Meet the Authors!
The War and Peace Revival has a great line-up of talented authors this year! They will be talking about their work and signing copies of their books in the Author Pavilion within the Gentlemen’s Marquee each day. Join us for the launch of a new WW2 history and an interview with the best-selling authors of WW2 sagas. Try carrying a folding WW1 bicycle or learn about trench archeology. Find out some of the defining moments in the RAF’s first one hundred years. There is also espionage, murder and heroism, peppered with post-traumatic stress, local history and code-breaking! So, come along to the free talks and join in the fun!
Scott Addington is not a historian, despite authoring a number of Amazon best-selling history books covering both world wars. He decided one day to have a go at writing a history book that people with little or no prior historical knowledge might read and enjoy. Really, how hard could it be?
Very hard, actually. But he is still persevering… By using colourful infographics, quick facts, eye-witness accounts and a conversational writing style, Scott is on a mission to (literally) re-write history and make it accessible to many more people. So, who were the original Aces? What was the longest mission undertaken? How many aircraft were in the sky during the Battle of Britain? All this and much more is uncovered in Reaching for the Sky One Hundred Defining Moments from the Royal Air Force 1918-2018. Scott says, ‘Why not grab yourself a free First World War Fact Book at http://www.scottaddington.com/’ When not writing, Scott can be found living in Hampshire with his family. Scott will be with us on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show.
Neil Barber has been interviewing veterans and studying the actions of the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy for over 25 years.
He is a Committee Member of both the 9th Parachute Battalion Reunion Club and the Merville Battery Museum, and is also involved with the Parachute Regiment Charity, which looks after the memorials and other 6th AirborneDivision interests in the region. Neil will be speaking each day of the show about his book, Fighting with the Commandos, looking at the life and character of the extraordinary Stan Scott, who served in No 3 Commando, landed on SWORD Beach on D-Day, crossed Pegasus Bridge and was involved in liberating Amfreville. As Neil says, it will be ‘a talk that will be a tribute to a special man.’
Alan Barry will be speaking each day of the show about his book Salesman with an AK-47, Tea with the Taliban. This is an autobiographical
account of the life of a young Irish Catholic immigrant who grew up in the UK in the 1970s, during the height of the Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) campaigns in mainland Great Britain. The book recounts his personal experience of life serving in the Grenadier Guards, one of the British Army’s most elite regiments. Alan describes his professional military training and what it was like to serve as a soldier in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner in the midst of The Troubles, the violence of the mid-1980s. During this period of his life, Alan witnessed the death of friends and was confronted with sectarianism.
After five years of military service, he became a successful sales executive at the height of the telecommunications boom. Unexpectedly, an incident in Alan’s military past unravelled him. The sudden diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from past military service led him to “the darkest hole I’ve ever been in in my life.”
Ian Bayley started his career as a commercial photographer in London’s Covent Garden and has continued working in the creative industries ever since. His love of history, with a particular interest in the Second World War, led to the formation of his publishing company Sabrestorm Publishing, which continues to produce books covering many aspects of military history and fashion. His enthusiasm for local history was prompted by his work in his local community of Dunton Green, spending many years on the Parish Council, three of which as chairman. Dunton Green – the past in pictures led from his interest in photography and an exhibition he organised to celebrate 100 years of an independent Dunton Green. The book allows you to step back into the past and visit the place where villagers worked with their hands digging clay for bricks and where they later froze food for other people’s tables. It invites you to sit in the sun by the Lido or to take a dip in its cold clear waters, marvel at a motorcar that ran on rails, and even discover a place so secret that it never appeared on any map! Ian has since left Kent but often visits the village to meet up with friends. He now lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two children. Ian will be speaking about Dunton Green on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Liz Coward Liz Coward graduated with a BA Hons in History and Classical Studies at the University of Surrey in 1987. In 1994, she qualified as a Solicitor and practised in London and the South East.
In 2006, she embarked on an MA in screenwriting at the London College of Communication from which she graduated in 2008. Since then, she has written numerous articles, developed scripts and written a blog. In 2013, Liz’s piece for the BBC series, ‘What makes us human?’ (co-written with Alison Lapper MBE) was broadcast on Radio Two.
Liz’s first book, Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946 was launched in April 2017 and has been featured on TV, radio and in the press. Liz is now researching ideas for her second book and adapting Blood and Bandages for the screen. Liz lives in Singapore with her husband and their teenage son. We are delighted that she has flown in for the War and Peace Revival to speak about her work on Friday and Saturday.
103-years-young veteran William Earl will be visiting the Author Pavilion to chat to War and Peace visitors about his WW2 experiences. Blood and Bandages is the unique story of Private William Earl, a nursing orderly, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War.
He was part of the collecting and evacuating team of the 214th Field Ambulance and saw action on the brutal frontlines at Enfidaville, Salerno, Anzio and the Gothic Line. For three years, he fought to save life before he finally returned home to his beloved wife and their young son.
