10.30am - 12.45pm
Creative Writing Workshop
Write A Brief Memoir
£22 (only 20 places available)
Many people who attend writing workshops want to write an autobiography or biography but are daunted by writing at length. This workshop with published author and poet, Miriam Halahmy, will outline how to write a satisfying but short memoir either about your own life or someone else's - with examples and juicy writing exercises to get you started. All levels welcome. Just bring along a pen and paper and an idea of who you want to write about in your Brief Memoir.
11am - 12pm
50 Years of Doctor Who
James Goss, Marcus Hearn & Steve Tribe
talk to Alan Fell
A celebration for fans of all ages
Unfortunately Steve Tribe will not be able to join us due to ill health.
Marcus Hearn's The Vault is a collector's dream, an unforgettable journey through 50 years of photographs, props, costumes designs, production memos, letters and scripts while The Doctor: His Lives And Times by James Goss and Steve Tribe, charts the story of an impossible life - of a man who borrowed a spaceship, travelled in time and continually saved the universe. Come and hear more about the never-before-told story of Gallifrey's last Time Lord.
11.30am - 12.30pm
Parody, Satire & Humour:
Why critics don't take funny books seriously
John Crace and Lucy Mangan
Critics sometimes remark on the humour in novelists such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens as if it's a quality of the writing the reader needs permission to enjoy. Meanwhile many other books that are hailed as comic masterpieces barely raise a smile. What makes humour the poor relation of so much literature? And is it time to take comedy rather more seriously?
12pm - 1pm
Hanns & Rudolf
The Tracking Down of Rudolf Höss
Thomas Harding talks to Paula Kitching
It was only at Uncle Hanns' funeral in 2006 that Thomas Harding discovered that Hanns, a German Jew, was responsible, for arresting the Kommandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss. He knew that his great-uncle had fled Germany in the mid-1930s, and had returned, fighting for the British, towards the end of the war. Join Thomas to hear the rest of Uncle Hanns' astonishing story.
1pm - 2pm
Is It Cricket?
Harry Pearson & Miles Jupp talk to Ian Bloom
Two authors share a passion for the game of cricket with fellow writer Ian Bloom. With Harry Pearson's trademark humour, The Trundlers celebrates 'dobbers' in all their sleeves-rolled-up, uncomplaining workaday glory, bringing bread-and-butter bowlers who 'do a bit off the seam', 'wobble the odd one about' or 'nag away at off-stump' out into the limelight for the first time. Fanatical about cricket, Miles Jupp, would do anything to see his heroes play. His joyous, charming yet cautionary tale, Fibber in the Heat, is for anyone who has ever dreamt about nothing but watching cricket all day long.
1pm - 2pm
Speak, Old Parrot
Dannie Abse celebrates his 90th birthday,
talks to Allan Morgenthau
This special event with renowned poet Dannie Abse heralds the opening of our Poetry in the Park afternoon in neighbouring Golders Hill Park. In Dannie's lifetime he has published an astonishing array of work including poetry, fiction, criticism, plays and autobiography. Speak, Old Parrot is a return to themes of loss, love, medicine and its moral implications, the nature of creativity, Jewish folk tradition and the passing of time.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
How To Read A Graveyard
Peter Stanford talks to Paula Kitching
If we want to know how we struggle today with understanding or facing up to death, then graveyards provide a starting point. Death is the one certainty in life, yet we are collectively reluctant to talk about it. If we want to escape the present taboo on acknowledging our mortality and contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. Stanford shows us how to read a graveyard, what to look out for on our own, and how even the most initially unpromising exploration can enthral.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Like Mother Like Daughter
Deborah and Lottie Moggach talk to John Crace
Deborah Moggach's new book, Heartbreak Hotel is a warm, wise and funny romp in the Welsh countryside, which will appeal to the legions of fans who enjoyed the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Lottie Moggach's Kiss Me First is a moving coming of age story hidden within a harrowing mystery. While Lottie explores a lot of dark territory-suicide, alienation, innocence betrayed--she has also written an unexpectedly warm-hearted novel.
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Judith Kerr's Creatures
Judith Kerr celebrates her life & work with
Julia Eccleshare, tea, & jam sandwiches!
