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with Sue Cook
Sunday 7th October 5.00pm – 6.00pm
£10 per person Queen’s Hall


Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading 

bookwormlucy manganWhen Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one. She was whisked away to Narnia – and Kirrin Island – and Wonderland. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and played by the tracks with the Railway Children.

In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the ways they shape our lives. Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Stylist, a Guardian writer and the author of My Family and Other Disasters, The Reluctant Bride and Hopscotch and Handbags.

Girl with Dove: A Life Built by Books

girl with dovesally bayleySally Bayley grew up in a dilapidated house in Sussex run as a cult by her aunt, Her childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Men were forbidden and hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God. When Sally’s baby brother vanishes from his pram she becomes suspicious of the activities going on around her. Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Girl With Dove vividly demonstrates the power of great literature and of imagination to build a life, no matter how unhappy the circumstances.

Sally Bayley put herself into care aged 14 and remains the only person to study at university from the West Sussex Care Service. From September 2018 she will be teaching writing in Oxford as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. 

Sue CookSue Cook is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcasters, often appearing on BBC radio and television. She is now a successful novelist and is currently adapting her first novel for a film.

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