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Hear about Bonzo’s War at Great Parndon library

Lifestyle / Thu 30th Jan 2014 at 11:06am

IT is never just the human population who suffer in wartime. Clare Campbell has researched the fascinating details of what happened to the nation’s pets during World War II.

Meet Clare and her husband, journalist Christy Campbell at Great Parndon Library,Staple Tye in Harlow on Friday 28 March to hear more.

Clare is just one of many authors who are appearing at the Essex Book Festival.

Adele Parks comes to Rayleigh Library on Tuesday 4 March to talk about her novel Spare Brides, the story of the forgotten generation of literally ‘spare’ women left to pick up the pieces of their lives after World War I. Parks is a Sunday Times bestseller and her book is a richly compelling and emotional read. From women who had lost the chance of love to women who travelled across the ocean to follow theirs. Bestselling authors Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi will be appearing at Rochford Library on Monday 24 March to share the stories of the British girls who left England for the US to marry American soldiers in their book GI Brides.

Louise Miller’s new book A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes, tells the amazing true tale of the only Englishwoman to fight in World War I. Flora Sandes became a hero and a media sensation after serving with the Serbian army. She was also imprisoned by the Gestapo in World War II. Join Louise to find out more at the Essex Record Office on Monday 24 March.

Poetry is always an effecting and powerful medium to convey emotions. Two events featuring poetry about conflict are featured in the Essex Book Festival in this centenary year of the First World War: So Too Have the Doves Gone, Friday 7 March at The Minories in Colchester, launches a new anthology by Essex and Suffolk poets. An exhibition of work by Fine Art students from the Colchester Institute in response to the poems will be on display. Nick Dobson and Vincent Daniels’ It’ll All Be Over By Christmas, Thursday 13 March at Great Baddow Parish Hall which captures the horror, futility but also the humour of the Great War in poetry and pictures of the day.

Jaywick Martello Tower is the wholly appropriate setting for John Lewis-Stempel’s appearance at the Festival. His book The War Behind the Wire recounts the forgotten story of the fates and fortunes of the thousands of British prisoners of war held during WWI. Learn more through their diaries and letters on Saturday 15 March in Jaywick.

So discover untold stories, incredible true life adventures, tales of heroism and tenacity and reflect on a century of drama, hostilities and enduring nature of the human spirit at the Essex Book Festival.

Brochures with details of all the Essex Book Festival’s 2014 programme are available from libraries, book shops and festival venues around the county or go to www.essexbookfestival.org.uk. Most events can be booked through the Mercury Theatre Box Office on 01206 573948, which is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Adele Parks – Spare Brides
Tuesday 4 March 7.30pm
Rayleigh Library, 132 High Street, Rayleigh SS6 7BX
Tickets £5/£4

So Too Have The Doves Gone
Friday 7 March 7pm
The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE
Free – booking essential

Nick Dobson & Vincent Daniels – It’ll All Be Over By Christmas
Thursday 13 March 2pm
Great Baddow Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Great Baddow, CM2 7DW
Tickets £5/£4

John Lewis-Stempel – The War Behind the Wire
Saturday 15 March 2pm
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick CO15 2LF
Tickets £5/£4

Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi – GI Brides
Monday 24 March 1pm
Rochford Library, Roche Close, Rochford SS4 1PX
Tickets £5/£4

Louise Miller – A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes
Monday 24 March 7pm
Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT
Tickets £7/£6

Clare & Christy Campbell – Bonzo’s War: Animals Under Fire 1939 – 1945
Friday 28 March 2pm
Great Parndon Library, Staple Tye, Parnall Road, Harlow CM18 7PP
Tickets £5/£4

Essex Book Festival Box Office 01206 573948

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