All Go At The New Library

Official opening plus autumn events


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Monday 14th September, 12.00 midday
Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman officially opens the new Shepherd's Bush library.

Courttia Newland
Thursday 17th September 6.30pm

Courttia Newland is a founder member of the creative writing group based at Shepherd's Bush Library. He is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of The Scholar and will talk about his work and the process of adapting fiction into screenplay. His earlier novels (The Scholar, 1998 and Society Within, 1999) draw on his experiences growing up in Shepherd's Bush and Ladbroke Grove. His plays include The Far Side and Mother's Day, premiered at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith in 2002.

Neal Zetter: Poetry on the move
Friday 18th September 12.30-2.30pm
Neal Zetter has performed since 1989 in West End comedy and poetry clubs, theatres, pubs, music venues, schools, colleges and the Royal Festival Hall. This lunch time, Neal is our poet on the move and he will inspire and entertain you as you browse the library.

Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel
Wednesday 23rd September 6.30pm
Poet, artist, artist's model and muse, Lizzie was a pivotal figure of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The artists she inspired include Dante Rossetti, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Walter Deverell. Lucinda Hawksley's biography of Lizzie Siddal was Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 in 2004. Lucinda tells us how Lizzie, spotted at the age of 20 working in a hat shop near Leicester Square, became one of the most recognisable faces of the 1850s and explodes the myths - and explores the realities - of the real-life "Desperate Romantics".

The Battle of Britain: Myth & Reality.
Tuesday 29th September 2009 6.30pm
Sunday Times bestselling author Patrick Bishop (Fighter Boys & Bomber Boys) discusses the heroics, myths and legacy of the Battle of Britain. Meet the author. join the debate. Patrick Bishop has worked as senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of The Irish Empire; the acclaimed book The Provisional IRA with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling Fighter Boys; and most recently the best-selling Bomber Boys and 3 Para. He lives in London.

Marika Cobbold and Elizabeth Buchan
Thursday 1st October 2009 6.30pm

Marika was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the author of Guppies for Tea, selected for the WH Smith First Novels Promotion, shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and serialised for Woman's Hour. Her latest book is Aphrodite's Workshop for Reluctant Lovers. Elizabeth began her career as a blurb writer for Penguin. Her novels have sold all over the world and include The Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman and The Second Wife. Her latest, Separate Beds will be published in spring 2010 and Elizabeth reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. Both have had short stories published in magazines and broadcast on radio. In this talk, they share their wealth of experience in writing fiction.


Martina Evans
Sunday 4th October 2009 1-2pm
Martina performs a selection of her poetry. Her first novel, Midnight Feast, won a Betty Trask Award in 1995 and her third novel, No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors (Bloomsbury, 2000), won an Arts Council England Award in 1999. Her fourth poetry collection, Facing the Public, is due to be published by Anvil Press in September 2009.

Kate Morris and Josa Young
Thursday 8th October 6.30pm
Shepherds Bush author Kate Morris talks about her latest book Seven Year Itch (Penguin May 2009) She is joined by Josa Young, author of One Apple Tasted (Elliott & Thompson Limited August 2009) Kate and Josa talk about writing for a female audience. The genre often promises a happy ending but it's not all shoes, sex and shopping - there is skill in making characters vibrant and believable. Kate and Josa will read from their books and will be happy to answer questions and sign copies.

 September 11, 2009

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