August 10th: ‘Poetry Afloat’ – open mic night on The Rose of Hungerford

Join us for an evening of poetry (and maybe a bit of prose) as we sail along the Kennet & Avon canal on The Rose of Hungerford on a summer’s evening.

Multi award-winning wordsmith extraordinaire, KEN RICH, will get the evening off to a rollicking start as he performs a selection of his poems. Ken won the prestigious Oxford Hammer & Tongue Poetry Slam in 2015 and performs his poetry to much laughter and awe at open mic nights and slams across the country.

Deck open to the audience after Ken. All levels welcome including first-timers. Bring us your most moving verse, your lines of love, or your comic creations. We are a friendly audience.

No theme. Bring along 1-2 poems. Flash fiction welcome (no more than 3 minutes long).

A bar will be available. Bring your own supper if you wish.

Meet at The Rose under the cnal bridge at 6:45. Booking is essential.

This is a collaborative event between Hungerford Bookshop & Arts For Hungerford.

Tickets £8 to listeners, £6 to performers. Pop in to the bookshop or buy on-line at (no booking fee).

Thursday August 9th: Sir Antony Beevor in conversation with General Sir Mike Jackson about his book ‘Arnhem’.


To herald the start of a season of military history, in a special event the esteemed military historian Sir Antony Beevor talks to General Sir Mike Jackson about his latest bestseller Arnhem: The Battle of the Bridges, 1944. They will debate whether the battle really was doomed from the start and explore the ‘what ifs’ of the campaign.

The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting. Yet this book, written in Beevor’s inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle – it looks into the very heart of war.

‘In Beevor’s hands, Arnhem becomes a study of national character’ – Ben Macintyre, The Times’

‘Superb book, tirelessly researched and beautifully written’ – Saul David, Daily Telegraph

Sir Antony Beevor FRSL, FRHistS was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied military history under John Keegan.  He has published four novels, and twelve books of non-fiction. His work has appeared in thirty two foreign languages and sold more than seven million copies. According to the Bookseller, ‘Beevor is the bestselling historian of the BookScan era’.

General Sir Mike Jackson is the best known British General of modern times. He retired in 2006 after almost 45 years’ service in the British Army, finishing as its head as Chief of the General Staff. He has served in theatres from the Arctic to the jungle, including three tours of duty in Northern Ireland, and spent most of the first part of his service as an airborne officer.

Join us for a lively debate followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.

Tickets are £10 from Hungerford Bookshop or on-line at

Tickets include a glass of wine and £5 off Arnhem on the night. Please book early to avoid disappointment.