Silverwood Events

Silverwood Events runs a programme of exciting and unusual events across the North West. Uniquely Silverwood Events marries interesting authors and illustrators with quirky and unusual venues. Attending a Silverwood Event is a truly unique experience.

As well as events we run conferences, programme festivals, organise literary dinners. Supporting all our events we can offer a full book sale service.


An audience with Gill Sims: ‘Why Mummy Drinks’

Join us at Bolton Central Library for an evening of fun and laughter with blogger turned author Gill Sims.

Gill is the face behind the Peter and Jane Facebook Page and has recently turned her hand to writing. In her own words – it is “the most exciting thing to ever happen in her life” and this is an opportunity to meet the face behind the hilarious posts which are followed by nearly half a million people on Facebook and to find out more about her new book, life with her husband, “precious moppets” and “Judgy Dog”. In the true spirit of the book we aim to hold a bar (with Gin and Wine) for sale (it is Friday after all)…!!

The doors (and hopefully bar) will open at 6.00pm with the event at 7.00 – this will be followed by a book signing session and the bar will be open until the end of the book signing session.

Date: Friday 20th October 2017
Time: 6.00pm onward
Venue:Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE
Price: Admission price of £5 (excluding booking fee) is redeemable against a copy of Why Mummy Drinks at the event.

The event will be an interview and attendees will also have the opportunity to ask Gill their own questions.

The talk and questions and answer will last approximately one hour.


In Conversation with Matt Lucas

‘One of the biggest and most talented comedy stars the UK has ever presented’ – Peter Capaldi

‘The thing is, this is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A–Z. For instance, B is for Baldy! – which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now). You get the sort of thing.’
– Matt Lucas

An award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Matt Lucas is one of the nation’s most recognisable stars. He discovered major success with co-star David Walliams in Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. Matt received much praise for his work onstage in Les Misérables and has since gone on to feature in many successful films and TV shows including: Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids, Paddington, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and now Doctor Who. This is his story.

Ticket Price includes a copy of Little Me – My Life From A – Z

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Venue: Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport SK1 1SP
Price: £22


Special Pre-publication Talk with Costa winner Andrew Hurley

Preston based author, Andrew Hurley who scooped one of the UK’s biggest literary prizes, the Costa, for his first novel The Loney – described by The Guadian as ‘a Gothic masterpiece’ – will be visiting the University of Central Lancashire to give a special pre-publication talk about his new book Devil’s Day.

‘All stories in the valley have to begin with the Devil . . .

After the blizzard of 1913, it was weeks before anyone got in or out. By that time, what had happened there, what the Devil had done, was already fable.

Devil’s Day is a day for children now, of course. A tradition it’s easy to mock, from the outside. But it’s important to remember why we do what we do. It’s important to know what our grandfathers have passed down to us.

Because it’s hard to understand, if you’re not from the valley, how this place is in your blood.

That’s why I came back, with Kat, and not just because the Gaffer was dead.

Though that year we may have let the Devil in after all . . .’

The event will form an interview and will last approximately an hour. The close time is based on maximum time it is anticipated that booksale and signing will last following the talk.

Admission is priced at £5 per person and is redeemable against a copy of the book on the night which Andrew will gladly sign.

Date: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Venue: Greenbank Lecture Theatre, Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 8PL
Price: £5


In Conversation with Henry Blofeld

To coincide with the announcement of Henry’s retirement, Hodder & Stoughton are delighted to publish Over and Out, an autobiographical book by the cricket broadcasting legend. Silverwood Events, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, are delighted to welcome Henry to Preston for a event to introduce his autobiography. Henry will be talking about his life and career with John Gillmore of BBC Radio Lancashire.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet National Treasure Henry Blofeld for what promises to be a fascinating evening… Henry’s voice is the sound of summer to cricket lovers all over the world, and this book is a celebration of his career commentating on the sport he loves.

The admission price covers the cost of a hardback copy of Over and Out which attendees will be given on the evening and will have the opportunity to have signed as a special memento of the evening.

Doors for the event open at 6.30pm and the event will begin at 7.00pm. Henry’s talk will last around an hour and the end time for the event is approximate and will be dependent on the length of time the after event signing takes.

Books not collected on the evening can be despatched via the post but additional carriage charges will be incurred.

Date: Monday 23rd October 2017
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Venue: Greenbank Lecture Theatre,
University of Central Lancashire, Victoria Street, Preston PR1 7DR
Price: £20

Free parking is available on the University’s car park for the duration of the event.


In Conversation with Rick Stein

Meet Rick Stein and be delighted as he talks candidly about his career with BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore and introduces his new book The Road to Mexico. This is a great opportunity to meet with one of television’s best loved celebirty chef’s and a real gourmand with an infectious enthusiasm and zeal for food and cooking.

Rick Stein’s passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein’s Spain and Rick Stein’s India.

The event will take the form of an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

The event will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Those not able to attend can still receive a signed copy by prior arrangement, although an additional charge will be levied for postage and packing.

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Venue: Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Meins Road, Blackburn BB2 6QU
Price: £20

Free parking is available at Westholme School.