Events and Meetings in 2010-2011

The Vote and Announcement

Waverton Carnival on 3rd July yet again provided a beautiful day for the count and the announcement. The pictures below show the announcement of the winner by Richard Taylor of NNL, and the Childen's Award by one of the young readers.


At our final meeting of the 2010/11 season Sunjeev Sahota spoke about his debut novel Ours Are The Streets which describes the experiences of a young British Muslim who is being radicalised. Sunjeev described his passage from someone who read his first novel at 18, via a degree in Mathematics, to writing and publishing his acclaimed novel only seven years later.

Sunjeev speaking


Our third meeting, and the first of 2011, was addressed by Dan Smith author of Dry Season. While talking about his book, Dan showed slides of the remote Matto Grosso region of Brazil where the novel is set.

Dan speaking

Discussing the book with a reader


The second meeting of the season was on 15th November, when Emma Henderson described her experience writing Grace Williams Says it Loud over a period of several decades. Emma movingly described the inspiration she had drawn from her own sister and family.

Emma with her collection of memorabilia

Emma speaking

Signing a book for Richard Taylor from our sponsors NNL

Discussing the new cover for the paperback version


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The first meeting of the 2010-11 award season was on 13th September. Our speaker was Myrrha Stanford-Smith, who has just had her first novel, The Great Lie, published at the age of 82. Myrrha spoke about her experiences in the theatre, her love of Shakespeare and Marlowe, and the writing of her trilogy, of which The Great Lie is the first. Some pictures of the event follow:


The Awards Dinner was held at Eaton Golf Club on Friday 29th October. The dinner had a Ugandan theme, to link with the setting for Ghosts of Eden by the winner Andrew Sharp. The evening was introduced by John Scrivener and culminated with the Lord Mayor's presentation to Andrew Sharp of the winner's cheque and trophy. Thanks were recorded for this year's sponsorship from NNL and Urenco. Some pictures follow.

Attendees from our sponsors Urenco

Diners completing the Africa-themed literary quiz

Andrew receiving his cheque from the Lord Mayor

Andrew taking his trophy from the Mayor

Judging the paper animal tie-breaker for the quiz.

Andrew in discussion with a reader at the book-signing

YouTube video of the event


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