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"All the speakers were so interesting, funny & passionate about their subject. I certainly came away feeling inspired!"


"Fantastic presentation with very useful information and guidance!"


"The author Q & A was fantastic - inspiring, motivating and funny!"


"I could have spent all day listening to the fantastic speakers and authors. It was absolutely brilliant!"

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Victoria Dilly, Founder, The Book Activist (event organiser)

Victoria has worked as a school librarian for 10 years and founded The Book Activist. She will be sharing her extensive knowledge gained from working with children aged 2-18 years and tips for helping children develop a reading habit.  As a mother of two teenage sons, one who is dyslexic, Victoria fully understands the concerns parents can have about their children’s reading & writing.




Gill Pawley, Founder, Inkpots

Gill has 35 years’ experience as a publications editor and extensive training as a youth worker. As founder of Inkpots, an organisation which runs creative writing workshops for children, Gill believes that creativity plays an essential part in the wellbeing of young people, so that they develop into balanced and well-rounded individuals. A mother of two adult sons, Gill will be sharing her expertise on how to help children into creative writing.




Louise Weir, Director, Lovereading Ltd

Louise co-founded Lovereading Ltd ten years ago having previously spent over 15 years in book publishing with some of the top five publishing houses in the UK, and responsible for launching many, now internationally famous, authors across both the adult and children's book market.  Lovereading is a family of three book recommendation sites, free to join - Lovereading.co.uk, Lovereading4kids.co.uk and Lovereading4schools.co.uk. It is harder than ever to find the book you want to read next for yourself, your children or pupils, and Louise will be talking about how Lovereading can help, along with advice about Barrington Stoke.

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  • Waterstones Haywards Heath provided a bookstall.

  • Helen Arkell were represented to help with SEN related queries.

  • Discover & Be were on hand to give advice about Early Years reading.

  • The Children's Local Area Librarian was there to give advice about the library service and a representative from the Schools Library Service was able to advise about school libraries.  

  • Giveaways included goodies from publishers, Scoop children's literary magazine and Lovereading!

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With thanks to our participants and supporters:


If you are interested in participating in or supporting the next Bookchat Roadshow, get in touch!

For all Press enquiries, contact thebookactivist@gmail.com.


Thanks to our fantastic participating authors, everyone who attended the Bookchat Roadshow was entered into a prize draw to WIN a set of books written and signed by the authors personally!  

The winner was Kath, mum to two little ones and she was over the moon with her prize!

For details of participating authors click on the images below to find out more.

Presentations were given by:

The inaugural Bookchat Roadshow took place on Thursday 13th October 2016 at Warden Park Primary, New England Road, Haywards Heath. The event was a great success and we're delighted to say the second Roadshow is now in the planning!

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