Talks Programme


Locally interesting talks…

Kate Fenton

Kate Fenton – novelist

Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library is expanding and widening what it can offer to the local community in addition to being a place to borrow books. Even in our early days as a volunteer-run library, we hosted the occasional talk and, in 2015, a talks group was formed to plan an annual programme.

Naturally, as a community-based facility, we are keen to include as many local contributors as possible on topics that cover not just fiction or literary subjects but also history, heritage, the environment and other local-interest subjects. We have limited resources and are not able to offer fees or hefty travel expenses and are extremely encouraged by the number of talented local people who have offered their support.

Fred Normandale

Fred Normandale – local fisherman

Steve Race- wildlife photographer

We are now embarking on our second season, buoyed by the success of the first set of talks. A few events sold out in advance, with the rest almost full, and the feedback received from the audiences was very positive. Information about speakers and purchase of tickets is available from the library and by clicking Talks Programme 2016-17. All the talks are held at the library from 7 – 9pm, on the second Thursday of the month from October to April (ex December) and the ticket price includes refreshments.  It is advisable to book in advance!


*****  Tickets for the 2016-17 series now on sale in the library!  *****  


And our final speaker for this season is…..

Duncan Beal*, a Director of York Publishing Services. YPS produces fiction and non-fiction from paperback to large, posh coffee table books. His talk will explain how to publish a book, why getting an ISBN number is important, how to use social networking to sell books, how to get an ebook onto iTunes or the best way to sell books on Amazon.

Thursday, 13th April, 7pm

*Please note that David Fowler is injured and unable to give the talk with Ren Yaldren, as originally scheduled.

Tickets cost £3, including refreshments and are on sale now from the Community Library, 3 Pickering Road, West Ayton.  Telephone: 01723 863052