We at Tamworth Literary Festival are delighted to announce the release of Maids, Wives and Widows by Sara Reed.
Those of you who came to Sara’s fascinating look at the beginnings of the modern woman in May will be delighted to know her book is now available.
Orders are welcomed from the author herself at just £15.00 instead of £18.00 for a hardback and she will sign and dedicate the book as requested – we agree with Sara they make great Christmas presents!
Email Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @floweringbodies to arrange payment and collection
Wednesday 7th December Tamworth Town Hallwhy not start your Christmas celebrations with us by coming along to the Dickens Penny Reading.
It is thought that Charles Dickens came to Tamworth’s historic Town Hall to deliver his famed Penny Readings during the 19th Century. Now in the 21st Century, Tamworth Literary Festival brings Geoff Hales to recreate this event.
In period dress and with Christmas lights as a backdrop, hear readings from all of the famous authors festive works including A Christmas Carolto add ambience, we are encouraging the audience to attend in appropriate 19th century attire. Please see attached Dickens Penny Reading A4 PDF Poster or additional information on our Facebook page.
Doing anything on Saturday June 11th 2016? Why not join us celebrate the wonderful world of romance with a selection of authors handpicked by LitFest. The event includes author talks and readings, a workshop and an informal ‘meet the authors’ event where you can have a chat and get your hands on signed books.
Entrance to the meet the authors event at Tamworth library is FREE. The author talks, readings and workshop – taking place in St Editha’s – are ticketed, priced at £3 each. Alternatively you can opt for the whole day ticket of £8.
Tickets are available from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth (tel: 01827 709581). Or you can contact us directly (see Keep In Touch for email link).
Sara’s appearance on Wednesday 11th May 2016 from 7pm will be an opportunity for anybody who has an interest in the stories of everyday people, to hear tales of daily life as seen through the eyes of women during over two hundred years of history.
Tickets cost £3 and can be bought on the door on the night, in advance from Tamworth Information Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth or by emailing LitFest directly (see ‘Keep in touch’ elsewhere on this website).
If not here’s a little encouragement in the form of some background to one of the fabulous authors who will be on hand to talk about her book The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen and some of the recipes it contains.
Julia Ibbotson lives with her second husband in the heart of England in a renovated Victorian rectory. With their four children having grown up, she is now suffering from empty nest syndrome.
Julia read English and Sociology at Keele University after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but life (and the need to earn a living as a single mother) intruded and she became a school teacher. On gaining her PhD as a (very) mature student, Julia moved on to be a university lecturer.
Julia is currently completing a new novel, A Shape on the Air, a historical/romance time-slip story. Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in a community choir and a rock choir, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and walking in the English countryside.
This massive science fiction novel is perhaps unique as a rather anti space travel work. The plot is fairly simple. A starship is despatched from earth to a prospective planet for colonisation in another nearby star called Aurora. The starship is lovingly described as gigantic containing a series of biomes featuring many types of earth environments and people. There are 32 in all with some 2000 plus people. Because of the massive distance of over 8 light years generations live and die in the biomes as the journey takes over 150 years.
On arrival, after initial success, Aurora is found to be toxic with a tiny virus, a prion. Prions are newly discovered causes of such diseases as BSE and vCJD a few years ago.
Near civil war breaks out among the prospective colonists with some wanting to attempt a settlement on another much less promising planet and some return to Earth. Robinson intimates that democracy fails with two diametrically opposed factions unwilling to compromise. The expedition splits into two parts with one staying, one returning. On the return journey the ship’s environment steadily declines so that the ships artificial intelligence takes over and the humans enter hibernation.
On entering the solar system the starship is travelling too fast and without enough fuel resorts to “reverse slingshots” to slow down. (A very simple explanation of this phenomena is given in the review of the film Interstellar.)
The returners get a mixed reception. They find that space colonisers within the solar system suffer declines in health and reproductive vigour which are only reduced by periods spent on earth.
Throughout the book the central character is Freya who becomes a form of leader by virtue of her descent from a well regarded engineer. The book concludes with Freya discovering the simple delight of playing at the water’s edge on a newly reconstructed beach and realising that Earth is effectively a giant starship which must be preserved.
That is clearly the overall message of the book which is that space travel isn’t worth while and mankind’s efforts should be on the preservation of Earth.
The book is very wordy with a great deal of philosophising. There is precious little science in this although the authors intentions are worthy and not uninteresting.
The very lovely people from Hodge Lane Conservation Group – more specifically Diane Wells (the guiding light of Tamworth History Group) – have donated an ebook for free distribution through our eShop.
Titled “Amington From Village to Suburb“, the book contains reflections on the history of the Amington district of Tamworth and contains several images of the area spanning many years. We would recommend you pop over to the shop and download yourself a copy, then sit back for a most enjoyable read.