Eamonn O’Neal

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

I’VE never re­ally been what they call an early adopter of tech­nol­ogy but our house is now full of iPhones iPods, iPads and iPatches. And we’ve got half a dozen Kin­dles knock­ing about which we use a lot.

Ac­tu­ally that causes a bit of a moral dilemma be­cause although I’m im­pressed that I can store hun­dreds of books and thou­sands of words in that con­ve­nient de­vice, I do still love ac­tu­ally hold­ing and read­ing a book.

I es­pe­cially en­joy vis­it­ing and spend­ing time in small in­de­pen­dent book­shops which are try­ing to be in­no­va­tive to keep up with the chang­ing mar­ket­place.

Peter and Frances Hop­kins run Urm­ston Book­shop and as well as hav­ing the re­tail busi­ness, they or­gan­ise some great events in the shop and at var­i­ous other lo­ca­tions.

I was pleased to be at the re­cent Johnny Ve­gas evening for which there was an im­pres­sive crowd and we all thor­oughly en­joyed meet­ing Johnny and hear­ing him read from his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Now Peter and Frances are at it again with in­ter­na­tional best sell­ing au­thor Philippa Gre­gory com­ing to town this Fri­day, Au­gust 15.

Philippa Gre­gory was an es­tab­lished his­to­rian and writer when she dis­cov­ered her in­ter­est in the Tu­dor pe­riod and wrote the novel The Other Bo­leyn Girl which was made into a TV drama and a ma­jor film.

On Fri­day she’ll be talk­ing about and read­ing from her lat­est novel, The King’s Curse, which tells the story of deposed royal Mar­garet Pole, one of the few sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the Plan­ta­genet dy­nasty, all wrapped up in King Henry VIII’s rise to power in Tu­dor Eng­land.

It’s go­ing to be a great event at Wa­ter­side Arts Cen­tre in Sale and if you’re in­ter­ested you can get de­tails from the Wa­ter­side or from Urm­ston Book­shop, 0161 747 7442.

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