Programme of Events

It’s Storytime!
Thursday 1st June
Costa Coffee
7.30pm - Free but seats can be reserved
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

A warm, welcoming and sociable opening event to Northwich Litfest 2017. Everyone is welcome – come and join in the fun! It’s a great place to meet people and make new friends. The Short Story Competition winner will be announced and presented with their prize. Some of the entrants will be given the chance to read out their stories too, if they wish - they cover a whole host of genres and will have us laughing, crying, and everything else in between. This year also, for the first time, there will be a Listeners’ Choice in addition to the main prize – so come along, get involved, vote for your favourite! … Sponsored by Ourtown Magazine.

Click here for details of how to enter the Short Story Competition.




Hayley McGregor
Monday 5th June
Davenham Theatre
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Hayley’s book, Teacher’s Pet, is a true story. The blurb on the back of her book reads as follows: ‘Hayley was just 12 when she met the new drama teacher, Mr Willson. Good-looking and charismatic, he was classic schoolgirl crush material. Hayley was flattered by his attention and was pleased when he befriended her parents. Little did they know they were all being groomed. Hayley allowed Mr Willson to do unspeakable things to her and, after the relationship ended, it took almost 20 years of guilt and cripplingly low self esteem before a complete breakdown made her go to the police. This is the shocking true story of a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, and her courageous journey to heal the wrongs of her past.’

Hayley has appeared on This Morning and hopes she can help others by speaking out about her ordeal – refusing to remain a silent victim.




Mary-Ann Ochota
Wednesday 7th June
Weaver Hall Museum
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Mary-Ann was born in Wincham, Northwich and educated at Sir John Deane’s College before going on to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She is a broadcaster and anthropologist specialising in anthropology, archaeology, social history and adventure factual television. She has worked on many different TV programmes, and co-presented Channel 4’s Time Team with Tony Robinson.

Her first book was published in 2013 in association with the British Museum and ITV and accompanied the TV series of the same name, Britain’s Secret Treasures. Amongst the many other things she has done, Mary-Ann joined the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2012, sailing as a fully active crew member and writing for international adventure magazines whilst at sea. In addition Mary-Ann has featured in many TV commercials – most famously as ‘the girl in the red dress’ in the Kellogg’s Special K advert!







Paul Burston
Friday 9th June
Davenham Theatre (venue to be confirmed)
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Paul Burston was born in York, raised in South Wales and now divides his time between Hastings and London. His books include the critically acclaimed novels Shameless (shortlisted for the State of Britain Award 2001), Lovers and Losers (shortlisted for the Stonewall Award 2007) and The Gay Divorcee. His latest novel is the psychological thriller The Black Path published by Accent and longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize. Paul Burston is also the host of London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari, at the Southbank Centre.





Will Butters
Monday 12th June
Viva Coffee and Juice Bar
7.30pm - Free but seats can be reserved
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Northwich LitFest just wouldn’t be the same without Will – what can we say? Except expect anything – especially laughter! And friends – he has lots of those, even though he is known as Billy-No-Mates.




Juliet Greenwood
Tuesday 13th June
Sandiway Library
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Juliet Greenwood is the author of historical novels The White Camelia, We That Are Left, and timeshift mystery Eden’s Garden. Her books are set in Cornwall, London and Wales in Victorian and Edwardian times and follow the lives of independently-minded women struggling to find freedom and self-fulfilment. Juliet will talk about her writing, and the research she did for her last two books about the suffragette movement and about the role of women on the front line and at home in WW1.




Trisha Ashley
Wednesday 14th June
Foyer Bar, Memorial Court, Northwich
8pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Trisha writes romantic comedies – fourteen to date. Many of them have been Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers, translated into other languages or nominated for awards. Her novel Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years. Trisha originates from St. Helens but nowadays lives in North Wales – Lancashire or Wales tending to be the places where her novels are set.

Her latest book The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, however, is set in Hawarth, West Yorkshire. Her stories frequently explore aspects of the three F’s that are a constant in her own life – Food, Fashion and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back
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Sophie Parkin
Saturday 17th June
Davenham Theatre
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

A rare opportunity to hear scurrilous tales of Soho!

