New chapter for a literary event with three authors

THREE eminent authors will give lectures at Wargrave Literary Night, part of this year’s village festival.

Amanda Jennings, Will Carver and Nick Butterworth, who each have a connection to the region, will speak in the Mill Green marquee on Thursday June 16.

Vanessa Holburn, freelance journalist and author, who is one of the organisers, said: “It’s a bloated version of what they’ve done before at the festival called Wargrave Words, which was a speaker and a panel discussion in one alone, smaller room.This year, we are under a big tent.

“We have three great authors with local connections who will each give a talk and there will be the opportunity to have one-on-ones with a literary agent, a self-publisher and a hybrid publisher, so there will be a lot of opportunities to talk about how you might publish your own work if you’re an aspiring author.

There will also be workshops, book signings, cheese and wine and an opportunity to buy books from the Four Bears Bookshop in Caversham, the official bookshop of the festival.

Ms Holburn said: ‘It’s a throwback to all the good stuff. Some people call it ‘Bloomsbury-on -Thames’ which is great as it’s not London centric at all.”

Amanda Jennings, who grew up in Wargrave and now lives in Binfield Heath, is the author of six psychological dramas and short stories, published here and abroad.

His beginnings, Sworn secrecytopped the Italian best-seller list while In its wake was a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick.

His latest book, Le Havre, came out in March.

Will Carver, who also lives locally, is the international bestselling author of the January David series. His current book, Psychopaths Anonymousis an unpredictable thriller about love, connection, obsessions and sex.

His previous works have been shortlisted for the Not the Booker Prize and Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, while Good Samaritans was the book of the year in the Guardian, Telegraph and Express of the day.

Nick Butterworth, who has family in the area, is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide in over 30 languages.

His books, including QPootle5, Albert Le Blanc, The Whisperer and the Percy the park keeper have received critical acclaim and have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children’s Books Prize, among others.

Literary agents Julie Crisp and John Nixon will lead one-on-one workshops for anyone who is a little further along in the writing process and would like input from a successful agent.

The evening will run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. with the first speaker at 7:15 p.m. You can arrive from 6:45 p.m. to browse the stalls.

Tickets are still available thanks to the largest venue at

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