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M. G. Leonard - Beetle Mania!

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11:00 - 12:00
Sun 7 Oct
Hatchlands Park


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Tiffany Francis: Food You Can Forage - Edible Plants to Harvest, Cook and Enjoy

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12:30 - 13:30
Sun 7 Oct
Hatchlands Park


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Matt Pinches: Alice, Carroll & Guildford
- Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's relationship with Guildford

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15:00 - 16:00
Sun 7 Oct
The Electric Theatre

 


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Bedtime Story with Bryony Thomson

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16:00 - 17:00
Sun 7 Oct
Waterstones Guildford


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16:30 - 17:30
Sun 7 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni and Tom Rachman: What Makes a Great Artist? Art and Its Demons

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An Evening with Martin Bell

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19:00 - 20:00
Sun 7 Oct
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

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10:00 - 12:00
Mon 8 Oct
The Brew House

Creative Writing Course: Stage 1

Run by Rachel Marsh

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Typewriter

13:30 - 16:30
Mon 8 Oct
The Brew House

Creative Writing Course: Stage 2

Run by Rachel Marsh

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Literary Lunch: Jenni Murray & Nick Hewer

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12:30 - 15:00
Mon 8 Oct
The Harbour Hotel


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18:30 - 19:30
Mon 8 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Ben MacIntyre
The Spy and the Traitor

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19:30 - 21:00
Mon 8 Oct
The Guildhall

Gill Sims: Why Mummy Swears

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20:00 - 21:00
Mon 8 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Max Hastings
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975

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With Jenni Murray and Nick Hewer

Mon 8 October
The Harbour Hotel, £35             

12:30 - 15:00

sold out

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Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in the entertaining company of renowned journalist and broadcaster, Jenni Murray, and TV host and businessman, Nick Hewer. Hosted by Paul Blezard.

Jenni Murray celebrates the lives of some of the women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of the world. Encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state, past and present, the women featured in her book, The History of the World in 21 Women, have all led the way while others followed: from Joan of Arc to Angela Merkel, Marie Curie to MadonnaHatshepsut to Coco Chanel, they fought for change, stood up and spoke out when no one else would. Jenni Murray has presented Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 since 1987.

Nick Hewer, the host of Countdown since 2012, and former adviser to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, takes us on a highly amusing and evocative journey of his life from A (for Apprentice) to Z (for Zed list). With chapters on Determination, Growing Old, The Queen, Regrets, Tottenham, and even Underwear (!) My AlphabetA Life from A to Z is an eclectic and entertaining memoir, all delivered with Nick’s wry sense of humour.  

As well as Countdown and The Apprentice, Nick has appeared on many other programmes including Question Time, Have I Got News For You, and Who Do You Think You Are? 

10:00 - 12:00
Tue 9 Oct
The Brew House

 

Creative Writing Course: Stage 1

Run by Rachel Marsh

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10:00 - 11:30
Tue 9 Oct
The Guildhall

Coffee Morning with Skye McAlpine
A Table in Venice

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12:30 - 13:30
Tue 9 Oct
The Guildhall

Edward Burman
Terracotta Warriors: History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries

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14:00 - 15:00
Tue 9 Oct
The Guildhall

Jim Ring: How the Navy Won the War – The Real Instrument of Victory, 1914-1918

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15:30 - 16:30
Tue 9 Oct
The Guildhall

Sharon Wright: Balloonomania Belles - Daredevil Divas Who First Took to the Sky

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19:00 - 20:00
Tue 9 Oct
University of Surrey

Karen Maitland and Laura Purcell in conversation with Professor Bran Nicol
Ghosts, Ghouls and the Gothic: Writing to Thrill


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Alison Weir
Six Tudor Queens – Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

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18:30 - 19:30
Tue 9 Oct
The Electric Theatre


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Bryony Gordon in Conversation with Jane Wenham-Jones
Eat, Drink, Run – How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad

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20:00 - 21:00
Tue 9 Oct
The Electric Theatre

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Creative Writing Course: Stage 1

Run by Rachel Marsh

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10:00 - 12:00
Wed 10 Oct
The Brew House


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11:00 - 12:00
Wed 10 Oct
The Guildhall

 

Ana Sampson with Polly Clark
She is Fierce - Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women

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12:30 - 13:30
Wed 10 Oct
The Guildhall

Henry Hemming
M - Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Special offer AVAILABLE

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14:00 - 15:00
Wed 10 Oct
The Guildhall

Nadine Akkerman: Invisible Agents – Women and Espionage in Seventeenth Century Britain

Special offer AVAILABLE

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14:00 - 16:30
Wed 10 Oct
Friends Meeting House

wey poets:

All Change!

