John Suchet

John Suchet

Peter Laws

Peter Laws

Ampthill LitFest 2018

Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Location: Ampthill Parkside Hall

To open our afternoon session we have a music extravaganza with Classic FM DJs John Suchet and Tim Lohoreau. This expert panel will be discussing their musically inspired books, chaired by local musician and musicologist, Rob Baker.

The afternoon continues with Secklow FM DJ and supporter of the Arts, Nancy Stevens interviewing New York Times best seller, Rowan Coleman and local author Ruth Hogan.  Ruth’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things has been a whirlwind success since its appearance on the Richard and Judy Book Club list.  Ruth Hogan will also be prize giving to our over 18 category winners at the Writers’ Competition Awards Ceremony.

The celebration of Bedfordshire authors continues into the late afternoon with Peter Laws, Church Minister and horror fanatic, who has recently published the second novel in the Matt Hunter series, soon to be followed by a third.  Peter has also written a non-fiction book investigating the reasons ‘we love monsters, ghosts, death and gore’, aptly titled, The Frighteners.

Continuing with non-fiction writing the final afternoon session features Luton born Safraz Manzoor.  Sarfraz is a journalist, broadcaster and documentary film maker and he will be sharing his experiences of writing for The Guardian, his documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the 2007 publication of his memoir “Greetings from Bury Park”.

The day will conclude with Joanne Harris and her #Storytime band.

This musical story telling show combines original music, songs and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative.

Joanne’s unique entertainment is sure to amuse and uplift.

Ruth Hogan

Ruth Hogan

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

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VintageBe will be returning to Litfest by popular demand.  They will be on site throughout the day with their delicious home-made cakes and cordials, and there will be prosecco, wine and beer to enjoy between events.

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Waterstones will be on site for your book purchasing needs and all our authors will be signing books after their appearances.

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Ampthill LitFest News

23 hours ago

Ampthill LitFest

Good afternoon everyone - can you believe it is only 5 sleeps until Litfest 2018!!! Very shortly we will be posting the day's schedule for your perusal, but before then we have another exciting announcement! We know how much you all love a signed book and we are very lucky to have for sale several signed copies of Holly Cave's The Memory Chamber (book-clubbers this is the book for June). Holly can't make it this year but we are thrilled to tell you that joining us for the afternoon session will be debut novelist, Kate Fulford. Her novel, In-Laws and Outlaws, tackles the thorny issue of relationships when it comes to marriage. Kate will be on hand to chat to visitors, and to sell and sign copies of her novel. You can read more about Kate on her Facebook page, including snippets from the novel & the latest reviews from across the world. We are going to put this novel on to the Beer & Books pop-up book club calendar for later in the year! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Yeah, can’t wait. Looking forward to Thursday as well👍

I’ll be there for the whole of the afternoon and look forward to meeting everyone! Tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ampthill-litfest-2018-tickets-39256472165

3 days ago

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Just 5 tickets left for Polly Ho Yen's writing workshop for kids 8+ . Don't let your kids miss out on working with a Carnegie nominated author right on your doorstep. Tickets at Eventbrite.co.uk or click the book now button on our page! ... See MoreSee Less

Just 5 tickets left for Polly Ho Yens writing workshop for kids 8+ .  Dont let your kids miss out on working with a Carnegie nominated author right on your doorstep.  Tickets at Eventbrite.co.uk or click the book now button on our page!Image attachment

 

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Stephanie Diver - would Edie be interested in this? Eve is going x

3 days ago

Ampthill LitFest

Ampthill Literary Festival presents....

With just a week to go until the festival on Saturday the 28th April we would like to invite you to raise a glass to the launch of the fourth Ampthill Literary Festival and to celebrate the publication of another local author's latest novel, Wrestliana.

Toby Litt's latest release promises to be an interesting read. Using the nineteenth century as a guide, his novel asks vital questions about modern-day masculinity, competition, and success. It is a beautiful portrait of two men and their different worlds, full of surprises and sympathy, and a wonderful evocation of a lost place and time. Wrestliania, is a touching and candid first memoir from this Granta Best of British Novelist.

Please join us at The Stables (rear of The White Hart, Ampthill) from 8pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018 to kick off the festival season.

Thank you for your support over the last 12 months. We look forward to seeing you next week at the main event. There are still a few tickets available on Eventbrite so please spread the word to make sure your local literary festival is as successful as it can be.

All the best.

Ampthill Literary Festival Team
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Ampthill Literary Festival presents....
With just a week to go until the festival on Saturday the 28th April we would like to invite you to raise a glass to the launch of the fourth Ampthill Literary Festival and to celebrate the publication of another local authors latest novel, Wrestliana.
Toby Litts latest release promises to be an interesting read.  Using the nineteenth century as a guide, his novel asks vital questions about modern-day masculinity, competition, and success. It is a beautiful portrait of two men and their different worlds, full of surprises and sympathy, and a wonderful evocation of a lost place and time. Wrestliania, is a touching and candid first memoir from this Granta Best of British Novelist.
Please join us at The Stables (rear of The White Hart, Ampthill) from 8pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018 to kick off the festival season.
Thank you for your support over the last 12 months. We look forward to seeing you next week at the main event. There are still a few tickets available on Eventbrite so please spread the word to make sure your local literary festival is as successful as it can be.
All the best.
Ampthill Literary Festival TeamImage attachment

 

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Really sad to miss this! It's the same night as the Charity Curry Night! Still - see you all on the 28th!

1 week ago

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We were sworn to secrecy for weeks...now we can finally spread the word about our guest's exciting news. Sarfraz Manzoor will be able to share with our 2018 Litfest guests all the exclusive news about his memoir 'Greetings From Bury Park' which started filming this week in Luton, as this image, courtesy of Bend It Films, shows. Tickets are available to hear Sarfraz share his story of memoir to screenplay at Ampthill Literary Festival from Eventbrite.co.uk or at Number 14 in Ampthill. Tickets are running out so please don't wait - get your tickets today!
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We were sworn to secrecy for weeks...now we can finally spread the word about our guests exciting news.  Sarfraz Manzoor will be able to share with our 2018 Litfest guests all the exclusive news about his memoir Greetings From Bury Park which started filming this week in Luton, as this image, courtesy of Bend It Films, shows.  Tickets are available to hear Sarfraz share his story of memoir to screenplay at Ampthill Literary Festival from Eventbrite.co.uk or at Number 14 in Ampthill.  Tickets are running out so please dont wait - get your tickets today!
http://deadline.com/2018/04/blinded-by-the-light-gurinder-chadha-bruce-springsteen-blessings-hayley-atwell-cast-first-look-photo-1202362218/

 

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I saw them filming the other morning on way to work

Lisa Webster Julie Wood Sue Clarke Judi McKay Gillian Woodward Jane Alison Blumsom Jo Aatkar Sofia Aatkar Sonia Wall Kate Wilcock Dawn Savage Farr

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