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West Berkshire showcases its local authors





Maybe you have a book in you, but don’t know how to go about writing it. Or maybe you’ve written one but don’t know how to publish… Go down to Newbury library on Saturday, where you can pick up some tips from local writers who have gone through the process.

Authors showcase
Authors showcase

For example Annabel Bailey, from Great Shefford, will be promoting and selling her book, Leaves from the Tree, alongside 30 other local writers at the Authors’ Showcase at Newbury library, on Saturday, between 11am and 3pm.

Leaves from the Tree is the story of her mother’s family from the 17th to the 20th century; 400 years of living on the land, each 'leaf' being an imagined episode, gathered over generations into one family. “It’s a saga about the ways of the country (hedging and ditching, cheesemaking, slate quarrying, ferreting, rent collecting and breeding children!).”

Also attending will be well-known author of spy thrillers, journalist Jon Stock who also writes psychological thrillers under the name JS Monroe.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event the library is running another showcase to give the public an opportunity to meet these local authors and the authors a chance to discuss their recently published books, including titles for children and adults, fiction and non-fiction.

Books will be available for sale too – it’s a chance for people to support our local authors and buy a book to gift at Christmas.

Confirmed authors are:

Diane Oldfield (children’s fantasy)
Megan Taylor (romance)
Cath Hensby (children’s fantasy)
Thelma Pugh (historical romance)
Sarah Paris (non-fiction)
Anita Campbell (poetry)
Iris Lloyd (historical fiction)
Rachel Guy (children)
Lily Rouault (fiction)
Mike Wilson (non-fiction)
John Stanforth (romance/crime)
Jeff Evans (non-fiction)
Steve Wallis (poetry/local history)
Paul Farrell (local history)
Phir Bahti (non-fiction)
Derek Ansell (historical fiction)
Maria Cauchi (non-fiction)
Emily Down (romance thriller)
Kate Oppel (non-fiction yoga)
George Norman (fiction)
Annabel Bailey (family history)
Robert Cort (thrillers/fiction)
John Hawkins (historical)
Meriel Larkin (non-fiction)
Jon Stock (thrillers/fiction)
Leslie Thelwell (children’s picture book)
Rita Pooles (children’s books)
Mark Baker (non-fiction)
Gill Ringland (business/non-fiction)



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