A packed programme of more than 30 literary events is being presented by Hertfordshire County Council’s library service throughout March and April.
LitFest ‘16 will kick off with an event at St Albans Library on World Book Day, 3 March, where crime writer David Hewson, who adapted TV’s ‘The Killing’ into a novel, and audiobook narrator Saul Reichlin talk about their collaboration.
This will be followed by events in libraries throughout the county including appearances and talks by authors such as J Paul Henderson and Rowan Coleman, and historians Andrew Houseman and Roger Moorhouse.
Alison Weir, who gave a talk on Six Tudor Queens: The Wives of Henry VIII at a LitFest event last year will be returning to talk about Richard III, The Man and the Myth later in March.
There will be a ‘Romantic Afternoon Tea’ at Hoddesdon Library with authors Jean Fullerton, Janet Gover and Liz Harris, which includes free tea, coffee and cake.
Other events include a talk by the husband and daughter of Call the Midwife author Jennifer Worth, an illustrated talk on ‘Jane Austen's London’ by Louise Allen as well as a talk on the history of stagecoaches.
The festival closes on World Book Night, 23 April, with afternoon tea with best-selling crime writer John Harvey.
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “Once again, our library service has organised an exciting programme of events for LitFest. There’s a fantastic range of authors lined up, covering the full spectrum of literary tastes, interests and themes.
"Events like LitFest ’16 are part of our vision for the future of libraries in Hertfordshire. We are committed to keeping the library as an inspiring place at the heart of the community, ambitious in its use of digital technology and delivered in partnership with local residents, organisations and communities.”
Watch out in libraries for posters advertising the events and find details of individual events at: www.hertsdirect.org/libraries
No Exit Press Crime Panel
Leigh Russell, Howard Linskey, Peter Murphy, Alex Blackmore and other surprise guests from No Exit Press discuss their writing and getting published.
Wednesday 30 March Harpenden Library 7.15pm
Authors in Armour
Ben Kane and Anthony Riches, the Roman history novelists, talk about their books and adventures in full Roman costume.
Thursday 7 April Cheshunt Library 7.15pm
A guide to Nordic Noir on the page and screen
A lively tour by Barry Forshaw, the UKs leading expert on Scandicrime.
Wednesday 13 April Watford Library 7.15pm
Lincoln: Husband, Father, President
Hear more about Abraham Lincoln - the man - from local expert, Andrew Houseman.
Thursday 14 April Hemel Hempstead Library in the Civic Centre 7.15pm
Samer Nashef: The Naked Surgeon
Nashef unclothes his own profession to reveal its secrets – with clarity, fluency and not a little wit.
Tuesday 19 April Welwyn Garden City Library 7.15pm
Annie Murray: Now the War is Over
The family saga author introduces us to the latest of her Birmingham-based novels. ‘Now the War is Over’ is the sequel to ‘War Babies’
Wednesday 20 April Ware Library 10.30am
Stagecoaches: the travel wonder of their age
Hear about the heyday of stagecoach travel with period expert, Louise Allen
Thursday 21 April Royston Library 2.00pm
Louise Allen: Jane Austen’s London
Enjoy an illustrated talk on Regency London and the places Jane Austen visited.
Thursday 21 April Hertford Library 7.15pm
Afternoon Tea with John Harvey
Enjoy afternoon tea with best-selling crime writer and former Stevenage teacher John Harvey, author of the popular Charlie Resnick series.
Saturday 23 April Stevenage Library 2.30pm
Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited at these events
Book tickets: you can book online, at the library or by phone 01707 281533
For further details tel: 0300 123 4049
Textphone for hearing or speech impaired users; 0300 123 4041
NB Daytime events include a tea or coffee, afternoon tea events also include cake and evening events include a complimentary glass of wine.
Booster Cushion: Alan in Wonderland and the Three Goats Plus
Alice is stuck in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and it's up to brother Alan to rescue her
Sunday 13 March Bishops Stortford Library 1.30pm
Saturday 23 April Watford Library 11.00am
£5 per family
WRAP event: Creating Shakespeare's Globe
Create the Globe Theatre with WRAP: Watford Recycled Arts Project
Saturday 19 March North Watford Library 10.00am-12.00noon
Drop in-£1 per child no booking required
Booster Cushion: The Big Book of Tall Tales
Come on an adventure that will have you falling through the pages, discovering the washed away words and helping to find the story!
Sunday 20 March St Albans Library 1.30pm
£5 per family
Steve Cole: Stop Those Monsters!
Steve is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, million selling, non stop author of Young Bond, Astrosaurs, Cows in Action, Astrosaurs Academy, Slime Squad, Z.Rex and Magic Ink.
Tuesday 22 March Stevenage Library 4.30pm
£2 per person (children under 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Horrid Henry Storybook Making
What has Horrid Henry been up to now? You decide! Adults and children create a storybook together to take home. Ages 5-11
Tuesday 5 April Baldock Library 10.30-12noon
Thursday 7 April Harpenden Library 3-4.30pm
£2 per child
Comic Art Workshop with Beano Artist Kev F
Create your own cartoon character and story with Beano artist Kev F Sutherland. Ages 8+
Wednesday 6 April Hitchin Library 10.00-12.15pm , and, 1.30-3.45pm
£5 per child
Zoolab: Morpho the Munching Millipede
Zoolab offers an interactive story session and a fascinating animal handling experience. Ages 5+
Wednesday 6 April Bushey Library 10.00am
Wednesday 6 April Hatfield Library 3.00pm
Thursday 7 April Tring Library 10.00am
Thursday 7 April Rickmansworth Library 3.00pm
£5 per family
Something Loud: Create your own music
Create your own music with Ipad apps. For school aged children.
Create your own music with IPad Apps on Thursday 7 April Hemel Hempstead Library 10.00am-12noon
Making music with ukuleles on Thursday 14 April Hemel Hempstead Library 10.00am-12noon
FREE - Drop in no booking required