Murderous Medway Panel 2 – Politically Thrilling

Henry Hemming, KH Irvine and Gareth Rubin capture the political zeitgeist of the last three years and how it’s informed their work. Chaired by Dr. Kate Bradley.

Henry Hemming is the author of six works of non-fiction, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller M, a biography of the MI5 spymaster Maxwell Knight.

His latest novel, Our Man in New York is gripping story of a propaganda campaign like no other: the covert British operation to manipulate American public opinion and bring the US into the Second World War.

When William Stephenson arrived in the United States towards the end of June 1940 with instructions from the head of MI6 to ‘organise’ American public opinion, Britain was on the verge of defeat. Surveys showed that just 14% of the US population wanted to go to war against Nazi Germany. But soon that began to change…

Those campaigning against America’s entry into the war, such as legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, talked of a British-led plot to drag the US into the conflict. They feared that the British were somehow flooding the American media with ‘fake news’, infiltrating pressure groups, rigging opinion polls and meddling in US politics.

These claims were shocking and wild: they were also true.

That truth is revealed by Henry Hemming, using hitherto private and classified documents, including the diaries of his own grandparents, who were briefly part of Stephenson’s extraordinary influence campaign that was later described in the Washington Post as ‘arguably the most effective in history’. Stephenson – who saved the life of Hemming’s father – was a flawed maverick, full of contradictions, but one whose work changed the course of the war, and whose story can now be told in full.

“OUR MAN IN NEW YORK is gripping and intoxicating, it unfolds like the best screenplay.” – NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE

Find Henry at: www.henryhemming.com

 

K.H. Irvine grew up in Scotland and now lives near London. An experienced business leader for over two decades, K.H. Irvine’s work has taken her to board rooms, universities and governments all over the world and has included personal access to the UK’s Special Forces.

A KILLING SIN is K.H. Irvine’s first book and tackles a number of challenging themes, asking when tolerance becomes intolerable and where security measures become racial profiling. A gripping page-turner with huge commercial appeal and immediate resonance in today’s climate, the book raises questions we may not want to answer and is sure to trigger debate.

Book two is set a few years later as Britain moves to civil unrest and the rise of the far right, where the personal and political become intertwined.

Set in London in the very near future, A Killing Sin centres around three dynamic, flawed women who forged a life-long friendship at university. Through their different career paths, their lives become entwined with that of a young woman, a committed jihadist, who embarks on a horrific terrorist plot hitting right at the heart of Government.

 

Gareth Rubin spent two decades avoiding libel actions as a social affairs journalist before writing his first novel, Liberation Square. His follow-up, published in 2020, is about British agents in France on the eve of D-Day.

Described as ‘a gripping story, with heart’ by the Daily Telegraph, ‘tightly plotted, tense and set in a chillingly plausible world’ by the Sunday Mirror, and ‘a gripping and well-imagined yarn’ by The Sun​, Liberation Square is a murder mystery set in Soviet-occupied London.

It’s 1952 and Soviet troops control British streets after winning the Second World War. After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar.

On the Soviet side of the wall, Jane Cawson calls into her husband’s medical practice, hoping to surprise him. But instead she detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regime. Jane rushes to confront them, but soon finds herself caught up in the glamorous actress’s death. Her husband Nick is arrested for murder. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state. And she might find she never really knew her husband at all.

Fun fact: Gareth also jointly holds a Guinness World Record as a member of the world’s biggest coconut orchestra!

Find him at www.garethrubin.com

Tickets for this panel (£7) and/or an All Day Pass (£30) can be found here.

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Murderous Medway 2019 – the Panels!

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We’re thrilled to release the programme for Murderous Medway!

There’s an All Day Panel Pass available, or you can book individual tickets for each panel:

INDIVIDUAL PANEL TICKETS £7 EACH AVAILABLE HERE

ALL DAY PANEL PASSES £30 AVAILABLE HERE

10.30am-11.30am Location, Location, Location: Elly Griffiths, William Shaw and Lesley Thomson discuss the settings of their novels and how a place can become just as much a character as the heroes.

12.00-1.00pm Politically Thrilling: Henry Hemming, KH Irvine and Gareth Rubin capture the political zeitgeist of the last three years and how it’s informed their work.Chaired by Dr. Kate Bradley.

