Museums at Night 2012: Your guide to author readings and literary events

| 04 May 2012


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Museums make great places for author readings and this year's Museums at Night event is no exception. Here’s a taster of what's on offer…  

Craig Taylor, whose book Londoners captures the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of the capital’s inhabitants, will be at , and Hugh Barker, whose Hedge Britannia celebrates the glory of the British hedge, will be discussing how we became a nation of gardeners at .

By contrast, veteran war reporter, ITN news anchorman and Afghanistan expert Sandy Gall will be at the in Edinburgh to talk about his book War Against the Taliban - Why It All Went Wrong in Afghanistan.

Poets from Two Rivers Press will be descending on the for a lively night of readings, and is hosting artist and writer Guy Atkins for an exploration of the history of postcards and a postcard sending session with a difference…

Six lucky competition winners (entries close May 9) will get to for an expert guided tour inside the publishing giant's office in Bloomsbury, which is not normally open to the public.

Robert Brown will take them through more than 80 years of literary treasures, including a rejection letter written to William Golding and TS Eliot's book reports. The evening is rounded if with an intimate reading by poet Jo Shapcott.

Budding writers should head to for the chance to pen their own literary masterpiece in the Baird’s first home which will then be performed by the in-house acting company.

After the venue won the Connect10 Museums at Night competition, Booker-nominated author Jon McGregor will be appearing at to give an hour-long short story performance using photos, videos and maps.

The worlds of military and art hsitory come together when Julian Francis presents a summary of the life and art of Tom Chadwick (who was killed in North Africa in World War Two) based on his forthcoming book, in the Great Hall of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick (also the site of the ).

Other highlights include a candlelit evening of readings, games and activities at in Cumbria, and a rare chance to see pieces from the private art collection at in Wolverhampton, which includes tributes to Dante, Faust, Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe by literary-inspired-illustrator, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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