Welcome to the Havant Literary Festival - celebrating the written and spoken word in the Borough of Havant.
HAVANT LITERARY FESTIVAL 2013
This year's festival will take place during the first 10 days of October, with events coming to a climax during the weekend 4th - 6th. The venues this year will be concentrated in the town centre and as well as our lovely Spring Arts Centre, will also include Bosmere Junior and Warblingon Secondary School, South Downs College, plus lots of libraries, parish halls, pubs, clubs and cafés. We will also have a fully functioning street stage in the middle of the town.
We have already booked a resident poet - Audi Maserati - a song writer - Talis Kimberley - and a theatre group - Breakfast Cat. They will be contributing workshops and performances to the main programme, but also going into schools, libraries and workplaces. Features like the famous Havant Ghost Walk and Guerilla Poetry are set to return as is the Book Barney debate and the Book Fair. We are also planning some rather interesting literary themed art work that will be distributed around the town.
A secondary focus on 16th century English writing will produce a series of workshops and performances with contributions from our two local universities and other experts in this field.For more information involvement proposals please contact:
Tim Dawes, Programme Director, HLF 2013
55 South Street, Havant, PO9 1BY
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND REALLY HELP THE FESITIVAL BY BUYING AN INCLUSIVE TICKET:
Inclusive tickets make a statement about your support to this community-run venture, help us plan capacity and manage cash-flow
and can save you time, trouble and money. For most events all you need do is show your special ticket at the door.
Golden Tickets cost £70 and cover all events (including the 3 course festival dinner) except those available only from the Spring (red prices). However, we supply you with a ticket for Strictly Speaking and Dickens on request (subject to availability). Workshop, Master Class and the Ghost Walk places are included but should be booked with us in advance and are subject to availability.
Supporter's Tickets cost £40 (concessions £32) and cover all events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday except those available only from the Spring (red prices). However, we supply you with a ticket for Dickens on request (subject to availability). Workshop and Ghost Walk places are included but should be booked with us in advance and are subject to availability.
Dennis Bennett. Hurrah! The first Havant resident to win the competition and against very stiff opposition this year as well. Here is the winning poem:
This quiet cloth, colour
of a dove's egg, designed as canopies
for soft landings
cut down, could turn
any bride into
a gardenia, edelweiss.
Esther had chased her
across fields with a pitchfork
when a German airman landed.
Ruth had received hers
from her fiance, who'd used it
as a pillow, when injured;
Eva's boss had simply opened
a cupboard and found one
still with the ropes intact,
sensuous as spindrift.
Snipped and pinned, slipped over waist
and hips, this soft silk would grace
wartime weddings. The lives
of those men cut down, living on
in tuck and pleat and fold.
Second prize went to Rosie Jackson with Susan Roberts and Sharon Black sharing third. Highly commended poems included those by Paul Sephenson and Noel Williams. The commended were: Margot Myers, Cathy Whittaker, Lucinda Kowol and Sue Davies. The Long List featured: Margaret Gleave, Pauline Hawksworth, Myra Schneider, Kathy Gee, John Foggin, Linda Tavakoli and Hilary Hares. In all we received 169 entries. Many thanks to all those who entered and especially to our adjudicator, Wendy Klein, who spent a great deal of time and effort agonising over her decisions.
We are please to announce that the festival will open this year with an visit from Charlie Lovett, the best selling American author, playwright and teacher. Charlie's latest book, the Bookman's Tale is recommended by Barnes and Nobel and has a 4.5 customer star-rating on Amazon. Very successful in the states the book was released here by Viking in May in hardback and is due to be published by Alma in paperback in July.
The author is himself a former antiquarian bookseller and the hero of this tale comes from that world. A must-read for lovers of Shakespeare, the book-world and literature.
Come and meet Charlie, who will be in conversation, and also signing copies of his books, at St Faiths Hall in the East Pallant at 7.30 on Tuesday 1st October. Tickets are £5 (£3 students and benefit claimants) from The Spring Arts Centre, participating shops in the town and on the door.
We are pleased to announce a major exhibition in the Havant Library - 'Ripping Yarns' and the Tale of the Forgotten Author, chronicling the life and work of the prolific, Portsmouth born, children's author Percy F. Westerman. The exhibition will be opened by the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Paul Buckley at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.
The exhibition will chart Westerman's life and works, and feature local connections including his views on the Haying Bridge toll and the inclusion of Warblington Castle, in his book Under King Henry's Banners, published in 1911. His first book A Lad of Grit was published in 1908 and through five decades this 'Ripping Yarns' author had written 174 books, and more than 200 serials and short stories for magazines including Boys' Own Paper, The Scout, Young England, The Captain, Chums and Modern Boy. More than 1.5 million books had been published in Britain alone and some titles translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish and Hungarian, not to mention titles published in America, Canada and Australia. During the 1930's he was voted the most popular children's author in Britain in a poll organised by a national newspaper and conducted through public libraries. Sadly, within a few years of his death in 1959, his books became unfashionable and out of print.
The exhibition is the work of Nigel Gossop, the founder of The Westerman Yarns, an organisation dedicated to researching, promoting the life and works of Percy F. Westerman. A display of books and documents from the Westerman Yarns Collection with additional material from the University of Worcester Research Collection will be included in the exhibition. In support of the exhibition, Nigel Gossop will be giving two talks about Westerman and the showing of the only film (silent) based on a Percy F. Westerman story, Haunted Harbour (1935).
The exhibition is free to view within the Havant Library opening times for the duration of the Havant Literary Festival.
For more information on Westerman see: http://westermanyarns.blogspot.co.uk/
The fifth Havant Literary Festival on the evening of Friday, 19th and all day on Saturday 20th October,
once again, gave pleasure to and received praise in abundance from artists, participants and audience.
Unfortunately three events were sadly cancelled due to poor audience take up, despite good publicity
in The News and PO9. For those interested in the books chosen at the Bookshelf Barney organized by
Wordsouth, they are as follows:
Winner: The Sea around us by Rachel Carson - Sarah Butterfield (artist)
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute - Miriam Halahmy (author)
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume - David Willetts (thinker)
The Man who Planted Trees by Jean Giono - Lynne Dick (artistic director)
Biggles Takes it Rough by W E Johns - Mark Waldron (reader)
Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noel Kramer - Naomi Foyle (poet)