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Tuesday 14th July

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The Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents MURDER ON AIR Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 September, Thu–Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm The Hexagon Theatre Tickets from only £14

Crime Writing Short Story Competition Keep an eye on the Reading Post over the summer for details of an exciting short story competition.  Popular local crime writer Patrick Lennon will provide an introduction for a short story set in Reading and you will be invited to complete it and enter it in our competition. Further details and prizes to be announced.

Murder Mystery Evening Thursday 10 September, 7.30pm Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £20 - Includes buffet dinner THE TOWN HALL MURDER MYSTERY SERIES PRESENTS...

Personal Call, Hercule Poirot in The Yellow Iris and Butter in a Lordly Dish Roy Marsden joins a full supporting company of actors to perform three of Christie’s classic plays. This is a unique chance to hear the Queen of Crime’s gripping radio thrillers, read in an authentic and nostalgic studio setting with live sound effects, in the style of their original BBC 1930’s broadcast. PAGE 2

The Mystery of the Brown Paper Parcel Have you ever wanted to play detective? Now is your chance. In the magnificent surroundings of Reading Town Hall, have a wickedly fun evening enjoying a great evening’s entertainment over a buffet dinner. Name your own detective agency and then watch the murderous events unfold before you. Question the suspects to find the motive, method and murderer, with prizes for the winning team.


al Events Welcome It’s back! Welcome to the second Reading Festival of Crime Writing, bringing you three criminally good days of crime themed author talks, activities and workshops. This year we are delighted to be welcoming 40 of the best crime authors to Reading from the king of crime fiction, Colin Dexter, and the queens of historical crime fiction, Anne Perry and Susanna Gregory, to the latest upcoming talent. A number of your favourite writers, including Mark Billingham and Sophie Hannah, are returning to the festival, so be sure to catch them again this year. Graeme Hoskin Lead Councillor for Culture

New for 2009 are a murder mystery dinner, crime pub quiz, five themed panel events and a Burglar Bill puppet show. Back for 2009 are Reading’s very own crime walk and the popular and free Brought in for Questioning events with talks on Broadmoor and Reading Prison among the highlights.

Yet again this is an entertaining and great value weekend for all. Booking Information The festival box office is now open. Events last around an hour unless otherwise stated. You can purchase tickets: Online: www.readingarts.com By telephone: Call the Reading Arts box office on 0118 960 6060 In person: From the Hexagon and Town Hall box offices For more booking information, concessions and special offers see page 19

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Tuesday1114th Friday September July

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Brought in for Questioning: Dr Ken Shorrock, Forensic Pathology Services

Forensic Pathology: IT’S NOT LIKE SILENT WITNESS 11am, Silverthorne Room, Reading Town Hall, Free event, ticket required Since 2004 Dr Shorrock has been a partner in Forensic Pathology Services, undertaking work for the Metropolitan Police and other forces in the South East of England. He has performed post mortem examinations in Kabul, The Hague and Gibraltar, with his most notorious case to date that of Jean Charles De Menezes.

MURDER ANCIENT AND MODERN 12 noon Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3 Husband and wife crime writing duo, Edward Marston and Judith Cutler, have written over 70 novels between them, most with historical settings. Listen to them compare techniques for writing about crime in the past and in the present. Edward Marston’s crime novels, set in four distinct periods of history, include the acclaimed Victorian Railway Detective series, featuring Inspector Robert Colbeck. Judith Cutler has just recently moved into historical crime with a new series set in the 19th century featuring Reverend Tobias as the hero.

Brought in for Questioning: Mark Stevens, Berkshire Record Office

Broadmoor Revealed: THE VICTORIAN ASYLUM 1pm, Wroughton Room, Berkshire Record Office, Free event, ticket required. Mark Stevens is a professional archivist who has been looking after the Broadmoor Hospital archive since 2004. Join Mark to hear some of the stories about the lives of patients and staff and to take a journey behind the walls of Victorian Broadmoor, England’s first Criminal Lunatic Asylum.

