Gala Evening Tuesday 10th June 2014

Lady Carnarvon – Chatelaine of Highclere Castle

‘Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey’

Countess of Carnarvon © Tobi CorneyDrawing on material from private archives at Highclere, the setting for Downton Abbey, its chatelaine, the Countess of Carnarvon, shares the dramatic story of her ancestors and previous Highclere occupants, Lord Porchester and Lady Catherine. The glamorous and wealthy, Catherine became the toast of London society when she travelled across the Atlantic in 1920 to marry the Earl of Porchester, or ‘Porchy’, as he was known. At just 19 Catherine had to learn how to organise and host the lavish banquets and weekend house parties that Porchy so loved. She found herself suddenly in charge of the more than eighty staff working at Highclere Castle. From War time to peace time and with all of the current anecdotes of running the castle and the impact of Downton Abbey on Highclere, Lady Carnarvon will discuss her book Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey, and life at Highclere.

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Tuesday 13th May 2014

JamesBioPicJames Wills – Literary Agent at Watson Little Literary Agency

‘Why Do I Need a Literary Agent in the Digital Age?’

Special Guest: The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs and the Mayoress, Barbara Jeffs

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Tuesday 8th April 2014

Fluer Adcock and Julian Stannard – poets

‘Travels in Poetry’

Special Guest: Stephen Boyce – poet and WWC Arts Advisor

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Tuesday 11th March 2014

Elizabeth Buchan – romantic and historical novelist

‘A Writer’s Journey’

Elizabeth BuchanElizabeth Buchan reveals her fascinating journey from publishing to becoming a full time author.  She’ll share how she set about writing the complex relationship between mothers and daughters as seen in her book Daughters and will discuss her latest book I Can’t Begin to Tell You due out in August.  As well as writing novels and short stories, some of which have broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Elizabeth reviews books for the Sunday Times.  She was a New York Times best seller for Revenge of the Middle -Aged Woman.

Special Guest: Bobbie Neate – author of Conspiracy of Secrets

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Tuesday 11th February 2014

Steve HawesSteve Hawes – scriptwriter for TV, film and theatre, and producer

‘What’s HE to HECUBA? A Writer’s Reflection on Vice-Versa’

Steve Hawes talks about his experiences in the industry writing drama for Granada,  Belgian and French television, while his play Original Sin toured in 2009.

Special guest: Deborah Edgington – Marketing Director for the Chisel Theatre

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Tuesday 14th January 2014

Sarah Mussi – children’s author

Megan Farr – Editor and PR Manager from publisher Hot Key Books

‘How to Write a Children’s Book that Editors Know They Can’t Market’

Sarah MussiSarah Mussi has received excellent reviews for Siege, her current raw and powerful YA thriller set in 2020.  She won the Glenn Dimplex children’s Book of the Year Award for The Door of No Return, an adventure thriller set in Ghana and England.

Megan Farr is the PR Manager for Hot Key Books, a new publisher of books by authors writing for  9-19 year olds.  One of their recent publications, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner won the 2013 Costa Book Award for Children’s Fiction.

Special guest: Owen Calvert-Lyons – the new Artistic Director of The Point in Eastleigh

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Tuesday 10th December 2013

mullanJohn Mullan – Professor of English UCL

‘Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Celebration’ – What matters in Jane Austen?

Special Guest: Angela Hicken – Literature Development Officer, Hampshire County Council

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Tuesday 12th November 2013

Ros BarberDr Ros Barber – The Marlowe-Shakespeare Society

‘Why u Shakespeare’s Authorship Doubted? And Does It Matter?’

Special guest: Dr Mick Jardine, Shakespeare Specialist in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester

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Tuesday 8th October 2013

Susan MarlingSusan Marling – Director of Just Radio, TV and radio personality

The range of presenters Just Radio work with reads like broadcasters’ Who’s Who?: Jeremy Paxman, Joan Bakewell, Paul Gambiccini, Fi Glover, Stephen Merchant, Ken Loach and many more. In September the Radio 4 aired Just Radio productions of Michael Ignatieff and the Red Cross and in October it will broadcast Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on Selling British Luxury.

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Tuesday 10th September 2013

Andrew Taylor – Crime and Historical Novelist

‘Living to Write and Writing to Live’

Andrew TaylorWinner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger and author of bestsellers The American Boy, The Lydmouth Series and The Anatomy of Ghosts. Andrew Taylor’s latest novel, The Scent of Death is the winner of the 2013 CWA historical dagger.His acclaimed books span a number of genres: historical, psychological, crime, teenage and short stories. He was also the creator of the original story-lines for Bergerac under the pseudonym Andrew Saville.His highly regarded Roth Trilogy appeared on ITV 1 as Fallen Angel and starred Charles Dance and Emilia Fox.

Special guest: Lindsay Ashford – a short talk ‘My Number One Tip for Beating Writer’s Block’

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