2014
29.08

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival 2014

This year’s festival is shaping up to be our best ever, kicking off on Saturday, October 25 until Sunday, November 2.

John Betjeman had a long association with Wantage and the festival aims to celebrate both his work and that of other writers and poets.

In 2014 it will be held Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November.

The varied programme of literary events, includes something for everyone, at all levels of interest. Note its not just about John Betjeman, but other writers and poets, hence the official name

Tickets are on sale NOW at the Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage – sign up to our newsletter to hear all the news about our glittering array of authors and speakers.

For more information go here to the Festivals website

McNab & Dutton: Is There a Psychopath in the House?

Andy McNab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS. He hit the best-seller list the first time with Bravo Two Zero, and since then has gone on to write many more. His latest, For Valour will be released in October. As well as writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines, he campaigns tirelessly as a spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities.

Dr Kevin Dutton is a research psychologist at the University of Oxford. His first book documents his search for the psychological ‘DNA’ of persuasion. His second explores the positive side of being a psychopath, and discovers, in a ground-breaking experiment, what it’s like to be a one. The effects have since worn off.

A couple of years ago psychologist Dr Kevin Dutton invited SAS hero Andy McNab to take the Clockwork Orange style personality test. The results were revelatory – and from it The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success was born …

Saturday, November 1. 7:00pm. Shush Nightclub, Market Square, Wantage. Tickets: £10

2014
07.06

Royal Mail workers rewarded by war hero

Swindon Advertiser – 7 June 2014

SAS-trained novelist Andy McNab undertook an operation of the highest importance in Swindon yesterday – handing over certificates to acknowledge a push for more reading among Royal Mail workers.

The Gulf War serviceman is on a nationwide tour backing The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, which gives people six months to complete six books for a certificate.

It is designed to encourage people to improve them through reading, which Andy is more than happy to support.

“It’s almost imperative for employees and employers,” said Andy. “If you look at it from the employer’s point of view, if they are working in an industry with highly technical machines, they want the most literate, numerate staff available.

“That’s why firms are backing this challenge. They really wanted to get their standards up within their existing workforce. In the longer term, if the parents are getting into it, the kids will follow that habit and latch on.

“Literacy comes from reading and numeracy follows on from that. It improves through reading.”

Go to the Swindon Advertiser website to read the full article

AM Swindon Royal Mail jun'14

2014
28.05

By Plymouth Herald
28 May 2014

Author’s tips for Plymouth students

WINNING words from a year eight pupil landed one city school a visit from best-selling author Andy McNab.

The Bravo Two Zero writer visited Plymstock School after student Grace Elliot-Smith beat more than 800 entries to claim the top prize in a national competition.

The Walking With the Wounded contest asked students aged 11-15 to complete a story started by Andy McNab using 1,000 words or fewer with the winner being selected by Andy himself.

Andy instantly won over Plymstock School students with stories of his army life and beyond into his writing career with one pupil saying they had never been so motivated by someone before.

Questions then came thick and fast from an eager audience as students picked up useful tips on how to write, the importance of reading and perseverance.

Grace’s winning entry can be found at the following address online:   http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/support-the-walk/schools/storywriting-challenge/

Source: Plymouth Herald

Congratulations Grace. Well done!!!

AM Plymouth May 2014

 

2014
07.05

Andy McNab Experiences World Book Night’s Crisis Book Club

Andy McNab is one of the world’s bestselling fiction and non-fiction writers. His insider knowledge and experience from his time in the SAS has enabled him to pen bestsellers including Bravo Two Zero as well as his series of Nick Stone thrillers. Most recently, Andy McNab attended the World Book Night Crisis Book Club. Here’s how he got on…

World Book Night, which took place this April, works throughout the year to give books to those hardest to reach. The organization have been working with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, to deliver a unique book club for the homeless in London. The book club is attended by a group every week who discuss a book from the World Book Night list of titles.

