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Averil Opperman at Ironbridge Gorge Museums – Friday 4 January 2019

Local author Averil Douglas Opperman will be discussing two inspiring Quaker women, Elizabeth Fry and Deborah Darby, at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum on Friday 4th January. Averil, who published the story of Elizabeth Fry, While it is Yet Day, in 2015, will talk about her Quaker childhood in Dublin which led to her fascination with the Quaker reformer. Elizabeth was in turn influenced by Deborah Darby, another fascinating woman whose brother-in-law Abraham Darby III built the famous iron bridge. At 5.30pm Averil will be leading a special guided tour of the Darby houses (weather permitting) – the talk will start at 7pm. Email for more information.

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A Helpful Guide to a Happy Baby launch at The Real Birth Company

After a very successful London launch event at Waterstones King’s Road, respected maternity nurse Fiona Cooke will be holding the Herefordshire launch of her book A Helpful Guide to a Happy Baby: Practical Wisdom from a Maternity Nurse for 0-3 months at an exclusive event at the Real Birth Company in Hereford on Saturday 13th October at 10.30 am.

Fiona will be talking about her ethos and demonstrating alongside massage and cranial therapy experts Di and Vivien. Learn tips and tricks for adjusting to life with a new baby and establishing a gentle, respectful routine and discover the benefits of massage and cranial therapy with hands-on demonstrations. Refreshments and delicious homemade cake available too.

Please scroll down to book. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited so please book below so we have your name at the door. We look forward to seeing you (and your bumps and babies!)


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Kenneth Womack and Jamie Bowman discuss “Sound Pictures – The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin – Volume Two – The Later Years 1966 – 2016

The life of Sir George Martin was so filled and fascinating it took two books to cover it; from his humble beginnings following WW2, to propelling the likes of The Beatles and Cilla Black to super stardom through his captivating producing and guidance.

SOUND PICTURES offers a powerful glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. As Martin and the Beatles created one landmark album after another, including such masterworks as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The White Album), and Abbey Road, the internal stakes and interpersonal challenges become ever greater. Now, more than 50 years later, Martin’s singular stamp remains on popular music as successive generations discover the magic of the Beatles.

Author Ken Womack discusses his stunning biography with Jamie Bowman at an evening not to be missed for any self-respecting Beatles fan.

Please join us at Liverpool Waterstones for an evening of musical conversation and detailed accounts of the late and great Sir George and how he influenced music production for decades to come.

When? 11th October, 6:30 pm

Where? Liverpool Waterstones

Further details: 0151 709 9820

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Kenneth Womack in conversation for the ‘A Word in Your Ear’ podcast with David Hepworth and Jon Savage

Kenneth Womack is the guest of David Hepworth and Jon Savage for the live recording of their acclaimed ‘A Word in Your Ear’ podcast. They will be discussing his new title, ‘Sound Pictures’, which explores the life of George Martin, producer of The Beatles and a key influence on iconic albums including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, The White Album and Abbey Road. It’s sure to be a compelling and in depth conversation recalling the pivotal role Martin played in this turbulent period for the band.

To attend the event please visit or download the podcast shortly after.

When ? 15th October, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Where ? The Islington Pub N1

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Meet the Author – Fiona Cooke at Waterstones, Kings Road, SW3

Fiona Cooke, respected maternity nurse and author of A Helpful Guide to a Happy Baby, will be signing books, answering questions, sharing tips and tricks to help you establish relaxed, respectful routines and demonstrating swaddling and baby massage.

Join us for a Baby and Bump brunch – bumps and babies welcome!

When? Thursday 20 September at 10.30 am

Where? Waterstones, Kings Road, SW3

Free admission, books available to buy at the event



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Kenneth Womack at International Beatleweek 2018

We’re delighted to announce that our wonderful author, Kenneth Womack, will be delivering a talk at this year’s International Beatleweek. Join us for the Annual Beatles Convention at Liverpool’s Cavern Club this August and pick up a copy of Sound Pictures, part two in the biography of Sir George Martin.

Where? The Derby Suite, Adelphi Hotel

When? 2pm

International Beatleweek

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Averil Opperman at Florence Nightingale Museum – 2pm

Two Great Women – a talk by author Averil Douglas Opperman

It is astonishing that the lives of two such remarkable women – Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry – should have crossed. They came from similar backgrounds and, driven by something powerful within, fought the social restraints of the day to forge their places in history.

The plight of the poor, the homeless and the sick stirred both women when very young and prepared them for the work that lay ahead. Turning their backs on society, on music and dancing, they entered worlds considered way beneath their social class.

Hear how the older Elizabeth Fry, gentle Quaker prison reformer, influenced the independent, feisty younger woman and how both could teach 21st century women a thing or two today.

When? 15 September at 2pm

Where? Florence Nightingale Museum

No booking required

Free with admission

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Kenneth Womack and Spencer Leigh discuss Maximum Volume – the life of Beatles producer George Martin

Kenneth Womack: Maximum Volume

Join us at Waterstones Liverpool on Tues 21st Nov at 6:30pm as music historian Kenneth Womack discusses the first volume of his book Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years 1926-1966.

This is the story of the legendary Beatles producer. The first of two volumes, MAXIMUM VOLUME traces Martin’s early life, from an impoverished childhood, through WWII, to becoming head of EMI’s Parlophone Records. There, he made waves in British comedy and saved Parlophone from ruin with records from the likes of Spike Milligan. Then one day he discovered a scruffy beat band from Liverpool… As this dramatic story unfolds, the book transports you into the studio with Martin and the Beatles, exploring how his musical genius shaped their incredible body of work and helped craft hit after hit. In the process, Martin would define the modern concept of a record producer.

Kenneth will be in conversation with Radio Merseyside dj and Beatles aficionado Spencer Leigh.

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Book Signing with Kenneth Womack at The Beatles Story

British Music Experience

We’re delighted to announce that Kenneth Womack, world-renowned Beatles expert and author of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, will kick off his UK book tour at The Beatles Story, Liverpool on Sat 18 Nov. Some and say hello and get your hands on a signed copy of Maximum Volume! He’ll be there from 12pm to 3pm. See you there!

More details on The Beatles Story website.