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8th and 9th June, D-Day Map Room, Southwick House, Southwick, Portsmouth PO17 6EJ, 10.00am. Southwick House will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Gillian and Maureen will give talks and sign copies of Bombweed.

10th June, St Luke’s Ladies, Brislington, Bristol. 2.00 pm. Maureen will be speaking to St Luke’s Ladies Club. Full details from Linda on 01169 771203


18th July, Friends of Bishopstone Library, Gloucestor Road, Bristol, BS7,  7.30 pm.


22nd August, at Bookshop, 142 High Street, Lee-on-The-Solent, Hampshire PO13 9DD, 6.30 pm. Gillian talks about Bombweed and her mother’s life.


There will be a series of events (dates to be confirmed) at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road Chippenham SN15 3QN.

5th September, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road Chippenham SN15 3QN, 2 pm. To mark the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII Gillian and Maureen will give a presentation about Bombweed and sign copies of their book.

12th September, WH Smiths, 6 – 7 Union Street, Bath BA1 1RT 2.00 pm. Gillian and Maureen will be available to talk about Bombweed’s history and sign copies.


3rd October, Static Engine Group, Colepit Heath, South Gloucestershire, BS36, 8 pm. For further information call Keith Whitehead on 07768 357039.

15th October, St Andrew’s Ladies Club, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11, 7.30 pm. For further information call Carol England 01179 825352.





30th May, Weston Museum, Weston-super-Mare. WWII themed half-term event and Nostalgia Café.


3rd June, Chippenham Lions “Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day.” Maureen will talk about her memories of the farm which features in the story.

9th June, North Somerset Showground “Dig For Victory Show”.


2nd July, BBC Radio Wiltshire, The Afternoon Show, 14.00 pm. GF Morton and Maureen Armstrong to be interviewed on 3rd July at 12.30 pm Radio Bristol with  Steve Yabsley.

17th July,  Southsea Library, 11am-3pm. Bombweed will be featured at the Portsmouth Library Local Authors’ Fair. 


15th August, North End Library, Portsmouth, 11am-3pm.


19th September, Brislington Over 50’s Club. Bombweed promotion.

27th September, Imperial War Museum, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm. Gillian Fernandez Morton will be signing copies of her book.


5th October, Friends of Chippenham Museum, 2pm. A talk by Maureen about Bombweed.

13th October, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, PO12 1BT, 11am. A presentation about Bombweed by Gillian and Maureen.

18th October,  Bristol Central Library, Lunchtime Lecture. A presentation about Bombweed by Gillian and Maureen.


10th November, Village Hall,  All Cannings,  near Devizes ,Wiltshire, SN103PA. Maureen will speak at a day to commemorate the end of World War 1. Includes a  discussion on the impact of war on the countryside and farming communities.


1st December,  Chippenham Lions Christmas Bazaar, Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Chippenham, Wilts, 10.30 am. Table display and signing



16th January, Max Minerva’s independent bookshop, 39 North View, Henleaze, Bristol  BS6 7PY, 7pm. Maureen and Gillian will give readings from Bombweed and sign copies. Further information from Jessica Paul on 07498 538858.


7th February, Storysmith, 49 North St, Bristol, BS3 1EN. Reading and signing.

21st February, Imperial War Museum, London, SE1 6HZ, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm. Meet the author.

23rd February, Portsmouth Library History centre, 2pm. Gillian and  Maureen will talk about Bombweed, and the life of their mother, Margaret Smith, who in 1947 wrote the original story.


8th March, Horfield Memory Cafe, Bristol. Maureen will be talking about and reading from Bombweed

27th March, St Mary Redcliffe lunch club, Prewett St, Bristol, 12pm – 2pm. Maureen talks about her mother’s life.


11th April, Waterstones, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HT, 7 – 8pm. Maureen and Gill talk about their book.

27th April, Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, Hawkesbury Upton School, Gloucestershire, GL1 9AU, 10am – 5.30pm. More details nearer the date.


20th May, Southville Centre, Bristol. 1.30 pm onwards. Meet Maureen.



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