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Book club members come together for literary festival near Odiham
MEMBERS of north Hampshire books clubs came together for a new literary festival near Odiham.
The inaugural Festival of Book Clubs took place at Lord Wandsworth College, in Long Sutton, and around 130 people heard from five different authors about their writing techniques and favourite books.
One of the authors was Chris Radmann, head of English at the college and author of Held Up, a violent novel set in contemporary South Africa that was published last year by major British publisher Headline.
Guy Pringle, publisher of New Books magazine, introduced each author and Tim O’Kelly, from One Tree Books, an independent bookshop in Petersfield, sold copies of the authors’ novels. A total of 22 book clubs were represented at the festival, from places including Hartley Wintney, Hook, Odiham and Mapledurwell.
Eila Huxford, from Hook, who organised the festival, said: “It went so well that as I was going around, people were asking me whether we would do the event again.
“We’ve had so many nice comments – it could not have gone better.”
She thanked the school for hosting the event, and said she will consider holding it again next year.
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