In its early days Chorleywood Lit Fest ran over two November weekends but has grown into an extensive autumn festival with events running from September through October and November. The timing is deliberate so we can discover great books published in the run up to Christmas, thanks to authors being invited to Chorleywood by Bookshop owners Sheryl and Martin.
The Festival’s beauty lies in its variety, there’s something for everyone. Here’s what’s in store this month
One for novice foodies…
TV Chef and Cookery School owner Rosemary Shrager just oozes passion for food. Her latest book Cookery Coursekicks off with classic principles and progresses to mastering skills recipe-by-recipe (all 150 of them!) from poaching the perfect egg to kneading a fluffy white loaf. We predict a lively night with this bubbly extrovert who instils Kitchen confidence in any budding cook.
An evening with Celebrity Chef Rosemary Shrager, Mon 8 Oct, Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, £8.
Get to know the much misunderstood Russian composer via John Suchet’s biography, Tchaikovsky The Man Revealed. The Classic FM host follows the introverted musician’s life right up to his premature death at the age of 53.
An evening with John Suchet, Mon 22 Oct, 7.30pm, Sarratt Village Hall, WD3 6AS, £10
History Buffs should check out these three events…
Shaun Usher, author of Letters of Note, talks about his collection of famous and unknown Speeches of Notethat altered the course of history from Nelson Mandela’s Presidential speech to Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Prize speech as the youngest ever recipient
Speeches of Note with Shaun Usher, Fri 19 Oct, The Junction, WD3 5SG, 7.30pm, £8.
Paddy Ashdown introduces his new book Nein! Prepare for a fascinating evening of espionage, conspiracy and assassinations as we explore the courage of the German people and their allies who worked tirelessly to overthrow Hitler and the Nazi regime.
An evening with Paddy Ashdown , Wednesday 24 October, The Junction, WD3 5SG, 6.30pm, £12
Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman,hosts a night of history and scandal as she uncovers a completely different side toHenry VIII inThe Men who made him. Through her vivid storytelling, we get an insight into the Tudor King’s relationships with the males who surrounded him and learn much about his beliefs, behaviour and character in the process.
An evening with Tracy Borman,
Tuesday 30 October, The Junction, WD3 5SG, 7.30pm, £10
MORE THAN TALKS
Talk with Lunch
The perfect afternoon out for bookworms and such great value. a talk by Jodi Picoult plus buffet lunch. We are introduced to Jodi’s new book ‘A Spark of Light’ where ordinary lives are pushed to breaking point as a gunman opens fire in a women’s health clinic. The story moves backwards after the shooting, showing the lives of medical centre staff, the female patients, the shooter and a hostage negotiator — and the complicated ways their lives intersect.
An afternoon with Jodi Picoult, Thursday 1 November, The Junction, WD3 5SG, 11.45am, £25 inc Q& A, sandwich buffet lunch and signed book
QUIZ with Supper
Brilliant night out at a fact-packed quiz night with the quick witted QI team, John Lloyd, James Harkin and Anne Miller, as they present their new book 2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks And supper! Get a team of eight together or take pot luck and make new friends
Quiz night with John Lloyd and The QI Elves, Sat 27 Oct, 7.30pm, The Junction, WD3 5SG, £25 inc quiz, copy of book and supper. Cash bar on night
And OUR SECRET FAVOURITE
Lauren Child illustrates P.L. Travers’s Mary Poppins’, in a re-imagining of the beloved classic tale.
Expect a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious afternoon with the Children’s Laureate and a bonus of a copy of the exquisite gift book edition.
An afternoon with Lauren Child Sat 3 Nov, 4.30pm, The Junction, WD3 5SG, 4.30pm , £20 inc book
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