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