Havering release tickets for Havering Literary Festival

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Between the 5th-25th November 10 Libraries will be coming together to hold Havering’s First Libraries Festival

You’re invited to join us for a series of exciting book-related events
taking place across the borough. With a fantastic array of internationally-acclaimed and award-winning authors from every genre, the festival promises something for everybody.

There will be workshops, family events, poetry and more at the libraries throughout the festival.
Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite

Elly Griffiths
Mon, 5 Nov 2018, 19:30
Hornchurch Library
Author of the Stephens & Mephisto novels, Elly’s real name is Domenica de Rosa. She came up with Elly Griffiths after developing the idea for her Dr Ruth Galloway character while on holiday in Norfolk. Her agent told her: ‘This is crime. You need a crime name.’

London-born and Brighton-raised. She wrote her first book aged 11, a mystery set in Rottingdean near to where she still lives. After reading English at King’s College, she rose from publicity assistant at HarperCollins to become the company’s Editorial Director for children’s books.

While on maternity leave in 1998, her first novel, The Italian Quarter, was published. Three more books about Italy, families and identity followed before she came up with Ruth Galloway (and Elly).

Isabelle Grey, Alice Castle & Anne Coates
Tue, 6 Nov 2018, 14:00
Upminster Library
Three leading writers discuss the creation of their characters and crime from a female perspective.

Isabelle Grey is a television screenwriter whose credits include Jimmy McGovern’s Bafta award-winning Accused: Tina’s Storyas well as over 35 episodes of Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme, The Bill and Wycliffe. She has also written non-fiction and has been a magazine editor and freelance journalist.

Her previous novels include two psychological thrillers, The Bad Mother and Out Of Sight as well as the first two books in the DI Grace Fisher series, Good Girls Don’t Die, Shot Through the Heart and The Special Girls. Isabelle grew up in Manchester and now lives in north London.

Twitter: @isabellegrey

https://isabellegrey.wordpress.com/

Anne Coates was encouraged to write by her mother and by the deputy head of her school. She has a degree in English and French and worked as a journalist, editor, and translator. Her Hannah Weybridge series consists of Dancers in the Wind(2016), Death’s Silent Judgement (2017) and Songs of Innocence (2018). She has also written short stories with a twist and relationship explorations for publication in magazines such as Bella and Candis.

The birth of her daughter inspired her to write non-fiction books, such as Your Only Child and university survival guide Need to Know.

Alice Castle was a journalist on the Daily Express, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, a European best-seller, sold out in two weeks.

She is currently working on Calamity in Catford, the third of her London Murder Mystery series featuring Beth Haldane and DI Harry York. It follows Death in Dulwichand The Girl in the Gallery. Peril in Peckhamwill follow.

Married with two children, two step-children and two cats. Alice is also a top mummy blogger at DD’s Diary.

Brentwood Brewery
Tue, 6 Nov 2018, 19:30
Harold Wood Library
This family run micro-brewery went into production in July 2006. With a passion for fine craft ales, their fabulous Brentwood Beer is available throughout Essex and is now being exported around the world.

A wide range of real ales in cask, keg and bottles are available online and from the Brewery Shop plus tours, brewery experience days and beer festival services. The brewery recycles spent hops and even uses old grain for hand-made dog biscuits for sale in the Brewery Shop.

James Anthony
Tue, 6 Nov 2018, 19:30
South Hornchurch Library
Unburdened by ‘traditional’ literary education, James Anthony has long written poetry for personal consumption, refining his craft by writing about the world around him. His current project is a hugely ambitious contemporary re-write of Shakespeare’s 154 classic love poems, which has been called a ‘dazzling success’ by Stephen Fry.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold breathes new life into the original poems and opens them up for a modern readership. James will speak to secondary school students in an afternoon event before entertaining an evening audience with his celebration of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Ensonglogpedia – Workshop
Wed, 7 Nov 2018, 17:00
Romford Library
A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, ‘big bangs’, cells, DNA… expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.

This new show by John Hinton, multi-award winning writer and performer of the ‘scientrilogy’ of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, the Natural History Museum, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more. The show was nominated for a Children’s Choice Award at the Brighton Fringe 2017.

