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Northwich LitFest 2016

6th June 2016 - 27th June 2016

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Various Venues Throughout Northwich

Monday 6 June
Short Story Event - Free
Costa Coffee

Sit back, relax, sip coffee and enjoy… as some of the winning entrants to our Short Story Competition (in conjunction with Ourtown Magazine) beguile you with their stories. AND, this year’s prizewinner will be announced!

Tuesday 7 June
Caroline James & Nikki Ashton - Free
Viva Cafe

Two Cheshire-based authors each talk about their latest novels and about their own personal roads to success. Caroline and Nikki are also the founder members of Chesherati, a support/social group for other writers in the area.

Wednesday 8 June
Will Butters - Free
Viva Cafe

Billy Nomates is back – the LitFest just wouldn’t be the same without him! The inimitable Mr Butters, entertainer extraordinaire, laughter will never be far away.

Friday 10 June
Angela Clarke plus Eleanor Dryden - £5
Foyer Bar, Memorial Court

A ‘two for the price of one’ unmissable event in a new venue! Angela Clarke is an author, columnist and playwright. Her recent novel, Follow Me, stormed up the charts and has had amazing success. The story, with its ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts, depicted just how chilling and menacing social media can be. A gripping tale indeed. Eleanor Dryden has been a publishing director at Harper Collins until recently. During her career she has worked with high profile authors such as Jeffrey Archer & Kate Mosse. Eleanor is to take up a new position this year as publishing director at Bonnier Publishing Fiction, but she’s agreed to take time out from her busy schedule to talk about ‘Getting Published’ at our LitFest!

Monday 13 June
Howard Bentham - Free
Viva Cafe

If you came to the Short Story Evening at the LitFest last year, then you will be sure to remember Howard Bentham and his story, Daphne’s Surprise. This will be more of a social evening, but Howard has kindly agreed to read a little bit more of his work…which could be slightly risqué, or ever so slightly tinged with blue!

Tuesday 14 June
Angela Topping & guests - Free
Viva Cafe

A magical evening of poetry and music, with guest readers and a chance to read your own poem.

Wednesday 15 June
Adam Baron - £5
Davenham Theatre

Adam is a crime writer who lives in Greenwich, London. He has had 5 novels published, which have been widely translated and dramatised on Radio 4. He’s worked as an actor, journalist, comedy writer/performer, in-house writer for Channel 4 TV. In addition to his own successful writing, he is also the MA Course Director in Creative Writing at Kingston University, London.

Friday 17 June
Kissing Frogs - £10
Davenham Theatre

Fresh from the London stage, Sophie Osborne returns to Davenham to be part of the LitFest, before continuing on her nationwide tour to other venues. This is an extended version of Sophie’s one woman comedy show, with even more laughter than before! Last chance to see in Cheshire – don’t miss it!

Monday 20 June
William Shaw - £5
Sandiway Library

William Shaw has been a journalist for The Observer, The New York Times & more. He has written many books, both non-fiction and fiction, his latest being The Birdwatcher. A review in the Sunday Times said he wrote with “An emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction.”

Tuesday 21 June
Angela Topping - Free
Northwich Library

The Lecture: Margaret Atwood describes the society she creates in her dystopic fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, as a ‘slight twist on our society’. Angela Topping explores how this novel reflects the world we live in.

Wednesday 22 June
Jim’s Wilde Night Out - £8
Davenham Theatre

Jim Mole and friends celebrate the works of one of our nation’s favourite and popular authors and playwrights, Oscar Wilde. His writings remain fresh and witty today. The cast re-enact a veritable ‘Battle of the Sexes’. Come and judge for yourselves. Remember, you ’can resist anything but temptation’.

Thursday 23 June
Paul Hurley - Free
Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse

Time Traveller! A guide to Northwich Past with local historian, and prolific writer of local history books, Paul Hurley.

Saturday 25 June
Sunny Ormonde - £12
Davenham Theatre

The amazingly talented Sunny Ormonde in an event definitely not to be missed! Sunny is renowned for her many years on BBC Radio 4, playing the infamous Lilian Bellamy and is currently, simultaneously, working on a new show entitled ‘The Airings of An Archers Actor’s Aunt’. Sunny’s previous two shows for the LitFest have been outstanding and we feel privileged, therefore, that she has agreed to bring this latest ‘play in progress’ to Northwich LitFest. Sunny will give a polished rehearsed reading, Sue Wilson (director) & Jane James (writer) will talk about the piece beforehand and, at the end, they will open it up to the audience for feedback. This is a unique experience – see how a play comes together! – be involved! – book your seat now!!!

Monday 27 June*
Carrie Kania - £5
Davenham Theatre

Carrie Kania is a Literary Agent from one of the top London agencies, Conville & Walsh. Prior to this she worked in US publishing at Random House and Harper Collins. Carrie has lots of tips for writers about how to make your submission stand out from the crowd. She is also the co-founder of the independent bookstore/cocktail bar The Society Club in Soho – which sounds like an interesting story in itself! *6.30 start for this event only!


All events, unless otherwise stated, start at 7.30pm.

To reserve your place either email: or Tel: 01606 553433

Chargeable events can be booked online by clicking on the link below.


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