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15:30 - 16:30
Wed 10 Oct
The Guildhall

Nina Caplan
The Wandering Vine – Wine, the Romans and Me

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18:30 - 19:30
Wed 10 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Kate Mosse in Conversation with Stephanie Merritt
The Burning Chambers

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MJ Arlidge, Stephanie Merritt & Elly Griffiths: Crime, Mystery, Thriller - The Art of Creating Suspense

Special offer AVAILABLE

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20:00 - 21:00
Wed 10 Oct
The Electric Theatre


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18:30 - 19:30
Wed 10 Oct
The Royal Grammar School

 

In Conversation with Adam Rutherford
The Story of How We Became Us

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10:00 - 12:00
Thur 11 Oct
The Brew House

 

Creative Writing Course: Stage 1

Run by Rachel Marsh

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13:30 - 16:30
Thur 11 Oct
The Brew House

Creative Writing Course: Stage 2

Run by Rachel Marsh

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11:00 - 12:00
Thur 11 Oct
The Guildhall

Helen Browning
Pig – Tales from an Organic Farm

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Lucy Siegle
Turning the Tide on Plastic

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12:30 - 13:30
Thur 11 Oct
The Guildhall


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In Conversation with Emma Burstall
A Cornish Secret

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13:00 - 14:00
Thur 11 Oct
Guildford Library


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14:00 - 15:00
Thur 11 Oct
The Guildhall

David Lough
Darling Winston

Special Offer available

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15:30 - 16:30
Thur 11 Oct
The Guildhall

 

Duncan Barrett
Hitler's British Isles

Special Offer available

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18:15 - 19:45
Thur 11 Oct
Guildford Harbour Hotel Long Bar Late

 

Cocktails with Adele Parks and Tasmina Perry

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18:30 - 19:30
Thur 11 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Bernard Cornwell in Conversation with Michael Buerk

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20:00 - 21:30
Thur 11 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Kenney Jones in Conversation with Danny Pike: Let the Good Times Roll

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20:15 - 21:15
Thur 11 Oct
G Live

 

Jo Brand in Conversation: Born Lippy – How to Do Female

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Creative Writing Course: Stage 1

Run by Rachel Marsh

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10:00 - 12:00
Fri 12 Oct
The Brew House 


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10:30 - 13:00
Fri 12 Oct
The Guildhall

The Arts Society Guildford

Linda Smith
Hogarth and Reynolds: The Shapers of 18th Century British Art

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14:30 - 17:00
Fri 12 Oct
The Guildhall

 

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Mark Hill                                                                             Antiques – Are They Worth It?

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12:30 - 13:30
Fri 12 Oct
The Electric Theatre Café

Maryam Sinaiee
Nightingales and Roses – A Taste of Iran

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14:00 - 16:00
Fri 12 Oct
The Electric Theatre

Getting Published Workshop

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Robin Knox-Johnston in Conversation: Running Free

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18:30 - 19:30
Fri 12 Oct
The Electric Theatre


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20:00 - 21:00
Fri 12 Oct
The Electric Theatre

An Evening with David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd and James Taylor

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Amnesty International

Diane Atkinson - Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes

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19:00 - 20:00
Fri 12 Oct
St Nicolas Community Centre

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10:00 - 16:00
Sat 13 Oct
Guildford Harbour Hotel

 

Readers' Day
A mini Festival in a day

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Sign Here Workshop with Gabrielle Djanogly

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15:00 - 16:00
Sat 13 Oct
Guildford Waterstones


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17:00 - 18:00
Sat 13 Oct
The Electric Theatre 

Patrick Gale in Conversation with Fanny Blake: Take Nothing with You

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Sat 13 Oct
10:00 - 16:00
The Harbour Hotel, £40

Includes light lunch, refreshments and a goodie bag

With host Fanny Blake

SOLD OUT

If you love reading the latest fiction then this is a day not to be missed.

