Mere Literary Festival 2019

I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Mere Literary Festival in October – a lovely local book festival that’s just over the border in Wiltshire. The Mere Gardening Club have kindly invited me to speak about ‘The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward and other Amazing Gardening Innovations’, and I’ll be sharing how I came to write the book, and discussing a few of those amazing gardening innovations. There will be copies available for sale too, so you could get your Christmas shopping underway at the same time (the book makes an ideal present for gardening friends and family – or even for the smallest room in your house!).

The talk is on Wednesday 9 October at 7.30pm and the venue is The Grove Buildings, Church Street, Mere. https://mereliteraryfestival.com

 

SecateursILMINSTER LITERARY FESTIVAL 2019

I’m thrilled to be part of the line-up of authors at this year’s Ilminster Literary Festival.  I’ll be talking about Dr Ward and his revolutionary case, and how The London Garden Book A-Z inspired me to delve deeper into the stories behind some of the amazing gardening innovations that we take for granted today. https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org/

Date: Thursday 30 May 2pm;Tickets £8

Venue: Jordans Courtyard, Horton Cross, TA19 9PT (for sat nav use TA19 9PY)

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The Wardian Case, illustration by Dave Hopkins

Dr Ward at Taunton Literary Festival 2018

I’ll be talking about my new book, The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward & Other Amazing Gardening Innovations, at this year’s Taunton Literary Festival.  Come along to Brendon Books and find out more about the genesis of the book, and some of the great ideas that changed gardening for ever.

21st November, 6.30pm

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/taunton/brendon-books/the-remarkable-case-of-dr-ward-other-amazing-garden-innovations-abigail-willis

warden case, plant carrier, garden invention
The Wardian Case, illustration by Dave Hopkins

Dr Ward at Taunton Literary Festival 2018

I’ll be talking about my new book, The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward & Other Amazing Gardening Innovations, at this year’s Taunton Literary Festival.  Come along to Brendon Books and find out more about the genesis of the book, and some of the great ideas that changed gardening for ever.

21st November, 6.30pm

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/taunton/brendon-books/the-remarkable-case-of-dr-ward-other-amazing-garden-innovations-abigail-willis

The London Garden Book A-Z 2nd edition

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An inspirational book – officially!

Delighted to announce the The London Garden Book A-Z was a finalist in the Inspirational Book of the Year 2017 category at this year’s Garden Media Guild Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the gardening media world.

The book was in very good company (other shortlisted authors included Ginny Blom and Ambra Edwards) and  Clare Foggett, chair of the Garden Media Guild, hit the nail on the head when she said: “That so many of this year’s entries document the benefits gardening has for our health and wellbeing, or appeal to people discovering the joy of gardening for the first time, shows that our winners and finalists are adept at turning the mood of the moment into high-quality content that makes people want to get out and garden. Gardening is good for you, and it’s fantastic that this year’s Garden Media Guild Awards reflect that.”  Hear hear!

Priced £16.99 the book can be ordered directly from Metro Publications, or from your local independent bookshop.