Artists

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See Claire on Saturday, 3 October, 4.30pm, at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place).

£6 Members’ Discount: 15%

Follow Claire on Twitter @ carmitstead

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Isabel Ashdown

Isabel Ashdown

See Isabel at ‘The Journey through Adolescence’ on Friday, 25 September, 7.45pm, at Nineveh. £4

www.MyriadEditions.com

The one book Isabel Ashdown wishes she had written is:

The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. I first read this book many years ago, and as a young woman I was struck by the intensely strange world created by McEwan. It’s a beautifully poetic piece of writing which has remained with me ever since.

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Cathy Baker

Cathy Baker

See Cathy at William Blake in the Garden of Love on Sunday, 27 September, 2pm, at Nineveh. £3

The one book Cathy Baker wishes she had written is:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This novel appears to be simple, light-hearted and naive, but really it’s skilful, complex and poignant. The choice of narrator is inspired and his world-view is fascinating from first page to last.

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Alison Baverstock

Alison Baverstock

See Alison at CIBAS Presents ‘Blogging and the Art of Success’ on Tuesday, 29 September, 7pm at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place).

www.alisonbaverstock.com

The one book Alison Baverstock wishes she had written is:

The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe. I think he must be the same age as me as all the references rang true (like what music you were dancing to during sixth form discos). Reading it was at times really uncomfortable – it felt as if someone had been reading my diary – but I loved the nostalgia.

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Alex Bell

 Alex Bell

See Alex at ‘The Journey through Adolescence’ on Friday, 25 September, 7.45pm, at Nineveh. £4

 

http://www.alex-bell.co.uk

The one book Alex Bell wishes she had written is:

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, because it is funny, bloody, exciting and action-packed all at the same time. It also has some of the best characterisation ever – especially in crippled torturer Inquisitor Glokta. If you like dark, humorous heroic fantasy, you’ll love this book.

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Charles Bennett

 

Charles BennettSee Charles at How to Make a Woman Out of Water on Saturday, 26 September, 8pm, at Nineveh. £4

 

http://www.enitharmon.co.uk/books.asp?sch=bennett&schBy=author

The one book Charles Bennett wishes he had written is: North by Seamus Heaney.

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Lucy Beresford

 

Lucy BeresfordSee Lucy on Tuesday, 29 September, 4pm, at Nineveh. £3.50

http://www.somethingimnot.co.uk/

The one book Lucy Beresford wishes she had written is:

F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night. It is sensual and full of heat and longing, but it also wears its exploration of mental health and illness lightly.

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Ian Billings

 Ian BillingsSee Ian at WordFest! on Sunday, 4 October, 5pm at Staunton Country Park. Tickets: £3 (Minimum age: 7 years)

 

http://www.ianbillings.com/

The one book Ian Billings wishes he had written is: How to Improve Your Spellink or perhaps Moby Duck?

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Yemisi Blake

 

Yemisi BlakeSee Yemisi at CIBAS Presents ‘Blogging and the Art of Success’ on Tuesday, 29 September, 7pm at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place).

www.yemisiblake.co.uk

The one book Yemisi Blake wishes he had written is:

Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Simon Brett
Simon BrettSee Simon on Friday, 25 September, 7.30pm, at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island. £6

http://www.simonbrett.com/

The one book Simon Brett wishes he had written is:

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith. It never fails to make me laugh.

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Philip Carr-Gomm

Philip Carr-GommSee Philip when he talks about The Book of English Magic on Saturday, 26

September, 4.15pm at The Star, North Street.

http://philipcarrgomm.druidry.org/books.htm

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Vanessa Curtis

 

fresh pageVanessa Curtis is the author of the new book Zelah Green Queen of Clean and is one of the judges of the children’s short story competition.

 http://www.vanessacurtis.com/page3.htm

The one book Vanessa Curtis wishes she had written is:

the new Sarah Waters novel, The Little Stranger. She’s a fantastic storyteller and a great conveyor of creepy atmosphere!
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Louis de Bernières

 

Louis de Bernieres - Antonius Players 190See Louis with the Antonius Players at WordFest! on Sunday, 4 October, 7.30pm at Staunton Country Park.

Tickets: £7 Under 25s £5

http://www.antoniusplayers.com/

The one book Louis de Bernières wishes he had written is:

The Bible, because it has enjoyed enduring appeal and sold very well for an incredibly long time!