What is Readers' Day?

> A mini festival in a day
> One ticket, seven speakers
> Meet your favourite authors
> Hear about their latest books
> Find out what inspires them                                                 > Have your booked signed
> Share the joy of reading with like-minded people

Spend the day in the company of some of Britain’s best-loved authors as they share their stories, experiences and inspirations. Hosted by Fanny Blake, Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine, and a former publisher and author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, this interactive and enjoyable day for book lovers has been a popular feature of the Festival for many years.

The day will take place at the luxury Harbour Hotel with lunch and refreshments included.


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AJ Pearce 

Dear Mrs Bird

London, 1940: Emmy dreams of becoming a war correspondent so when she spots an ad in the paper she seizes her chance. Due to a misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of ‘unpleasantness’ must go in the bin.  Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . . A funny, joyous and uplifting debut novel. 

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A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel . . . a timely story of courage and good humour in adversity.
— Observer

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Libby page

The Lido

When Brockwell Lido is threatened with closure 86-year-old Rosemary starts a campaign to save it. Kate is a young reporter, lonely and far from home. Sent to cover the story for the local paper she finds unexpected friendships among the local community and realises that even in a big city she doesn’t have to be alone. With the film rights already sold this debut novel is a wonderful, feel-good story.

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The Lido is a joyous and uplifting debut - a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear
— Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man

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SARAH VAUGHAN 

Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

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‘Well-written, pacy and full of twists and turns’
— Independent
The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard. . . sensational
— Clare Mackintosh

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Louise Candlish

Our House

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. From the bestselling author of The Swimming Pool and Since I Don't Have You.

Find out more about Louise Candlish

Absorbing, perceptive and gripping
— Daily Mail
Addictive… It will keep you guessing until the very end
— Stylist

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Ruth Hogan

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Masha was a spirited woman with a rebellious streak until tragedy struck. Consumed by grief she finds solace in silence until a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the wise and fabulous Kitty Muriel, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice. Exploring the simple human connections that make life worth living it’s another irresistible novel from the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things.

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Kit De Waal

The Trick to Time

Mona is a young Irish girl in a big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own. She meets a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and embarks on an affair, a whirlwind marriage, and an unexpected pregnancy. Then tragedy strikes and tears them apart. Decades later, she looks back at her life, and wonders if she can ever learn to love again. An unforgettable tale of grief, longing and a love that lasts a lifetime from the award-winning author of My Name is Leon.

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JOanna Trollope

An Unsuitable Match

The author of 21 highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Choir, The Rector's Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law Joanna joins us to discuss her life as a writer and her latest novel, An Unsuitable Match, a story of love, family and second chances. Joanna was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. 

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Olobob Top Workshops with Leigh Hodgkinson

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10:00 - 11:00
Sun 14 Oct
Waterstones Guildford


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11:00 - 12:00
Sun 14 Oct
Hatchlands Park

 

Nicolas Seal
Japanese Knotweed – Unearthing the Truth

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13:30 - 14:30
Sun 14 Oct
Guildford Harbour Hotel

 

Matt Haig
Father Christmas and Me/The Truth Pixie

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Matt Haig
Notes on a Nervous Planet

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16:30 - 17:30
Sun 14 Oct
Guildford Harbour Hotel


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Anton Du Beke
One Enchanted Evening

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19:00 - 20:00
Sun 14 Oct
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre


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Miranda Seymour - Ada Lovelace: Byron’s Brilliant, Mercurial Daughter

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19:00 - 20:00       
Wed 17 Oct
Watts Gallery


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19:00 - 20:00
Thur 18 Oct
The Mandolay Hotel

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick in Conversation: Becoming The Supervet

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19:00 - 20:00
Sat 26 Jan 2019
Watts Gallery

 

Emma Mason: Christina Rossetti - Poetry, Ecology, Faith

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