Hertfordshire Libraries LitFest 2016

Article published on March 21, 2016.

 

Hertfordshire Libraries are mounting a major festival starting this week with a very ambitious programme – and something for everybody:

Louise Allen: Jane Austen’s London

Enjoy an illustrated talk on Regency London and the places Jane Austen visited.

Thursday 21 April Hertford Library 7.15pm

 

Call the Midwife

The family of Jennifer Worth talk about the television series and books.

Thursday 24 March North Watford Library 2.30pm

Thursday 31 March Bishop’s Stortford Library 7.15pm

Tuesday 12 April Tring Library 10.30am

 

 Rowan Coleman: We are all made of stars

Hear the Sunday Times best-selling author talk on this uplifting and heartfelt novel about life, loss and what happens inbetween.

Thursday 24 March Berkhamsted Library 7.15pm

Dogs of Courage: A talk by Clare and Christy Campbell

What did the nation’s dogs do for the war effort? This compelling talk explores what part man’s best friend played in the Second World War.

Wednesday 23 March Hatfield Library 7.15pm

 

Barry Forshaw: Scandinavian Crime Fiction

The journalist, broadcaster and Nordic Noir expert discusses our fascination with the genre.

Wednesday 13 April Watford Library 7.15pm

 

Elly Griffiths: The Woman in Blue

The best-selling crime writer talks about her latest novel featuring forensic archaeologist, Ruth Galloway.

Wednesday 23 March Watford Library 7.15pm

 

Afternoon Tea with John Harvey

Enjoy afternoon tea with best-selling crime writer and former Stevenage teacher John Harvey, author of the popular Charlie Resnick series.

Saturday 23 April Stevenage Library 2.30pm

 

J Paul Henderson: The Last of the Bowmans

Enjoy the black humour of J Paul Henderson’s 2nd novel – Greg is unexpectedly visited by the presence of his dead father and charged with the task of ‘fixing’ the family.

Wednesday 9 March Harpenden Library 7.15pm

  

David Hewson and Saul Reichlin: Author and Narrator

Meet David Hewson, crime writer who adapted TV’s “The Killing” into a novel, and audiobook narrator Saul Reichlin. The award-winning pair talk about their collaboration.

Thursday 3 March St Albans Library 7.15pm

 

Hitler’s Germany: The Third Reich in a Dozen Objects

Renowned historian, Roger Moorhouse, gives an illustrated talk on the Third Reich and how it functioned.

Thursday 10 March Oakmere Library, Potters Bar 7.15pm


Afternoon Tea with Martin Impey

Enjoy afternoon tea with illustrator, Martin Impey, as he shares the story of his three movingly poetic books about World War I.

Tuesday 22 March Radlett Library 2.30pm


Ben Kane and Anthony Riches

The Roman history novelists talk about their books and their adventures in full Roman costume.

Thursday 7 April Cheshunt Library 7.15pm

 

Lincoln: Husband, Father, President

Hear more about Abraham Lincoln – the man – from local expert, Andrew Houseman.

Thursday 14 April Hemel Hempstead Library in the Civic Centre 7.15pm

  

Howard Linskey: Behind Dead Eyes

The best-selling crime writer talks about his latest novel. His Newcastle-based trilogy has been optioned for TV by Harry Potter producer, David Barron.

Tuesday 15 March Rickmansworth Library 7.15pm

 

James Morton: Justice Denied

An incisive examination by criminal-law solicitor, James Morton, of some of the many miscarriages of justice of this and the previous century.

Wednesday 16 March Borehamwood Library 7.15pm


Annie Murray: Now the War is Over

The family saga author introduces us to the latest of her Birmingham-based novels. ‘Now the War is Over’ is the sequel to ‘War Babies’

Wednesday 20 April Ware Library 10.30am


Samer Nashef: The Naked Surgeon

In his book Nashef unclothes his own profession to reveal its secrets – with clarity, fluency and not a little wit.

