Local chef and cookery teacher, Saira Hamilton, appeared at the shop on Tuesday, 12th April. She gave a highly entertaining talk about her life and how she got into cookery, and in particular how she found herself on the BBC show MasterChef, in which she was a finalist in 2013. She has recently published a trio of books on her cookery - Kitchen Favourites wirth Saira - available at the shop, £7.99 each.
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On 17th March Jenni Kemp gave a talk at the shop about her book recently published "Haunted Bishop's Stortford", a fascinating account of ghostly sightings in and around Bishop's Stortford, taking in Sawbridgeworth and the ghostly cavalier.
She also described her own encounter with a ghost.
The talk was well attended and held the audience riveted.
The lecture by Jef Page on Charles Dickens, His Early Life and Novels, held at the shop on Thursday, 11th February, was a considerable success. I wasn't sure how many people would turn up but I was pleasantly surprised that twenty people attended. I only just managed to fit everyone in and had just enough chairs (thanks to Rob and Michelle at the Mint Cafe for lending me these). Everyone was thoroughly entertained by Jef's talk, aided by slides, and I received a lot of very favourable feedback about the event. Jef will be returning by popular demand to do another talk on Conan Doyle some time in May. Watch this space for further information.
Saturday, 24th October, saw what I hope will be the first of many such events when locally based author Yvonne Marrs came to the shop to sign copies of her books. She has written a sequence of five novels based around the life and loves of a saxophone player collectively known as “When the Sax-man Plays”. It was originally going to be a trilogy but Yvonne expanded the cycle to include two additional novels in response to popular demand for more. She is herself an accomplished saxophone player. She has also written a sequence of e-books – “Football Crazy”.
Yvonne presented customers with “When the Saxman Plays” branded mugs and other items of merchandise such as pens, bookmarks and key-rings. Friends of hers came from as far as Manchester to attend the event. I am planning to host a similar event with Yvonne on Friday, 27th November, the day the Christmas lights come on in Sawbridgeworth, and when there is usually a very large number of customers out and about in the town.
There will be a book-signing session by another local author, Ange Chan, who has written a novel and three volumes of poetry, on Saturday, 21st November.