Ensonglopedia – Event
Wed, 7 Nov 2018, 19:00
Romford Central Library
A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, ‘big bangs’, cells, DNA… expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme.

This new show by John Hinton, multi-award winning writer and performer of the ‘scientrilogy’ of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, the Natural History Museum, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more. The show was nominated for a Children’s Choice Award at the Brighton Fringe 2017.

Jeffrey Archer
Wed, 7 Nov 2018, 19:30
Hornchurch Library
Global best-selling author with a back story to rival any fictional character.

It has been said that Jeffrey Archer’s story would make an international best seller. Born in London, brought up in Somerset, the son of a printer, and educated at Wellington School, and Brasenose College, Oxford, he gained an athletics blue, was president of the University Athletics Club and ran the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966.

After leaving Oxford, he was elected to the Greater London Council, became MP for Louth at the age of 29, was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, made a Life Peer and was planning to stand for Mayor of London when he was imprisoned in 2001 for perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Jeffrey wrote his first novel to help clear debts of more than £400,000 after a failed investment that forced him to resign from the House of Commons. The novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less sold to 17 countries and was later dramatised by the BBC. His second novel Shall We Tell the President sold more than 3.5m copies in UK paperback edition alone.

Published in 97 countries and in more than 33 languages, Jeffrey’s novels have sold more than 330m copies worldwide. He is the only author to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (19 times), short stories (four times) and in non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Erin Kelly
Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 15:30
Collier Row Library
Best-selling author of psychological thriller He Said, She Said and writer of the novelisation of the Bafta-winning TV series Broadchurch, hosts a Creative Writing Workshop at Collier Row Library.

Erin will explain how to create compelling characters, build suspense and keep readers hooked until the last page.

She will also offer advice on how to impress agents and editors.

Alison Weir
Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 19:30
Gidea Park Library
Best-selling historical novelist discusses
Six Tudor Queens: The Wives of Henry VIII

Alison is the UK’s best-selling female historian. She has sold more than 2.7m books worldwide.

Rich in detailed research, her engaging prose has captured the imagination of millions of readers, instilling a love of history that has influenced the career paths of historians, historical novelists and teachers, while also increasing understanding of medieval and Tudor English history among people around the world. She is an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Mark Billingham & Erin Kelly
Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 19:30
Collier Row Library
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and then as a TV writer and stand-up comedian, his first crime novel was published in 2001. Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK and has sold widely around the world, including the USA.

Mark’s series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne continued with Scaredy Cat and was followed by Lazybones, The Burning Girl,Lifeless, Buried, Death Message, Bloodline, From The Dead, Good As Dead, The Dying Hours, The Bones Beneath, Time of Deathand the most recent, Love Like Blood. The latest Tom Thorne thriller, The Killing Habit was published in June. Mark is also the author of the standalone novels In The Dark, Rush Of Blood and his Die Of Shame.

An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels with David Morrissey in the title role was screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010. A series based on the novels In The Dark and Time Of Death was shown on BBC One in 2017.

Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently writing his next novel.

Mark will also be joined by Erin Kelly, best-selling author of psychological thriller He Said, She Said and writer of the
novelisation of the Bafta-winning TV series Broadchurch.

Vernal Scott
Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 19:30
Elm Park Library
Writer and speaker with a diverse outlook

Vernal Scott is Havering Council’s Corporate Diversity Adviser. His self-published work God’s Other Children: A London Memoir reflects on UK black culture, coming out, ‘the AIDS war years’ and ‘damaging religion’. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Polari First Book Prize and recommended by Sir Nick Partridge, Lord Paul Boateng, and Peter Tatchell. Vernal has read to capacity audiences at the London School of Economics, Polari at the Royal Festival Hall, Brighton Pride Literature Festival and appeared in a documentary on the life of Whitney Houston. He is working on a book of short fictional horror-comedy stories.

Candice Brown
Fri, 9 Nov 2018, 19:30
Rainham Library
Candice grew up in north London pubs run by her parents. She strives to emulate the style of her beloved Nan, who taught her to bake, often referring back to her treasured recipe book and hand written notes.

Candice loves everything vintage and that style captured Great British Bake Off viewers’ attention – most famously with her showstopping Gingerbread Pub creation.

