World Book Night 2017, featuring best selling author Kimberley Chambers

South West
Event date/time
20 April, 6:30pm
Event location
Swindon Central Library (2nd Floor Reading Room)

Swindon Central Library
Regent Circus


World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities. As an organisation, Swindon Libraries are delighted to have multiple copies of Sunday Times #1 bestselling author Kimberley Chamber’s Payback to distribute around Swindon.

We are also honoured to welcome Kimberley to headline a pre-World Book Night evening of crime and intrigue on Thursday 20th April, from 6.30-8.30pm at Central Library.

“At the grand old age of 38…an idea came to me. ‘I’m gonna try and write a novel..’ As I’d left school with virtually no exams, had worked on the markets for years, tried my luck as a DJ and was then driving a mini-cab around, I wondered if I was capable of such a triumph. But the following Monday, I picked up a pen and paper and Billie Jo was born. My family laughed when I told them…” ~ Kimberley Chambers

The inspirational Kimberley Chambers is now a full-time writer, and author of eleven novels. Tainted Love was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in hardback, spent 4 consecutive weeks in the top ten and is her biggest selling hardback to date. Her explosive new novel Backstabber is out now.

Join us for a Q& A session with Kimberley, followed by an opportunity to meet the author as she signs her books. A range of Kimberley’s books will be available to purchase, and/or pick up a free copy of Payback, (while stocks last) on the night.

The evening will also have a local flavour, provided by special guest speakers, Leonard Curtis and Frances Bevan

Leonard Curtis: Two Shades of Blue and a Trilby, the autobiography of former Swindon police officer Leonard Curtis provides a fascinating insight not only into growing up in Swindon, but also to a colourful life in the Royal Navy and as a detective for Swindon CID. We are delighted to welcome Mr Curtis for a talk and lively Q&A session.

Frances Bevan: In the early 1900s two crimes completely shocked Swindon. In 1903, Edward Palmer, shot dead the 19-year-old barmaid, Esther Swinford, at the Ship Inn. A memorial at Radnor Street was paid for by the people of Swindon. In 1914, Frances Hunter, was working as a maid at the Goddard Arms when her lover Walter White murdered her. There was no public sympathy for Frances, and no elaborate memorial. Instead, local people wrote letters demanding a stay of execution for Walter! Just why did these young ladies elicit such different reactions from the public? Join respected local Swindon writer and historian Frances Bevan to find out more….

6.30 – 6.50pm Leonard Curtis
6.55 – 7.15pm Frances Bevan
7.15 -7.30pm Refreshments provided
7.30 – 8.30pm Kimberley Chambers, Q&A plus book signing.
Tickets: £4.00 (library members) / £5.00 (non-members) available from the Ground Floor Help Desk at Central Library (Tel: 01793 463238) or any SBC library.
Reserve free via Eventbrite but pay on the evening or in person prior to the event.