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"I visited The Holt Bookshop when on holiday, and was immediately taken by the wide and interesting range of books and the friendly staff. I was easily able to find a couple of books that I hadn't seen anywhere else, and when after returning home I found a minor publisher's error with one of the books, David went out of his way to sort everything out. These are the reasons why we must never lose our independent book shops – interesting books and staff who are actually interested in their customers."
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PAST EVENTS

WELLS POETRY FESTIVAL

The Holt Bookshop is delighted to be supplying books for the 20th Wells Poetry Festival being held at Alderman Peel School from Friday, May 5th to Sunday, May 7th.

The festival starts at 8pm on May 5th with Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley reading from their book Deaths of the Poets.

Festival programmes are available from the bookshop. For full details click here http://poetrynextthesea.co.uk/

CARL GORHAM

Friday, February 24th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

 

Come and meet award-winning TV comedy writer Carl Gorham who will be here at 6.30pm on Friday, February 24th, to talk about his new book The Owl at the Window: A Memoir of Loss and Hope.

Part love story, part widower's diary, the book tells of his wife's death from cancer and his attempts to rebuild his life afterwards with his six-year-old daughter.

'She is dead. She was here just now and she was alive. How can she suddenly be dead? People in history are dead.

Old people are dead. Grandparents are dead. Other people are dead.

Not people like me. Not this person. The person I was married to.

Had a child with. Not the person who was standing next to me. Chatting. Laughing. Being.'

Shock is just one of many emotions explored in Carl's account of his bereavement which is by turns deeply moving and darkly humorous.

Realised in a series of vivid snapshots, it takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from Oxford to Australia, from Norfolk to Hong Kong through fear, despair, pain and anger to hope, laughter and renewal. The Owl at the Window is a fresh and original exploration of what it means to lose a partner in your forties, and how Carl learned to live again.

Carl, who lives near Holt, is best known as the creator, co-writer and producer of the acclaimed animated BBC2 sitcom Stressed Eric.

He has won numerous awards including an Indie and two British animation awards and has been nominated for a British Comedy Award and a Bafta.

RORY CLEMENTS

Friday, February 3rd, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

Award-winning North Norfolk author Rory Clements will be at The Holt Bookshop at 6.30pm on Friday, February 3rd, to talk about Corpus, the first in a major new series of thrillers.

Rory's previous seven novels have been set in the Elizabethan era and featured John Shakespeare, fictional brother of William.

Now Rory's focus moves closer to our own era.


1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland.

In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist.

Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division.

Dons and students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand? When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe - and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson...Set against the drumbeat of war and moving from Berlin to Cambridge, from Whitehall to the Kent countryside, and from the Fens to the Aragon Front in Spain, this big canvas international thriller marks the beginning of a major new series from bestselling author Rory Clements.

PHIL BARRETT

Friday, January 20th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

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Prize-winning North Norfolk poet Phil Barrett will be at The Holt Bookshop at 6.30pm on Friday, 20th January, to launch his book of poems Writing Me.

Originally trained as a visual artist, Phil spent 27 years as head of art at The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey, Herts.

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Since taking early retirement, he has focused on his writing and has undertaken a range of poetry workshops with individuals and schools in North Norfolk. Writing Me is a sequence of poems which explores growing up in a Norfolk town.

These accessible poems conduct a lovingly detailed and witty exploration of the poet's growing up and his touching lifelong relationship with his parents, hearteningly honest produce from what he calls, in Mum's Vegetable Patch, 'this exceptional yet ordinary earth'. Michael Laskey

In this lucid, thoughtful collection Phil Barrett succeeds in conveying the texture of childhood, the vulnerability, the energy and the joys. He has an eye for 'telling' detail and the capacity to allow a poem to travel. Moniza Alvi

Phil will be introduced at the event by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

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HOW TO PLOT THE
PERFECT MURDER

Friday, November 25th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

 

Two of Britain's leading crime novelists, Elizabeth Haynes and Elly Griffiths, will be at The Holt Bookshop at 6.30pm on Friday, November 25th, to discuss the world of crime writing with John Smart, former Gresham's head of arts.

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Elly is best known for her Ruth Galloway series, set in and around Titchwell, and her Stephens and Mephisto series, set in Brighton.

Elizabeth, a former police intelligence analyst, lives in Norfolk and her new psychological thriller, Never Alone has just been published. Her debut novel Into the Darkest Corner was published in 37 countries.

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RICHARD GIRLING

Friday, November 11th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

 

Come and meet North Norfolk author and award-winning journalist at the bookshop on Friday, November 11th at 6.30pm. Richard will be discussing his new book, The Man Who Ate the Zoo: Frank Buckland, Forgotten Hero of Natural History.

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The Man Who Ate the Zoo is a lively biography of 'the forgotten man of Victorian science,' a surgeon, natural historian, writer and conservationist. Buckland was obsessed by food security and finding ways to feed the hungry.

He can be credited with saving British fish from commercial extinction.

NICKY LOUTIT

Friday, October 14th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

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Come and meet artist Nicky Loutit who will be discussing her new book on October 14th at 6.30pm.

In 2015 Nicky began making paintings which evolved as she walked the North Norfolk Coast. Her book is a visualisation of memory - of how our past returns to us when we least expect or want it to - as well as a meditation on motherhood, ageing and a life fully lived.

An artist for 40 years, Nicky will be talking about her life to publisher Henry Layte.

SIMON BARNES

Friday, September 30th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of a book

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Simon Barnes will be at The Holt Bookshop on Friday, 30th September at 6.30pm, to talk about his new book The Meaning of Birds.

One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in.

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From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird - and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.

Simon, who lives in Norfolk, worked as a journalist on The Times for 32 years, serving as Chief Sports Writer until 2014. He also wrote a weekly wildlife and bird-watching column.

Simon is the author of seventeen books, including three novels.

Children's Storytelling with Nandana Sen

Tuesday, July 26th and Wednesday, July 27th, 10-10.30am

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

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Come and meet Indian author and award-winning actress Nandana Sen who will be at The Holt Bookshop from 10-10.30am on Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, to read from her new children’s book Kangaroo Kisses.

The free readings form part of this year’s Holt Festival and are designed for children aged 3+ (accompanied by an adult).

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The book follows one mischievous child as she delays getting ready for bed and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way.

A leading child rights activist, Nandana has starred in more than 20 feature films.

HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS

Thursday, June 9th, at 6.30pm

The Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard, Holt

Tickets are £2, redeemable against the purchase of a book

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Come and meet North Norfolk author, Hugh Aldersey-Williams, whose new book Tide: The science and lore of the greatest force on earth, will be launched at the bookshop.

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From Cnut to D-Day, Hugh's book explores the science and lore behind the tide. Hugh's previous books include Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements, Anatomies: The Human Body, it's parts and the Stories They Tell and The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century.