By Alan Davies
Sunday, September 8, 2013
LITERARY lovers will have the chance to meet and quiz two experts in their chosen fields over the coming months in Hertford.
Hertford Theatre has teamed up with Books@Hoddesdon to present a couple of Meet The Author evenings.
The first, on Tuesday, September 17, will be with celebrity TV chef and raconteur Rick Stein.
And then, on Wednesday, October 2, veteran film critic and Datchworth resident Barry Norman will be paying the theatre in The Wash a visit.
Following a sell-out evening in 2009, Rick Stein returns for a second visit to talk about his new autobiography, Under a Mackerel Sky – a wry, perceptive and brilliantly evocative memoir.
The formative years of one of our best-loved cooks were shaped by the Oxfordshire farm where he was brought up, and his family’s much- loved holiday home in Cornwall.
But ever-present were the black moods of his bipolar father who committed suicide when Rick was only 18 and precipitated his escape to Australia for two years.
The TV favourite and the uncle of DJ Judge Jules will be revealing how he overcame this early trauma to build an impressive career – initially as a restaurateur and entrepreneur and more recently as a broadcaster, food champion and writer.
There will be the usual opportunity for the audience to ask questions and at the end of the evening Rick will sign copies of his new book, which will be available to purchase at a special discounted price.
It’s Barry Norman’s turn to face the audience a fortnight later.
One of our most respected and popular veteran broadcasters, best known for presenting the BBC’s long-running Film review series, he will be interviewed about his new book, See You In The Morning.
In this heartfelt memoir, the long-time Hertfordshire resident introduces us to his recently-deceased wife, Diana.
He traces their careers and lives together, describing how Diana moved from being an accomplished journalist, to mother-of-two, to bestselling author.
Again, there will be the chance for audience members to ask questions.
Tickets for the Meet The Author evenings cost £12 each.