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al Events Friday M.C Beaton: Q & A Session 1.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3 M C Beaton worked as a Fleet Street journalist before becoming a writer. She is the author of 19 Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series and an Edwardian murder-mystery series. Join her for a question and answer session with Sara Walkinshaw from Reading Libraries.

The Mystery in History: Panel Event 3-4.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4

Peter Guttridge, the Observer’s crime fiction critic, discusses historical crime fiction with: R.S. Downie is a keen amateur archaeologist and the author of two mysteries featuring Roman army medic Ruso. Meticulously researched, this charming and colourful series is a must read for Lindsey Davis Fans. Andrew Martin is the author of six novels in the Edwardian Jim Stringer series. He has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award 2008 and the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award 2007 and 2008.  Susanna Gregory, a Cambridge academic, is the author of the acclaimed Matthew Bartholomew mediaeval mystery series as well as the Thomas Chaloner mysteries. Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Inspector William Monk are both set in 19th Century England.

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Friday 11 September

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Brought in for Questioning:

Simon Brett 5.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3

Anthony Stokes, Senior Prison Officer, HMP Reading

The History of Reading Prison 4pm, Silverthorne Room, Reading Town Hall, Free event, ticket required Anthony Stokes joined HM Prison Service at Cardiff Prison in 1988 and is now Senior Prison Officer at HMP and YOI Reading. Join Anthony who will talk about his 2007 book Pit of Shame: The Real Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Simon Brett has written over 70 books. A great many are crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Fethering series. Simon was also Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association from 1986 to 1987 and of the Society of Authors from 1995 to 1997. 

Reading Crime Walk with David Cliffe 7-8.30pm, Meet at St. Mary’s Church, Castle Street, Reading, £6/£5 Join David Cliffe, Reading Libraries’ Local Studies Manager, for a fascinating walk around the centre of Reading, focusing on the darker criminal side of the town. Starting at what is said to be the site of Reading Castle, you will learn about a number of sites relevant to Reading’s criminal past as well as Reading’s own villains and criminals including the infamous Mrs Dyer. End the walk with a drink in Sweeney and Todd.

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Friday Colin Dexter: Morse and Me 7pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £6/£5 Colin Dexter is the author of the hugely popular Inspector Morse novels. His first novel Last Bus To Woodstock was published in 1975. His famous character Inspector Morse has since appeared in 13 novels and numerous short stories. Inspector Morse was later adapted for the small screen and became a huge TV success. A highly acclaimed writer, Colin Dexter has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including the Crime Writers’ Association Gold and Silver Dagger awards, and a special Cartier Diamond Dagger award for outstanding services to crime literature in 1997. In 2000 Colin was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to literature.

Crime Quiz with Crème de la Crime independent publishers 8.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £2 per person, teams of up to 4 Crème de la Crime’s Crime Fiction Quiz Night will appeal to crime fiction devotees and novices alike. 50 questions cover every aspect of crime fiction. Teams of players earn points for every quiz question they answer, and points mean prizes…

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Saturday 12 September

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BROUGHT IN FOR QUESTIONING: Ken Wells, Thames Valley Police Museum

A Riddle of Maggots 10am, Silverthorne Room, Reading Town Hall, Free event, ticket required In the 1960’s a virtually decomposed body was found in woods in Bracknell. How did the Police go about establishing the time of death?

Getting Started in Crime Writing

Camilla Bolton & Chris Carter 10.30am-12 noon, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3 Camilla Bolton, Crime and Thriller Associate Agent for literary, TV and film agency Darley Anderson and new author Chris Carter talk about getting started in crime writing, the role of the agent and the exciting task of reading new submissions.

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The Professionals: PANEL EVENT 11am-12.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4 N J Cooper discusses the varied professions of crime novel protagonists with: Simon Hall is the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area. Evil Valley is the second novel in his TV Detective series, following the highly successful The Death Pictures. By day John Macken works as a research scientist in the fields of genetics and forensics, in a large windowless building. By night he writes forensic crime novels, including Dirty Little Lies and Trial by Blood. Zoe Sharp’s no-nonsense bodyguard heroine Charlie Fox has been likened to a female Jack Reacher. If you like fast-paced action, featuring a tough heroine with a human edge, look no further. Simon Beckett has been a freelance journalist since 1992. It was a visit to The Body Farm in Tennessee that was the inspiration behind the internationally bestselling novels starring the forensic anthropologist David Hunter. N J Cooper is an ex-publisher and past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. She writes for a variety of newspapers and journals and is the author of … novels. In 2002 she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that goes to ‘the author of 18 novels’.


