We have an exciting programme of Meet the Authors in 2017. While we are still negotiating on dates and times, we have four authors who have agreed to take part in 2017. They are:
John Julius Norwich The second viscount Norwich is described by Wikipedia as a popular historian, travel writer and television personality. His knowledge of history is encyclopaedic and he is an entertaining and witty raconteur. We are delighted he has committed to come to Adderbury to support our library and are working on finding a date that will suit his diary.
Our only worry is that his fame may well give us an audience that is too large for Church House! We are therefore planning to have a back-up strategy to book The Institute if numbers are as large as we anticipate.
Harry Sidebottom Harry was brought up in a racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer. He had a basket saddle on a donkey before he could walk. He was educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, where he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. In similar fashion he has taught at various universities including Oxford, where he is now Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College.
His main scholarly research interests are Greek culture under the Roman empire (thinking about the compromises and contradictions involved when an old and sophisticated culture is conquered and ruled by what it considers a younger and less civilised power) and warfare in classical antiquity (looking at how war was both done and thought about by Greeks and Romans). He has published numerous chapters in books and articles and reviews in scholarly journals, becoming an internationally recognised scholar in these fields.
Angela Clarke Angela is an author, playwright, columnist, screenwriter and broadcaster. Her debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016. Watch Me the second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series is due out January 2017. Trust Me, the third in the Social Media Series, is due out in June 2017. Her debut play The Legacy enjoyed a sell-out run to rave reviews at The Hope Theatre, Islington in June 2015. The Daily Mail Online called The Legacy ‘witty, insightful and powerful’. And West End Wilma described it as ‘A fantastic debut’. Her memoir Confessions of a Fashionista is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller.
Anne Watts Anne lives locally. Following the solid, traditional nurse and midwife training offered by 1960s Britain, her chosen path took her on a journey of extremes. From war zones to refugee camps; burning deserts to frozen tundra; the stunning beauty of the Himalayas to tropical sunsets that take the breath away. she learned lessons not taught in any school room.
Over some 40 years she has accumulated powerful recollections of the people who never make the headlines. These grew within her until she felt compelled to write down some of the stories. They bring to life the places she has lived, the historical events she has witnessed and the people she has loved and cared for.
As soon as we have dates for these Meet the Author events, we will publicise them on the web site and in local papers and magazines. In the meantime, look out for announcements!