William will be joining author Liz Coward to sign copies of their book on Friday and Saturday.
Elaine Everest author of Bestselling novel The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls & Christmas at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four-legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.
When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.
Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors as well as Slimming World where she can often be found sitting in the naughty corner. Author Pavilion Hostess, Penny Legg will be interviewing Elaine on Saturday.
Jeff Haward MM will shortly be celebrating his 99th birthday! He was a Vickers machine gunner and served with the 1/7th Middlesex Battalion throughout the war. He was at Dunkirk, El Alamein and Sicily, took part in D-Day, was in Normandy and NW Europe. Jeff will be signing copies of Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day, his own story, which he wrote with Neil Barber each day of the show and is happy to chat to show visitors about his wartime exploits.
Brian James was born in Brixton, South London, and now lives in the Peak District of Derbyshire. During the Second World War he was evacuated to stay with family in South Wales. After National Service in what was then Malaya, he worked as a reporter on local newspapers in Yorkshire before joining the Yorkshire Post and later the Daily Mail. He worked for the BBC for over 20 years in both radio and television; producing programmes like Man Alive and Brass Tacks, and making many documentaries, including the South African episode of the award-winning Great Railway Journeys of The World series. As a freelance broadcaster he has worked for both ITV and the BBC. He has also made an award-winning documentary for an animal rights campaigning organisation. He is married to Gill and they have five children and six grandchildren. His writing career began in radio with one-off short stories. He also had a play, Wait ’Til You Have One, produced by Alan Ayckbourn in 1964. Dangerous Skies, the story of wartime children caught up with a gang of looters in London, is his first children’s novel. Brian will be speaking about the era on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Joining us on Friday is vintage bicycle enthusiast, collector and restorer Colin Kirsch Joining us on Friday is vintage bicycle enthusiast, collector and restorer Colin Kirsch, who is the creator and curator of the ‘Online Bicycle Museum’. Its website www.Oldbike.eu is the primary internet resource for information on safety bicycles. Colin shares his passion in Bad Teeth No Bar, which is dedicated to the Cyclist Corps of The Great War. Viewing fast-moving events through the eyes of cyclists who were caught up in it, the book takes you and your bicycle to the most challenging environment of all for a cyclist – War. It provides detailed information for vintage devotees, including the early history of folding bicycles, American military bicycles, the Birmingham Small Arms company (BSA), Triumph, and other cycle makers, as well as military cycle equipment. Highlighted is the invaluable contribution to the war effort provided by women, in particular as ‘munitionettes’. Colin will have a display of WW1 bikes with him in the Author Pavilion and says, ‘See the bikes, read the stories, and imagine how you might have coped if you were one of the many cycling patriots who enlisted to fight for King and Country.’
Author Pavilion Hostess, award-winning writer Penny Legg will be revealing a lesser-known side of World War Two. Penny is a member of the National Union of Journalists, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Young Publishers. Her military history books have raised funds for several service charities. Penny will be talking about her book, Crime in the Second World War: Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse, which has been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award. If you thought we all pulled together for the war effort, think again! Crime rates soared and murder abounded. Penny will be revealing the shocking truth behind wartime crime each day of the War and Peace Revival. She will also be interviewing WW2 saga-writers Elaine Everest and Elaine Roberts on Saturday.
Eilidh McGinness was born in the Highlands of Scotland. She studied law at Aberdeen University and practised as a lawyer all over Scotland before deciding to move to South West France where she established her own independent estate agency business. She has always been passionate about history and is fascinated by the extraordinary obstacles which some people manage to overcome in order to achieve the impossible. Eilidh is currently concentrating on writing historical fiction and is a member of the Franco British Chamber of Commerce, an Aquitaine Historical Society and Bordeaux Writers.
We are delighted to welcome Eilidh to the Author Pavilion everyday, with her first book, The Cypher Bureau. She says, ‘If I tell you my book is about the Enigma Code, used by Germany during the Second World War, and your first thought is Bletchley Park, you need to read my book. The Enigma Code was first solved in 1932 by Polish mathematician Marian Rejewski – if you want to find out more…’
On Saturday, we welcome historian and author Julie Peakman . Julie is a frequent contributor to academic journals, national newspapers (TLS, The Times) and popular magazines (History Today, Who Do You Think You Are Magazine) and has worked on television documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She lives in London and on the island of Leros. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of a little-known battle, Julie will be speaking about her new book, Hitler’s Island War. The Men who Fought for Leros. In November 1943, at the height of World War II, the Aegean island of Leros became the site of the most pivotal battle of the Dodecanese campaign as the British tried, in vain, to retain control of the island.
London, 1914: one ordinary day, three girls arrive for work at London’s renowned Foyles bookshop. But when war with Germany is declared their lives will never be the same again… The War and Peace Revival welcomes Elaine Roberts, who had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties, which was rejected. Life then took over until she joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Many more followed. As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaine attends conferences, workshops and seminars. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems. Elaine and her husband, Dave, live in Dartford, Kent. Elaine will be joining Elaine Everest in the WW2 Sagas Interview with Penny Legg on Saturday.
