Writer opens first chapter of book festival

WRITER and cartoonist, Mike Barfield, will be talking about his latest book, This Septic Isle, an irreverent dictionary that redefines 21st century Britain, in the Lecture Hall at Letchworth Library this Saturday, February 28. With over 2,000 entries, t

WRITER and cartoonist, Mike Barfield, will be talking about his latest book, This Septic Isle, an irreverent dictionary that redefines 21st century Britain, in the Lecture Hall at Letchworth Library this Saturday, February 28.

With over 2,000 entries, the book focuses on anything and everything to do with modern life, with clever, hilarious and sometimes surreal definitions ranging over a variety of subjects as diverse as the Internet, TV, sport, royalty, religion, the environment, PR, food and pop culture.

Mike will also recall his wide-ranging career in radio comedy, children's TV, and TV gameshows, writing for performers such as Chris Tarrant, Clive Anderson and Rory Bremner, as well as his work as a cartoonist for Private Eye, with the Apparently.... cartoon strip, which has been running for the past 10 years.

He will illustrate his talk with video clips and his cartoons. The event starts at 2pm and tickets are �3 each, in advance or on the door. The talk opens the North Hertfordshire Book Festival which runs from February 28 to March 19. For further details ring 01438 737333 or email hertsdirect@hertscc.gov.uk

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