from Grapevine on 10-Jun-18: Flamstead Book Festival

From Flamstead Parish Council Grapevine on 10th June 2018

FLAMSTEAD BOOK FESTIVAL.

Tickets go on sale via the website www.flamsteadbookfestival.com tomorrow (MON) for this year’s Books in the Belfry which is back with a stellar line-up to help raise vital funds for the village church roof and other urgent repairs.

HELEN PANKHURST, the great-grand-daughter of suffragette leader Emmeline, headlines the 2018 Festival which will be held from Thursday August 30 to Saturday September 1 at St Leonard’s Church.

Helen will be talking on September 1 about her famous family, her work as a consultant on the film Suffragette which stars Meryl Streep as Emmeline and her new book Deeds not Words which is published to co-incide with the 100th anniversary of the suffragettes’ great victory which first gave women the right to vote.

And there will be a special gala evening of music, sketches and songs from The Shakespeare Review Company – comprised of West End performers including Flamstead’s very own CLIVE HAYWARD – to finish the Festival on a high note.

The Festival kicks-off on the evening of August 30 with an appearance from former England, Arsenal and Leicester striker ALAN SMITH. Smith’s autobiography Heads Up is out in time for Books in the Belfry but there will be the chance to quiz him on Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal as well as the inevitable post-mortem on England’s World Cup results.

Best-selling novelist SARAH VAUGHAN promises an entertaining evening on Friday August 31 discussing how she got into writing and the success of her topical thriller An Anatomy of a Scandal. It has been likened to the novel Apple Tree Yard, which was recently televised, and if you liked that you will love her gripping page-turner.

Others appearing include top blogger KATHERINE SUNDERLAND who will host a workshop on improving social media skills and historical biographer CLARE MULLEY, making a welcome return after her popular session at the debut Festival in 2014; she will be talking about her new work The Women Who Flew For Hitler.

Cream teas will also be available in the church grounds on the afternoon of September 1whether you are attending sessions or not.

Tickets for all events are available on the Festival website as well as details of the programme and authors and where to buy tickets in person.

This year’s line-up follows in the footsteps of a long list of top names who have appeared since 2014 including Jane Hawking, Tony Parsons, Sophie Hannah, GBBO winner Edd Kimber, Dermot Turing and comedian Andy Hamilton.

It’s sure to be as popular an event as ever so make sure you book early and follow the Festival on twitter @FlamsteadBkFest or on the Facebook page Flamstead Book Festival.

Proceeds from the Festival have always helped support the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) to raise funds for repair and restoration work on the roof and fabric to safeguard the village church and its unique medieval wall-paintings for future generations.

But as many are now aware the church needs hundreds of thousands of pounds spending on work to the roof, with the Flamstead Heritage Project set up to avoid the threat of the 12th century building actually closing; so this year organisers want to raise as much as possible. After all they need a Belfry to hold the Book Festival in.

2018 Tickets now on sale online

Tickets for the 2018 Flamstead Book Festival are now on sale – for online orders only.

Our Advance Box Office where you can buy tickets in person will be open at specific locations and times from Friday August 3rd. Further details will be posted in due course.

2018 tickets go on sale on June 11th

Tickets for the 2018 Flamstead Book Festival will go on sale on Monday June 11th – for online orders only.

Our Advance Box Office where you can buy tickets in person will be open at specific locations and times from Friday August 3rd.

All tickets now sold out [2017]

Sorry – but all tickets are now sold and the church will be full.

Full price tickets sold out [2017]

We regret that full price tickets have now sold out – both online and from the Village Stores. A limited number of restricted view tickets are available – online only – price £10, including a glass of wine.

Restricted view seats are located in the side aisles of the church.

Tickets now on sale

Tickets for “An evening with Andy Hamilton” can now be bought online and shortly from the Flamstead Village Stores.

Biographies of Andy Hamilton and Ian Ridley posted

Biographies of our author Andy Hamilton and interviewer Ian Ridley have now been posted here.

Flamstead Book Festival is back for 2017

Books in the Belfry is back for a special evening event featuring comedian and screenwriter Andy Hamilton on Thursday June 1.

Hamilton is best known for co-writing the hit BBC TV series “Outnumbered” as well as “Drop the Dead Donkey” and being a regular panellist on “Have I Got News for You” and radio shows such as “The News Quiz” and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.” His debut novel The Star Witness has just been published in time for Flamstead Book Festival and he will be talking to journalist Ian Ridley about the latest chapter of a career spent making people laugh.

Hamilton follows in the footsteps of a long list of top names who have appeared since the Festival made its debut in 2014 including Jane Hawking, Tony Parsons, Barry Norman, Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, Dermot Turing, Sophie Hannah, Renée Knight and Steve Claridge.

Festival spokesman and Flamstead resident Vikki Orvice said: “We are excited about Andy’s appearance and hope as many people in the area will once again support Books in the Belfry. We think attracting him is another coup for the Festival and the village, so come along, give him a big Flamstead welcome and hear his story”.

Harpenden Books is supporting the Festival and will be selling copies of Andy’s novel on the night. You will be able to meet him after his talk and get books signed. Perfect for holiday reading this summer or presents.

Proceeds will help support the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) to raise funds for repair and restoration work on the roof and fabric to safeguard the village church and its unique medieval wall-paintings for future generations.

Details of how to book tickets online or in person will be announced next month (April) on the Festival website at  www.flamsteadbookfestival.com. Or follow the Festival on twitter @FlamsteadBkFest or on the Facebook page.

One the Day tab added to website

An “On the Day” tab has been added to the website with information helping you to get the most out of the day(s) – including how to find us, local facilities, and a festival map.

Evensong on Sunday May 22nd

Evensong at St Leonard’s

On Sunday May 22nd at 6.30pm in St Leonard’s, Flamstead, there will be a choral evensong to celebrate the Book Festival.

Special guest preacher: Revd. Lucy Dallas, Team Vicar of St Nicholas Church, Elstree.

All welcome.

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