Archaeology can be used to reveal the position of trenches, dugouts and other battlefield features and to rediscover what life on the Western Front was really like. Digging the Trenches shows how individual soldiers are themselves part of the story, for forensic investigation of the war dead is now so highly developed that individuals can be identified and their fate discovered. Described as, ‘One of the UK’s most exciting military historians,’ Professor Andrew Robertshaw is curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, Surrey. For the past thirteen years he has been coordinating a group conducting an archaeological dig of British trenches and other sites on the Somme. He frequently appears on television as a commentator on battlefield archaeology and the soldier in history including Time Team, The Trench Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are. He was lead historical consultant for Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse. He is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and regularly acts as a consultant for the British Army on historical matters. He has also served as a Forensic Trauma specialist for the Norwegian Army. Andy will be speaking and book signing every day of the show.
Tina Walford will be launching her new book HEYDRICH Nine months Reich Protector in Bohemia and Moravia on Tuesday at the Author Pavilion! Everyone is welcome to come along. Since his assassination in June 1942, the former Reich Protector, Chief of the Secret State Police and Security Service has been responsible for every outrage. In the so-called war crimes trials, the defendants blamed him for anything and everything. The man could not fight back.
Tina has made extensive trips to the sites of Heydrich’s activities for this brilliantly written biography. She spoke to surviving contemporary witnesses in Prague and Germany, conducted historical fieldwork and has viewed and interpreted hitherto unpublished British secret documents as well as private records of Heydrich. Due to her extensive research, she draws a completely new picture of this mysterious man.
Tina Walford startet am Dienstag ihr neues Buch HEYDRICH neun Monate Reichsprotektor in Böhmen und Mähren im Themenpavillon! Jeder ist herzlich eingeladen, dazu zu kommen.
Seit seiner Ermordung im Juni 1942 muss der ehemalige Reichsprotektor, Chef der Geheimen Staatspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienstes für jede Schandtat herhalten. Bei den sog. Kriegsverbrecherprozessen gaben ihm die Angeklagten für Alles und Jedes die Schuld. Der Mann konnte sich ja nicht mehr wehren.
Die Autorin hat für diese glänzend geschriebene Biografie umfangreiche Reisen zu den Orten von Heydrich Aktivitäten unternommen. Sie sprach mit noch lebenden Zeitzeugen in Prag, hat historische Feldforschung betrieben und bislang unveröffentlichte britische Geheimdokumente sowie Privataufzeichnungen Heydrichs einsehen und interpretieren können. Aufgrund ihrer umfangreichen Recherchen zeichnet sie ein völlig neues Bild dieses geheimnisumwitterten Mannes.
Rupert Wieloch served in the British Army for 35 years and was the senior military commander in Libya during the civil war in 2011-12. After shadow writing scripts and revues for five Chiefs of the General Staff, he published his first book about modern British military operations in 2016. Ten years ago, he acquired a Russian archive that included the unpublished papers belonging to a British spy, who was imprisoned in Moscow at the end of the First World War. This led him to investigate the suppressed story of the fifteen British soldiers abandoned in Siberia in the winter of 1919. Using diaries, memoires, declassified Cabinet papers and previously unpublished letters and photographs, Rupert explains why the British intervened in Russia and how the campaign ebbed and flowed along the Trans-Siberian Railway for eighteen months. He describes the adventures of the only two British battalions to serve in Eastern Russia and the escape of the British soldiers and the effect their return had on British foreign policy with Russia. Rupert will be in the Author Pavilion every day, except Thursday.
Authors Pavilion Timetable
|Tuesday 24th||Penny Legg||Alan Barry||Scott Addington||Neil Barber||Brian James||Ian Bayley||Arena Battle||Eilidh McGinness||Andrew Robertshaw||Rupert Wieloch||Tina Walford Book Launch|
|Wednesday 25th||Alan Barry||Andrew Robertshaw||Eilidh McGinness||Scott Addington||Neil Barber||Tina Walford||Brian James||Arena Battle||Ian Bayley||Rupert Wieloch||Penny Legg|
|Thursday 26th||Meet the Authors!||Tina Walford||Ian Bayley||Andrew Robertshaw||Eilidh McGinness||Alan Barry||Penny Legg||Arena Battle||Neil Barber||Andrew Robertshaw||Eilidh McGinness|
|Friday 27th||Meet the Authors!||Andrew Robertshaw||Liz Coward||Colin Kirsch||Tina Walford||Rupert Wieloch||Neil Barber||Alan Barry||Arena Battle||Penny Legg||Colin Kirsch|
|Saturday 28th||Neil Barber||Liz Coward||Andrew Robertshaw||Rupert Wieloch||Julie Peakman||Saga Writers’ Interview||Alan Barry||Tina Walford||Arena Battle||Penny Legg||Eilidh McGinness|