Open Book - Literary Festival

Books, Beers & Banter

Saturday 29th July
12pm - 6pm 
Tickets £4 Under 16's FREE
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A one-day literary extravaganza featuring top names from the world of words including:

  • London Literary Agent Ella Kahn “How to hook an agent”
  • Best-selling Author Allan Esler Smith “Can you retire early, rich and happy?”
  • Renowned Speaker Terry Gillen “Unlock the more confident you”

Plus historical talks from Dr J D Davies, Hugh Bicheno and royals expert Jane Dismore, creative writing workshops, publishing advice, interactive poetry readings, cake icing demonstrations, fascinating family research tips and Murder - how one man made his living from it!

Come and join our writers share their passion on books!  On-site beer and wine tent, BBQ, book signings and banter with the authors!

Find out more about the writers and which zone they will be in on the day. 

Lifestyle Zone

Creative Zone

History Zone

Banter Zone

At a glance:

Time ZoneAuthorTalk Title
12.15pmLifestyleNeville DavisThe Dangers, Limitations & Fascinations of Family History Research 
CreativeOwen KnightYoung Adult Fiction: Writing, Getting Published and Beyond
HistoryJon Beattiey The hidden depths - behind the bookshelf
1pmLifestyleElla Kahn (agent)How to Hook an Agent
HistoryHugh BichenoHertfordshire – Battleground of the Wars of the Roses
CreativeRowena M LoveSchool Days: Poetry Workshop
KidsAndrea ShavickGrandma Was Eaten By A Shark!
2pmLifestyleAllan Esler SmithCan you retire early, rich and happy?
HistoryDr J D DaviesDon’t Mention Jack Sparrow: the Best (and Worst) Sea Stories
CreativeJulie StockMy Journey from Complete Beginner to Self-Published Author
KidsAndrea ShavickGrandma Was Eaten By A Shark!
3pmLifestyleTerry GillenYou Can Do It: 7 Ways to Unlock The More Confident You
HistoryJane DismoreRoyals, Rebels and Aristocrats  

J.S. WattsWriting with your senses: Creative Workshop

4pmLifestyleSimon Michael“Murder.  It's a living.”
HistoryHugh Bicheno & Allan Esler SmithThe battle of Arnhem and conflict on film
CreativeD A AdamsonThe Joys and Sorrows of Self-Publishing
5pmLifestyleDavid ListerDr Johnson’s blockheads
LifestyleWendy BerlinerGreat minds and how to grow them
CreativeRowena M Love & J.S. WattsChalk and Cheese: A fun interative poetry reading
All dayBanterCarol DeaconCake Characters: Demonstrating the 'icer' things in life

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All day tickets £4
Under 16's: FREE.