Upcoming events in Rickmansworth, July 14

In Rickmansworth and the surrounding areas throughout July there will be many book discussions, which will feature special guest talks by a variety of renowned authors.


Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – The Chorleywood Memorial Hall will play host to Caroline Taggart at 2pm. Tickets are just £5 and include tea and cake.

About Caroline Taggart 

Caroline spent the first 11 years of her career in publishing, before spending nearly 20 years as a freelance editor, focusing on adult non-fiction. During her time as a freelancer she edited BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs, she also edited 14 of Jonathan Scott’s books. Her biggest success came in 2008 when she wrote a book called ‘I Used To Know That’, a book about ‘stuff you’ve forgotten from school’. I Used To Know That hit the Sunday Times best selling list and sold over 250,000 copies. After her best seller, Caroline has had 12 further books published and been a series editor of another five.


Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – The Chorleywood Memorial Hall will have a second event on in the evening entitled ‘Girls Night In’. The event will feature best selling authors: Sheila O’Flanagan, Jill Mansell and Veronica Henry. Tickets are only £8 and will include a glass of bubbly and a chocolate fountain!

About Sheila O’Flanagan, Jill Mansell and Veronica Henry 

Sheila O’Flanagan is an Irish born writer who wrote ‘Dreaming of a Stranger’. Sheila also published a business column for The Irish Times. Jill Mansell is a British born romantic comedy writer who lives in Bristol. Jill’s books have sold over three million copies worldwide and her best-known titles include: Rumour Has It, An Offer You Can’t Refuse and Making Your Mind Up. Veronica Henry has had a variety of job titles throughout her impressive career. Early on she was at Central Television as a script editor for shows such as Crossroads and Boon. Veronica then went on to become a scriptwriter for shows such as Heartbeat, Holby City and Doctors. In 2000, Veronica turned her attention to novel writing and her books include The Beach Hut Next Door and A Night On The Orient Express (which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2014). Veronica also writes short stories for magazines and newspapers including The Daily Mail and Red Magazine.


Thursday 3rd July 2014 – Doctor Challoners High School will host Peter James as he discusses his book ‘Want You Dead’. ‘Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession’ in Peter James’ tenth book in his multi million copy selling crime series. Tickets are just £10 for the event, which are redeemable against the book.

About Peter James 

Peter James worked as a screenwriter and film producer in North America before returning to England to write several multi award winning, Sunday Times Top Ten best selling novels. His novels are based around his love for medicine, science and crime and have been translated into thirty-three languages. Peter has also produced a number of films that include ‘The Merchant of Venice, which starred Al Pacino.


Saturday 5th July 2014 – Woodoaks Farm hosts their Festival Gruffalo Trail and Storytime!


Thursday 10th July 2014 – Merchant Taylors’ School will host Michael Morpurgo OBE, who will be discussing his book ‘Only Remembered’. Only Remembered is an anthology of extracts, poems and images from some of the UK’s most influential cultural, political and literary figures. The book will also mark the 100-year anniversary of WW1. Tickets for the event start at just £7.50 for children, £10 per adult and £30 per family.

About Michael Morpurgo OBE 

Michael started his career as a teacher for ten years before founding the charity ‘Farms for City Children’, which are open to inner city children. Michael has written many children’s books including: The Wreck of Zanzibar, The Butterfly Lion and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Five of his books have also been made into films. In 2003 Michael became only the third Children’s Laureate for his contribution to children’s literature.


Friday 11th July 2014 – St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Gerrards Cross will host Emma Chapman.

About Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman was born in 1985 and was raised in Manchester. She received a degree English Literature from Edinburgh University and then went on to complete a Masters in creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. After travelling Scandinavia she was inspired to write the book How to be a Good Wife. Emma is currently writing her next book, which will be based on a war photographer’s experience of the Vietnam War.


Saturday 12th July 2014 – Chorleywood Village Day Gruffalo Trail and storytime