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Dementia Awareness Week
A series of drop-in sessions around the county offering advice and information on dementia and the local services on offer. All sessions will take place between 11am-3pm except the event at Farnham Library which will take place between 2.30-4pm.
Free drop-in event
An evening with Salley Vickers
Acclaimed novelist, Salley Vickers, will be talking about her latest book, The cleaner of Chartres, at Guildford Cathedral as part of a national tour of cathedral cities. Set in the ancient cathedral of Chartres, the book's central character is Agnes, about whom little is known. A chance meeting in the cathedral sets off a train of events relating to Agnes' past and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds. Agnes has already touched the lives of the people she meets in an unusual way. Her story is one of the power of love and mercy to transform lives.
Salley's first novel, Miss Garnet's angel, became an international "word-of-mouth" bestseller and a favourite with reading groups. Salley is described as a novelist in the great English tradition of moral seriousness.
"The fairy-tale elements of Vicker's novel are delicately layered into a contemporary moral and psychological drama every bit as absorbing as her Miss Garnet's Angel." Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times.
Salley is very interested in the power of the fairy tale and its ability to depict a battle between good and evil and the eventual triumph of good.
Tickets are £8. Book online using debit or credit cards.
Telephone credit/debit card bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge will apply. Tickets can also be bought in person from Guildford library.
Lawrence Norfolk and Kate Colquhoun: A Gastronomic Journey
Take a gastronomic journey through time with writers Lawrence Norfolk and Kate Colquhoun and find out what the history of food tells us about our society.
Taste: The Story of Britain Through its Cooking is Kate’s ambitious exploration of every aspect of our cuisine from Anglo-Saxon feasts and Tudor banquets to frozen food and the invention of ice cream. It shows how food mirrors society and its upheavals. Kate is also the author of The Thrifty Cookbook and is a vigorous campaigner against food waste. Her book, A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton was shortlisted for the 2004 Duff Cooper Prize and longlisted for the 2003 Samuel Johnson Prize. Mr Brigg’s Hat, the story of a railway murder which fascinated the Victorian public, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger Award for Non-Fiction in 2011.
Lawrence Norfolk’s book, John Saturnall’s Feast, is the story of a foundling who becomes the greatest cook of his age only to find his life radically changed by the English Civil War. The catalyst for the story was Kate’s book, Taste. Lawrence was very impressed by Kate’s knowledge of pre-Cromwellian cooking and the way in which she describes the negative impact of the war on the development of English cuisine. In the novel, Lawrence explores how religions try to codify humanity’s basic drives.
Lawrence is also the bestselling author of Lempriere’s Dictionary, The Pope’s Rhinoceros and In the Shape of a Boar. He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the event.
Tickets are £5, including refreshments.
Book online using debit or credit cards
Telephone credit/debit cards bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge will apply.
Tickets can also be bought in person from Guildford library