Book now for Litfest '17

Published: 03 Apr 2017


A packed programme of literary events is being presented by Hertfordshire Libraries throughout April and May - including the chance to hear the family of Call the Midwife author Jennifer Worth talk about her books.

Further events include: appearances and talks by authors Stephen Booth, Dorothy Koomson and Mike Carey; as well as broadcaster Alison Weir, who will give a talk on her latest novel based on the life of Anne Boleyn. There is also the opportunity to take afternoon tea with writer Rowan Coleman and an author panel will be held by the Romantic Novelist Association.

Adult author talks kick off on Wednesday 19th April at Abbots Langley Library with the Call the Midwife event, while James Runcie will talk about his Grantchester series at Hemel Hempstead Library in the evening; and if you prefer factual talks there will be The Krays with James Morton, astronomy with Stuart Clark, Louise Allen on Jane Austen and the Georgian seaside, cake decorating and Abraham Lincoln.

The children’s events being held over the next two months include:     

  • Puppet-making and Horrid Henry storybook making will pop up at numerous libraries on 4th April

  • The Great Comic Art Workshops with Kev Sutherland on 5th April

  • Booster Cushion Theatre presents: The Big Book of Tales on 7th April

  • Horrid Henry Storybook Making on 12th April

Andrew Bignell, Head of Libraries, said:

“There are some fantastic literary events going on across Hertfordshire libraries during April and May. Children can look forward to theatre shows, puppet-making and getting their hands on some animals with ZooLab; and adults can enjoy a series of author events including Alison Weir and the family of Jennifer Worth, the writer behind the Call the Midwife series. I would encourage everyone to look at our listings here and take advantage of some of the great events coming up.”

The festival closes on 24 May, with award-winning author Elly Griffiths talking about her latest crime novel at Bishops Stortford Library. Keep a look out in libraries for posters advertising the events and find details of individual events at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/litfest