How to Use the Penny Post Calendar.
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Finding an Event
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How to Add Your Events to the Penny Post Calendar.
You are welcome to add events to the calendar. To do this, click on the green box '+ Post Your Event' at the top of each page of the calendar. All events will be saved as draft and need to be approved by us so please post your event in good time.
To add your event's start time, untick the box at the top that defaults to 'All-day event'. If there's a specified ending time, tick the box 'Add end date/time'.
Categories and tags
Please select the category/ies from the list provided that best describe your event. Don't worry about the tags – we'll add these.
If your event takes place over two or more days and has identical start and end times you don't need to do a separate event for each: simply create the first event and then email firstname.lastname@example.org telling us the name of the event and the subsequent date/s on which it appears.
If any of your repeating events have different start and/or finish dates then this needs to be regarded as a separate event.
Adding an image
This will appear as the header image at the top of the event and so could be, for example, a poster. Bear in mind that small text may be illegible: information you want to convey should therefore be added into the 'Description' box when creating your event.
Commercial and non-commercial events
If your events are commercial one we may make a charge for featuring them. You can either contact us at email@example.com in advance to discuss this or we shall contact you once we see the event. The distinction between commercial and non-commercial isn't always clear. As an example, we would generally not charge if you were organising a fundraiser in your village hall (even though you'd be taking money) but generally would if you were organising a series of classes for which you were charging. See the foot of this page for a bit more on this.
We can also give additional publicity to your event/s, including on social media and in the various Penny Post e-newsletters. If we do not already have an agreement in place with you about this, please see section 5 of our Advertise with us page for more information.
Please bear in mind the following points:
• If you have paid to have your event listed in the weekly Penny Post newsletter you still need to upload it onto the calendar as this does not happen automatically.
• Please check that all the information is correct and complete.
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• Penny Post reserves the right to edit or remove or not to publish any events if these conditions are breached.
* A commercial event is one where any profit is retained by the individual or organisation concerned and may include events where there is no admission charge. For example, a free yoga class as a taster for a course that will thereafter be charged for, a free-to-enter trade show, the opening of a shop and a professional theatrical performance are all commercial events. If the principal objective of the event is to raise money for other causes or if it is to provide information about or support for a voluntary or charitable organisation then it is non-commercial. A village fête, a charity fundraising event, a fun run and an amateur theatrical performance are all non-commercial events. There are obviously some grey areas in this definition so please contact us if in doubt.
- Book talk with Diane Setterfield. £6, includes glass of wine plus money off the book on the night. Tickets from Hungerford Bookshop or online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/once-upon-a-river-book-talk-with-diane-setterfield-tickets-54586858764
- Where are we? Church Street, RG 17 0JG. Pay & Display parking (free on Sunday) next to the Hub.
- To find out more about any event, go to http://hungerfordhub.com.
- Hungerford Library & Community Trust is a registered charity No 1174178
- Children’s event; details to follow – check our website for updates.
- Where are we? Church Street, RG 17 0JG. Pay & Display parking (free on Sunday) next to the Hub. To find out more about any event, go to http://hungerfordhub.com.
Hungerford Library & Community Trust is a registered charity No 1174178
The author of Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners was the Senior British Military commander in Libya at the time of the civil war and is now a regular contributor to the BBC and Sky News.
In this illustrated talk he will tell the previously suppressed story of the fifteen British prisoners captured during the Russian civil war. Afterwards he will be happy to answer questions and sign copies of his book.
Tickets £7 (includes a glass of wine, amd allows £5 off the book on the evening). Call 01488 683480 or buy on-line at ArtsForHungerford.com
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever. London.
1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.
When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love. But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening .
The author will be talking to Emma from The Hungerford Bookshop about her novel before taking questions and signing her book.
Susanna M. Newstead, author behind the ‘Savernake Novels’ (5 in total) will be talking about her writing and the inspiration behind her books which are set at the end of the twelfth century, locally in the forest of Savernake.
Book one, Belvoir’s Promise introduces us to the forest, to Marlborough, the small town close by and to the royal castle which dominates the western end of the town. We follow Aumary through the years as he matures and stamps his authority on Savernake; as he struggles with adversity, helplessness and loss and the grief of losing those he loves – losing those closest to him….to murder.
Anyone interested in medieval history, or who loves historical fiction should join us. The author will be in costume and there are rumours we might enjoy a song from the period.
We all write, all the time: books, blogs, tweets, emails, emails, emails – and we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help. He’ll impart some of his wisdom as he talks to bestselling novelist Rachel Joyce on June 4th in an evening event at Hungerford Town Hall.
