Riverhouse – Book Fair


Riverhouse Barn – Book Fair – Saturday October 29th


Hersham based author Christopher Ritchie invites book lovers to an essential local event

The Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames is one of those gems of our local community, playing host to all sorts of artistic endeavours.

Giving residents from Elmbridge and further afield insight into the hearts and minds of all kinds of artists, for the creators themselves it’s an elegant outlet for their work.

Now if you’re reading this, you’re my target audience: you can read. And on 29th October, when the Barn hosts its book fair, it’s a chance for people like me to connect with the community.

How so? Well, if you’re the sort of person who likes to support their local talent, there’s going to be ample opportunity to do that. If you’re not that type of person, perhaps you just want to find something new to read, or take part in one of the workshops, enter competitions… or even – yes – talk to local authors who can elaborate on their stories and writing processes, sign copies of their books and inch a little bit closer to best-seller status.

The Barn has put on a fantastic programme that includes open mic poetry, readings and signings, a book-themed quiz, and for the children a treasure hunt, story corner and more.

There’s a raffle, author Q&As, and the chance to meet with publishers and learn about e-publishing.

For me, this is an opportunity to engage with a community I’ve been part of my whole life; the community in which I learned to write and to tell my stories. I might even do some open mic poetry too – adult angst delivered with a smile.

Simply: if you like reading, the Riverhouse Barn Book Fair is a no-brainer. Discover new books, support local talent, and support a local event that celebrates something almost all of us love to do.

For further info, see www.riverhousebarn.co.uk or call 01932 253354.


And here’s a little bit from the Riverhouse themselves:

Riverhouse is hosting a book fair on 29th October which will appeal to book lovers young and old. Entry is free.

There will be literary goings-on throughout the day including a poetry open mic, a children’s story corner, book signings and readings by local authors and sales of new and old books.

At noon Agnes Meadows will be running a workshop on how to write a poem – instantly!

Later, local author Susannah Rickards reads from her short story collection and will run a Q&A on writing short stories and e-publishing.

At 3pm Simon Cherry reads from his recent children’s book ‘Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday mash-up’ and gives us a peek into his next one. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Simon’s new book before it’s released.

Award winning journalist and author Ali Smith will be with us for most of the day talking about Refugee Tales, a project which will return to Riverhouse in July 2017 where leading writers will help Refugees tell their stories.

Signed copies of Velosaurus: A Linguistic Tour de France by ITV Tour de France commentator and cycling writer Ned Boulting will be available. Ned was originally inspired to write the book when preparing for a talk which he first gave at Riverhouse!

Refreshments will be available at Thyme at Riverhouse, there will also be a stall selling Butterbeer and Cider with Rosie.


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