Programme of Events

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All events start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated

It's Short Storytime Finals
Friday 1st June 
Free - email or phone to reserve your place                    
An evening of free entertainment? Coffee? What’s not to love?? Sit back and enjoy, as some of the winning entrants to our Short Story Competition (in conjunction with Ourtown magazine) entertain you with their stories. This year’s prizewinner will be announced. Free event.

Monday 4th June
Davenham Players
Davenham Theatre
£5 - Click here to book Online
‘Pieces of Us’
The Davenham Players own and operate Davenham Theatre. Throughout the year they present plays and a whole variety of opportunities for actors and audiences to enjoy. The evening will provide a taster of some of the many varied things they do. Davenham Theatre is one of Northwich LitFest's favourite venues for holding events, it's friendly and welcoming...and it has a bar! A little theatre with a big heart and it's right on your doorstep. Come along to this event and find out more about it.
Programme for the evening:
'The Balaclava Story' by George Layton - read by George Ogazi
'If You Don't Have a Dream' - written and performed by Maggie Innes
'Jezebel' by Jane James - performed by Andrea Scott and Gaynor Lennon
                              Interval (20 mins)
'Lost' by Tony Moore - performed by Beth Anderson and George Ogazi
'On Tap' - performed by Pam Molloy and Peter Lownds
Play reading by members of The Davenham Players

Tuesday 5th June
Joy Pearson
Northwich Library
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Locally based writer, Joy Pearson, reads from and talks about her recently published first novel. Untangling The Webs is a suspense novel which follows the parallel lives of four women of varying ages and diverse backgrounds. Their bond is strong loyalty as they support each other unconditionally to overcome the problems and huge obstacles each face in their lives. The story is partially set in Cheshire, but also in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall and the South of France. Join Joy as she explains just how much being a published author means to her.

Thursday 7th June
Laura Wilkinson
Northwich Library
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Join Laura Wilkinson as she discusses her latest novel, Skin Deep - the story of an artist and her muse, a neglected boy who was born to be looked at and what lies beneath their experiences of the world. One is seen to be physically beautiful; the other ugly. It covers important themes such as the conflict between external appearance and internal truth, art and beauty, as well as the legacy
 of parental exploitation. Laura will highlight the inspiration behind  her book.
 Set against the backdrop of Hulme, Manchester, in the 1980s and noughties London, it is a captivating and poignant story. Author of five novels, Laura grew up in a Welsh market town and now lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.   

What the reviewers have said about Skin Deep:
'A superb read.' Northern Soul Magazine
'Needs to be read by everyone.' The Writing Garnet
'A powerful and hard-hitting story...completely and utterly compelling,' Random Things Through My Letterbox

Friday 8th June **Please note this event is now on 8th, not 9th  
Grant Gillespie      as previously advertised**
Davenham Theatre
£5 - Click here to book Online
Soho-ite Grant is a novelist, screenwriter & actor. As an actor he's had many TV and film roles – his credits include Eastenders, Holby City, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Kingsman, Florence Foster Jenkins, and many, many more. His debut novel tells the story of an unusal boy adopted by well-meaning parents who are anxious to conform. James has landed in the wrong nest - he enters a family where any wrong can be righted by a half-hearted trip to church. His imagination comes to his rescue in the form of an invisible friend, David, but then he meets a real-life David. But as James becomes more sociable he also becomes more vulnerable. Once hurt, his revenge leads to an act which shocks his community and breaks the hearts of his parents.

Monday 11th June            
Will Butters
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We never know what to expect from Will – but that is all part of his charm. He is known as Billy Nomates but he is certainly not that! There will be laughter for sure as he delivers, with the assistance of his readers, some of the many scripts he has written.

...Who is this handsome chap??

Tuesday 12th June      
Susi Osborne
Davenham Theatre 
£5 - Click here to book Online
Come and join Susi to hear more about her fourth novel and how her past year has unfolded. AND, we all love a bargain...a FREE copy of Angelica Stone with every ticket purchased!!! (a good present for someone if you already own a copy). PLUS,’s almost like a party!!

See what the reviewers are saying about Angelica Stone:
'A dark and delicious surprise from beginning to end'...'Refreshingly different and so very well written.' Anne Williams.
'Both Angelica and Lola became very close to my heart whilst reading and I think they took a little bit of it with them when they left me.' Jojomaman.
'The plot is neat and well executed with a great twist'...'some great characters who you worry about long after you've finished reading.' Bookbag.
'Keeps you gripped from start to finish'...'Shocking and explosive, just what you need for a good read.' Amazon customer.

Thursday 14th June   
Poetry & Music
Weaver Hall Museum
Note: 6pm Start
£5 - Click here to book Online
Open floor compered by Angela Topping. Guest sets from Angi Holden and Angela Topping. Headline musician Gordon Tyrrall. Come along and share a poem or a song, or sit back and listen. Suitable for adults, and children over 10 accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Angela Topping will host the event and welcome floor readers, as well as contributing a few of her own poems. She is the author of eight poetry collections and four pamphlets. Her work has featured on Poetry Please and been set for A Level. A lifelong passion for poetry makes her keen to share it with others.