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Joseph Delaney

 

Joseph delaneySpecially invited schoolchildren from all over the Borough will see Joseph at Warblington School on Friday, 2 October.

http://www.spooksbooks.com/

The one book Joseph Delaney wishes he had written is:

Without doubt The Lord of the Rings because it’s my favourite book and for many years I was trying and failing to become the next Tolkien, writing lots of epic fantasies which didn’t get published. I like it because it’s a rich imaginative piece of world-building and the foundation of a whole genre. I’ve had many hours of happiness reading Tolkien’s work.

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Siôn Donovan

 

Sion donovanSiôn is the Education Correspondent of The Portsmouth News and is the judge of the Festival short story competition.

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/

The one book Siôn Donovan wishes he had written is:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – because it would be nice to have a millionaire’s lifestyle and millions of fans worldwide.
 
 
 

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Stella Duffy
STELLA DUFFYStella Duffy is Havant Literary Festival’s Writer-in-Residence 2009. You can see Stella at the Grand Opening and Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday, 25 September and at her Writers’ Workshop on Saturday, 26 September between 10.30 and 4pm. See Programme page for details.

http://stelladuffy.wordpress.com/

The one book Stella Duffy wishes she had written is:

Vanity Fair. It’s a long time since I read it, but I still remember the feeling of being bowled over by it – and by brilliant Becky Sharp.
 
 

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Peter Hamilton Dyer

 

Peter Hamilton Dyer
 
See Peter at The Milton Consort on Monday, 28 September, 8pm at Havant Arts Centre. £6 Members’ Discount: 15%
 

The one book Peter Hamilton Dyer wishes he had written is:

today, I wished I’d written Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
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Amanda Field

 

amanda field cover 190See Amanda talking about her new book, England’s Secret Weapon – the Wartime Films of Sherlock Holmes on Thursday, 1 October, 7pm at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place). £5

http://www.thefilmhistorian.com

The one book Amanda Field wishes she had written is:

The Kinky Friedman Crime Club. Three well-plotted detective stories full of wise-cracks, cigars, espressos, cats, parachuting puppet-heads, and other New York eccentricities.

 
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Maggie Gee

 

Maggie GeeSee Maggie on Saturday, 26 September, 2pm, at Havant Arts Centre. £6 Members’ Discount: 15%

http://www.telegrambooks.com/archives/telegram/

The one book Maggie Gee wishes she had written is:

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
 
 
 
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Sandra Ann Horn

Sandra HornSee Sandra at a special Under 5s Session on Saturday, 3 October, 10am at Havant Library. Please apply direct to Havant Library for your free ticket.

Havant Borough schoolchildren will see Sandra at Mill Rythe and Mengham Schools on Wednesday, 30 September.

http://www.tattybogle.com/

The one book Sandra Ann Horn wishes she had written is:

The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West. The child’s eye view of a family in difficulties because of a beloved but feckless father is captured with compelling grace and humour. It is a coming-of-age novel of outstanding quality.
 
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Michael McCarthy

 

Mike McCarthySee Michael talking about his new book, Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo on Friday, 2 October, 7.30pm, at The Bear Hotel.   £6 Members’ Discount: 15%

http://www.johnmurray.co.uk

The one book Michael McCarthy wishes he had written is:  Twelfth Night

 
 

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Stella Mandella

Stella Mandella

See Stella guesting at Poets and Pints at the Robin Hood on 1st October

and headlining at Hampshire Voices at the White Hart on 3rd October.

She is also doing sets with other performance poets at the West Street

venue of Word on the Street on both Saturdays.

One of Hampshire freshest and most exciting talents.  A performer and

poet not to be missed.  But beware, she may steal your heart!

http://www.stellamandella.com/

 

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Russell MillerSee Russell at Arthur Conan Doyle’s Greatest Mystery on Sunday, 27 September, 5pm, at Nineveh. £4

http://www.pfd.co.uk/client/russell_miller/

The one book Russell Miller wishes he had written is:

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks because I think it is the only book to have captured in words – and paradoxically beautiful words – the full horror of trench warfare.
 
