Book here for festival: county libraries gear up for a string of literary events

Apacked programme of more than 20 literary events will be drawing culture vultures to libraries across the county over the next few weeks.

The Litfest ’14 programme kicks off today – World Book Day – with bestselling author Elly Griffiths talking about her latest book The Outcast Dead in St Albans.

But there are events planned in libraries across Herts – including Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Bovingdon – which will feature appearances and talks by authors such as crime writers Kimberley Chambers and Leigh Russell, as well as Anthony Riches, who will give a talk on AD193, The Year of the Five Emperors while dressed in full Roman centurion costume.

There is also an event with William Sieghart, the founder of National Poetry Day, explaining how poetry can be better than therapy.

Other events include a talk by Philip Worth, the husband of the late Call the Midwife author Jennifer Worth and his daughter Suzannah, talking about how the Hemel Hempstead writer created the works that inspired one of the biggest TV hits of recent years.

Three dates have been set aside for their session, in Hertford, Stevenage and Cheshunt.

Councillor Frances Button, Herts County Council’s cabinet member for libraries, said: “I’m sure that Litfest ’14 will have something for everyone over the coming months.

“Once again, we are fortunate to be able to offer a great range of guest events featuring a wide range of authors, covering the full spectrum of literary tastes, interests and themes.

“We hope that the events will attract those people who are not regular visitors to our libraries to come along and see what they have been missing.”

Dates for the diary include Jane Bidder talking about her latest book, a crime story with a love story at its heart, at Hemel Hempstead Library on Monday, April 7.

Watch out in libraries for posters advertising the events and find details of individual events at

More information can be obtained from local libraries or by calling 0300 123 4049. For tickets call 01707 281533.

Click here to find out more about the latest book in the Call The Midwife series, published posthumously and based on letters Jennifer received in response to her moving memoirs