As copy chief at the legendary publisher Random House, Dreyer has upheld the standards of literacy for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike – not to mention his followers on social media – for playfully, brilliantly deconstructing the English language. Dreyer’s English is the distillation of everything he has learned from copyediting thousands of books, the perfect guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.
Both authoritative and amusing, Dreyer’s English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en-dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.”
Stuffed with advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and – perhaps best of all – an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.
Benjamin Dreyer lives in New York but to celebrate the UK edition of his bestselling guide (this edition is written in British English, and includes a new foreword about the abundant differences inherent the English language, spoken and written around the world) he will be coming to the UK for one week visiting a handful of bookshops – and we are pleased to say our local Hungerford Bookshop is one of them.
He will be speaking to the much-loved and best-selling novelist Rachel Joyce (her novels include The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) in an evening which should be as entertaining as informative.
The author of twelve bestselling books, Robert Harris never fails to draw a crowd. He will be interviewed about his newly published novel by Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow.
1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts – coins, fragments of glass, human bones – which the old parson used to collect.
Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes – about himself, his faith and the history of his world – is tested to destruction.
The author will be interviewed about his new novel before taking questions from the audience, and signing his books. Your ticket includes a copy of the book, and a glass of wine.
We have teamed-up with Honesty Cafe that is now in the Herongate. Attendees of this event can enjoy a pre-talk supper and receive 10% off. Just give them a call on 07796 983593 to book your table. Please mention the event.
We welcome back Sir Max Hastings – one the UK’s finest military historians. This year he will be talking about his brand new history of the Dambuster’s raid.
Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic that has passed into Britain’s national legend. Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who led the raid.
In the 21st Century, however, he urges that we should see the dambusters in much more complex shades. The aircrew’s heroism was entirely real, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the `bouncing bombs’. But commanders who promised their young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised as ruthlessly as they did about the entire bomber offensive.
Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept through the Mohne valley, more than half of them Russian and Polish women, slave labourers. Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Wallis’ bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams. But he also portrays in harrowing detail those swept away by the torrents.
He argues that what modern Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine temporary disruption, rather than a crippling blow. Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur `Bomber’ Harris gained much of the public credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. Harris also made perhaps the operation’s biggest mistake – failure to launch a conventional attack on the huge post-raid repair operation which could have transformed the impact of the dam breaches on Ruhr industry.
Here once again is a dramatic retake on familiar history by a master of the art. Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.
Please book early to hear this bestselling author. He will take questions from the audience before signing copies.
The story of Ada Lovelace
The Story of Ada Lovelace for children 5-10 years. Storytime and activity inspired by the life of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
All welcome to join us at this FREE event.
Friday 11 October 4.00-5.00pm.
For more information, please contact the library:
For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great Empire at the height of its power. Beside her for more than twenty of those years was the love of her life, her trusted husband and father of their nine children, Prince Albert. But while Victoria is seen as the embodiment of her time, it was Prince Albert, A.N. Wilson expertly argues, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain’s transformation as a vibrant and extraordinary centre of political, technological, scientific and intellectual advancement. Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects.
A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a ‘genius’. Albert lived only forty-two years. Yet in that time, he fathered the royal dynasties of Germany, Russia, Spain and Bulgaria.
Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy. In this sweeping biography, Wilson demonstrates that there was hardly any aspect of British national life which Albert did not touch. Drawn from the Royal archives, including Prince Albert’s voluminous correspondence, this brilliant and ambitious book offers fascinating never-before-known details about the man and his time.
A.N. Wilson will be talking about his book at 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall, followed by questions from the audience and a booksigning. Tickets include a glass of wine and £5 off the book night.
At 12:30 Rick Stein will be signing copies of his latest cookery book, Rick Stein’s Secret France on Monday 4th November at the bookshop.
Real French home cooking with all the recipes from Rick’s new BBC Two series. Over fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most …
and makes us fall in love with French food all over again. Rick’s meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and Comte, grilled bream with aioli from the Languedoc coast, a duck liver parfait bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect raspberry tart plus much, much more.
Simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled; Rick finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think.
This is a free event but to help us plan the number of books we need please RSVP by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling us on 01488 683480 or through Eventbrite.
Archaeologist, author and broadcaster Julian Richards presents….a highly amusing and informative talk ‘A Career in Ruins’ – Fifty years of digging,discovery and an obsession with Stonehenge.
Drinks and Snacks Included
Tickets £15 from Crown Needlework 115 High Street, Hungerford RG17 0LU 01488 684011 and
Jill Dedden email@example.com
All proceeds go to ‘Cots for Tots’ Charity
Tom Jackson, curator of the Postcard From The Past twitter feed and book, draws on his alarmingly huge collection of everyday postcards to present the oddest, funniest, most touching messages.
