2014/2015

Gala Evening Tuesday 9th June 2015

Lady Antonio Fraser – author of biographies, histories, novels and detective fiction

‘Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with John Miller’

An evening with one of Britain’s most versatile and respected author

Read the report here.


Tuesday 12th May 2015

David Nobbs – author, playwright, comedy scriptwriter of many well loved TV shows

‘A Lifetime in Comedy’

Guest Speaker: Cllr. Eileen Berry, New Mayor of Winchester

David NobbsDavid began his writing career fifty years ago on the satire show, ‘That Was The Week, That was’. He has written twenty novels, including three featuring Reggie Perrin and four about Henry Pratt. His latest, ‘The Second Life of Sally Mottram’, is published in June this year. He has also written many sitcoms and comedy dramas for television, notably ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’ ‘A Bit Of A Do’ ‘Fairly Secret Army’ ‘Dogfood Dan and the Carmarthen Cowboy’ and ‘Love On A Branch Line.’. He wrote regularly for ‘The Two Ronnies’, and ‘The Frost Report’ and for several leading comedians including Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Dick Emery and Frankie Howerd. He has also written several single plays for television and radio, for which he also wrote three series of the sitcom, ‘The Maltby Collection’, and has adapted ‘Vanity Fair’ for the theatre. Last autumn he appeared at the Harrogate Comedy Festival, in the course of his first ever theatre tour with a one man show about his life and work.

Read the report here.


Tuesday 14th April 2015

Catherine KingCatherine King – Author of gritty Victorian and Edwardian novels Silk and Steel, The Secret Daughter, Women of Iron

‘Undaunted Women’ – An exploration through fiction of 19th century women’s struggles as portrayed in Catherine’s gritty novels

Special Guest: Judith Heneghan, Director of Winchester Writers’ Festival

Read the report here.


Tuesday 10th March 2015

Lorella BelliLorella Belli – Literary agent, Lorella Belli Literary Agency

‘E-books, Publishing and Self Publishing: an agent’s view’ – What are the pros and cons of getting a traditional deal or choosing the self-publishing route? In this rapidly changing landscape, what is the role of the agent

Special Guests: Moira Blackwell and Liz Nankivell, joint authors of the Binky Bear Books and HWS Member Claire Fuller whose book ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ was launched last month.

Read the report here.


Tuesday 10th February 2015

Anthony Riches

‘Writing the Novels of Ancient Rome’

Tony Riches PicAnthony Riches’ interest in all things military was inspired by his family’s service in the Boer War and both World Wars, and led to a degree in military history and psychology at Manchester University. Having long enjoyed military fiction he was signed by Hodder & Stoughton to write the ‘Empire’ series in 2008, and has so far produced eight of the planned twenty five books, set in the late second century AD. He lives in Hertfordshire with his family and works as a management consultant. He walked from Capua to Rome with two other authors in 2014, raising £25,000 for Medecins Sans Frontieres and Combat Stress.

Special Guest: Lt.General Sir Christopher Wallace

Read the report here.


Tuesday 13th January 2015

Luke HardingLuke Harding – award winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian

‘The Drama of Current Affairs’

Journalist and author, Luke Harding, ex- Moscow Bureau Chief of the Guardian, winner of the 2014 James Cameron award,  and author of Mafia State, Wiki Leaks and the Snowden Files recounts some of his experiences.

Special Guest: Dr.Simon Jobson, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Winchester.

Read the report here.


Tuesday 9th December 2014

Stanley WellsProfessor Stanley Wells CBE & Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson

‘Shakespeare Beyond Doubt – A Celebration!’

Special Guest: Kevin Fraser, artistic director of Titchfield Festival Theatre.

A performance in costume from Titchfield Festival Theatre a taster of Stewart Trotter’s new play Our Cousin Will.

Read the report here.


Tuesday 11th November 2014

Judith AllnattJudith Allnatt – historical novelist: http://www.judithallnatt.co.uk/

‘The Historical Novel’

History as inspiration, challenge and opportunity for the writer, and an agent’s view of the market for historical fiction.

Special Guest: Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council with responsibility for Arts Portfolio.

Read the report here.


Tuesday 14th October 2014

Andy McDermottAndy McDermott – international bestselling thriller writer: http://www.andy-mcdermott.com/

‘The World of Thriller Writing’

Andy McDermott, bestselling author of the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase thrillers, talks about his career as an author of high-octane action novels that are sold worldwide. 

Special Guest: Joanne Bird, Head of Learning and Skills HMP Winchester

Read the report here.


Tuesday 9th September 2014

montefiore_santa_8702_2_300Santa Montefiore

‘An Evening of Novels, Inspiration and Other Tales’

To find out more about Santa Montefiore and her books visit her website.

Read the report here.

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