Popular author to give talk at church


A multiple-prize-winning author who is recognised as one of the 50 greatest post-war British writers will be speaking in Fletching next month.

Colin Thubron will be in conversation with TV presenter and fellow novelist Francine Stock at Fletching Church on Saturday, October 3.

During the evening, Colin will be giving insights into his experiences, the occasional dangers and changes he encountered during his extremely successful 50-year career. He is expected to reveal the inspirations behind his incredible journeys and popular novels, which are translated into more than 20 languages.

Having been appointed a CBE in 2007’s New Year Honours, Colin is a Fellow, and as of 2010, President of the Royal Society of Literature. He is also well known and much loved locally – his parents lived nearby for 50 years - and this will be his fifth visit to Fletching Church, with previous talks selling out extremely quickly.

Andrew Cope, Chairman of The Friends of Fletching Parish Church, said: “Colin is one of the last of the ‘gentleman-travellers’ – Eton-educated, erudite and willing to immerse himself in the countries in question for a long period of time. He is distinctive for his attention to languages, and his sympathetic encounters with local people.”

Proceeds from the evening will go to ‘Project Refresh’, which funds improvements to the ancient Grade 1 listed Church, including a mini-kitchen and meeting space at the West end and cloakroom facilities in a new extension to the North. The project cost £170,000, of which more than £158,000 has already been raised by an appeal and events. Work started last October and is now virtually complete.

Tickets are priced at £15.00 and include a glass of wine and a canapé. The event runs from 6pm until 8pm and tickets can be bought from Jo Greenish on 01825 722291 or by emailing jmgreenish@gmail.com.

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