Saturday Gyles Brandreth:

Sophie Hannah:

1pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4

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THE OSCAR WILDE MYSTERIES

A President of the Oxford Union and MP, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End. Join Gyles who will be talking about The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, his series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde as the detective.

BOOK GROUP SESSION 1pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, Free to bookgroup members Join acclaimed author and reading group favourite, Sophie Hannah, for an exclusive talk about her books and writing.

Crime Writing Workshop with NJ Cooper

2.30-4pm, Silverthorne Room, Reading Town Hall, £10/£8 N J Cooper, author of 18 novels, is a past chair of the Crime Writers’ Association leads this 4 part workshop which will look at plot, setting, character development and your writing style.

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Saturday 12 September

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Murder in Mind: PANEL EVENT

2.30-4pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4 Sophie Hannah discusses the mysterious world of psychological crime fiction with: Stephen Booth’s nine books featuring Derbyshire detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are set in the atmospheric peak district. RJ Ellory’s selection for the Richard and Judy club in 2005 with A Quiet Belief in Angels has placed him firmly on the bestsellers list. His novel Candlemoth was shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller in 2003. Sophie Hannah’s highly acclaimed psychological thrillers give a distinctively different perspective on crime. Little Face was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Laurie R. King’s first book, A Grave Talent came out in 1993, the US author has since gained a reputation as a prizewinning, best-selling writer. Laurie has written over 20 books including three stand-alone suspense novels. Jane Hill has a strange double life as a comedian and a successful crime novelist - she has published four psychological thrillers to date.

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Saturday BROUGHT IN FOR QUESTIONING: Dr Michael Keith Lucas, University of Reading

Plant detectives: HOW PLANTS SOLVE CRIME 2.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, Free event, ticket Required Michael Keith-Lucas, an Honorary Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading, will look at the types of plant forensic evidence that can be used to help solve crimes including wood anatomy, plant fibres, plant hairs, pollen and plant DNA. He will also talk about some specific cases he has been involved in and how to avoid getting caught!

John Harvey 4pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4

John Harvey is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the ‘100 Best Crime Novels of the Century.’ His first novel featuring retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004, and also won a Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel published in the US in 2004. In 2007John Harvey won the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the genre.

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Saturday

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Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre 7pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £6/£5 Mark Billingham’s series of London based crime novels featuring DI Tom Thorne has won him the Sherlock Award, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award and has been nominated for five CWA daggers. Each book, from his debut Sleepyhead to the most recent, In the Dark, has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Mark has also worked successfully as a standup comedian for more than fifteen years and he is still a regular performer at the country’s biggest comedy clubs. Christopher Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist. He is the winner of the 2007 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award, and his novel All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye won the 2006 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for Comic Fiction. His novels regularly appear in the Top Ten, most recently A Snowball in Hell.

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Film: Gun Crazy Cert PG - 87mins 1950 8.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5.50/£4.50 When gun-toting Bart gets out of the army his friends take him to a carnival where he hooks up with sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr. They wind up on a cross-country crime spree with inevitable consequences. Freshly re-released, this gripping thriller written by McKinley Kantor set the template for all the ‘doomed couples on the run’ films that followed. You’ll find echoes of Gun Crazy in Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands, Thelma and Louise, True Romance and Natural Born Killers.


Sunday 13 September

Sunday How to Write a Book with Patrick Lennon 10.30am-12 noon, Silverthorne Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3 Successful crime author Patrick Lennon will be talking about his own experiences of getting his work published. It’s an opportunity for budding writers to ask advice, and for readers to gain an insight into the life of a published writer. Patrick Lennon’s debut novel, Corn Dolls, was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2008. 2009 sees the release of his third novel Cut Out featuring his series character Tom Fletcher.