Beyond the problem with Auntie Beryl’s legs, where Dad left his sunhat or that time Kevin fell in the swimming pool, discover hidden messages, cries for help, threats and mysteries and consider whether or not it’s too late to revive the art of postcard writing.
‘Resurrecting these postcards, relics of forgotten times and forgotten holidays, was the simplest and most brilliant idea. Tom Jackson combines the images with just a few of the words scribbled on the back, and his eye for the choice sentence, the perfect phrase, is miraculous. Thanks to his assiduous, obsessive work as collector and curator, each one of these postcards becomes a poem, a short story, an elegy for lost England, a work of art’ – Jonathan Coe
Tom Jackson has collected postcards for many years and in 2016 started posting their messages online. He curates the Twitter feed Postcard From The Past, @pastpostcard, and is the author of the book of the same name. He hosts Podcast From The Past, where guests tell their postcard stories.
`Transfixing, beguiling, warmly haunting. These are the ghosts of a childhood’ Robin Ince
`A hilarious and occasionally disturbing look at how the British remain resolutely small-minded wherever they go’ Charlie Higson `
Tom will be giving an amusing illustrated talk for the Hungerford Bookshop. This is a perfect Christmas present!
To celebrate Eliane’s fifth birthday and Hungerford Bookshop’s recent triumphs in the NWN Best In Business awards.
Canapés, drinks, book recommendations, 10% off all titles at the bookshop, food demo, charity raffle and author signings.
Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org so that numbers can be estimated.
Miss Austen – the new novel from Gill Hornby – delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen – an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries. 1840: twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family’s friends, the Fowles.
She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed. As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane’s history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane’s reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity …
Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.
Gill Hornby, who lives in Kintbury, will be talking to Helena Kelly (author of Jane Austen the Secret Radical) in Hungerford Town Hall, downstairs in the Corn Exchange. Tickets are £8 from the bookshop or on-line. Your ticket includes a glass of wine on the evening.
Chat about books to friends and meet new people.
We love chatting about books, and in fact one of the best parts of our job is when a customer suggests a book to us. It’s also wonderful when you pop back in to tell us how you have found one of our book recommendations. That’s the great thing about books – they start conversation.
Join us for a friendly and informal evening in the bookshop where we can all get together to chat about what we have read over Christmas.
We’ll have cheese and wine too. Do bring a book or two in with you so you can show others.
On Sunday 8 March 2020, and in celebration of World Book Day earlier in the week, Hungerford Bookshop and Hungerford Hub are hosting a whole day of book events and activities to celebrate books and reading for pleasure.
Little ones can start the day at the bookshop with Sunday Storytime at 10am before heading to the hub for some fun book-related craft activities.
Kids can catch three awesome authors throughout the day:
• Anna Fargher’s The Umbrella Mouse is a timeless, heart-stopping tale of courage, resistance and friendship drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII, and winner of the 2019 Sainsbury’s Book Prize for Fiction and selected for Waterstones Book of the Month. It’s beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher (who grew up in Hungerford).
• Laura James will introduce Fabio: The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective, captivating capers for five- to seven-year-olds. Many children will know Laura’s Pug stories. Her talks are always fun and interactive.
• Local author Debi Evans will be telling children about The Secret Adventures of Rolo, her series of books about a time-travelling dog. With luck, Rolo will be making an appearance himself. Rolo is a Jack Russell who explores and explains history to children aided by dragons (though we can’t promise live visits from them).
Ongoing will be a big book swap at the bookshop – a great way to refresh your shelves – a book character hunt and of course this is the perfect opportunity to swap your World Book Day Vouchers for the special books in the bookshops, or use them to get £1 off one of the authors’ books on the day.
We are lucky to have a dyslexia expert on hand too. If you have concerns that your child may be dyslexic, Jacqui Fisher is the person to see for friendly informative advice. She’ll be in the hub from 11.00am to 12.30pm.
So spend your Sunday celebrating stories. Times, tickets and more information can be found by clicking here (see also the poster below). Alternatively, ask in Hungerford Bookshop or the Hungerford Hub for more details.
Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other, talks to Sarah Langford about her new book My Wild & Sleepless Nights: A Mother’s Story
Mother to five children, Clover Stroud has navigated family life across two decades, both losing and finding herself. In her touching, provocative and profoundly insightful book, she captures a sense of what motherhood really feels like – how intense, sensuous, joyful, boring, profound and dark it can be. My Wild and Sleepless Nights examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals with unflinching honesty the many conflicting emotions that this entails: the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair.
‘The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love.’ – Sunday Times
Charting the course of one year, the first in her youngest child’s life, Clover searches for answers to questions that many of us would be too afraid to admit to – not only about motherhood, but also about female sexuality and identity. Her story will speak to all mothers, and anyone about to embark on that journey.