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Lowestoft Library Literary Festival

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival 2015

Dear all,

Lowestoft Library Literary Festival (the country’s most easterly literary festival) takes place on Saturday 3 October. Full details of the line-up and booking information are available from

Further information and tickets are available from the library on 01502 674660.

This year’s line-up includes:

Morning (tickets £2):

  • Gillian McClure – Gillian is a popular children’s author and illustrator. In 2006-7 she was a New Writing Partnership Escalator judge/mentor, while she’s also been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Kent University 2005-8 and Essex University 2011-12.
  • Ivan Bunn – Ivan’s first book was a small pamphlet published in 1975 entitled Haunted Lowestoft. He’s also written about the Bury St. Edmunds witch trials and was an adviser for and appeared in the documentary Witchfinders. In 2004 he starred opposite Rory McGrath in the Witchfinder General episode of Bloody Britain and in 2014 he appeared in the Yesterday TV series Inquisition.

Afternoon (tickets £3):

  • Paul Heiney – Paul is a well-known writer and broadcaster and over 30 years has appeared on all Britain’s major radio and television networks. You can catch him on ITV’s Countrywise, travelling to all parts of rural Britain to meet the people and hear their tales. He spent seven years on BBC1’s top-rated consumer affairs show, Watchdog, which continued a career in consumer journalism beginning with That’s Life in 1978, and continuing with Radio 4’s You and Yours. Paul also has over a dozen books to his credit, both fiction and non-fiction. His latest book Can Cows Walk Downstairs? has been a best-seller in 15 languages. He has written on rural, maritime and farming matters, and more recently on popular science.
  • Tasha O’Neill – Tasha is the author of the popular young adult Nymet Chronicles. She was born in Cambridge and now lives near Woodbridge. Her influences include Helen Dunmore, Eoin Colfer, Michelle Paver and Susan Cooper.
  • Brian Scovell – Brian has written dozens of football and cricket books, often with famous names such as Brian Lara, Don Howe, Lawrie McMenemy and Terry Neil.

Music and Drama Library roadshows

Suffolk Libraries’ Music and Drama Service is holding a series of roadshows across the county next month.

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The Music and Drama Library is based at Ipswich County Library but is available to drama or play reading groups, choirs, orchestras, wind bands, or chamber music groups across the county and beyond. The service has an extensive catalogue of thousands of vocal scores, music sets and play scripts which are available for hire.

The roadshows aim to inform existing and new customers about the service and explain how groups can become a member of the service.

The roadshows are informal and refreshments will be provided. Anyone is welcome to come along for more information. Details of the events are as follows:

  • Ipswich County Library – Wednesday 7 October, 2pm – 4pm in the Music & Drama area on the ground floor
  • Lowestoft Library – Wednesday 14 October, 2pm – 4pm in the foyer
  • Bury St Edmunds Library – Monday 19 October, 2pm – 4pm in the foyer

Anyone who would like to know more but can’t get to an event can contact the Music and Drama Library Service at [email protected] or on 01473 263830.

Haverhill Library to host best-selling author M.C. Beaton after winning competition

M.C. Beaton will be visiting Haverhill Library

Best-selling crime author M.C. Beaton will be visiting Haverhill Library for a special event on Wednesday 28 October 2015.  

M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. She has written over 100 books and is the most borrowed adult author from UK libraries. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswolds village that is very much like Agatha’s beloved Carsely.

She is coming to Haverhill after the library won a national competition arranged by the Reading Agency and her publishers Little, Brown Book Group, for the best M.C. Beaton-themed display earlier in the year. M.C. Beaton chose the winning display herself.

M.C. Beaton will be giving a talk about her writing and discussing her latest novel.  The event starts at 2pm and M.C. Beaton will be happy to sign any of her books after the event. Tickets for the event cost £5 and can be bought at the library from 28 September. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Haverhill Library to support future developments at the library. There will also be refreshments available on the day. For further information contact Haverhill Library on 01440 702638.

Haverhill Library Manager, Sanphra Wilmott, said: “We were thrilled to win this competition and are very excited that such a popular author is coming to our library. Our staff put together a wonderful display celebrating M.C. Beaton’s books which even featured a real life police officer! So it’s a great reward for their creativity that we are able to host this special event.”

In partnership with The Reading Agency and Little, Brown over 100 libraries celebrated 30 years of the Hamish McBeth series by joining the M.C. Beaton Crime Queen of the Village Green promotion. The promotion ran from February to end of April 2015 to mark the anniversary and introduce new readers to much loved author M.C. Beaton. Alongside taking part the promotion, libraries entered a best dressed display competition to win a visit from M.C Beaton herself for their library. Haverhill Library was the overall winner of the competition.

The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency is a leading independent charity whose pioneering work brings the joy of reading to the widest possible audiences across the UK, in partnership with the public library service.  The charity’s mission is to create and deliver innovative reading opportunities that inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.

M.C Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswolds village that is very much like Agatha’s beloved Carsely.

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