Children under 12: Kid For a Quid
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
In celebration of her 90th birthday, Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and many other iconic books, talks about her life and work with Guardian children's book editor, Julia Eccleshare. Through her lavishly illustrated new retrospective, Judith tells her own story, and of the 'creatures', that spring to life from the pages of her books.
3pm - 4pm
Kate - A Biography
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Duchess of Cambridge
Marcia Moody talks to Paula Kitching
At the centre of a surge in affection for our Royals is a woman who has captured the heart of a nation. With husband, Prince William, she is ushering in a new dawn for the UK's reigning family. To mark the birth of Kate's first baby - the new third in line to the throne - Marcia Moody's new book gives a comprehensive, up to the minute, biography of the woman who will one day be Queen.
3pm - 4pm
Charlotte Mendelson talks to Claire Armitstead
In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations, traditions and un-English pride, she knows she must escape. But at Combe Abbey, an English public school, she realises she has made a terrible mistake. Charlotte Mendelson talks about her perfectly balanced observations of human nature captured in all its hideous glories to Guardian Books and News Editor, Claire Armitstead.
3pm - 4pm
Teddy Goldstein talks to Gerald Jacobs
Winner of the 2012 USA Best Book Awards in the E-books - Historical Fiction Category, Goldstein's novel takes the reader from extraordinary revelation to nail-biting resolution. Dr. Michael Turner knows only that he was saved from certain death at the age of four and hidden in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Then the lawyer's letter, the misty photographs and the revelation that his aunt survived Dachau draw him inexorably into his past.
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Like Sorrow Or A Tune
A new selection Of Poems
Celebrating Eleanor Farjeon
Anne Harvey talks to Al Senter
Eleanor Farjeon's long and colourful life emerges through this diverse range of poems, edited by Anne Harvey. Eleanor wrote over 80 books of poetry, drama, novels, essays and short stories, winning three major awards. Among her friends were D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare and Edward Thomas, whose death in the First World War inspired poignant sonnets touching on her grief. She remains known as the writer of the hymn, Morning has Broken.
4.30pm - 5.30pm
What's In A Surname?
A Journey From Abercrombie To Zwicker
David McKie talks to Allan Morgenthau
A brilliant journey through the nation's surnames. Part social, part cultural, part local history, this is a fascinating exploration of the way in which the nation's surnames have evolved and what they tell us about who we are and where we have come from. Written by a master of the unusual and the quirky, this is a superbly readable account of a peculiarly fascinating aspect of the nation's history.
5pm - 6pm
The Way We Live And How We Got There
A Nations's Obsessions, Prejudices,
Values & Idiosyncrasies
Mark Easton talks to Paula Kitching
Learn about the psyche of Britain; From Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Cheese and Dogs through Immigration, Justice, Knives and Murder to the Queen, Umbrellas, Vegetables and the Zzzz of a well-deserved rest. BBC's Mark Easton's meticulously researched but accessible Britain Etc. maps the back-story of contemporary Britain.
6pm - 7pm
The Rules of Acting
For budding thesps, armchair critics, & anyone with an interest in the Arts
Michael Simkins talks to Al Senter
In The Rules of Acting, actor Michael Simkins provides practical advice for would-be actors, giving the layman a scurrilous, hilarious romp through auditions and beyond. Should you go to Drama School? How do you get or get rid of an agent? What is the best way to deal with audition rejections or bad reviews? And just what is the protocol for Oscar night?
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Sunshine On A Plate
Shelina Permalloo, Winner of MasterChef 2012 talks to Anne Shooter
6.5 million viewers watched Shelina Permalloo triumph in the 2012 MasterChef final. She brought Mauritian food to TV for the first time, inspiring legions of home cooks. Since winning the title, she has cooked at the Good Food Shows and now plans to open her own restaurant serving Mauritian food. Sunshine on a Plate showcases Shelina's unique food, with family friendly time saving recipes.
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Creative Writing Workshop
£22 (only 12 places available)
Improve your fiction writing skills. Discover your strengths and weaknesses to help you push your writing to a higher level while retaining your unique voice. You will be asked to write according to suggestions from the tutor and will send a piece of up to 1,000 words to be circulated to the group for feedback at the event. Your piece should be sent two weeks in advance to email@example.com.