Angi Holden will read from her latest publication, Spools of Thread (Mothers Milk Books 2018). These poems centre round family relationships and are full of loving details. Angi teaches Creative Writing at MMU. Her work is widely published. She is based in Cheshire and does a lot to support the local scene
Photo credit - Chris Holden
Gordon Tyrrall is well known for his superb guitar and flute skills and his excellent singing voice. He's a professional musician, a seasoned festival performer, and he performs a mixture of traditional songs and his own work. He played the flute on the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, and can be seen at the first ball sporting massive sideburns. He is based in Leeds.

Friday 15th June       
Vanessa Nuttall
Davenham Theatre  
£8 - Click here to book Online

Vanessa Nuttall works as a freelance sound engineer working predominantly in radio, her greatest love. She has created a niche making sound effects for radio plays and specifically for the 'longest running soap opera in the world', BBC Radio 4's The Archers. 

Step into the fascinating audio world of radio where pictures are painted through the ears and learn how it is done in this entertaining talk and demonstration. Ever wondered how the sound of a calf being born is reproduced in The Archers? Or what secret device might lie behind the farmyard gates of Brookfield? Perhaps you might have heard Pat's goat being milked, or Helen making artisan cheese in her dairy. All these sound effects  have to be created and produced at the right time and in the right place as the actors perform their lines by a 'Spot Effects Studio Manager' ...and that is Vanessa!  Come & find out how she does her job and, perhaps even have a go. Plastic sheeting has been requested – it may be messy!

Monday 18th June 
Christie Barlow & Zara Stoneley
Davenham Theatre
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Bestselling author of 7 novels, Christie Barlow originates from Northwich. Her writing career came as somewhat of a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. She has certainly succeeded! When writing The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, Christie’s research was aided by our very own narrowboat-dwelling LitFest regular, Paula Jackson!

Zara Stoneley lives in Knutsford, she has been writing stories for almost as long as she’s been able to read. Nevertheless, she had a variety of careers before deciding to buckle down and write the novel she'd always wanted to - before she hit fifty! The Wedding Date  is the tenth novel she's had published by HarperCollins. She writes heartwarming, humorous stories about life and love.


Christie and Zara share the same publisher and will discuss their road to publication.

Tuesday 19th June   
Martin Edwards
Sandiway Library  
£5 - Click here to book Online
Born in Knutsford, Martin Edwards was educated in Northwich before going on to Oxford and subsequently training as a solicitor. He is an award-winning crime writer whose Lake District Mysteries are ‘gentle though by no means cosy, teeming with good writing, humour and attractive scenery’.

Wednesday 20th June
Tony Bostock
Weaver Hall Museum
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Vale Royal Abbey was founded in 1270 by Edward 1, who intended the abbey to be on the grandest scale and the finest abbey ever built. In this talk, historian Tony Bostock will tell the story of Vale Royal from its establishment until its dissolution in 1538.

Thursday 21st June      
Mark Powers
Weaver Hall Museum
Free - email or phone to reserve your place            
Creative writing workshop for two school classes with writer Mark Powers – author of children’s series Spy Toys. Interested schools please contact Gina Cottam on 01606 271640.

Saturday 23rd June
Sophie Parkin ‘In Conversation’ with Wilma Johnson
Davenham Theatre  
£5 - Click here to book Online
Writer, artist, actor, artist club owner and daughter of Molly, Sophie Parkin was one of the highlights of our LitFest last year when she regaled us with her scurrilous tales of Soho – it was quite a night! This time Sophie will be ‘In Conversation’ with artist/writer Wilma Johnson, whose mid-life crisis changed her from housewife to surfer! Sounds interesting? It’s never too late to do anything...Wilma’s travel memoir is like no other.




Tuesday 26th June 
Juliet Greenwood
Sandiway Library
£5 - Click here to book Online
‘Spies, Heroines and Farmers’. Author of 4 historical novels, Juliet makes a welcome return to Sandiway Library. Her event last year was so successful and sparked off so much audience participation that we just knew we had to invite her back again! This year Juliet will talk about the research she has done for her most recent novel about the role of women in World War 1, both at home and behind the front lines.

Wednesday 27th June 
Steve Cooper & Sophie Osborne
Lion Salt Works  
£10 - Click here to book Online
Doodlebug Productions present hit musical comedy, Paradise Lodge, a play about living with dementia. It promises to be a great evening filled with war songs, sing-a-longs, lots of humour, moments of pathos, memories of the war...& features a ukulele!

 Saturday 30th June
Sunny Ormonde
Davenham Theatre
£12 - Click here to book Online
‘Another Evening with...Sunny Ormonde!’

Northwich loves Sunny Ormonde & we just can’t wait to have her back here with us again. Book early for this – tickets sell out every year. More fun, frolics, recitations and musings from THE ARCHERS with ‘Lilian Bellamy’...and of course, more from Sunny herself too! There may even be an opportunity for some audience participation...

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