June 14th: Tamar Hodes

Tuesday 14th June, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Stripe Studio

Book Fair from 6.30 in the foyer.

Speaker: Tamar Hodes, author

Talk:  Life Drawing, Life Writing

In life drawing classes there is a model, but when we write we have no such model, so where do our ideas come from? And how can experiences be turned into fiction? Using her story ‘The Pigeon’, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, writer Tamar Hodes will show us how she used a real incident as a basis for her work, combining fact with imagination and technique. She will also read from her latest novel Mixed.

Tamar’s books – Raffy’s ShapesThe Watercress Wife and Other StoriesThe Water and the Wine, and Mixed will be on sale and she will happily sign copies.

Special Guest: B Random, author

A passion for sci-fi/ fantasy  as a teenager led to her writing a first book aged fourteen. After a family and a career in law and medicine came a chance to return to her first love for writing. Her inspirations come from science, wildlife and nature, especially the sea. She has been a member of the Hampshire Writers’ Society since its inception.

The appeal of living in another world, escaping from the mundane, endures.  Delighting in the weird and wonderful, sharing glorious flights of imagination, she draws you into fantasy lands and darkest emotion. The style will take your breath away and make you smile. Expect a vivid roller-coaster of action, emotion and the unexpected. For her, the writer’s reward is to take other people into that brand new world and show them its magic.

HWS Members entry: free

Visitors tickets £10; Students £2

May 10th: Beth O’Leary

Writing with Hear

Tuesday 10th May, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Winton Building Room 5,  University of Winchester

Beth will discuss her writing journey, how and why she writes uplifting fiction, and why she believes reading should never be a guilty pleasure.
Beth O’Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Flatshare’, on her train journey to and from her job at a children’s publishing house. The book has been longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize and shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.
Beth now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time.
Beth O’Leary’s latest book, The No-Show  was published by Quercus on 5th April 2022 and on 24th April reached No.5 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List.

Special guest: Louise Morrish
Louise Morrish is a Librarian from Hampshire whose debut novel won the 2019 Penguin Random House First Novel Competition in partnership with the Daily Mail. She finds inspiration for her stories in the real-life adventures of women in the past, whom history has forgotten. Her novel, Operation Moonlight will be published on 21st July 2022.

HWS Members entry: free

Visitors tickets £10; Students £2

Networking from 7pm

Book Stalls : P&G Wells Books and HWS Member Dai Henley