Whether or not you’re planning to go away on holiday this summer, our next HULF Talk on 25th June will make you feel like you’ve travelled the world, as our three guest authors taking us through the pages of their novels to an A-Z of colourful destinations, from A(msterdam) to Z(anzibar).
Carol Cooper already had a string of non-fiction books to her name before turning to writing novels with vibrant settings and characters who don’t always do what they should. In her latest book, The Girls from Alexandria, Carol draws on her childhood in Egypt to recreate the bygone world of cosmopolitan Alexandria.
Kate Frost is the author of several bestselling romantic escape novels including The Baobab Beach Retreat, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair. In 2021, she signed a six-book deal with Boldwood and has continued to write escapist fiction for them. One Greek Summer was published in March and An Italian Dream will be out on the 7th July.
Helena Halmewrites Nordic fiction with a hint of both Romance and Noir. Her latest series, Love on the Island, is set on the quirky and serenely beautiful Aland Islands, which lie in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.
We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next HULF Talk on Holiday Reads on Saturday 25th June, when Debbie Young will be chairing a panel of three guest authors, Carol Cooper, Kate Frost and Helena Halme, whose novels are set around the world from A(msterdam) toZ(anzibar)! Who better to help you find your next best holiday read?
More details to follow soon, but as always, our venue capacity is just 60, so book early to secure a ticket! Here is the booking form to order yours now via Eventbrite, or open this link in a new browser window:
In the meantime, here are some photos from our April HULF Talk on Crime, Mystery & Thriller writing with AA Abbott, Lucienne Boyce, Valerie Keogh and Debbie Young. Below the photos are links to read the transcripts of Lucienne and Debbie’s talks on aspects of the history of crime writing on their respective author websites.
Transcripts of Talks on Crime Writing
Follow the links below to read the talks by Lucienne Boyce and Debbie Young, who have now posted the transcripts on their websites:
An entertaining afternoon of author talks, readings & discussions exploring the past, present & future of Crime, Thriller & Mystery books
Kindly sponsored by Hawkesbury Parish News
About this event
In the peaceful setting of Bethesda Chapel, spend a fascinating afternoon in the company of four authors of Crime, Thriller and Mystery novels.
Author and historian Lucienne Boyce willset the scene with a brief talk about the nine-teenth-century origins of the modern detective novel, including Wilkie Collins‘ trailblazing The Woman in White .
Debbie Young will provide insights into the Golden Age of Detective Fiction in the inter-war years, including Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie, who inspired her contemporary English village mysteries.
Fast forward to the present day, and A A Abbott and Valerie Keogh will discuss the development of the modern crime novel and the psychological thriller.
After the panel discussion of current trends and predictions for the future of this broad genre, there will be ample time for questions for the audience.
Once the formal part of the programme is over, the authors will be pleased to sign and sell copies of books and to chat informally to members of the audience over coffee and cake.
The ticket price of £5 includes coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits, plus a £2 discount voucher valid against a book bought at the event.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Capacity of our beautiful historic venue is limited, so advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Guest numbers will be limited for social distancing purposes, so advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Admission on the day will depend on advance ticket sales and cannot be guaranteed. Should changes in Covid restrictions require cancellation, the organiser will refund the ticket price less Eventbrite’s administration charge.
The ticket price includes free hot drinks and cakes plus a £2 discount voucher valid against any book purchased at the event.
Meet the authors:
Jayne Davis writes: I enjoy reading many genres, but ever since I got hooked on Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my teens, I’ve particularly liked getting lost in the past with a good romance. I’ve had several careers, including engineer, teacher, publisher, and author of school textbooks. I’d always wanted to be a writer, but that kind of writing wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Now I’m finally enjoying writing historical romance. When I’m not writing or wasting time on the internet, I love reading (which author doesn’t?), gardening, walking and cycling. And drinking tea.
Kate Frost writes:I am the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart, The Amsterdam Affair and The Love Island Bookshop), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. I live in Bristol with my husband and young son. As well as writing novels, I’m the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that I co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. I feel incredibly lucky to spend my days writing and being immersed in books. One Greek Summer, my first book with Boldwood, will be published on 9thMarch 2022.
Katharine E Smith writes: I
I am a writer, editor and publisher, living in Shropshire, UK. I am a Yorkshirewoman by birth and I write (a lot, but not exclusively) about Cornwall. I am married, have two children, and a border collie. I love walking, and wild swimming – even on very cold days (though I definitely prefer it in the summer). My books include three standalone literary fiction novels – Writing the Town Read, Looking Past, and Amongst Friends – a contemporary romance/women’s fiction series – Coming Back to Cornwall – and the Connections series, each book of which focuses on a different character living in a small Cornish town. I suppose my books can mostly be classed as largely women’s fiction, but I don’t like to be sexist about these things and don’t see any reason that men might not enjoy them as well! In my role running Heddon Publishing, I work with other authors all around the world to help develop their work and achieve their dreams of becoming published. I love this work and have met some fantastic people, and learned a lot to benefit my own writing.
Debbie Young writes; Having lived in Hawkesbury Upton for over 30 years, I love writing stories set in the Cotswolds, whether light-hearted village mysteries or romantic comedies or a blend of both. My books include two series of novels, the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries, which a reader described as “rose-tinted murders”, and the Staffroom at St Bride’s school stories, “like Malory Towers for grown-ups”, and standalone short stories, novelettes and novellas. My latest book is a “what-if” romantic comedy novella, Mrs Morris Changes Lanes. Two of my novels have been shortlisted for The Selfies, a publishing industry award for the best independently-published fiction in the UK.
Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival is a series of not-for-profit book-related events run by Debbie Young. For more information about HULF and the latest event news, visit http://www.hulitfest.com.
As you’ll probably have noticed, during the Covid pandemic we’ve had to cancel the 2020 and 2021 HULFs, which were meant to take place in April.
We had hoped that by the time the next Festival was due to take place, we’d be living in a world free of hand sanitiser, face masks and social distancing, but currently we’re not convinced that by April 2022, we’ll feel comfortable holding crowded book talks and workshops in the relatively small spaces of our village venues. We’re also not keen to bring vast crowds of strangers into the community.
Back to our Community Roots
Rather than cancel the Festival for a third time, we’ve decided to take HULF back to its roots as a small event designed to serve our community. We’ll do this by holding just one event at a time, in a single venue, for an afternoon, rather than what feels like taking over the whole village for the day and bringing in authors and visitors from far and wide. (For the cancelled 2020 event, We had authors willing to fly at their own expense from Sweden and France to take part, and a visitor from the US planning her whole holiday around HULF.)
Smaller Events at Greater Frequency
To offset the reduction in the size of the event, we will increase frequency to roughly quarterly. Where possible the events will be held on the last Saturday of the month to make it easier to remember when they are. We will of course avoid the last Saturday in August as that is always the day of the Hawkesbury Horticultural Show, at which we always have a stall.
We would like to thank rare book dealer Peter Harrington of London (www.peterharrington.co.uk) for their kind sponsorship of this event. Their short film, One Hundred Seconds to Midnight (www.onehundredsecondstomidnight.co.uk), about a remarkable collection of rare books related to climate change, will be part of the programme.
The second HULF Talk will be on Saturday 29th January, and as we’ll be in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, the theme will be the Romantic Novel. Speakers will include Katharine E Smith and Kate Frost, who write bestselling romantic novels set in Cornwall, Greece, Africa, and other alluring destinations. The full speaker line-up will be announced on the Festival website in December.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new-look HULF.