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Havering’s first literary festival starts next week

PUBLISHED: 10:11 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 01 November 2018

Off the back of her 13th book, Kimberley Chambers will enthral Harold Hill library for one night.

Off the back of her 13th book, Kimberley Chambers will enthral Harold Hill library for one night.

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Kicking off the festival next week, will be Jeffrey Archer, Alison Weir, Erin Kelly and Mark Billingham, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and Ross Baker to name but a few.

A poster for the first Havering Literary Festival.A poster for the first Havering Literary Festival.

With just under one week to go until the Havering Literary Festival, the borough is getting set to celebrate reading, writing and creativity.

The festival, which runs from November 5-24 will feature a host of internationally-acclaimed authors and TV personalities, plus workshops, children’s events with everything from poetry to sport.

Kicking off the first week of the festival next week, will be Jeffrey Archer, Alison Weir, Erin Kelly and Mark Billingham, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and Ross Baker to name but a few.

Events such as Ensonglopedia – a show about songs, science and the unexpected will be among the entertainment, as well as a WW1 Tea Dance.

Great British Bake Off's Candice Brown will be the star atttraction of the Havering Literary Festival. Photo: PAGreat British Bake Off's Candice Brown will be the star atttraction of the Havering Literary Festival. Photo: PA

There will also be a talk on diversity in communities today from writer Vernal Scott, who is also Havering Council’s Corporate Diversity Officer.

The following weeks will see talks by different authors from Kimberley Chambers to Stephen Booth plus events including an evening of prose and poetry with The Harlequins and much more.

For fans of the Great British Bake Off, there will be a chance to hear 2016 winner Candice Brown, talk about her rise to fame since winning the competition two years ago.

For sports fans, there is the opportunity to listen to the anecdotes of former West Ham United players Tony Cottee and Tony Gale reminiscing about their careers and the world of football.

Romford born crime and thriller author Erin Kelly, will run a character writing workshop.Romford born crime and thriller author Erin Kelly, will run a character writing workshop.

All events will be taking place across the borough’s ten libraries and other local venues such as Rainham Hall.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, cabinet member for culture, said: “The festival is nearly here and we are very excited.

“We are looking forward to hosting lots of opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages, to see these fantastic authors up close, to further the enjoyment of reading and writing and come together as a community.

“We have had a fantastic response already, with over 1,100 tickets going fast – so to avoid missing out make sure to book your place at the festival now.”

Tickets are still on sale, visit www.haveringliteraryfestival.eventbrite.co.uk or purchase tickets in person or via telephone from your local library.

For the full programme visit www.havering.gov.uk/haveringliteraryfestival

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