The Hertford Club is celebrating their 140th anniversary with a superb line-up of talks, readings and even a trip to the home of George Bernard Shaw, as part of this year’s Hertford Literary Festival.
The event kicks off on Friday 6th July, with an optional trip to Shaw’s Corner, the home of celebrated author, playwright and critic, George Bernard Shaw. Tickets for this special trip are £25 p/person, which includes breakfast, transport, entry and a performance at Shaw’s Corner. Places are limited, so check availability by contacting The Hertford Club.
Then follows a two-day festival, featuring:
Friday 6th July
15:00 Flt Lt John Tunesi of Liongam – a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, will be discussing the role of the Scriveners with Royalty as well as all things Heraldic. John is a genealogist as well as an archivist for the Welsh Guards and as a Trooper with the Light Cavalry.
17:00 A Lecture entitled Aspects of Wilde – the life and times of Oscar Wilde will be held by Gordon Williams (BSc Hons History and Literature).
18:00 Major General Arthur Denaro. OBE, CBE DL. Former Commanding Officer of The Queens Royal Irish Hussars, a cavalry regiment, during the Gulf War. He also commanded the 5th Infantry Division (2000 – 2003), has held the position of Chief of Staff of 44,000 troops in the Balkans conflict and has been Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Music from Pat Crilly for the remainder of the evening.
Saturday 7th July
11:00, The Marquee – for children, of all ages
Local poet Daren Peary brings you his very own unique poetry experience in the form of children’s poetry workshops.
Daren will bring an exclusive new poem and story to the festival, saying: “It will be something for children who love to explore the world of poetry and should be something they will always remember.”
12:00, The Chauncy room
Contextures Artistic Director, Gailie Pollack, is joining the festival this year to encourage people to get involved in a playwriting workshop.
Gailie holds playwriting classes for adults and holds playwriting clubs in Primary and Secondary schools to encourage the local talent to tell their story and have it produced on stage.
She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has written, performed or directed for the RSC, NT, Sadlers Wells, Pleasance, and Cockpit amongst others.
Come and join her if you would like to hear how your play could be developed by Contexture. If you have a piece that you would like to go over with her, hear it read aloud to see if it is going in the direction that you want it to, gain valuable feedback from other playwrights and learn about the different genres and techniques available to writers, then please consider coming to one of her playwriting workshops.
To register your interest for the festival, email: email@example.com
13:00, The Marquee
Playwright Kate Miller talks about the women in and around Hertford who campaigned for the right for women to vote. While some were high-profile suffragettes, like Lady Constance Lytton of Knebworth, who endured prison and forced feeding, many more were non-militant suffragists – ordinary people from the local towns and villages.
13:00, The Chauncy Room
Film producer Howard Goldstein will show his film King Kennedy – aka A Brief Moment in Time. The film tells the story of John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy and Martin Luther King, through 100% archive material with no narration. The film creates a complete narrative that engages in an extremely moving and powerful manner.
15:00, The Marquee
Paralympian Gold Medalist Tim Prendergast, talks about how to overcome adversity and strive for your goals in life. An inspirational speaker, Tim’s success story is a perfect example of true determination and guts.
15:00, The Chauncy room
Film-maker and BBC producer, Namak Khoshnaw, tells the story of a young Kurdish boy who wants to become Peshmerga in a short film entitled Hide and Seek.
16:00, The Marquee
Sir Richard Needham – Britain’s longest serving Northern Ireland Minister, Director of Dyson for 17 years, Chairman of Avon Rubber plc, Biocompatibles plc and National Heart Hospital. He is currently Director of NEC Europe and is the author of Battling for Peace.
16:00, The Chauncy Room
Local poet Daren Peary – a workshop and discussion, with recitations of his work.
17:00 A workshop, discussion and performances by two of our local singer songwriters. Find out what inspires them and how they structure their songs.
18:00, The Marquee
Award-winning author and Historian Michael Burleigh – Discussing his latest book The Best of Times, the Worst of Times.
19:00 until closing time
Live music – inside or out, weather dependent.