She was a secondary school teacher when she applied for the show, juggling planning her fabulous bakes and filming commitments with teaching teenagers. Since her GBBO victory, she has taken a break from teaching to explore new adventures in baking and cooking.

She is a columnist for the Sunday Timeswriting for its food magazine, The Dish, has baked on TV’s This Morning and Christmas Kitchen, was a panelist on Loose Women and has appeared at food festivals around the country.

Candice’s first book, Comfort, was released in July 2017 featuring no-nonsense recipes for any occasion.

Stephen Booth
Mon, 12 Nov 2018, 19:30
South Hornchurch Library
Award-winning writer of best-selling thrillers talks about books and writing

Stephen Booth is the internationally bestselling, CWA Dagger-winning author of the acclaimed thrillers featuring Cooper and Fry. The series is currently in development for television production.
Stephen lives in Nottingham.

Tony Cottee and Tony Gale
Mon, 12 Nov 2018, 19:30
Rainham Library
An audience with two West Ham United legends

Tony Cottee was 17 when he made his debut for West Ham. A prolific goalscorer, he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1986 as his team finished third in the old Division One, their highest ever league finish.

In the same team, Tony Gale formed a notable defensive partnership with Alvin Martin. Gale made half of his 636 career appearances with West Ham, while Cottee also played more than 600 games. He became Britain’s most expensive player when Everton paid £2.2m for him, while Gale won a Premier League title with Blackburn.

Rainham library presents a ‘talk of two halves’, with the second period open to audience questions.

Harold Hill History Talk by Simon Donoghue and Don Tait
Tue, 13 Nov 2018, 14:30
Harold Hill Library
THE STORY OF HAROLD HILL AND NOAK HILL

Havering’s Local History Librarian Simon Donoghue and Harold Hill native and local historian Don Tait present a history of the Harold Hill and Noak Hill area.

On 25 November it will be 70 years since the keys were handed over to the occupants of the first permanent house in Harold Hill, so this talk is a timely commemoration.

Simon was born in Newcastle and has been a librarian in Havering since 1989. He became interested in the history of Harold Hill and Noak Hill while working at Harold Hill library and he worked with Don on the Harold Hill 50th Anniversary Exhibition in 1998, the basis for their subsequent book. Simon is also
co-author of The Elm Park Story.

Don has lived in Harold Hill all of his life and has always been interested in the history of Harold Hill and Noak Hill. He was a key participant in Harold Hill’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition and instigator of the 50th Anniversary Exhibition. He continues to research the area’s history and is chair of the Friends of Dagnam Park.

For further information about Local Studies and Family History

localstudies@havering.gov.uk

Isabelle Gray, James Henry and William Shaw
Tue, 13 Nov 2018, 19:30
Elm Park Library
Authors who set their detective stories in the recent past discuss the creative writing process

Isabelle Grey is a television screenwriter whose credits include Jimmy McGovern’s Bafta award-winning Accused: Tina’s Storyas well as over 35 episodes of Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme, The Bill and Wycliffe. She has also written non-fiction and has been a magazine editor and freelance journalist.

Her previous novels include two psychological thrillers, The Bad Mother and Out Of Sight as well as the first two books in the DI Grace Fisher series, Good Girls Don’t Die, Shot Through the Heart and The Special Girls. Isabelle grew up in Manchester and now lives in north London.

Twitter: @isabellegrey

https://isabellegrey.wordpress.com/

James Henry is the pen name of James Gurbutt, whose series of novels featuring Detective Jack Frost, made famous by David Jason in the ITV drama, includes First Frost, Fatal Frost, Morning Frost and Frost at Midnight.

A long-time fan of the original
R. D. Wingfield Frost novels and the subsequent TV series, James works in publishing and enjoys windsurfing and long lunches.

Henry has also created his own detective series, featuring Detective Inspector Nick Lowry. Set in 1980s Colchester, it began with the acclaimed Blackwater and the follow up Yellowhammer, which was published earlier this summer.

Former music journalist William Shaw’s first three books featured a male and female police couple set in 1960s London and drew heavily on the musical influence of the era.

William then had a hit with The Birdwatcher, a crime novel set in Dungeness about a policeman with a dark past. The story featured Detective Alexandra Cupidi, who now becomes the lead character in his new series, which begins with Salt Lane.

For readers who have enjoyed William’s novels, Cupidi is the daughter of the couple in his original 60s series.

M J Arlidge
Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 19:30
Romford Central Library
All things crime with TV producer, novelist and screenwriter

Matt Arlidge is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. His 2014 debut novel Eeny Meeny was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and became a Sunday Times bestseller. It was the top selling crime debut of the year, selling to more than 30 countries. It has been optioned for development by the BBC. Six subsequent Helen Grace novels followed, all bestsellers, with the latest, Down to the Woods, published in September.

Matt started out producing popular TV dramas such as EastEnders and Monarch of the Glen. He specialised in crime drama, particularly domestic thrillers like Torn, The Little House and Undeniable, before moving into screenwriting. He writes for the BBC’s Silent Witness and his first original piece for TV, Innocent, starring Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby, was shown on ITV this year.

Kate Thompson, Jean Fullerton & Fiona Ford
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 19:30
Collier Row Library
Three writers talk about their passion for history and love of London’s East End

Journalist and novelist Kate Thompson was deputy and later acting Editor of Pick Me Upmagazine, contributing to the most successful magazine launch in a decade. She was named IPC’s ‘True Life Writer of the Year’ soon after. Working for the Daily Express and Daily Mail she covered the Old Bailey and other criminal courts. Her debut novel, Secrets of the Singer Girls, was a Sunday Times bestseller with first week sales of over 10,000. Her latest, The Stepney Doorstep Society, tells the stories of extraordinary women in the wartime East End.

Freelance journalist turned author, Fiona Ford spent more than 15 years writing gritty, real-life stories, news and a smidgeon of celebrity tittle-tattle for national papers and magazines before realising her dream of becoming an author. Set in London in 1941, her third historical novel, Christmas at Liberty’s, will be published in November. Originally from Bath, Fiona now lives in Berkshire and is married with two cats. Her husband has mastered the art of pretending to listen as she begins yet another anecdote with the words ‘during the war’.

Jean Fullerton is a true Cockney, who spent most of her working life as a District and Queen’s nurse in the East End. She was a Sister in charge of a team and then a District Nurse tutor. Now a full-time author, she has won multiple awards for her books, all set in East London. Her latest work, A Ration Book Christmas, is the second in a series featuring sisters Mattie, Jo and Cathy Brogan. A popular guest speaker at literary and arts events, Jean has taught creative writing at the Winchester and York literary festivals.

Mike Gayle
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 19:30
Harold Hill Library
An acute observer of life’s foibles

Former journalist and agony uncle Mike Gayle talks about how he become a full time novelist in 1997 following publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as ‘full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations’.

Since then, Mike has written 13 novels and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages. His latest, The Man I Think I Know, was chosen for ITV’s Zoe Ball Show Book Club and received rave reviews from authors Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and actor Robert Lindsay.

www.mikegayle.co.uk

Twitter @mikegayle

Brentwood Brewery
Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 19:30
Elm Park Library
This family run micro-brewery went into production in July 2006. With a passion for fine craft ales, their fabulous Brentwood Beer is available throughout Essex and is now being exported around the world.

A wide range of real ales in cask, keg and bottles are available online and from the Brewery Shop plus tours, brewery experience days and beer festival services. The brewery recycles spent hops and even uses old grain for hand-made dog biscuits for sale in the Brewery Shop.

Helen Pankhurst and Esther Freeman
Fri, 16 Nov 2018, 11:00
Gidea Park Library
Year of the Woman and 100 years of female suffrage

Granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and great granddaughter of Emmeline, Helen Pankhurst is an international development and women’s rights activist.

She will be joined by author Esther Freeman, a social historian and writer specialising in the history of women’s activism in East London, to discuss the 100th anniversary of the Suffragette movement and the Year of the Woman

Roger McGough
Fri, 16 Nov 2018, 19:30
Hornchurch Library
An evening with the man who has arguably done more than any other to maintain poetry’s popularity

Hilarious and surreal, Roger McGough is a poet of many voices.

Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
Famed for Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, the Scaffold, GRIMMS and The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, he now presents the long-running BBC Radio 4 series Poetry Please.

