11.30am - Spanish Civil War
Join David Ebsworth, author of The Jacobites’ Apprentice and The Assassin’s Mark. Prepare to be informed and entertained.

12.15pm - Youth Led By Youth
Find out how Philip Baker’s novel Not Quite A Judas, led to him publishing the three volume reference work Youth in Nazi Germany.
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1.00pm - 1066, King Harold and The Normans
Novelist Helen Hollick will speak about life in the 11th century, including the Battle of Hastings. Suitable for people aged 7 and over.

2.00pm - The Vikings Take Nottingham!
Learn about Nottingham’s Vikings with children’s author Ian Douglas and the Nottingham History Roadshow, with plenty of gruesome facts, quizzes and a scary story. Suitable for those aged 7 and over.

3.00pm - Medieval Murder, Mystery and The Inquisition
Karen Maitland will be talking about the research behind her medieval thrillers, from King John's spies to the deadly secrets of an Icelandic cave.

4.00pm - Panel Q & A Session
A chance to fire your questions at a panel of historical novelists including Karen Maitland and Helen Hollick.

5.00pm - The Flower of Arnold
Writer John Ward looks at the people of Arnold’s contribution to the war at sea (1942-45).
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10.15am - Home is where the Heart is
Arnold-born YA author Fiona Linday explores the theme of ‘home’.

11.15am - Writing Books for Children
Join the award winning children's author Catherine H Cooper and discover the secrets of writing children's fiction.

12.30pm - The Art of Oral Storytelling
Pete Davis, founder of Storytellers of Nottingham, will perform a story or two and explain how he does it.

1.30pm - Picture This
The prolific children’s author Steve Bowkett will conduct a workshop for children, using images to encourage creative writing.

2.30pm - Organised Mayhem with Michael Cox
The unique and always entertaining author of A Grisly History of Nottinghamshire takes a humourous look at the county's spine-chilling past.

Once the children’s theme has concluded we welcome Alison Moore.

4.00pm - The Pre-War House and Other Stories
Alison Moore, shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, will talk about her new book, a debut collection of short stories.

10.30am - The Ten Most Influential…
Join the thriller writer John Baird as he highlights ten of the most significant crime novels of all time with a glance at the stories behind them.

11.30am - Royal Writers perform ‘Rhymes and Misdemeanours’
A criminal collection of prose, poetry and other new work from The Royal Writers, part of the 55+ arts programme based at the Theatre Royal.
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12.30pm - Thoughts About Writing
Award-winning Nottingham author Nicola Monaghan offers her thoughts about the writing process and answers your questions.

1.30pm - Nottingham Murders and Murderers
Author David Bell discusses real-life Nottinghamshire murder cases from the distant and recent past, from ‘Nurse Death’ to Michael Sams.
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2.30pm - A Sense of Place
Meet the best-selling crime writer Stephen Booth, author of the Cooper and Fry novels, and hear him discuss his use of locations.

3.30pm - Silver Scribes, Awards Presentation
Presenting the prizes and anthologies to the finalists in the Notts over 55s creative writing competition will be the Mayor of Gedling Bob Collis and Stephen Booth.

Please note: the programme may be subject to change.

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