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Fantastic events for

all the family!


Wirral’s first ever BookFest offers more than 20 events around Wirral
and also sees the launch of the National Year of Reading, which
aims to inspire and encourage adults and children to enjoy reading in
all its forms.

Wirral has more than 50 Reading Groups for all levels and abilities.
Your local library can give you details of how to join one, or help you
start your own. www.wirral-libraries.net or contact the Get Into
Reading campaign on: 0151 794 2830

Get Into Reading!


Wirral BookFest is brought to you by Wirral Libraries. Partly funded by Arts Council England,
it links in to Wirral Council’s Culture for All campaign which is supported by the Liverpool
Culture Company as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme.

7th - 12th April 2008


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Soap Story: A Writing For TV Workshop Have You Heard A Good Book Lately? Graphic Novels Workshop
Fancy writing for the television? Experienced scriptwriter Publishers W.F.Howes’ interactive display and demo of the Schools Event. Graphic artist works with Ridgeway High APR
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Kate McDonnell shows how episodes of your favourite soap talking book from cassettes to ‘Playaways’ - pre-loaded School students to produce a graphic novel storyboard.
evolve from an initial idea. digital audio books. Ideal for visually impaired book lovers. Ridgeway Library, 10am-12 noon. Details: 0151 641 8484 A Celebration Of Polish Culture
St. James Library, 1.30pm-3pm. West Kirby Library, 10am-12 noon. FREE. Aimed at local schoolchildren, a fascinating day of Polish
Booking essential: Paul Irons 0151 639 2334 Details: 0151 929 7808 Gavin Hunter Talk - drama, storytelling and craft activities led by the inspirational
The Three Lords Leverhulme George and Gosia McKane from Liverpool’s award winning
Meet The Authors The Best Words - John Siddique and Join local historian Gavin Hunter for an engrossing Yellow House Community Project. Please drop in.
Three of Britain's most successful and best selling Wirral’s Young Poet illustrated talk on this important family and their legacy. Rock Ferry Library, 10am-12 noon and 2pm-3.30pm. FREE.
contemporary novelists talk about their work. Laureate Bebington Central Library, 11am-12 noon. £1.50. Booking Details: 0151 641 2858
Jojo Moyes, a previous winner of the Romantic Novel Acclaimed poet John Siddique essential: 0151 643 7224
Award, was recently shortlisted for her novel, Silver Bay. shares his favourite poems and
Anne Baker - A Labour of Love
Mike Gayle is bestselling author of Mr Commitment some of his own gems. Get Into Reading Celebrated local author Anne Baker, whose bestselling
and My Legendary Girlfriend. His new romantic comedy, Supported by Wirral’s Young Come along to this unique book group where short stories historical romantic novels are set mainly in wartime
Wish You Were Here is a wise and witty tale of women, Poet Laureate, Holly Green. are read aloud to you over a cup of tea and biscuit. Merseyside, shares stories from her life and work.
mates and the perils of cheap sambuca. West Kirby Library, Moreton Library, 11am-12.30pm. FREE. Upton Library, 2pm-3pm. FREE. Details: 0151 677 5677
Jenny Colgan's first novel, 2pm-3.30pm. FREE. Details: Anne Ramsay 0151 677 5165
Amanda's Wedding, was a Details: 0151 929 7808 Holly Green
Muslim Community Event
huge international bestseller Hilary Green - We’ll Meet Again Wirral Muslim Community invites you to a vibrant
and her eigth novel, Operation Who Killed George Hargrave? Award winning local author Hilary Green - a leading multicultural experience.
Sunshine, is out in paperback A Victorian Murder Mystery Evening romantic historical novelist and accomplished speaker - Birkenhead Central Library 2pm-5pm. FREE.
this June. A regular contributor shares experiences of her life and writing. Details: 0151 652 6106
Crime author Martin Edwards hosts an atmospheric,
to TV and Radio, she is now Birkenhead Central Library, 2.30pm-3.30pm. FREE.
interactive murder mystery for budding sleuths at Wirral’s Wirral’s ‘Dead Good’ Poets
developing a sitcom with Details: 0151 652 6106
Jenny Colgan spookiest library. Can you spot the murderer?
Granada. Wirral-based poets from Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society
Wallasey Central Library, 7pm-9pm. £3 incl wine.
Bromborough Civic Centre, 7.30pm- 9pm. £3 incl wine.
Booking essential: 0151 639 2334
Books On Film - Gabrielle including Clare Kirwan and Adam Khan, plus open floor -
Booking essential: 0151 334 1650 See box, bottom left. bring your own poem to read. Space limited.
Books On Film - The Painted Veil Hoylake Library, 7pm-9pm. FREE. Details: 0151 632 2754
Words from Wordsmiths Bloody Dracula -
See box, bottom left.
Horror, humour and beauty - diverse readings of original An Evening With The Count APR
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fiction by members of Riverside Writers. 12
Celebrating Greasby In Poetry An entertaining evening of shivers and laughter, as crime
West Kirby Library, 7pm-9pm. FREE.
Greasby Poets celebrate Greasby and Wirral with former writers Matthew Booth and David Stuart Davies - The Fun Day Featuring Brian Jacques and
Details: 0151 929 7808 Shoo Rayner
Cheshire Laureate Andrew Rudd. Mystery Men - give their take on the life of the evil Count.
Greasby Library, 7pm-8.30pm. FREE. Heswall Library, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Tickets £2.50 (incl wine). Come and enjoy a feast of fun activities and events with
Refreshments provided. Details: 0151 677 5714 Booking essential: 0151 342 4552 Baby Bounce, author talks and lots to do. It’s a family day
so Dads, please come too. Meet Brian Jacques and Shoo
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 9TH Graphic Novels Workshop Rayner, who will talk to you about their books and writing
9 Hands-on session with an experienced professional artist. careers, see website for timetable details.
The Painted Veil - Tuesday 8th Recollections of Old Wallasey All welcome if aged 12 yrs and upward. Bebington Central Library, 10am-4pm. FREE.
Birkenhead Film Society welcomes you to this deep and An evocative slideshow of the landmarks and landscapes of Wallasey Central Library 5.30pm-7.30pm Details: 0151 643 7223.
emotionally stirring 2006 release of W. Somerset- this fascinating town with local historian John Saville. Booking essential: Diane Moore 0151 639 2334.
Maugham’s classic love story set in 1920’s China. Seacombe Library, 10.30am-11.30am. FREE. Chris Tutton - Poetry and Art Workshop
Details: 0151 638 4475 Calling all budding poets! Wise and witty poet Chris Tutton’s
Gabrielle - Thursday 10th interactive workshop explores links between poetry and art.
Birkenhead Film Society present Patrice Chereau’s “There Are Places I’ll Remember”- Discover new skills and new sources of inspiration through
emotionally explosive 2006 screen adaptation of Joseph The Beatles Venues the pictures on display.
Conrad’s short story “The Return”. Local author Ray O’Brien, who knew the Fab Four well, Williamson Art Gallery, 2pm-4pm.
entertains with some great anecdotes, recordings and £3.50 (incl refreshments).
Birkenhead Town Hall, 7.30pm. £1 members/ reading
reminiscences of a golden era. Booking essential: 0151 652 4177
group members. £4 non-members. Pay on door.
Details: 0151 652 6106 Wallasey Village Library, 1pm-2pm. Tickets £4 (incl lunch).
Booking essential: 0151 638 1024 John Siddique Brian Jacques THE END

For more information about events, venues and disabled access contact 0151 639 2334 or go to www.wirral.gov.uk/bookfest

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