What's on: BOOKS & TALKS & COMEDY & POETRY READINGS

Events at local libraries, book clubs, lectures, talks, comedy, poetry groups, reading groups, education, books and stories.

Henley Literary Festival 2018

Saturday 29th September
to
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 from Monday 23rd July 2018.

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

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Sunday 1st July to
Sunday 2nd September

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Each of Wokingham Borough Libraries

How to get there.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

(c) Beano @ D C Thomson Ltd (2018)

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. It's fun, it's FREE and you can sign up at any of the Wokingham Borough Libraries from Sunday July 1st until September 2nd.

Just read six library books and collect a map of Beano-town and smelly stickers as you go. Collect a medal and a certificate when you complete the challenge. There will be lots of Mischief Makers events at libraries this summer.

Open to all primary school aged Library members.

For more details about the Summer Reading Challenge visit: wp.me/p5mHbU-3k3/.

For our full list of summer events visit: www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/.

EVENTS for UNDER 5s: For a list of Summer 2018 Events for the under 5's at Wokingham Borough Libraries, please download Under 5s Summer Programme 2018.

Teen Reading Challenge

Saturday 14th July to
Tuesday 11th September

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Each of Wokingham Borough Libraries

How to get there.

Teen Reading Challenge

Are you aged between 12 and 19?

Do you think you can read six books before the end of the summer?

Then join Wokingham Borough Libraries Teen Reading Challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book.

Starts Saturday July 14th and runs until Tuesday September 11th.

One winner per library will win a YA book filled goody bag.

Igniting Writing: Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Saturday July 28th
Saturday August 4th

10.30am to 3pm

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Wokingham Library

How to get there.

Igniting Writing: Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library's creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

A Hero's Journey - Saturday July 28th 10.30am to 3pm

Everyone has wondered to themselves at least once 'what would my life be like if I had superpowers?' and this workshop is your chance to find out! If you've ever wanted to create your own superhero and tell the tales of their crimefighting exploits, this workshop will give you the opportunity to develop your own hero, with a backstory, supervillains and more!

The World of Worldbuilding - Saturday August 4th 10.30am to 3pm

All book-lovers enjoy immersing themselves in a world within the pages of a book, like Narnia or the Star Wars universe, but what do writers do to create those worlds? And how do you turn a collection of characters and settings into a whole world that a reader can imagine themselves living in? This workshop will focus on enabling you to create your own fictional world, whether it's sci-fi, fantasy or something else entirely, and build it from the ground up!

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills.

£5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.


Timeless announcements: BOOKS and TALKS

These literary activities run permanently.

SPARK EDUCARE Learning Centre

Open daily

9am-3pm

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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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More information: For information and an enrolment form download our brochure or visit our website at www.sparkeducarecic.com or call 0118 986 3377 or 0118 966 6441