Top authors at library’s literary festival

Ready for Literary Day: Aylesbury Library staff Ben Foster, Deborah Evans and Pete Anstiss
Ready for Literary Day: Aylesbury Library staff Ben Foster, Deborah Evans and Pete Anstiss

Aylesbury Library is holding its first every literary festival on Saturday, November 30, with an impressive line-up of best-selling authors.

Starting at 10.30am, each of the nine authors has 20 minutes to thrill and delight their audiences with anecdotes from their lives, activities to get involved in, or advice on how to be a writer.

Those appearing are:

l Martin Manser, Aylesbury’s acclaimed wordsmith and one of Britain’s most celebrated lexicographers, who has authored more than 200 books (10.30am).

l Penelope Harper, from Hampshire, author of Lollipop and Grandpa children’s picture books (11am).

l Steve Cole, from Haddenham, who is the new author of the Young Bond books as well as the million-selling Astrosaurs series and a Doctor Who novel (11.30am)

l Teri Terry, from Aston Clinton, an eight-times literary award-winning author of the Slated trilogy (12.10pm).

l S J Bolton, from Long Crendon, the internationally acclaimed author of the popular Lacey Flint series (12.50pm).

l Caroline Green, from north London, author of RoNA award-winning Dark Ride for young adults (1.30pm).

l Jenny Smith, from Princes Risborough, children’s author of The Abominators (2pm).

l Claire Steele, from Weedon, a specialist in creative writing (2.30pm).

At 2.30pm there will also be a Chatterbooks Book Club taster for kids, filled with stories, games, and book-themed fun.

Aylesbury Library’s group manager Sarah Townsend said it would be an out-of-the-ordinary day.

She said: “We’ve a glittering array of award-winning writing talent right on our doorstep. This is a great opportunity to meet some of them, hear their stories first-hand, and read some of their books.”

Martin Phillips, Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The authors have generously given their time and talent and I’m confident their stories will be a great inspiration.

“These events really do demonstrate that our libraries have great cultural value - much more than book-borrowing centres!”

Authors will be on hand during the day to sign books, which will be on sale from a stand run by The Book House, Thame.