Home-Start Literary Lunch

The audience didn’t want to say ‘Goodbye’

Local author, Madeleine Reiss, moved the audience to much laughter and thoughtfulness when chatting with Jude Simpson, and answering questions, at the Literary Lunch in aid of Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire on 28th February.

Madeleine read a vivid extract from her new book, ‘Before We Say Goodbye’,  and shared her thoughts on the beautiful, hidden places that inspire her, her need to write on fine, silky paper and her view that, as an author, she is not a ‘Planner’ but a ‘Pantster’ – flying by the seat of!

Besides writing novels, Madeleine works with ‘Headway Cambridgeshire’, a charity supporting people with a brain injury and those who care about them – she calls this her ‘proper job’.

Jude Simpson is their ‘Poet in Residence’ and the Lunch, held at The Old Bull Inn, Royston, raised over £400 for Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire, the local charity that helps families ‘get back on track’ when going through times of personal distress.

The next Lunch, on Thursday 3 May, features Dame Fiona Reynolds, DBE, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge and former Director-General of The National Trust.  Meanwhile, in a bid to reach their £140k fundraising target, Home-Start will be hosting an Irish-themed ‘Ceilidh Evening’, with folk music from The Cyriacs, at Melbourn Village College on St Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17 March.  Tickets £15 including a burger or hot-dog supper, from www.ticketsource.co.uk/hsrsc
Images & text by John Moore Photography – www.jmcreative.photography/