Kate Ellis 11am, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £4/£3 Kate Ellis is the author of 13 books in the Wesley Peterson series and two in the Joe Plantagenet series. Kate has been twice nominated for the CWA Short Story Dagger, and her novel The Plague Maiden, was nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2005.

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Sunday 13 September

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An Inspector Calls: PANEL EVENT

12noon-1.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £6/£5 Peter Lovesey discusses the best loved crime sub genre – the police procedural with: Elizabeth Corley is author of a dark crime thriller series comprising Requiem Mass, Fatal Legacy, Grave Doubts and Innocent Blood. Elizabeth manages to fit her passion for crime writing with a successful position as Chief Executive for a global investment company. Alex Gray began writing commercially in 1992 and has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. She has written five books in the Lorimer and Brightman series set in Glasgow.

BROUGHT IN FOR QUESTIONING: Greta Depledge, Birkbeck College

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is a prolific writer whose Morland Dynasty enabled her to become a full time writer. She also writes the internationally acclaimed mysteries starring Detective Inspector Bill Slider.

Women behaving badly:

Graham Hurley is best known for his Joe Faraday series. The nerve-jangling realism of his books has earned him a reputation as one of the truly authoritative voices in crime fiction.

2pm, Silverthorne Room, Town Hall, Free event, ticket required

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female villians in 19th and 20th century english crime fiction

English fiction is littered with badly behaving women. This talk will include a focus on sensation classics from the nineteenth century by Wilkie Collins and Mrs Braddon and look at female villains created by writers such as Agatha Christie and Gladys Mitchell.


Sunday Peter Lovesey

The Thrill of the Chase:

3pm, Silverthorne Room, Town Hall, £5/£4

2-3.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £5/4

Peter Lovesey is one of our finest English mystery writers. He has won the CWA Silver, Gold and Cartier Diamond Daggers as well as their Short Story Award. He is the creator of Sergeant Cribb, Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin, and is also story consultant for ITV’s Rosemary and Thyme.

PANEL EVENT

Peter Guttridge, the Observer’s crime fiction critic, discusses crime thriller writing with: Meg Gardiner is the author of six widely acclaimed titles set in Santa Barbara featuring Evan Delaney, a feisty freelance journalist. Her latest series stars forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett. S.J. Bolton is the author of the critically acclaimed thrillers Sacrifice and Awakening. Her first novel, Sacrifice, was inspired by her fascination with British traditional folklore. Nick Brownlee is a former Fleet Street journalist. His gripping first novel, Bait, introduced the maverick Kenyan crimebusting duo of Jake Moore and Daniel Jouma. Bill Vidal has a lifelong love for aeroplanes. Bill’s articles about flying have been published in leading newspapers and magazines. The Clayton Account is his first novel. Dreda Say Mitchell is author of two widely acclaimed novels, Running Hot, which won the Crime Writers’ Dagger for Best First Novel, and Killer Tune. Born in London’s Grenadian community, Dreda’s writing is focused on the changing nature of London and its criminal underworld.

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Sunday 13 September

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Mo Hayder

WITH SGT RANDALL FROM THE SOUTH WEST POLICE UNDERWATER SEARCH TEAM 4pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall £5/£4

Simon Kernick & Sean Black in conversation with Peter Guttridge 5.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, £5/£4 Simon Kernick’s gripping and fastpaced thrillers, Relentless and Severed have assured his move to the top of the bestseller charts. Sean Black is set to be one of the brightest new stars in crime and thriller fiction this year. His debut novel, Lockdown, has been favourably compared with Lee Child. Prior to penning Lockdown, Sean undertook a gruelling 24-day close protection training course.

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Mo Hayder’s debut novel, Birdman was an instant bestseller when published in 2000. A shocking and wickedly constructed thriller, Birdman heralded Hayder as a “major new talent” (The Guardian). Listen to Mo talk with Sgt Randall about the research she does for her novels.

