An Evening with Adele Parks
Friday, 15 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Harold Hill Library

Adele has served as an ambassador for the Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa Prize. She is a keen supporter of the National Literary Trust.
Tickets £ 7.50

Gin Tasting Evening with Oxi-Gin
Friday, 15 November⋅7:30 – 9:30pm
Collier Row Library

Oxi-Gin Botanicals will give a short presentation and a chance to taste some of the infusions with various gins. Products will be available to purchase. Over 18 only.
Tickets £10

An Evening with Simon Thomas
18 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
Rainham Library, 6 Celtic Farm Road, Rainham RM13 9GP

Simon Thomas has been a highly successful television broadcaster for nearly 20 years.

Starting as a Blue Peter presenter in 1999, he then worked for 12 years as an anchor for Sky Sports, eventually fronting their flagship Premier League football coverage.

He is a lifelong Norwich City fan and now the proud president of the charity Bloodwise UK, a cause close to his heart.

Love Interrupted, published in June, reveals his heartbreak following the death of his wife just three days after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Simon is now a single parent to son Ethan.

Cost: £7.50

An evening with Chris Brookmyre
18th November 2019 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Upminster Library

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime authors.
Tickets £5

An Evening with Christy Lefteri
19 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
Elm Park Library, St Nicholas Avenue, Hornchurch RM12 4PT

The child of Cypriot refugees, Christy Lefteri was brought up in London.

She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a love story about a mother blinded by loss as her husband insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.

The story was inspired by Christy’s experience of working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.

Cost: £5.00

An Evening with Tom Phillips
19 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
South Hornchurch Library, Rainham Road, Rainham RM13 7RD

Tom is the editor of Full Fact, Britain’s leading independent fact-checking organisation, which makes him perfectly placed to write this book.

Previously the editorial director of BuzzFeed UK, he divided his time between very serious reporting on important issues, and making jokes.

He has also written for the Mirror and Metro, and has written his first book, ‘Humans: A Brief History of How We F***ed It All Up’.

Cost: £5.00

An Evening with Dead Stott
20 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
Harold Hill Library, 19a Farnham Road, Harold Hill RM3 8ED

A former British Special Forces soldier, Dean left the military after suffering a severe knee injury in a parachuting accident.

He established a distinguished career in the private security sector and was renowned for his willingness to take on any job, no matter how dangerous.

In 2016 Dean was ready for a new project and to help others by cycling the 14,000-mile Pan American Highway from Argentina to Alaska breaking two world records and raising an incredible amount of money for charity.

Cost: £5.00

Poetry Slam with Sadie Davidson (18+)
21 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
Harold Hill Library, 19a Farnham Road, Harold Hill RM3 8ED

Poet, author and playwright Sadie Davidson performs and presents a workshop on how to produce a slam poem.

Twice Kent Poetry Champion and UK Slam Championship semi-finalist for two years running, Sadie has written two collections, Tales from the Estate and The Poverty Guide Handbook and made a spoken word album, Council House and Silent.

Please note: this is strictly an 18+ event due to adult themes.

Cost: £5.00

An Evening with Dan Cruickshank
21 November 2019 7:30pm to 10pm
Rainham Library, 6 Celtic Farm Road, Rainham RM13 9GP

Architectural historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

His work includes the BBC television programmes Civilisation Under Attack and At Home with the British, and the books A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings, Spitalfields and Cruickshank’s London

Cost: £7.50