Reading Museum and Town Hall
Thursday 10 November – Sunday 13 November 2011


Full details are below…



Oscar Wilde & Reading Gaol
1pm - 1.40pm, Earley Charities Room, Reading Museum, FREE, drop in
Join Rupert Willoughby from Reading Museum for an exploration of the Victorian criminal system, focusing on the renowned Oscar Wilde and the time he spent imprisoned in Reading.




The Young Sherlock – Andrew Lane 
2pm - 3.30pm, Concert Hall, Reading Museum and Town Hall.
Free tickets for schools.

For details phone Storme Gibson on 0118 939 0011 or e-mail

Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’s Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest fictional detectives ever created. Author Andrew Lane’s books takes us back to Sherlock’s teenage years where a fourteen year old Sherlock is already encountering murder, kidnap, corruption and more.

Andrew will be promoting his latest Young Sherlock book, Firestorm. Sherlock’s tutor, Crowe, and Crowe's daughter, Ginny, have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived there. Neighbours claim never to have heard of them...




City of Sin: London and its Vices
3.30-4.30pm, Waterhouse Room, Reading Museum and Town Hall,


If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. For over a thousand years, England's capital has been associated with desire, avarice and the sins of the flesh.

Award-winning popular historian Catharine Arnold will be talking about the city's relationship with vice through the ages. From the bath houses and brothels of Roman Londinium and the stews and Molly houses of the 17th and 18th centuries to the sexual underground of the 20th century and beyond, this is a fascinating and vibrant chronicle of London at its most raw and ribald.



Martina Cole,
5-6pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Museum and Town Hall,


A must see event with the queen of the Crime blockbuster. Martina Cole is the bestselling author of eighteen gritty and hardhitting books set in London's gangland. Recent TV adaptations have brought her an even wider audience. She will be discussing her latest book The Faithless and her career so far with crime author Zoe Sharp.


Michael Dobbs and Quintin Jardine
 7.30-8.30pm, Victoria Hall, Reading Museum and Town Hall,


Michael Dobbs, best known for his political thriller House of Cards, writes the Harry Jones thrillersand internationally acclaimed novels about Winston Churchill. A brilliant raconteur, Lord Dobbs of Wylye is in conversation with one of Scotland’s finest crime writers Quintin Jardine. Quintin is the author of three much-acclaimed detective series featuring Bob Skinner, Primavera and Oz Blackstone.


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Reading Borough Council

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