Peter Robinson 7pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, £6/£5 Peter Robinson is the author of nineteen books in the widely acclaimed Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series. He has received seventeen awards for his writing including the CWA Dagger in the Library in 2002.


Children’s Programme ACTIVITY CART Friday 11 September – Sunday 13 September Visit us during museum opening hours, and enjoy a range of crime-themed art and craft activities. All ages, FREE, drop in

Friday 11 September Charlie Higson 2-3.30pm, Concert Hall, Reading Town Hall, Free tickets for schools Charlie Higson is the bestselling author of the enormously popular Young Bond series, featuring a teenage James Bond. He is also a successful scriptwriter and actor, most famous for his co-creation of the hit comedy TV series, The Fast Show. In September 2009, Charlie will be publishing the first book in his brand new series for young people, Fourteen: The Enemy, a heart-stopping action adventure involving gruesome zombies and an epic fight for survival.

Saturday 12 September Heritage Open Days Crime Themed Pied Piper Trail 2-2.45pm, Meet outside Chili’s Restaurant, Oracle shopping centre, All ages, Free event, no ticket required Join a lively crime-themed walk starting from Chili’s restaurant in The Oracle, discover Reading’s past and find out more about some of the town’s more notorious and disreputable characters. PAGE 17


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Sunday 13 September Shadow Puppet Workshop 10.30am-12.30pm, ages 8-16, Victorian Gallery, Reading Museum, Reading, £7/£6 To celebrate the Reading Festival of Crime Writing, Armchair Puppet Theatre will help you create your very own shadow puppet show based on your favourite crime writer’s stories. You will be working in small groups and will have the chance to perform your show at the end of the workshop.

Burglar Bill Puppet Show 2-2.45pm, Waterhouse Room, Town Hall, Reading, £5/£4 adult, £4/£3 child Burglar Bill is a well known and wonderful story book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg that Armchair Puppet Theatre perform as a glove and shadow puppet show for the whole family. Packed full of details from the book, this is a very funny and engaging show with something for everyone and lots of audience participation.

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Heritage Open Days Victorian Classroom Experience 1.45pm & 2.45pm, Victorian Classroom, Reading Museum, Reading, £1, drop in (35 places max) Join us for our monthly classroom session but with a crime-themed twist. Find out about Victorian child thieves and how to ‘pick a pocket’ or two!


Booking & General Information Tickets can be purchased: Online: www.readingarts.com By telephone: Call the Reading Arts box office on 0118 960 6060 In Person: From the Hexagon and Town Hall Box offices Cheques should be made payable to Reading Borough Council Free Events where tickets are required Tickets for these events will need to be picked up from the Box Office. Concessions Where indicated concessions are available to Your Reading Passport holders, under 16s, senior citizens, disabled patrons, students in full time education, registered unemployed, income support claimants, family credit claimants and housing benefit claimants. Returned Tickets Once you have paid for your tickets, we regret we are unable to make refunds except in the event of a cancelled event. Festival Bookshop and Book signings Waterstone’s is running the festival bookshop. The bookshop will be located in the Concert Hall Foyer over the three days. Opening hours: Friday 11 September Saturday 12 September Sunday 13 September

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Waterstones accepts personal cheques up to limit of valid accompanying guarantee card, cash and credit/ debit cards including American Express but not Diners. Authors will sign books after their events. Book signing times will be posted each day in the festival bookshop area. Disabled Access The Town Hall has level access to wheelchair seating. To enhance your safety and comfort we require patrons in wheelchairs to book a designated wheelchair space. Please inform the Box Office should you require level access or have limited mobility as seats are available for this purpose. A wheelchair is available for use on site. There is a toilet for people with disabilities. An infra-red sound enhancement system for the hard of hearing is available for use with or without a hearing aid. Please reserve sets at the time of booking (to be collected from the Box Office or Reception prior to the event-a small deposit is required) We welcome both seeing and hearing Guide Dogs. Please advise at the time of booking. A bowl of water can be provided. All details are current at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to change the programme or authors if circumstances dictate. PAGE 19


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