Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Trained as a very young nurse, Jennifer became a midwife, ward sister and night-sister from 1953 until 1973. Jennifer knew the East End of London, particularly Poplar, so well and the film producer and director have faithfully kept to the themes of her book.
Having written so movingly about the beginning of life, Jennifer’s last book In the Midst of Life explored the complexities surrounding how we die. Written with passion and conviction, this book is about the mystery, the beauty, the loneliness and the aspirations of death.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Warm welcome from Michelle Ward, presenter of EAT MY LUNCH on Phoenix 98FM community radio this morning. Began our BOOK CLUB with a look at local writer, Piper Terrett's thriller VICTIM SUPPORT. Piper launched her new book last month and am pleased that it is selling well.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Throughout Essex at various libraries, University of Essex, academies and church halls, we will meet writers such as Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew Motion, Jodi Picoult, Prue Leith, Simon Brett, Kathy Lette and a host of other luminaries from the world of books, theatre, art and craft.
We kick off on l March at Chelmsford Library and the launch will involve BBC Essex's superduper presenter, Dave Monk who will be broadcasting live to the 1.5 million residents in our county. To discover more, visit www.essexbookfestival.org.uk or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com) and Twitter (twitter.com) and I will also keep our Linked In friends up to date, too. Do book early as seats will be in demand.
It is a pleasure to be a Festival Patron once again alongside Barbara Erskine, Germaine Greer and Francis Wheen. Look forward to seeing you!