Thursday, 18 July 2013

Local author Joy James reflects on the Gedling Book Festival

I would like to say well done and thank you to all who worked so hard and long to bring us the first ever Arnold Bookfest / Gedling Book Festival. What a well planned and thought out three day event it proved to be, sited as it was on such a beautiful park with a backdrop of the most glorious weather!

With Authors’ talks, performers, workshops, children’s activities, ‘Meet the Author’ sessions, plus live music, it was a treat for the eyes ears and soul of the hundreds of visitors it attracted.

I listened in awe to Maitland, Ebsworth and Hollick while moved to peep through my fingers as David Bell described some truly awful local murders and wondered how he slept nights!
Then, beneath the shade of the trees in all their summer glory, I listened to the choir and solo artiste doing their best under a plastic tent in the searing heat, for Arnot Hill Park has everything except a bandstand.
The Bookfest culminated with the Silver Scribes short story competition awards of which I was delighted to be a finalist. In particular I'd like to single out Julie Malone and John Baird of New Writers UK, and Waterstone’s, to whom I will always be grateful for the interest and encouragement they have always shown towards my books.
I do so hope this is the beginning of an annual festival affair and look forward with great pleasure to its literary future. Well done all of you.
                                                                                   Joy James

Joy James is the author of 'Yo'd mak a parson swear!'



Discover you local history!

Discover Old Wollaton

Thursday July 25th
Wollaton Library

Visit the past in photographs and share your memories. All welcome!
Booking is advised, tickets available from the library.

For more details please contact 0115 9155715

Monday, 8 July 2013

Nicola Monaghan - Talk (Q & A)

When: July 14th

Where: Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

Cost: Free

12.30pm – Thoughts On Writing
Award-winning Nottingham author Nicola Monaghan offers her thoughts about the writing process and answers your questions.

Part of CRIME DAY at the Gedling Book Festival

Rhymes and Misdemeanors

Royal Writers present ‘Rhymes and Misdemeanors’

A free performance at Arnot Hill Pak, Arnold

Sunday 14th July – 11.30am


A criminal collection of prose, poetry and other new work from The Royal Writers, part of the 55+ arts programme based at the Theatre Royal.


Part of the Gedling Book Festival's CRIME DAY

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Alison Moore at the Gedling Book Festival

Saturday July 13th, 2013

At the Gedling Book Festival July 12-14

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham

After the children’s theme has concluded Alison Moore - shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, and this year’s EMBA - will talk about her new book, a debut collection of short stories.


4.00pm - The Pre-War House and Other Stories

Shortlisted for more than a dozen different awards, the stories in Alison’s new collection range from her first prize-winning story to new and recently published work.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

History Day includes children's workshops

Members of the public are invited to join an audience of children (aged 7 and older) for an entertaining and informative afternoon on July 12th. Between 3pm and 5pm two great authors are visiting Arnold as part of the History Day at the Gedling Book Festival.

At: Gedling Civic Centre’s Council Chamber

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

Cost: Free

1.00pm - 1066, King Harold and The Normans


Novelist Helen Hollick will speak about life in the 11th century, including the Battle of Hastings.   


2.00pm - The Vikings Take Nottingham!

Learn about Nottingham’s Vikings with children’s author Ian Douglas and the Nottingham History Roadshow, with plenty of gruesome facts, quizzes and a scary story.

Both the talks/workshops are suitable for people aged 7 and over.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Notts Murders and Murderers - with crime writer David Bell

Nottingham Murders and Murderers  - a talk

Sunday 14th July


Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham

Cost: Free - no booking required

Author David Bell discusses real-life Nottinghamshire murder cases from the distant and recent past, from ‘Nurse Death’ to Michael Sams.

David Bell is the convenor for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Midlands’ chapter.

This event is part of the Gedling Book Festival's  Crime Day featuring Stephen Booth, Nicola Monaghan and more.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Queens of historical fiction: Karen Maitland & Helen Hollick

Meet best-selling authors Karen Maitland & Helen Hollick

Karen Maitland and Helen Hollick are appearing at the Gedling Book Festival between 3pm and 5pm. This is a not-to-be missed free event for fans of historical fiction.

At Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

3.00pm - Medieval Murder, Mystery and The Inquisition
Karen Maitland will be talking about her interest in the Medieval and her current book Falcons of Fire and Ice with a look at the research behind her medieval thrillers, from King John's spies to the deadly secrets of an Icelandic cave.

Karen has written four stand-alone thrillers as well as her ‘joint’ crime novels written with the group of historical authors known as the Medieval Murderers.

4.00pm - Panel Q & A Session
A chance to fire your questions at Karen Maitland and Helen Hollick during a special historical fiction panel discussion.

Helen is the author of The Sea Witch Voyages series, the Pandragon’s Banner trilogy and the Saxon series which includes Harold The King.  

 All part of History Day at the Gedling Book Festival

The Common Lodging Houses of Narrowmarsh

Library Talk: The Common Lodging Houses of Narrowmarsh

Thursday 11 July

2-3pm, Nottingham Central Library – Floor 1, £2
Discover more about the history of the common lodging houses of Narrowmarsh in this informative talk by Sarah Seaton. Find out what the houses and conditions were like in the 19the century and stories of the people who lived in them. Booking essential: contact Local Studies on 0115 915 2873 or email

Part of the Nottinghamshire’s People 2013 programme of events ‘900 years of archives, 15 decades of mining heritage. 9 years of civil war. 2 pilgrim fathers. 1 county.’

Get to know... Nottingham

Get to know…Nottingham Central Library – Library Tours

11am – 12noon, Nottingham Central Library, FREE

Ideal for new members. Find out all there is to know about the library including information on how to find what you need and the special resources available.

Tours take place: 11am – 12 noon

« Friday 5 July

« Friday 2 August

« Friday 6 September

Meet at the Ground Floor help desk

Free, no booking required
For more information contact 0115 915 2825.

Bulwell Readers' Week

Bulwell Readers' Week

Thursday 4 July

4-6pm, Bulwell Riverside Library, FREE

Celebrate reading in Bulwell at the library: meet children’s author Andy Newbound and complete his creepy mystery; Bailey the dog from the Dogs Trust will be visiting; and take part in a Guiness World Record attempt to create the longest paper dolls chain (part of Walker Books and Save the Children world record attempt to celebrate the new Julia Donaldson book - Paper dolls)!
Suitable for children aged 4-14.

Military History Exhibition

Nottingham’s Military History Exhibition
Nottingham Central Library, FREE

Monday 24 June – 13 July

Glimpse into Nottingham’s military past from the 15th Century to the present day.  This will include Civil War at home, conflicts abroad, regimental history and our famous local heroes.  The exhibition will be showcasing unique material from the Local Studies library and multi-media footage.

Visitors can see this exhibition for FREE during library opening hours.
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