Readers' Day 2019

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This all-day event features internationally acclaimed authors and will bring readers and writers together for a day of inspiration, entertainment and lively discussion.

Saturday 16 November 9.45am to 4pm at County Hall, West Bridgford.  Tickets are £23 per ticket  / £20 concessions.

Meet the headlining writers and find out how to book below.

Kit de WaalPhoto of Kit De Waal by Sarah Lee

Kit’s debut novel My Name is Leon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award. Her second The Trick to Time was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Also the editor of Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, Kit talks about her work in conversation with Jane Brierley.

Abir MukherjeePhoto of Abir Mukherjee by Nick Tucker

The bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series of crime novels set in Raj-era India joins us following the publication of his latest novel Death in the East. Abir is the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award and the 2018 Wilbur Smith Award.

Photo of Christy LefteriChristy Lefteri

Author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo (BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice 2019) joins us following the publication of this critically acclaimed novel. The book puts a human face on the Syrian war - born
out of her time spent working as a volunteer at a UNICEF-supported refugee centre in Athens.


How to book:

Read about the morning and afternoon sessions by clicking on the titles below and make a note of your first and second choice for both morning and afternoon.

Morning sessions

A. K.L. Slater: Author talk: writer of psychological thrillers K.L. Slater has sold over a million copies of her books since 2016. Her novels include Closer and The Visitor.

B. Literary vs Commercial Fiction: Discussion. Why do we label some books as literary and others as commercial? Are the terms helpful to readers, and is one really more valuable than another? Join us to discuss.

C. Hometown Tales: Kerry Young. Author of the Costa shortlisted Pao, Kerry Young was one of the acclaimed writers in the Hometown Tales series, which looks beyond London to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. Kerry joins us to talk about her work, and looks at the importance of regional voices.

D. Never Trust an Older Woman: Sam Maxfield. Wicked stepmothers, hags and crones; why are older women often portrayed as dangerous to society in fairy tale tradition? Join author and lecturer Sam Maxfield to discover how and why mature women have been so long maligned in fairy tales.

E. Welcome to the Cheap Seats: Join Andrew Graves, author of Welcome to the Cheap Seats: Silver Screen Portrayals of the British Working Class, as he takes you on a trip around the side streets of kitchen sink cinema based on books, such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Kes.


Afternoon sessions

F. Would I Lie to You?: T.M. Logan and Caz Frear. Why are we so intrigued by tales of suspicion and betrayal? We talk to two novelists whose recent thrillers explore the consequences of secrets and lies. Caz Frear’s latest Stone Cold Heart was published this year. T.M. Logan’s latest The Holiday was one of this summer’s Richard & Judy Book Club picks.

G. Hit and Myth? Rewriting the Classics. Madeline Miller, Stephen Fry, Pat Barker — it seems as if everyone’s having a go at new tellings of old tales. Deirdre O’Byrne discusses some recent reworkings of the ancients and asks why we value Greek and Roman myths so highly.

H. Writing Bess of Hardwick: Kevin Fegan “Britain’s most innovative playwright” talks about how he adapted for the stage the fascinating story of Bess, England’s ‘commoner queen’ - one of Derbyshire’s most famous women and confidante to Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots.

I. The Accidental Memoir: Eve Makis. Novelist Eve Makis is one of the authors behind the inventive life-writing guide The Accidental Memoir, which takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, from the origins of their family name to their earliest memories. Hear about the book and explore how it could help you to tell your own story.

J. Novels that shaped our world: Discussion. As part of BBC Arts’ celebration of the 300th anniversary of the English language novel, a panel are set to reveal their list of 100 key novels. Join writer Clare Brown to discuss the enduring appeal of long fiction, and which books should - or shouldn’t - make the cut.

Now with your debit or credit card handy visit the secure online box office to choose sessions and book tickets.

If you are unable to book online or pay by card please call 0115 915 2873. (We are unable to take card payments by phone.)

See the full programme here 

Please note: The programme advertised may be subject to change without notice. Refunds cannot be issued. We can’t guarantee session preferences but we will do our best to give you your first choice.

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