Saturday 26th September

Word on the Street!
Saturday, 26 September, 10am – 3.30pm, West Street and Gazebo Garden, Havant
A feast of free live entertainment in two locations in Havant Town Centre. West Street will have the noisier, energised performances and the Gazebo Garden (in East Pallant car park) will host the quieter, more contemplative offerings. Highlights include A F Harold, Stella Mandella and The House Band in West Street; Ann-Marie Laugher, The Havant Mysteryes with John Scadding and John Hardcastle’s classical guitar in the Gazebo Garden. See the Word on the Street! page for more information.

Book Sale
Saturday, 26 September, 10 – 4pm, United Reformed Church Hall
Free entry to this bumper second hand book sale. Bargains galore!

Books and Boots
Saturday, 26 September, 10.30 – 11.30am, Waterlooville Library
Story and craft session for four to seven year olds.
Please apply direct to Waterlooville Library for your free ticket.

The Tale Tellers
Saturday, 26 September, 10.30am, Havant Arts Centre
Bring your children along to the fun and excitement of being inside a story. Our storytelling will engage your children directly, face to face, allowing early readers to experience the joy of the story first and foremost, and to be a part of it. Today’s principal story: The Shoemaker and the Elves. Suitable for four to seven year olds.
Free event

Read for Life
Saturday, 26 September, 10.30 – 12pm, United Reformed Church Hall
Read for Life is a social enterprise which recruits and trains volunteers to go into local primary schools and work on a one-to-one basis with children who find reading difficult. Volunteers currently work with children in Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport primary schools. For more information on the scheme or an informal chat with Mary or Sukhi, drop in to the café area of the United Reformed Church Hall.

Saturday, 26 September, 10.30 -4pm, Nineveh
Winchester bookbinder, Jack Walters will have examples of the book binder’s craft on display and will do his best to answer your questions!

Writers’ Workshop with Stella Duffy
Saturday, 26 September, 10.30 – 4pm, United Reformed Church Hall
An outstanding one day workshop with Havant Literary Festival Writer-in-Residence, Stella Duffy. Writing is a physical activity; Stella uses practical exercises and improvisation/theatre techniques to help kick-start writing – whether the kick is to overcome a block, make a new leap, or just get on with it! Stella Duffy has written eleven novels, over thirty short stories, and eight plays. Her latest novel, The Room of Lost Things, won Stonewall Writer of the Year 2008, and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. She is also a performer and theatre director.
Tickets £25
Numbers are strictly limited, first come, first served. Apply direct to The Secretary, Havant Literary Festival, 11 The Pallant, Havant, PO9 1BE and enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Havant Literary Festival

More than Words – Exhibition
Saturday, 26 September, 10.30 – 4.30pm, Emsworth Museum
A wander through the world of Pop-up and Illustrated Books. This exhibition, from the personal collection of Carol Waldron, provides a colourful insight into the added dimension that illustrations and pop-ups can bring to the printed page and includes reference works on the history of pop-ups.
Admission is free – donations are welcome

Books and Boots
Saturday, 26 September, 1.30 – 2.30pm, Emsworth Library
Story and craft session for four to seven year olds.
Please apply direct to Emsworth Library for your free ticket

Maggie Gee – Imagining Others
Saturday, 26 September, 2pm, Havant Arts Centre
Author of The White Family, My Cleaner, My Driver and many others, best-selling writer and former chair of the Royal Society of Literature, Maggie Gee talks about the mysterious process of creating characters.
Tickets: £6 HLF Members’ Discount: 15%
Please show your Membership Card at time of purchase
Box Office: 023 9247 2700 /
Books available for sale and signing

Books and Boots
Saturday, 26 September, 3 – 4pm, Emsworth Library
Story and craft session for four to seven year olds.
Please apply direct to Emsworth Library for your free ticket.

Philip Carr-Gomm – The Book of English Magic
Saturday, 26 September, 4.15pm, Function Room, The Star, North Street
Renowned author and leading druid, Philip Carr-Gomm will be talking about and signing copies of his important new book,
The Book of English Magic. 
Supporting exhibition of pagan art and bardic harp music from
John Corin. 
Tickets £5 (redeemable when you buy the book) from Nineveh bookshop, other festival venues and on the door

Playwriting – Getting Started
Saturday, 26 September, 4.30pm, United Reformed Church Hall
A practical discussion: how ideas can be shaped for stage performance, led by writer Jacquie Penrose. Also taking part will be Angela Pressland, author of A Higher Education, the winner of Bench Theatre’s New Play Competition (performed at 7.30 tonight at Havant Arts Centre, see below for details).
Tickets: £4
Box Office: 023 9247 2700 /

Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Nibelung
Saturday, 26 September, 6pm, Nineveh
Author Sam North talks about his Sherlock Holmes mystery set in 1939, in which the ageing detective must penetrate the biggest secret of the Third Reich. Sam is also the author of Another Place to Die, about an initially mild flu pandemic which spreads panic across the globe!
Tickets: £4.50
Box Office: 023 9247 2700 /
Books available for sale and signing

A Higher Education, Bench Theatre
Saturday, 26 September, 7.30pm, Havant Arts Centre
Angela Pressland’s outstanding new play, the winner of the Bench Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season Competition.
Tickets: £8 Concessions £6
Box Office: 023 9247 2700 /
Bench Theatre website

How to Make a Woman Out of Water
Saturday, 26 September, 8pm, Nineveh
Dr Charles Bennett, Programme Leader in Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, reads from his poetry collection, How to Make a Woman Out of Water. Plus guests.
Tickets: £5
Box Office: 023 9247 2700 /
Books available for sale and signing