What's on: BOOKS & TALKS & COMEDY & POETRY READINGS

Events at local libraries, book clubs, lectures, talks, comedy, poetry groups, reading groups, education, books and stories.

What's On at Wokingham Borough Libraries: June 2018

For dates and times see the What's On Guide

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What's On at Wokingham Borough Libraries - June 2018

At the Wokingham Borough libraries there are lots of events for children, families and adults.

Each of the local libraries has put together a full programme of activities, competitions, creative workshops and there's something for every age group.

For full information download the June 2018 What's On Guide.

For some events you may have to call the library and book your place, so here's a handy guide of telephone numbers:

  • Arborfield Library tel: 07801 664520
  • Finchampstead Library tel: 0118 908 8176
  • Lower Earley Library tel: 0118 931 2150
  • Maiden Erlegh Library tel: 0118 966 6630
  • Spencers Wood Library tel: 0118 988 4771
  • Twyford Library tel: 0118 934 0800
  • Wargrave Library tel: 0118 940 4656
  • Winnersh Library tel: 0118 979 7519
  • Wokingham Library tel: 0118 978 1368

More library information: www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries.

Henley Literary Festival 2018

Saturday 29th September
to
Sunday 7th October

For times see the festival website

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Throughout Henley

See the list of venues.

Henley Literary Festival 2018

The 2018 Henley Literary Festival will be the biggest yet as it expands to nine days for the first time – and the initial wave of speakers announced includes some of the UK's best-loved writers alongside exciting new talent.

Sir Michael Morpurgo, who was knighted this year for his services to literature and charity, will speak on the first day of the Festival in a special family event, with his book Magical Myths and Legends published that week. Later in the week poet Pam Ayres and Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates both return to Henley after previous sell-outs, while former cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin will appear for the first time with his book on the battle for the Conservative Party, Hearts and Minds.

Debut novelists to be featured at the Festival include Guardian and GQ columnist Justin Myers and Singapore-born Sharlene Teo.

The Festival will offer events for children of all ages, from babies and toddlers with Pat-A-Cake storytelling and Frances Ives' enchanting rhyming picture book Maybe the Moon. Older children can enjoy writing workshops and interactive events with Emmy-winning writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler who have scripted TV shows including Thunderbirds are Go! and Danger Mouse.

And the Festival's schools programme will include performance poet A.F. Harrold.

Confirmed speakers include: Kenneth Baker, Antony Horowitz, Alan Johnson, Kate Mosse, Francesca Simon, Mary Berry, Prue Leith, Roddy Doyle, Clare Balding and Douglas Carswell, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Justin Myers, Pam Ayres, Laura Bates, Sharlene Teo and many more.

Tickets are on sale to Friends of the Festival now. You can become a Friend of the Festival from just £35, receiving priority booking as well as exclusive offers, while provide vital support to the festival as a not-for-profit organisation.

Tickets are on general sale online and by phone from Monday 23rd July 2018.

For the latest information see: www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.

Teen Reading Challenge

Saturday 14th July to
Tuesday 11th September

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Each of Wokingham Borough Libraries

How to get there.

Teen Reading Challenge

Are you aged between 12 and 19?

Do you think you can read six books before the end of the summer?

Then join Wokingham Borough Libraries Teen Reading Challenge.

Collect a bookmark from any Wokingham Borough Library; you will receive a stamp on your bookmark each time you take out a book.

Starts Saturday July 14th and runs until Tuesday September 11th.

One winner per library will win a YA book filled goody bag.

Igniting Writing: Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Saturday July 28th
Saturday August 4th

10.30am to 3pm

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Wokingham Library

How to get there.

Igniting Writing: Summer Teen Writing Workshops

Igniting Writing, Wokingham Library's creative writing club, are running a series of action-packed writing workshops for anyone between 11-18 years old to take part in!

A Hero's Journey - Saturday July 28th 10.30am to 3pm

Everyone has wondered to themselves at least once 'what would my life be like if I had superpowers?' and this workshop is your chance to find out! If you've ever wanted to create your own superhero and tell the tales of their crimefighting exploits, this workshop will give you the opportunity to develop your own hero, with a backstory, supervillains and more!

The World of Worldbuilding - Saturday August 4th 10.30am to 3pm

All book-lovers enjoy immersing themselves in a world within the pages of a book, like Narnia or the Star Wars universe, but what do writers do to create those worlds? And how do you turn a collection of characters and settings into a whole world that a reader can imagine themselves living in? This workshop will focus on enabling you to create your own fictional world, whether it's sci-fi, fantasy or something else entirely, and build it from the ground up!

Both of the workshop sessions will include fun writing exercises, group discussions and some useful tips and tricks to sharpen your writing skills.

£5 charge, per session. Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.


Timeless announcements: BOOKS and TALKS

These literary activities run permanently.

SPARK EDUCARE Learning Centre

Open daily

9am-3pm

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SPARK EduCare - Lower Earley Centre, Maiden Place, Community Centre, Lower Earley, Wokingham, RG6 3HE

We are a 1:1 tutoring facility helping young people with their education.

9am-6pm we work with excluded, NEETs & Looked After Children;

Evenings, weekends & holidays we work with 5-18 in exam prep & fun activities.

Children new to the UK education system need a gradual introduction to the primary national curriculum.We have award winning resources for this vital transition education support service.

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More information: For information and an enrolment form download our brochure or visit our website at www.sparkeducarecic.com or call 0118 986 3377 or 0118 966 6441