Friday, 19th October, McGrigor Hall

An evening
Edward Stourton









Born in Nigeria then educated at Cambridge, Edward Stourton is perhaps best known as a presenter of BBC Radio Four programmes including The World at One and The World this Weekend and is a regular contributor to the Today programme where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. His last book Auntie’s War is a journey through WW2 with the BBC and his new book celebrates 150 years of Hodder & Stoughton.


Saturday, 20th October, Frinton Golf Club

The Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch
Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher was born in Birmingham, studied at York and then graduated from the UEA Creative Writing Course. Her first novel, Eve Green, won the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award and became a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2005. She has since written many other novels, such as Oystercatchers, Corrag, Witch Light, The Highland Witch and The Silver Dark Sea.

June 1914 and a young woman – Clara Waterfield – is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something is wrong with this quiet, wisteria- covered house. The owner is mostly absent; the housekeeper and maids seem afraid. And soon, Clara understands their fear: for something – or someone – is walking through the house at night. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier, this is a wonderful, atmospheric Gothic page-turner. House of Glass is a compelling, wonderful historical gothic novel about lies, love and ghosts set against the backdrop of a Britain on the cusp of the First World War.



Sunday 21st October, Frinton Golf Club

Afternoon tea
Tamsin Treverton Jones

Tamsin Treverton Jones is a writer and poet. She studied French at Bristol University and went on to be Head of Press at the RSC, the Royal Court Theatre and Bath Literature Festival. She has produced and presented features for radio and programmed literary events for digital broadcast. Windblown is her first book.



The Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly into the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming eighteen lives, uprooting more than fifteen million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, the discovery of an old photograph inspires the author to make a journey into that landscape: weaving her own memories and personal experiences with those of fishermen and lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees, she creates a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss. ‘This eloquently written account shows that the Great Storm was a wake-up call, providing a wealth of information that helps us manage our treescape today.’ Tony Kirkham, Head of the Kew Gardens Arboretum



Friday 18th May 2018

To raise funds for the Frinton Literary Festival, the committee propose:

A General Knowledge Quiz Night

 on Friday 18th May 2018 at McGrigor Hall at 7.00pm

with Quiz Master Giles Watling, MP

Sponsored by The Book Service (TBS)

Tables of 6 are invited at a cost of £7 per person

to include a light supper.  Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks will be on sale.

Tickets from Caxton Books & Gallery
Crime and Wine

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 evening

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

Literary Lunch

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.’




Frinton Tennis Club. 7:30pm £12.00 (including wine and nibbles)

sophie hannahthe telling error-200HSophie Hannah is an internationally-renowned, best-selling author, best known for her psychological thrillers. Her new book, The Telling Error, is the latest in her Culver Valley crime series.

‘One of the finest crime writers of our generation’ – Daily Mail



fergus mcneillFergus McNeill is the author of 3 D.I. Harland crime thrillers. His latest book, Cut Out, is due to be published during the festival, and follows on from his thrilling debut Eye Contact and the follow-up Knife Edge.eye contact

Eye Contact – a chilling game of cat and mouse that should keep you awake long after bedtime. D.I. Harland is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of British Detectives – Peter Robinson