Tuesday 19 April Welwyn Garden City Library 7.15pm


No Exit Press Crime Panel

Leigh Russell, Howard Linskey, Peter Murphy, Alex Blackmore and other surprise guests from No Exit Press discuss their writing and getting published.

Wednesday 30 March Harpenden Library 7.15pm

 

Romantic Afternoon Tea with award winning authors

Meet Jean Fullerton, writer of a District Nurse series set in post-war East London, Janet Gover, author of romantic novels set in the Australian Outback and Liz Harris, author of historical novels and contemporary romances set in Italy.

Thursday 17 March Hoddesdon Library 2.30pm

 

Stagecoaches: the travel wonder of their age (pic as 2015 program)

Hear about the heyday of stagecoach travel with period expert, Louise Allen

Thursday 21 April Royston Library 2.00pm

 

Alison Weir: Richard III – The Man and the Myth

Alison Weir talks about her research into this enigmatic, charismatic and controversial character, proving that the truth is stranger – and far more complex – than Shakespeare’s fiction.

Thursday 17 March Hitchin Library 7.15pm

 

 

Events Program 2016

MARCH

Thurs 3            St Albans Library                                    7.15pm            £10/£7*

                              David Hewson and Saul Reichlin: Author and Narrator

Wed 9            Harpenden Library                        7.15pm            £7/£5*

                              J Paul Henderson: The Last of the Bowmans

Thurs 10            Oakmere Library, Potters Bar            7.15pm            £7/£5*

                              Hitler’s Germany: The Third Reich in a Dozen Objects

Tues 15             Rickmansworth Library                        7.15pm            £7/£5*

                              Howard Linskey: Behind Dead Eyes

Wed 16            Borehamwood Library                        7.15pm            £7/£5*

James Morton: Justice Denied

Thurs 17            Hoddesdon Library                        2.30pm            £7/£5*

Romantic Afternoon Tea

Hitchin Library                                    7.15pm            £10/£7*

                              Alison Weir: Richard III – The Man and the Myth

Tues 22            Radlett Library                                    2.30pm            £7/£5*

Afternoon Tea with Martin Impey

Wed 23            Hatfield Library                                    7.15pm            £7/£5*

Dogs of Courage: A talk by Clare and Christy Campbell

Watford Library                                    7.15pm            £7/£5*

Elly Griffiths: The Woman in Blue

Thurs 24            North Watford Library                        2.30pm            £7/£5*

Call the Midwife

Berkhamsted Library                        7.15pm            £10/£7*

Rowan Coleman: We are All Made of Stars

Wed 30            Harpenden Library                        7.15pm            £7/£5*

No Exit Press Crime Panel

Thurs 31            Bishop’s Stortford Library            7.15pm            £7/£5*

Call the Midwife

APRIL

Thurs 7            Cheshunt Library                                    7.15pm            £7/£5*

                              Ben Kane and Anthony Riches

 

Tues 12            Tring Library                                    10.30am            £7/£5*

Call the Midwife

Wed 13            Watford Library                                    7.15pm            £7/£5*

Barry Forshaw: Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Thurs 14            Hemel Hempstead Library            7.15pm            £7/£5*

Lincoln: Husband, Father, President – Andrew Houseman

Tues 19            Welwyn Garden City Library            7.15pm            £7/£5*

Samer Nashef: The Naked Surgeon

Wed 20            Ware Library                                    10.30am            £7/£5*

Annie Murray: Now the War is Over

Thurs 21            Royston Library                                    2.00pm            £7/£5*

Stagecoaches: Louise Allen

Hertford Library                                    7.15pm            £7/£5*

Jane Austen’s London: Louise Allen

Sat 23            Stevenage Library                                    2.30pm            £7/£5*

Afternoon Tea with John Harvey

Book early to avoid disappointment

online at www.hertsdirect.org/libraryeventtickets, at your local library or by phone: 01707 281533

Evening events include a complimentary glass of wine.

Afternoon events include a tea or coffee.

Afternoon Tea events also include cake.

 

*Concessionary prices for people over 65 or under 16, and those in full-time education.

 

 

 

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