I was invited to talk at the book club to around 35 members, all of whom were homeless and a mix of age, gender and race. They were some of the most enthusiastic, inspiring people I’ve met. I was thrilled to receive so many positive responses about the book club from those who had attended.

There were many issues discussed in our group conversation including the feeling of being an outsider to society and of not fitting in. This was particularly significant to me as this was exactly how I felt as a teenager going into juvenile detention. I hated society and blamed everybody but myself for what was happening in my life.

But this book club group have a different story. They aren’t blaming anyone, they just want to pick themselves up and get back in the game.

Danny came from a troubled background and is now in his early 30s. He described how he wasn’t allowed to follow a creative path as a child. He is clearly bright but he dropped out of university with huge debts and fell through the cracks. He is now working as an actor:

‘Three years ago I was street homeless and Crisis gave me a place to live at Christmas. I have now started acting… I wasn’t allowed to do any of that stuff when I was young, but now I’ve discovered I might be quite good at it!’

Michael is a university educated ex civil servant, who spent the period between Christmas and New Year trying to hide in A&E because it was warm and he had nowhere else to go. Things had gone wrong at home and at work and he suddenly found himself on the street. But now Michael, like some of the others, wants to write and tell his personal story.

I was asked by many book club members how much of my personal experiences I used in my stories. The answer is, a huge amount. What I tried to show them was that they too have archives of personal experiences and unique stories to tell. All they need to do is start writing them down on paper.

The Crisis book club is giving these members the opportunity and confidence to express their views, to be listened to and to find a way to get back in the race. Finding the courage to make their voices heard is the first step.

If someone had suggested I could benefit from a book club when I was a young man going off the rails, I would have laughed. But how wrong I would have been.

Source: Transworld Publishers

2014
04.05

Release Date: 22 May 2014 | Series: Red Notice 2

Book Description:

“The stunning new Tom Buckingham thriller from the bestselling author of Bravo Two Zero.”

Camp Bastion: SAS trooper Tom Buckingham finds himself in deep trouble for taking down a renegade Afghan soldier.
Instead of being proclaimed a hero, he’s made a scapegoat for the incident and drummed out of the regiment.

On his return to Britain, disillusioned and embittered, Tom’s unique services are quickly snapped up by charismatic entrepreneur, Vernon Rolt, a powerful billionaire with political ambitions, very few scruples and a questionable agenda.

With riot on the country’s streets, a government in disarray and a visit from the American president imminent, there has never been a better time to make a play for power.

But, as Tom will soon discover, in the affairs of state, hidden forces are always at work and he is quickly drawn back into the covert world of intelligence and special forces which he knows so well.

He will have to decide where his loyalties lie and who his real friends are, if he is to intervene in a spiralling sequence of events which involve terrorism, insurgency and, ultimately, assassination…

Fortress is Andy McNab’s most topical, hard-hitting and viscerally exciting novel to date.

One man is willing the world into chaos.

One man has the power to stop him and change the fate of nations…

Go here to check the places and dates for the Andy McNab ‘Fortress’ Tour

2014
12.04

STOKE-ON-TRENT LITERARY FESTIVAL will be the first of its kind in the area with the aim of giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.

The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background, will be held at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014.

Over 15 nationally known and local authors will be present during the weekend including names such as Joanna Trollope, David Starkey, Andy McNab, Melvyn Bragg, Lauren Child and Emma Bridgewater.  Each author event will give festival goers the opportunity to enter into the debate and question the experts in their own fields.

Festival Trustees include Tristram Hunt MP, Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater. Andy McNab is also the festival’s patron.

“By any standards, Andy McNab is a phenomenon. A much decorated former SAS soldier, one of the world’s best selling authors, a much in demand lecturer, and a tireless spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities. The founding Patron of the Stoke Literary Festival raises the curtain on the first ever festival talking both about his new novel Fortress but also his passionate advocacy of literacy across the generations.”

Andy McNab Stoke Literary Festival 2014

Go here for more information about the Stoke Literary Festival  and book your tickets for Andy here