Neil Beardmore is a multi-talented dramatist, poet, musician, photographer and artist. He is a winner of The Sussex Playwrights Prize, the Richard Burton Poetry Prize and his play, Pristine in Blue, recently ran at the Milton Keynes Festival. Neil works with two drama companies, Pepper’s Ghost and The Play’s The Thing and helps run a play reading service with BBC director Rosemary Hill.
He reads from his new novel LEMON SEAS: Rich needs a rest from life when he arrives on Goa’s beaches, but it’s not to be. He’s quickly caught up with local police investigating the murder of a local dancing girl.
Neil says of the book: It’s been a lengthy process of draft and re-draft over several years to get Lemon Seas to where it is, and I can only hope that that reveals the dedication which has gone into shaping it as an authentic, pacey but enjoyable read, and one which weaves through an exciting backdrop; I hope it shows also the passion I feel for the country and the people. Several readers have told me they couldn’t put it down – words that make a writer’s heart glow!

There will also be a slide show about Goa, the novel’s location and an interview with the author.

Back Water-watercolour Neil Beardmore

After the interval Kelvin Bowers will read from his book,THROWING PLATES AT THE MOON. Artist, writer and runner Kelvin Bowers made headlines around the globe when he completed a 10,500 mile journey from Stoke-on-Trent to Sydney, Australia, on foot. There will be film of his run across India

Petroc’s Church: Birte Hosken

Birte Hosken, Petroc’s Church was published at the end of July 2016.

To get away from her busy life in London, Jen decides to spend her summer in Cornwall by the beach working as an attendant in the car park owned by her grandfather. During an unlikely encounter, Jen finds out more than she bargained for and has to keep Petroc’s secret to herself.

Birte will not only read from her book but will talk about the experience of getting it published.


Liz Kessler-Why you should never give up on your dreams

Photograph by Mark Noall

Local author Liz Kessler has written seventeen books. She’s been translated into twenty-five languages, appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers list and sold over five million books internationally. But the one that very nearly got away was her very first novel. Read Me Like A Book took fifteen years to get published. Find out why, and much more, at this intimate and informal evening with Liz. She will talk about her journey as a writer and will read from both this novel and her latest book, Haunt Me, which was inspired by six months of living in a spooky house in St Ives.

Voices of the First World War :Jenny Hill

A poignant cycle of poems by Jenny Hill, with a Foreword by General the Lord Dannatt Gcb Cbe Mc Dl, commemorating those who perished in the Great War, 1914-1918. It is inspired by a series of podcasts by the Imperial War Museum in connection with the First World War Centenary Partnership, 2014-2018. There is a poem for each of the podcasts, plus a closing poem of grief and reconciliation. The poems are illustrated by a series of sparse, haunting images from the pen of Ian Clark.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Janine Marie

How do we find or reacquaint with our ‘power within’ during those times in life when we find ourselves lost and can’t find our way back home?
This is my personal story of such a time, when as a first-year high school teacher I found myself gripped by an eating disorder.
I bring into play colour theory and use parallels from the Wizard of Oz, offering snippets and images that are familiar and fun in my story – My hope is you will leave my presentation feeling informed, motivated and above all, entertained!
The presentation gives the viewer a chance to go within — reminding us we are all on a personal journey of discovering who we really are. Our issues may be different and we may take different roads to ‘get home’’ but we share in common the desire find meaning, truth and beauty in our lives.