Literary feast at Saffrons book fair

BOOKWORMS are in for a literary feast today (Wednesday, April 25) as a renowned biographer and the man who helped bring Harry Potter to life come to town.

Local writing groups have spearheaded the book fair along with organiser Brigitte Sumner, with the fun taking place at the Saffrons Sports Club in Compton Place between 1pm and 6pm and then 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

And among the main attractions are visits from a Nigel Goodall and Cliff Wright. Mr Goodall is one of Britain’s leading celebrity biographers and his books include efforts featuring Kylie Minogue, Johnny Depp, Demi Moore, Ray Winstone and Elton John.

Also likely to draw the crowds in is Mr Wright.

The illustrator did the covers and drawings for the Harry Potter books and is holding a workshop at 5pm.

There will also be a local aspect to the showcase, with Eastbourne Writes group staging workshops, talks and readings by authors and tutors.

There will also be the chance to join Anderida Writers, which has seven published authors.

There will be readings by local authors Heather Flood (The Giant Sticker Monster and Other Children’s Stories and Mousey Mousey and the Witches’ Spells), Jill Rutherford (Cherry Blossoms, Sushi and Takrazuka), Ian Marshall (Playfair Cricket Annual and The Class of 92), Diane Brookens (A Sussex Poetry Anthology), Tony Flood (The Secret Potion) and Dorit Oliver Wolff (talks about the holocaust).

And, as well as reading from his book The Secret Potion, Tony Flood will also be launching his latest offering, My Life With the Stars – Best, Ali and the Panties.

In it the former Fleet Street journalist lifts the lid on some of the big names from sport and showbiz who he has interviewed over the years, including Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Joan Collins, Bobby Moore, Britt Ekland, Peter Sellers and Freddie Flintoff.

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