1.30pm-2.30pm Storybuilders: Guy Fraser-Sampson, Vicky Newham and Linda Regan ponder whether their writing processes make them an architect, an archaeologist or an alchemist.  

2.30pm-3.30pm Late Lunch Break. Sightsee, have dinner (the cafe downstairs is open all day until 7pm) or use your ticket to look around the Huguenot Museum for the discounted price of just £1! 

3.30pm-4.30pm Crime Seen: Crime screenwriters JC WilsherIsabelle Grey and Sally Griffiths shed light on how the likes of Midsomer Murders and Between the Lines come to life on the screen.

5-6pm Lines of Duty: Kent Police detective Lisa Cutts talks to former WPC Gina Kirkham and former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes on how much freedom they can allow artistic licence to override procedures when crafting their novels.

A exciting line-up, if I say so myself! More information on each author will appear on our blog in due course.

June Write Then Socialise

Write Then Socialise 22nd June 1-3pm Nucleus Arts Chatham

A slight change of time and venue for this one – Nucleus Arts have invited us along to their Arts fest and have given us their Creative Cabin.

They’re also offering poets and storytellers the chance of an open mic slot, so do contact them direct, if that’s of interest.

I (Jaye) can’t actually be there, so knock yourselves out on my behalf! I’ll be working hard at a script-reading course at Ealing Studios!

May Write Then Socialise

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Sorry for the late notice, but it’s next Saturday! I was toying with the weekend after, but that’s Dickens weekend and it’ll be packed.

So, same place but slightly different time of 1-4pm (though you’re welcome in the library from 10am). I (Jaye) might be a bit late but you know the drill if I am. See you there!

April Write Then Socialise

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April’s Write Then Socialise will take place during our annual Terry Pratchett celebration, The Turtle Moves, from 10am-1pm in Rochester Community Hub cafe.

The workshops will be in Room 11 at the Rochester hub, and parents who wish to write while their children are crafting are welcome in there instead. The Juvenile Crafters’ Guild runs from 10.30am-12.30pm

We’re also delighted that writer Kerry Hancock is joining us in Room 11 between 11am-12pm. Born and raised in Medway, her life long dream of becoming an author has been realised with the release of her first book ‘The Task’ due this year. A fantasy adventure for young and old, it’s the first in a trilogy.

Kerry will share her story of how she was picked up by her publisher and do a Q&A on the publishing process.

A World Building Workshop using examples from the Discworld will follow between 1.30-3.30pm. See here for details.

The Turtle Moves World Building Workshop – April 27th

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The ability to create a whole new world is the basis of great fantasy writing.

JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin and of course, Sir Terry Pratchett (yes, I was tempted to stick RR in there) set a very high bar that all writers must strive for when planning their fantastical stories.

Join us as Ben Slythe – using examples from Discworld – takes us step by step into a world populated by anything and everything your imagination can dream up. There have to be rules, as Terry Pratchett explains:

“You are allowed to make pigs fly, but you must take into account the depradations on the local bird life and the need for people in heavily flown over areas to carry stout umbrellas at all times”.

Not to mention an army of people ready to move out with shovels!

Tickets for the workshop are £8 and can be booked here.

Where and When:

Room 11 at the Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub.

1.30pm – 3.30pm, Saturday, April 27th.

It will follow the Juvenile Crafters’ Guild which will take place between 10.30am – 12.30pm.

April’s Write Then Socialise will also take place the same day, from 10am-1pm in the cafe next door. There will be space in Room 11 for parents who wish to write while their children are crafting.

IMG_E3041 (2)We’re also delighted that writer Kerry Hancock is joining us in Room 11 between 11am-12pm. Born and raised in Medway, her life long dream of becoming an author has been realised with the release of her first book ‘The Task’ due this year. A fantasy adventure for young and old, it’s the first in a trilogy.

Kerry will share her story of how she was picked up by her publisher and do a Q&A on the publishing process.

 

No tickets are required for the Juvenile Crafters’ Guild, Kerry’s talk or Write Then Socialise.

Murderous Medway: The Three ‘C’s Crime Writing Workshops

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Saturday 13 October 10am-4pm.

We wanted to have a day of workshops from which you could leave with a blueprint for your own story. This could be one you’ve been working on for some time and need to kick start, or one where you have just the seed of an idea and need to nurture it. Either way, these workshops covering Concept, Character and Conflict will help you thrash out the story you need to tell.

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