Writ­ers pop-up for Lit­Fest

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WRIT­ERS will showcase their tal­ent at a pop-up event or­gan­ised by a Bucks au­thor.

Amer­sham nov­el­ist Ca­tri­ona Troth is bring­ing 40 au­thors to­gether to cre­ate a pop-up book­shop at the Chor­ley­wood Lit Fest later this month.

For the first time, in one place, in­die au­thors from Bucks, Herts and even as far afield as Spain and Switzer­land will con­vene to showcase their work.

The In­die Au­thor Fair, which is co-hosted by Triskele Books and the Al­liance of In­de­pen­dent Au­thors, will fea­ture au­thor read­ings span­ning crime, ro­mance, thrillers, com­edy, his­tor­i­cal fic­tion and lit­er­ary fic­tion.

There will also be Chil­dren’s Story Time ses­sions in the ad­ja­cent Holly­bush Hall, start­ing at 2.30pm for three to five year olds, 3.15pm for six to eight year olds and at

Ca­tri­ona Troth, Amer­sham, au­thor of Ghost Town

Jane Car­ling, Char­tridge, au­thor of the ro­mance nov­els Pan­dora’s Box and Ruby’s New Coat

Joan Fal­lon, for­mer con­sul­tant at Mis­senden Abbey, au­thor of Daugh­ters of Spain and Santiago Tales

Ge­off Gud­gion, Bea­cons­field, au­thor of dark thriller Saxon’s Bane

Amanda Hat­ter, Bea­cons­field, who re­cently launched her de­but chil­dren’s novel, Callum Fox and the Mouse­hole Ghosts

DJ Kelly, Chal­font St Peter, au­thor of lo­cal his­tory books in­clud­ing The Chalfonts at War

Jill Chaney, Chor­ley­wood, au­thor of 16 nov­els for young adults

Carol Cooper, for­mer Chor­ley­wood GP, au­thor of racy novel One Night at the Jacaranda.

Keith Chat­field, High Wy­combe, who wrote and nar­rated the Hatty Town and Issy Noho se­ries for Thames Tele­vi­sion 4.15pm for nine to 12 year olds. Au­thors will be on hand to dis­cuss all as­pects of in­die pub­lish­ing by loan­ing them­selves out as a hu­man li­brary.

Ms Troth, who launched her own novel Ghost Town at the Lit Fest last year, said the In­die Au­thor Fair will be an an­nual event.

She added: “The fair seems to have cap­tured imag­i­na­tions – au­thors are com­ing from as far away as Spain and Switzer­land. I’m very ex­cited about it.

“I would ab­so­lutely en­cour­age peo­ple to come along, not just those in­ter­ested in writ­ing but read­ers too to see what fan­tas­tic books are out there.”

Lo­cal writ­ers’ group Che­sham Writ­ers and Scrib­blers will be sell­ing its short story an­thol­ogy Metroland Mis­cel­lany at the fair.

Jane Car­ling, who runs the group at The Draw­ing Room, said: “The In­die Fair of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity for self-pub­lished au­thors to ex­hibit their work and get recog­ni­tion. Vis­i­tors will be able to browse, pur­chase, and lis­ten to some short read­ings as well as have some tea and cake.”

The pop up event is at the Bri­tish Le­gion Hall, Common Road, Chor­ley­wood, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 16, from 2pm to 5pm. VOL­UN­TEERS were hon­oured for their con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity at a re­cep­tion.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil (BCC) chair­man Zahir Mo­hammed hosted the county’s helpers at Fitzwilliam Cen­tre in Bea­cons­field.

More than 1,200 vol­un­teers help BCC de­liver ser­vices, from Master Com­posters to school gover­nors and ed­u­ca­tion ap­peal panel mem­bers.

Mr Mo­hammed said: “We’re so for­tu­nate to have such a large num­ber of pub­lic spir­ited peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire, who are truly our un­sung he­roes and we’re im­mensely proud of them. They give up the most pre­cious of com­modi­ties, their time. They em­body the true sense of ser­vice and com­mu­nity spirit and if it wasn’t for their support many projects just wouldn’t run.”

Among more than 200 vol­un­teers who at­tended the re­cep­tion on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 29, were school travel plan­ners, Duke of Ed­in­burgh Scheme or­gan­is­ers, Master Com­posters, and Sim­ply Walk lead­ers, who or­gan­ise walks to en­cour­age peo­ple’s health and well­be­ing.

Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20148385

CLUB MEET­ING: (From left) Amanda Hayter, Pat Heath, Clare El­stow, Mar­garet Gra­ham, Jan Flan­ni­gan and newly-pub­lished au­thor Jane Car­ling

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