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Authors Come Together for a Season of Talks at The Hive

Published Monday, 3rd October 2016

Screenwriter and novelist, Deborah Moggach, most famous for her novel ‘These Foolish Things’ filmed as ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, is one of four authors who will be taking to the stage at The Hive this Autumn.

Deborah Moggach will talk about her life and influences on her writing, poet Brian Patten, and winners of the Betty Trask Prize, Alex Christofi and Anthony Cartwright, will read from a selection of their books at events hosted at the venue.

The talks are a part of a new, vibrant series called ‘Authors Spotlight’, showcasing big names, new names and local names at The Hive. 

The first of the four author talks is Anthony Cartwright. Anthony will talk about his fourth novel, Iron Towns, an inventive tale of dreams of youth, football and industrial progress, on Friday 14 October at 7pm.

On Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm, poet Brian Patten, who has written many books of poetry for adults and children, will read from a selection of his books, followed by a book signing. Brian Patten has been delivering honest, funny and uplifting poems from all 40 of his published books for almost five decades.

BAFTA nominee Deborah Moggach has recently had her novel ‘Tulip Fever’ serialised for Radio 4 Extra. It is also being released as a film in 2017. Deborah will be performing at The Hive on Thursday 17 November at 6pm.

The final author talk at The Hive is Alex Christofi, author of the charming novel, Glass, on Saturday 26 November at 7pm.

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at The Hive, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many critically acclaimed authors and poets to The Hive.

“This is the first of the Authors Spotlight series for The Hive and we envisage that this series of creative performances will continue into 2017.”

Tickets for all four author talks can be purchased online at or in person at The Hive.