His Molière adaptations travel far and wide with the English Touring Theatre. The beat goes on.

Twitter: @McgoughRoger

Part Time Working Mummy
Fri, 16 Nov 2018, 19:30
Rainham Library
RACHAELE HAMBLETON

Mother, wife, campaigner, author and parenting blogger

Mother of five, Rachaele is also a wife to her police officer husband Josh and the owner of two dogs. An internationally published writer on motherhood, a Sunday Times and Amazon best-selling author and ambassador for Kidscape, she is fighting to end domestic abuse and works with many refuges.

To help make the world better, she has created a huge network of people who empower one another. She has just shy of 500,000 followers on Facebook and hundreds of thousands of fans flock to her blog page for its heartfelt accounts of family life.

Rachaele recently published her book Part-Time Working Mummy: A Patchwork Life.

Kimberley Chambers
Mon, 19 Nov 2018, 19:30
Harold Hill Library
Dagenham-born

‘Queen of Gangland Crime’

After jobs such as cab driver, disc jockey and street trader, Kimberley Chambers is now a Sunday Times bestselling author.

She wrote her first novel Billie Jo at 38 and, after several more novels and a switch of publisher, she hit the top of the best-seller charts with Payback. ‘My story is an unusual one,’ says Kimberley, ‘but I’m living proof you should never give up on your dreams.

Bletchley Park
Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 19:30
Romford Central Library
After being declassified in the mid-1970s, Bletchley Park’s Second World story has been the subject of many books, TV shows and movies. Bletchley Park’s Learning Manager Tom Briggs provides an account of what really happened and unravels some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Britain’s home of wartime codebreaking. Tom’s presentation includes a demonstration of, and discussion around, a genuine, working Enigma machine from the time.

Andrew Graham-Dixon
Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 19:30
Hornchurch Library
Andrew’s landmark arts series for the BBC include A History of British Art, Renaissanceand Art of Eternity as well as many documentaries on art and artists. With chef and friend Giorgio Locatelli he combined his love of art and food in the popular series Italy Unpacked. He has written acclaimed books on art, judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards. He served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee and the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Zoe Howe
Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 19:30
Harold Wood Library
Essex-based music writer Zoë Howe presents an evening of anecdotes and readings.

Zoë has written 11 rock ’n’ roll books. She’s the biographer of artists such as the Slits, Wilko Johnson, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Stevie Nicks, Lee Brilleaux and Poly Styrene to name a few. Her debut rock ’n’ roll novel Shine On, Marquee Moon was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction on its release in 2016. She is also a visual artist and drummer, having played with Viv Albertine, Mick Jones, Steve Beresford, Helen McCookeryBook and the Plan among others.

Dan Cruickshank
Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 19:30
Upminster Library
Widely-travelled Dan Cruickshank has written books on the history of art and architecture, including Adventures In Architecture and Bridges: Heroic Designs That Changed The World. His most recent book Spitalfields: Two Thousand Years of British History in One Neighbourhood was published last year.

A regular presenter on the BBC, Dan’s documentaries including The Fairy Tale Castles of King Ludwig II and Britain’s Lost Treasures Returned: How Houghton Got Its Art Back delve into the fascinating history of the world’s architectural and cultural treasures.

He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA with a BA in Art, Design and Architecture. For three years he was a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. As an expert on architecture and historic buildings, he is a frequent contributor to The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review. Dan is an active member of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

Harlequins
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 19:30
Gidea Park Library
The Harlequins have been presenting programmes of poetry and prose around particular themes for more than 50 years.

Join them at Gidea Park Library to mark the centenary of the end of The Great War.

Amanda Prowse
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 19:30
South Hornchurch Library
Prolific and compelling writer

With an incredible 25 novels and novellas published in the last six years and global sales topping 6m copies, Amanda Prowse is the UK’s most prolific writer of compelling contemporary fiction.

A popular TV and radio personality, she is known for her insightful and emotionally intelligent writing and infectious observational humour. Her characters ensure you take every step with them while the plots keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night. Amanda will discuss her life, talk about writing and her latest best seller The Coordinates of Loss

All of the information is taken from the Eventbrite website:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/havering-libraries-17797439061

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