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Henley Literary Festival 2018

Saturday 29th September
Sunday 7th October

For times see the festival website

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Throughout Henley

See the list of venues.

Henley Literary Festival 2018

The 2018 Henley Literary Festival will be the biggest yet as it expands to nine days for the first time – and the initial wave of speakers announced includes some of the UK's best-loved writers alongside exciting new talent.

Sir Michael Morpurgo, who was knighted this year for his services to literature and charity, will speak on the first day of the Festival in a special family event, with his book Magical Myths and Legends published that week. Later in the week poet Pam Ayres and Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates both return to Henley after previous sell-outs, while former cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin will appear for the first time with his book on the battle for the Conservative Party, Hearts and Minds.

Debut novelists to be featured at the Festival include Guardian and GQ columnist Justin Myers and Singapore-born Sharlene Teo.

The Festival will offer events for children of all ages, from babies and toddlers with Pat-A-Cake storytelling and Frances Ives' enchanting rhyming picture book Maybe the Moon. Older children can enjoy writing workshops and interactive events with Emmy-winning writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler who have scripted TV shows including Thunderbirds are Go! and Danger Mouse.

And the Festival's schools programme will include performance poet A.F. Harrold.

Confirmed speakers include: Kenneth Baker, Antony Horowitz, Alan Johnson, Kate Mosse, Francesca Simon, Mary Berry, Prue Leith, Roddy Doyle, Clare Balding and Douglas Carswell, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Justin Myers, Pam Ayres, Laura Bates, Sharlene Teo and many more.

Tickets are on sale to Friends of the Festival now. You can become a Friend of the Festival from just £35, receiving priority booking as well as exclusive offers, while provide vital support to the festival as a not-for-profit organisation.

Tickets are on general sale online and by phone.

For the latest information see: www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.

What's On at Wokingham Borough Libraries: September 2018

For dates and times see the What's On Guide

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What's On at Wokingham Borough Libraries - September 2018

At the Wokingham Borough libraries there are lots of events for children, families and adults.

Each of the local libraries has put together a full programme of activities, competitions, creative workshops and there's something for every age group.

For full information download the September 2018 What's On Guide.

For some events you may have to call the library and book your place, so here's a handy guide of telephone numbers:

  • Arborfield Library tel: 07801 664520
  • Finchampstead Library tel: 0118 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library tel: 0118 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library tel: 0118 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library tel: 0118 988 4771
  • Twyford Library tel: 0118 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library tel: 0118 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library tel: 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library tel: 0118 978 1368

More library information: www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries.

Rising Sun Arts Centre: 'Bookface Chapter 9 - Artists' Book Fair'

Saturday 13th October

Sunday 14th October

Bookface Chapter 9 - click for full leaflet

Bookface Chapter 9 - click image for full leaflet

Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

How to get there.

Rising Sun Arts Centre: 'Bookface Chapter 9 - Artists' Book Fair'

We have an artists book fair event 'Bookface Chapter 9', happening over the weekend Sat 13th and Sun 14th October at The Rising Sun Arts Centre.

Browse stalls selling and exhibiting artists' books and relax in our café and bar, with homemade snacks and refreshments.

Stalls include: handmade books, altered books, printmakers, local writers/poets, comic books, limited editions and more to be confirmed.

Gelli printing workshop on Sunday (drop in).

See website for performances and timings to be confirmed.

FREE entry.

More information: www.risingsun-artscentre.co.uk.

Wokingham Children's Book Festival

Saturday October 20th &
Sunday October 21st

(see Schedule)

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Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2BB

How to get there.

Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham RG40 1AS

How to get there.

Wokingham Children's Book Festival

Wokingham’s first ever Children's Book Festival on October 20th and 21st will be a fabulous chance for the children of Wokingham to meet 23 authors and illustrators who will bring stories to life through fun, interactive workshops.

Interactive workshops will be run in Wokingham Library and Wokingham Town Hall to show children how they can create and conjure up characters and plots that make them shake with excitement, amaze their parents and teachers, but most of all have them all bursting with pride.

With writing stories, creating characters and plots all part of the school curriculum, these workshops will help fuel imaginations and help in class too!

Talks and interactive workshops span the age ranges with events suitable for 3 - 12 years old.

There are several talks that are free, yes free! The other talks are priced at between £2 and £3 per person. Our official bookseller W H Smith will have a stall at each venue for you to purchase books (cash only).

For a list of all the workshops, and to buy tickets for workshops, see www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest.

Visit W H Smith website 'more arts.' Visit Wokingham Town Council website

Wokingham Children's Book Festival is brought to you by Wokingham Town Council, Wokingham Borough Libraries Service and 'more arts.'.

Timeless announcements: BOOKS and TALKS

These literary activities run permanently.

SPARK EDUCARE Learning Centre

Open daily


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SPARK EduCare - Lower Earley Centre, Maiden Place, Community Centre, Lower Earley, Wokingham, RG6 3HE

We are a 1:1 tutoring facility helping young people with their education.

9am-6pm we work with excluded, NEETs & Looked After Children;

Evenings, weekends & holidays we work with 5-18 in exam prep & fun activities.

Children new to the UK education system need a gradual introduction to the primary national curriculum.We have award winning resources for this vital transition education support service.

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