Havant Literary Festival Events for 2010

Saturday 17 April: A ‘meet the author’ event in the Meridian Centre, Havant

On Saturday 17 April, a small publishing house based in Winchester - Dragon International Independent Arts http://www.diiarts.com/ - is holding a 'Meet the Authors' event in The Meridian Centre. The four writers involved are all first-time published authors. The first three books are historical novels.

May 1812, by M.M. Bennetts, vividly evokes the events surrounding the assassination of the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, shot dead in the House of Commons.

Harbour, by Paul House, is set in Hong Kong between 1937 and 1941. It brings to life the interaction and conflict between colonial, Chinese and Japanese cultures.

Die a Dry Death, by Greta van der Rol, is a story of enterprise and courage, centred on the sinking of the Dutch East Indies vessel 'Batavia' off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. The survivors were stranded on a group of uninhabited, hostile islands, with little food or fresh water.

Pistols for Two - Breakfast for One, by Matthew J. Dick, represents a lighter side to Dragon International’s list, following in the footsteps of great British comedic writers such as P.G. Wodehouse and George MacDonald Fraser.

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The event is free. Come along at any time between 10.00am and 5.00pm, meet these new authors.

Thursday 30 September: Tim Butcher

‘Blood River – A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart’ was one of the most brilliant non-fiction publications of 2007. As a journalist for the ‘Daily Telegraph’, Tim Butcher made an extraordinary journey down the Congo River, recreating H.M. Stanley’s famous expedition of 1876. The journey itself was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, past and present, is more remarkable still.

Tim Butcher will be at the United Reformed Church Meeting Hall, Havant at 7.00 on September 30 to talk about his new book ‘Chasing the Devil – The Quest for Africa’s Fighting Spirit’ which will be published on 9 September. This will be a ticketed event.

The 2010 Havant Literary Festival Poetry Competition

The theme for the entries this year is ‘Transition’ judged by the distinguished poet Charles Bennett, perhaps best known for his collection ‘How to Make a Woman out Of Water’. Full details of prize money, the rules of the competition and how to enter will be available on the festival website in May, with a final submission date in August.

For readers aged 9 to 15: Derek Landy Sunday April 25th

Derek Landy, author of the best selling Skulduggery Pleasant series will be at the Central Library Portsmouth Guildhall Square on Sunday April 25th to give a talk about his new book - Dark Days, the fourth in the series. This event is organised by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth School Library service and starts at 2pm. Tickets are £5, all of which can be redeemed off a book bought at the event for signing by Derek. The first 60 people buying Dark Days will also receive a free publisher’s poster which Derek will also sign. Tickets are available from The Hayling Island Bookshop Tel: 02392 466620.