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An Author Event with Miriam Halahmy: The Emergency Zoo
Saturday, 11th March, 2:30pm
The Great Hall, New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH
Recommended for 7 - 12 year olds.
Miriam is an experienced writer and poet whose work has been met with great praise. She has published four novels and three collections of poetry, as well as short stories and education resources. Her young-adult novel, Hidden, was a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Miriam leads creative writing workshops and is a frequent guest at literary festivals, conferences, schools and universities in the UK and on the Continent.
Her latest novel, The Emergency Zoo, was published in May 2016 and is inspired by real events during the Second World War, when around 750,000 pets were destroyed at the start of the war. When twelve-year-old Tilly and her best friend Rosy find out that their pets will be taken to the vet to be put down, they decide to take action. The two girls come up with the idea of hiding them in the woods and when other children find out and start bringing their pets, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo.This is a touching tale of courage, resourcefulness and camaraderie in desperate times, as well as a stirring defence of animal welfare. A lovely, emotional book.
Miriam is based in London.
This event is sponsored by Oundle Veterinary Surgery.
An Evening with Matt Dickinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker.
Saturday, 11th March 2017, 19:30
The Great Hall, Oundle, PE8 4GH
Matt Dickinson is best known for his award winning novels and his documentary work for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Matt was one of the climbers caught in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. In the pre-monsoon Everest season of 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, Dickinson made a successful ascent of Mount Everest's notorious North Face, with Alan Hinkes, Britain's foremost high-altitude climber.
He became one of the first British film-makers to film on the summit and return alive, and his film called Summit Fever has now been seen by more than twenty million people worldwide. It is acclaimed as a compelling story of human triumph and disaster. His written account of the same expedition, The Death Zone, has been published to critical acclaim in more than fifteen different countries.
Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt has followed this up with The Everest Files, a dramatic and popular trilogy set on the world’s highest mountain. Lie Kill Walk Away is his latest teen thriller. When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.
How to Read Water: An Evening with Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator.
Friday, 28th April 2017, 19:45
St Peter's Church, Oundle, PE8 4AL
A must-have book for walkers, sailors, anglers, swimmers, photographers, artists and everyone interested in the natural world, How to Read Water unlocks the hidden secrets of water. Tristan shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations from his experiences of wild swimming in Sussex, to canoeing in Borneo to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, oceans and more to help you enjoy the landscape, and gives you the skills, tips and observations to help you understand the water around you.
Tristan set up his natural navigation school in 2008 and is the author of the award-winning and bestselling books, The Natural Navigator (2010), The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs (2014) and How to Read Water (2016), three of the world’s only books covering natural navigation.
He has appeared on TV and radio programmes in the UK and internationally, including The Today Programme, Night Waves, Countryfile, BBC Stargazing Live, Country Tracks, Ramblings, Open Country, Shipwrecks, The One Show and All Roads Lead Home.
Tristan is a global authority on natural navigation and has led expeditions in five continents and climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society.