Posted: Monday 22nd May 2017
Hertfordshire County Council’s library service served up a treat for book lovers throughout the county by offering a jam-packed programme of literary events throughout April and May.
One of the highlights of Litfest was a series of talks by the family of Jennifer Worth, who wrote a best-selling memoir, “Call the Midwife,” based on her experiences as a district nurse and midwife in the East of London during the 1950s. The book was later adapted by the BBC and became a top-rated television series. Jennifer Worth’s husband and daughter read extracts from the book and spoke about the author’s legacy at selected Hertfordshire libraries throughout the literary festival.
Jennifer Worth’s daughter, Suzannah Hart, explained how much she enjoyed taking part in the festival in Hertfordshire and why the family valued the support of the library staff.
“We have been doing talks at Litfest for the past five years and we have always been made to feel very welcome by Hertfordshire’s library service. We also get great feedback from the audience, which is very rewarding,” she said. If you missed your chance to hear them discuss the ground breaking memoir, Philip Worth and Suzannah will be speaking again at Hemel Hempstead Library on May 25.
Litfest offers something to entertain fans of all literary genres as authors were invited to speak about a diverse range of topics from true life crime and astronomy to the Georgian seaside and cake decorating.
In addition, historical author Alison Weir spoke about her latest novel based on the life of the ill-fated Anne Boleyn and James Runcie discussed his Grantchester book series at Hemel Hempstead Library. There are more exciting events to come. On Thursday, May 18 fans of romantic fiction can experience afternoon tea with best-selling novelist Rowan Coleman. Approximately 250 people have attended the literary events so far.
Younger book fans also had plenty to savour throughout Litfest. Children’s events included puppet-making and Horrid Henry storybook making, comic art workshops and booster cushion theatre. During April, 359 children attended Litfest events in Hertfordshire libraries.
Andrew Bignell, Head of Libraries at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire County Council’s libraries held a fantastic Litfest this year with a series of excellent events that delighted children and adults throughout the county. Children enjoyed theatre shows, puppet-making and getting their hands on some animals with ZooLab; and we had a wonderfully diverse range of fascinating and inspiring author events from popular historian Alison Weir to Cinnamon Square baker Paul Barker.”
The festival will close on May 24, with award-winning author Elly Griffiths talking about her latest crime novel at Bishops Stortford Library.
For more information and to find details of individual events at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/litfest
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