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Northwich LitFest 2018

1st June 2018 - 30th June 2018

7.30pm unless otherwise stated

Various venues throughout Northwich


To book your tickets, either use the menu at the bottom of this page,
email or call 01606 553433


Its Short Storytime Finals
Friday 1st June                
An evening of free entertainment? Coffee? What’s not to love?? Sit back and enjoy, as some of the winning entrants to our Short Story Competition (in conjunction with Ourtown magazine) entertain you with their stories. This year’s prizewinner will be announced. Free event.

Monday 4th June
Davenham Players
Davenham Theatre                    
‘Pieces of us’
The Davenham Players own and operate Davenham Theatre. Throughout the year they present plays and a variety of opportunities for actors and audiences to enjoy. The evening will provide a taster of some of the things they do.

Tuesday 5th June
Joy Pearson
Northwich Library                   
Locally based writer, Joy Pearson, reads from and talks about her recently published first novel. Untangling the Webs’ is set partly in Cheshire and is a story of suspense which follows the parallel lives of four women of varying ages and diverse backgrounds.

Thursday 7th June
Laura Wilkinson
Northwich Library                  
Laura is the author of 3 critically acclaimed novels. Her latest, Skin Deep, is partially set against the backdrop of Manchester, in the 1980’s. It is a captivating and poignant story.

Friday 8th June
Grant Gillespie
Davenham Theatre               
Soho-ite Grant is a novelist, screenwriter & actor. He’s had many roles – Eastenders, Holby City, Doctors, Midsomer Murders etc. His debut novel tells the story of an unusal boy adopted  into a middle-class family, anxious to conform, with dangerous consequences. Parts of the novel were inspired by the James Bulger case. 

Monday 11th June            
Will Butters
We never know what to expect from Will – but that is all part of his charm. He is known as Billy Nomates but he is certainly not that! There will be laughter for sure as he delivers, with the assistance of his readers, some of the many scripts he has written.

Tuesday 12th June      
Susi Osborne
Davenham Theatre                     
‘Refreshingly different and so very well written’, ‘A dark and delicious surprise from beginning to end’ are just some of the words used by top reviewer, Anne Williams, to describe Angelica Stone. Come and join Susi to hear more about her fourth novel and how her past year has unfolded. AND, we all love a bargain...a FREE copy of Angelica Stone with every ticket purchased!!! (a good present for someone if you already own a copy). PLUS,’s almost like a party!!

Thursday 14th June   
Poetry & Music
Weaver Hall Museum
*6pm Start*
Family friendly, suitable for children over 10. Open floor compered by Angela Topping. Guest sets from Angi Holden and Angela Topping. Headline musician Gordon Tyrrall. Come along and share a poem or a song, or sit back and listen.

Friday 15th June       
Vanessa Nuttall
Davenham Theatre                      
Step into the fascinating World of radio sound effects & learn how it’s all done in this intriguing demonstration. Ever wondered how the sound of a calf being born is reproduced in Radio 4’s The Archers? These sound effects are down to Studio Manager, Vanessa. Come & find out how she does her job and, perhaps even have a go. Plastic sheeting has been requested – it may be messy!

Monday 18th June 
Christie Barlow & Zara Stoneley
Davenham Theatre                   
Bestselling author of 7 novels, Christie Barlow originates from Northwich. She wrote her first book to teach her children that they are capable of achieving their dreams. She has certainly succeeded! When writing The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, Christie’s research was aided by our very own narrowboat-dwelling LitFest regular, Paula Jackson!

Zara Stoneley lives in Knutsford, she has been writing stories for almost as long as she’s been able to read! She writes heartwarming, humorous stories about life and love. Christie and Zara share the same publisher, HarperImpulse, and will discuss their road to publication.

Tuesday 19th June   
Martin Edwards
Sandiway Library                      
Born in Knutsford, Martin Edwards was educated in Northwich before going on to Oxford and subsequently training as a solicitor. He is an award-winning crime writer whose Lake District Mysteries are ‘gentle though by no means cosy, teeming with good writing, humour and attractive scenery’.

Wednesday 20th June
Tony Bostock
Weaver Hall Museum                
Vale Royal Abbey was founded in 1270 by Edward 1, who intended the abbey to be on the grandest scale and the finest abbey ever built. In this talk, historian Tony Bostock will tell the story of Vale Royal from its establishment until its dissolution in 1538.

Thursday 21st June      
Mark Powers
Weaver Hall Museum            
Creative writing workshop for two school classes with writer Mark Powers – author of children’s series Spy Toys. Interested schools please contact Gina Cottam on 01606 271640.

Saturday 23rd June
Sophie Parkin ‘In Conversation’ with Wilma Johnson
Davenham Theatre                      
Writer, artist, actor, artist club owner and daughter of Molly, Sophie Parkin was one of the highlights of our LitFest last year when she regaled us with her scurrilous tales of Soho – it was quite a night! This time Sophie will be ‘In Conversation’ with artist/writer Wilma Johnson, whose mid-life crisis changed her from housewife to surfer! Sounds interesting? It’s never too late to do anything...Wilma’s travel memoir is like no other.

Tuesday 26th June 
Juliet Greenwood
Sandiway Library                    
‘Spies, Heroines and Farmers’. Author of 4 historical novels, Juliet discusses the research she has done for her most recent novel about the role of women in World War 1, both at home and behind the front lines.

Wednesday 27th June 
Steve Cooper & Sophie Osborne
Lion Salt Works                      
Doodlebug Productions present hit musical comedy, Paradise Lodge, a play about living with dementia. It promises to be a great evening filled with war songs, sing-a-longs, lots of humour, moments of pathos, memories of the war...& features a ukulele!

Saturday 30th June
Sunny Ormonde
Davenham Theatre                    
‘Another Evening with...Sunny Ormonde!’

Northwich loves Sunny Ormonde & we just can’t wait to have her back here with us again. Book early for this – tickets sell out every year. More fun, frolics, recitations and musings from THE ARCHERS with ‘Lilian Bellamy’...and of course, more from Sunny herself too! There may even be an opportunity for some audience participation...


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