Festival Events for 2010

Hello to all our members and supporters.

We are now able to give you the details of our Festival events this autumn. In announcing the programme, we are grateful to The Spring for giving us their support on 2 October.

All the tickets will be available from The Spring Box Office, in person, by post, phone or online from 9 July.

The Spring box office: 023 9247 2700


Thursday September 30th
At The United Reformed Church Hall at 7.30pm
Tim Butcher

Award winning journalist and best-selling author Tim Butcher will discuss his new book, Chasing the Devil, the story of his 350mile trek through Sierra Leone and Liberia, coming out in hardback in September.

Chasing The Devil

His first book, Blood River, topped The Times best-seller list in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction the same year.

Friday October 1st
At Wordsouth, 11 The Pallant, Havant [formerly Nineveh] at 7.30pm
A Track of Light

'A Track of Light': Five Chichester University poets, Stephanie Norgate, Hugh Dunkerley, Diana Barsham, Naomi Foyle and Simon Jenner, read from their new book of poems inspired by Chichester and West Sussex.

£5 including refreshments.
Saturday October 2nd
All at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

* Please note that there is a '3 for £12' offer on many of the ticketed events on this day.

10.30am - 1.00p pm: in the Saltings Room
Stella Duffy

Writer's Workshop with Stella Duffy

Be inspired on this half-day course with celebrated author, theatre director and our patron! Stella uses practical exercises and improvisation techniques to help kick-start your writing. Last year's workshop was very popular and enormous fun.

10.30am: Storytellers

Stories for younger children in the Gallery ages 4yrs - 8yrs

Free event
10.30am Langstone Room
His Last Duchess

Gabrielle Kimm will talk about her novel, His Last Duchess, a passionate story of 16C Tuscany. Gabrielle has written two historical novels, which have just been signed by Little Brown, this first, His Last Duchess will publish in August 2010.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
12noon Mulberry Room
Vera Forster

Vera Forster will talk about her extraordinary life and how she came to write her autobiography, Daughter of her Century. Vera's story is so much more than a narrative of one person caught up in some of the most significant events of the twentieth century.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
1.30pm Mulberry Room
Shelley Silas

Writing for Radio and Theatre - Shelley Silas

Enjoy an exciting opportunity to hear this successful writer talk about her work; Shelley has had five stage plays performed, largely in London and seven original plays for radio broadcast. She has also adapted her own and other writers' work for radio, including Paul Scott's Raj Quartet.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
2.00pm Langstone Room
Leigh Russell

The Curzon Group - a panel of crime writers - Leigh Russell, Matt Lynn and Tom Cain

This promises to be a lively discussion from three writers of crime and thriller books. Leigh Russell's debut crime novel Cut Short was reprinted twice in 6 months and broke sales records in British bookshops. Road Closed, second in the series, publishes in July.

Fire Force

Matt Lynn is a journalist and ghost writer who has written three books in the Death Force series of military thrillers, deemed to be a window on high-tech, maximum-risk modern warfare.


Tom Cain is the pseudonym for an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. Tom has written four thrillers featuring his hitman hero Sam Carver, the most recent of which are Assassin and Dictator.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
3.30 pm Theatre

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore.

Stella Duffy talks about the inspiration for writing her breathtaking new novel in which Theodora comes to life as a fascinating, controversial and seductive woman who rose from nothing to become the wife of the Emperor Justinian and the most powerful woman in the history of Byzantine Rome.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
4.30pm Langstone Room
The Spider Truces

Tom Connolly started writing at fifteen and has written ever since. The Spider Truces is his first novel, a touching story and simply a great portrait of life. Tom is also a film maker and screenwriter and lives in a remote corner of East Sussex.

£5 or 3 £5 events for £12
6.30pm Gallery

Celebration and Prize-giving

Poetry competition judge, Charles Bennett, will present the prizes for the 2010 Open Poetry Competition. Patrons Stella Duffy and the Mayor of Havant Cllr Yvonne Weeks will say a few words. You are especially welcome to join us for this event.

7.30pm Theatre

Havant Literary Festival Cabaret

An exciting evening of theatre, poetry and music. There will be contributions from Dynamo Youth Theatre; the poet Charles Bennett, our Poetry Competition judge; The Bench theatre, the harpist John Corin and the Havant-based theatre company, SOOP.