 
 
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Richard Milton

 

Richard MiltonBest of Enemies – Britain and Germany on Wednesday, 30 September, 7pm at Waterlooville Library. £3

 The one book Richard Milton wishes he had written is:

Frankenstein, instead of Mary Shelley, because although I would have been dead for two hundred years, I would have the satisfaction of knowing I had scared several generations witless.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sally Nicholls

 

sally nichollsSpecially invited schoolchildren from all over the Borough will see Sally at Warblington School on Thursday, 1 October.

http://www.sallynicholls.com/

The one book Sally Nicholls wishes she had written is:

Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle, because I love it. Or Homer’s The Illiad, because it’s a powerful story, vividly told.

 

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 Sam North

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See Sam at Sherlock Holmes & The Curse of the Nibelung on Saturday, 26 September, 6pm at Nineveh. £4.50

http://www.samnorth.com/

The one book Sam North wishes he had written is:

Catch 22. The funniest, sharpest satirical book on war ever written and a lesson that never gets learned that waging war is stupid and illogical and all about profit and no one ever ‘wins’. It is also brilliantly observed.

 

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Yong Pease

 

Yong PeaseSee Yong at ‘The Journey through Adolescence’ on Friday, 25 September, 7.45pm, at Nineveh. £4

http://www.yongpease.co.uk/

The one book Yong Pease wishes she had written is:

The Life of Pi. The story was so unusual, there were so many highs and lows, just like life really. I read it on a plane when I was travelling to Malaysia and it kept me enthralled and entertained for the thirteen-hour flight.

 
 

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Angela Pressland

 

Angie PresslandSee A Higher Education, the outstanding new Bench Theatre production by Angela Pressland on Friday and Saturday, 25 & 26 September, 7.30pm at Havant Arts Centre. £8

The one book Angela Pressland wishes she had written is

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson – the second of her Jackson Brodie novels. Wonderfully rich and intriguing characters, an ingenious and compelling plot . . . Witty, poignant, and so intelligently and fluidly written.

 

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Leigh Russell

 

Leigh Russell coverSee Leigh at Leigh Russell – Cut Short on Monday, 28 September, 6.30pm at Nineveh. £3.50

 

http://www.noexit.co.uk/titles.php/itemcode/488

 The one book Leigh Russell wishes she had written is:

The 39 Steps, John Buchan

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Jane Schaffer

Jane Schaffer coverSee Jane at Jane Schaffer – From Ofsted to Publisher on Friday, 2 October, 4pm at Nineveh. £3

http://www.sevenarchespublishing.co.uk/

The one book Jane Schaffer wishes she had written is:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, not least for the fabulous front cover with a raised lizard and gold writing – gorgeous!

 

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 Shedman

ShedmanSee Shedman – and his shed! – in The Square, Emsworth on Friday and Saturday 2 and 3 October.

http://www.shedman.net/

Follow Shedman on Twitter @ Shedman

The one book Shedman wishes he had written is:

A Hut of One’s Own: Life Outside the Circle of Architecture by Ann Cline. A brilliant treatise on why the simple shed is so important.

 

 

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Fay Weldon

 

Fay_WeldonSee Fay in conversation with Claire Armitstead of The Guardian on Saturday, 3 October, 1pm at United Reformed Church Hall (The Havant Meeting Place). Tickets: £8 Members’ Discount: 15%

The one book Fay Weldon wishes she had written is:

1984 or Catch 22
 
 
 
 
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Jayne Woodhouse

Jayne WoodhouseJayne is the author of many children’s books, including several in the Life and Times and BBC Fact Finders series, and is one of the judges of the children’s short story competition.

The one book Jayne Woodhouse wishes she had written is:

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. This is because I spend a lot of time writing about history. This book vividly brings the distant past to life by the way in which the author so skilfully combines historical facts with her own imagination.
 
  
 
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Ian Whybrow
 

Ian WhybrowSpecially invited schoolchildren from all over the Borough will see Ian at St James’ and Barncroft Junior Schools on Tuesday, 29 September

 

The one book Ian Whybrow wishes he had written is:

I wouldn’t really want to be Charles Dodgson, but what writer would not wish, one day, to write a book as appealing or influential as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”? It’s clever, funny, wise, inventive, sly, full of memorable lines (particularly when it breaks into verse) and when he wrote it, there had never been anything like it. Every time you read it, you find something fresh and remarkable and one suspects that people will never stop wanting to read it.

 

Russell Miller