Sophie Parkin is a writer, artist and actor, as well as owner of the wonderful artist club in East London, Vout-O-Reenees. Sophie starred in many commercials as a girl, has modelled in Nova magazine and The Sunday Times, and has appeared in film recently, such as the Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love. She has also regularly written for British newspapers and periodicals, and appeared often on television and radio as a broadcaster. Sophie is also the author of eleven books, one of which is The Colony Room Club, 1948-2008.

The Colony was ‘an extraordinary haven of creativity… a place where one could feel uninhibited and unjudged.’ It was a place frequented by writers, artists, actors, singers, performers, nobility, etc., including Sophie’s mum, the amazing MOLLY PARKIN. Sophie will be doing a slideshow and talking about these heady days for our LitFest - she promises an evening which will be entertaining and fun!






Angela Topping
Monday 19th June
Viva Coffee and Juice Bar
7.30pm - Free but seats can be reserved
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

Poetry and Music Night, with special guests Gordon Tyrrall (music), David Costello and Helen Clare (guest poets) hosted by Cheshire based prizewinning poet Angela Topping. Includes an open floor.




Cheshire Writers Showcase
Tuesday 20th June
Davenham Theatre
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

An evening of two halves produced by Ed Green.

1) If Only – An Audience with Rudyard Kipling by Lynn Pegler, performed by Matt Jones and Lynn Pegler.

2) Cheshire New Writing Showcase by multiple Cheshire writers who will read their work – everything from monologues to short plays.




Tony Clare
Wednesday 21st June
Viva Coffee and Juice Bar (venue to be confirmed)
7.30pm - Free but seats can be reserved
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

‘Breaking into Screenwriting; a survival kit.’ Tony Clare describes twelve years of breaking into screenwriting, plus a chance to hear some readings of his work.





Sue Wilson
Friday 23rd June
Davenham Theatre
7.30pm - £5.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

‘A Life on the Radio Waves’ – Sue spent part of her childhood in Bramhall and attended school in Alderley Edge. She is a writer, theatre director and radio producer, having directed over 300 plays. In A Life on the Radio Waves, Sue talks about the BBC, The Archers, and Radio Drama from behind the scenes. She tells of the things that can go wrong, and indeed have gone wrong, when she has recorded programmes with well-known people eg. Sir Michael Hordern, Dirk Bogarde, Julia Mackenzie…and of the occasions when she has nearly been on the wrong side of the BBC legal department!


Sue will also talk about Ambridge from the studio side of the microphone – lots of behind the microphone gossip and strange facts.

There will be a Q&A and Sue is happy to give advice to writers about how to approach the BBC with plays, etc.




Susi Osborne
Tuesday 27th June
Davenham Theatre (venue to be confirmed)
7.30pm - Free but seats can be reserved
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

At last – a sneak preview of Susi Osborne’s latest book! Susi will read from, and talk about, her fourth novel Angelica Stone, which has a publication date of 28th July. Susi’s previous three novels The Ripples of Life, Grace & Disgrace and Secrets, Lies & Butterflies have all been published within the last ten years and Susi will talk about the reality of becoming a writer in later life and all the opportunities it has brought her way.

At the end of the event she would like you to join her in the bar for party nibbles as a pre-publication celebration and as a thank you for all your support, both of her books and throughout the past six years of Northwich LitFest                                      



Sunny Ormonde
Friday 30th June
Davenham Theatre
7.30pm - £10.00 - Click here to book online
email: susi.osborne@hotmail.co.uk
or Tel: 01606 553433

A firm favourite at Northwich LitFest, Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers) returns for our grand finale! Sunny premiered The Airings of an Archers Actor’s Aunt at our LitFest last year, when it was still at its ‘polished rehearsed reading’ stage. ‘Rehearsed reading’ or not, Sunny received a standing ovation for her performance and the script, by Jane James, had us all in tears of laughter – although there were contrasting moments of poignancy too.

Since then Sunny has been successfully touring the play throughout the country to rave reviews, and we were desperate to see it one more time. If you saw this one woman show in its elementary stages last year then I just know you’ll want to see it again now, and if you were unlucky enough to miss out on seeing such an outstanding performance last year then quickly – book your seat now!