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).
Do your kids get over-excited in the run-up to Christmas? Do they need to let off some steam?
Let their creative sides loose and bring them along to our Festive Story Fun Day on Saturday 12th December between 11am and 3pm at St. Editha’s Church, Tamworth town centre.
The event – in collaboration with our friends at Dig-iT – will feature Children’s authors and illustrator, story workshops, Christmas crafts, storytelling, raffle and lots, lots more. Oh and it’s completely free to attend!
Here’s what we’ve got planned:
11:00am – Comictopia: Tamworth’s only Comic Book store – based in Lower Gungate, Tamworth – will be running a ‘Create a Festive Superhero’ workshop.
Midday – Amy Bradley: Illustrator of the bestselling children’s book Penguinpig will be doing a story workshop.
1:00pm – Margaret Clarke: local author and well-known Tamworth figure, Margaret will be leading an interactive story-telling workshop where the children will produce a story together.
2:00pm – Wanda Pierpoint-Jones: another local author and poet will be reading from her collection.
Between the sessions, we will have other fun activities and things to do and see:
second-hand book sale
Christmas card making
raffle (see details below)
Our raffle tickets cost 50p each or five for £2 and the excellent prizes are:
The event, on Tuesday 13th October between 7:00 and 9:00pm, will showcase the book “Peel in Caricature: The ‘Political Sketches’ of John Doyle” – edited by Dr Gaunt – which contains 149 hand coloured prints by the 19th century caricaturist ‘HB’ (John Doyle), 147 of them with an image of Sir Robert Peel.
Dr Gaunt, Associate Professor of Modern History at Nottingham University, will make a presentation on the caricatures and his interpretation of them, after which the event will be opened up to questions from the audience. Hopefully, there will be some lively debate around the political and social issues raised, not to mention the characters of Peel, the caricaturist John Doyle and their contemporaries.
Entrance to the event at the Town Hall, outside which stands a statue of Peel, is priced at £3 and tickets are available on the door. Refreshments will be provided and hardback copies of the book, priced at £40, will be available to purchase.
Member of LitFest and the Peel Society will be available at the event should you wish to find out about future events and information for either organisation.
About the Book
Edited by Dr Richard Gaunt, it gives an illuminating introduction to the sketches and their place in the political history and art history in the first half of the C19th. Each sketch is accompanied by text which identifies the figures in each plate and gives a background to the politics at play behind each image. Alongside the caricatures of Peel we find other major political figures such as Wellington, Grey, Brougham, Melbourne, Palmerston and Russell.
What reviewers are saying:
…while the focus is on Peel, the brilliant conservative politician who dominated the politics of these decades, the other leading figures of the age – Wellington, Grey, Brougham, Melbourne, Palmerston and Russell – make numerous and memorable appearances. This is a book to be enjoyed and savoured by anyone with even a passing knowledge of British politics of the 1830s and 40s, and we will never look at the period in quite the same way again.
Catching the spirit of past ages can be difficult, but this book, with its high production standards, delightful images, and thoughtful text offers a fine view of high politics in the 1830s and 1840s.