THURSDAY, 12th OCTOBER 2017 – 7.30pm

Crime and Wine


“Creating heroes and crime scenarios across the centuries”

Simon Beckett taught English in Spain and played percussion with several bands before becoming a novelist and freelance journalist, writing for the likes of The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, and the Observer. His latest crime novel, featuring his forensic hero David Hunter, The Restless Dead, is set in the Essex marshes.


Antonia Hodgson is the author of the bestselling Tom Hawkins historical crime series, set in the 1720s. The Devil in the Marshalsea won numerous awards and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Its sequel, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 10 mysteries of the year. The latest in the series, A Death at Fountains Abbey, cements Hawkins’ place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction (The Express).

Venue: Frinton Tennis Club  Tickets: £12.50

FRIDAY, 13th OCTOBER 2017 – 8pm

An evening with …


Henry Hemming is the author of five works of non-fiction, including Churchill’s Iceman, published in the US as The Ingenious Mr. Pyke, where it became a New York Times bestseller. HIs latest book, M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster, reveals not just the shadowy world of espionage but a brilliant, enigmatic man at its centre, who is rumoured to be the inspiration for the character of M in the James Bond series.

Venue: Frinton Tennis Club   Tickets: £12.50

SATURDAY, 14th OCTOBER 2017 – 1pm

Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch


Daisy Goodwin is a screenwriter and novelist. Her speciality is the 19th century, where her first two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter are set.  Her most recent novel is Victoria, The Story of a Young Queen, which she adapted for television last year. The hit TV series starring Jenna Coleman, was a tremendous success, and Daisy is currently writing the second series, which will be hopefully screened this Autumn.

Venue: Frinton Tennis Club   Tickets: £28.00


SUNDAY, 15th OCTOBER 2017 – 3pm

Afternoon tea

with Terry Waite CBE.

*** SOLD OUT ***

Of course, everyone knows Terry Waite from the 1,763 days he was held captive by the Islamic Jihad Organisation in Lebanon, whilst working as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy.
Since his early days, he has shown a commitment to Christianity, and he is both an Anglican and a Quaker. Before his being taken hostage, he worked extensively throughout the world, principally in Africa.

His first account of his time in captivity, Taken on Trust, became an international bestseller. His second book, containing meditations of that time, Footfalls In Memory, also became a bestseller. Since then, he was written several books, many essays, and has contributed to many journals and periodicals.





Venue: Frinton Tennis Club   Tickets: SOLD OUT



Each year, Frinton Literary Festival arranges for children’s authors and illustrators to visit all the local primary schools, as well as Tendring Technology College to talk with the students about their work and their books.
This is a service that is provided free by the festival, thanks to the continued support of local sponsors and loyal festival goers.
We hope this helps to promote the love of literature amongst the young people of our community.

This year, we’re pleased and excited to welcome two authors to our school programme:

Ross Montgomery has written a number of children’s books. His debut novel Alex, The Dog and the Unopenable Door was published by Faber and Faber in 2013. It was nominated for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year and the Branford Boase Award. His second book, The Tornado Chasers, was published in 2014. The third book, Perijee And Me, was published in 2016. His first picture book was published in September 2016, with illustrations by David Litchfield.





Matt Dickinson is a real-life adventurer. He asked for a pair of mountain boots for his tenth birthday and since that point he has never looked back! In his thrilling presentations he introduces us to his life of adventure as an award winning Director/Cameraman for National Geographic TV, Discovery Channel and the BBC.
Recently Matt has been busy writing books to inspire a whole new generation of climbers and explorers. His teen/ya action series ‘Mortal Chaos’ was well received by readers and critics alike and he is now two books into his Carnegie Medal nominated trilogy ‘The Everest Files.’



Crime and Wine: Thursday, 12th October 2017
An Evening with … : Friday, 13th October 2017
Literary Lunch: Saturday, 14th October 2017
Afternoon Tea: Sunday, 15th October 2017


Crime and Wine with David Thorne and Clare Mackintosh

David Thorne started his working life in advertising and then moved to writing comedy sketches, gags and scripts for the BBC and Channel Four. In 2010 he moved to Essex and was immediately inspired to write East of Innocence. ‘Whatever you read about Essex, the reality is bigger, louder and more in-your-face. With Range Rovers!’ Daniel Connell the protagonist in David’s hugely acclaimed trilogy could never have existed anywhere else!


Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and now writes full time. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. Clare’s next book, I See You, will be published in July 2016.

STOP PRESS! Clare’s book I Let You Go has won the Theakston’s Best Crime Novel of the Year award!


An evening with Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world’s leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.

Judith is an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV’s Antiques Trail, and Discovery’s It’s Your Bid. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques, House & Garden and the Daily Telegraph.

After her presentation, Judith will value a selection of antiques and collectables from the audience and sign copies of her latest book Art Deco: The Glamour of the Jazz Age.


Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch with Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas has written twenty-two novels and a travel book, drawing widely on her travel experiences.

A keen adventurer for pleasure as well as research, she has climbed in the Alps and Himalayas, driven halfway around the world in a competitive car rally, lived and worked on a tiny research station in Antarctica and explored in Ladakh, Kashmir and Central Asia.

Her latest novel Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists and is set in London after the Great War, when the hard-won freedoms of women were once more in doubt and Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies.