Hillingdon Libraries Presents: Lockdown Lunches

Hillingdon Libraries brings its popular CultureBite author events to lunchtime, to help you get through lockdown.  

Whether you’re working from home or tuning in from your office during a break, our fast, fun and friendly live broadcasts are sure to introduce you to you to a new favourite author or two.  

All our Lockdown Lunches author interviews will be streamed live to Hillingdon Libraries’ Facebook and YouTube channels, giving you the chance to put your questions to authors in real time.   

They’ll also be available afterwards for you to catch up with whenever you like.  

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New authors are signing up all the time, so check back to see who’s been added to the list. 

Interviews you can watch right now…

Rowena House: Wednesday 11 November, 12-noon  

Author Rowena House talks about her First-World-War-set novel, The Goose Road (“An astonishing debut” – Books for Keeps), in a special Remembrance Day interview.   

Missed it live? Catch up here

Matt Killeen: Thursday 12 November, 12-noon   

Matt Killeen, author of Orphan Monster Spy and Devil Darling Spy, talks about the themes of racism, pandemic and international conflict in his World-War-Two-set thrillers. 

Missed it live? Catch up here

Skiing and Suspense with Catherine Cooper: Friday 20 November, 12-noon  

Catherine Cooper’s brand new debut thriller The Chalet might just make you glad that winter breaks are off the cards at the moment! This mystery, set at a ski resort, has been called ‘pure adrenaline’ by the author Eric Kelly. Catherine joins us to talk snow, skiing and suspense.  

Missed it live? Catch up here

Dark Dystopias with Tracey Mathias: Wednesday 25 November, 12-noon

Described as ‘a furious dystopian shoulder-shake’ by The Guardian, Tracey Mathias’ latest novel, Silence Is Also A Lie imagines a Britain ruled by frightening, intolerant politicians – and the huge implications of their actions for one young girl.

Tracking Tigers with Polly Clark: Thursday 26 November, 12-noon  

Polly Clark is a former zookeeper. She tracked tigers in Siberia as part of the research for her latest novel, which tells the story of a primatologist who must care for an untamed Siberian tiger…  

The Ship Sets Sail with Antonia Honeywell: Tuesday 1 December, 12-noon  

Author Antonia Honeywell returns to Hillingdon Libraries to chat about her wonderful novel The Ship, which was previously named as our Culture Bite Book of the Month – and to tell us what she’s been up to since then!  

Missed it live? Catch-up here


Three Women and a Boat with Anne Youngson: Thursday 3 December, 12-noon

Costa Award shortlisted author Anne Youngson joins us to chat about her brand new novel, Three Women and a Boat, an uplifting and joyful story of self-discovery and new friendships.

Shadow Sands with Robert Bryndza: Wednesday 9 December, 12-midday  

Robert Bryndza is the multi-million copy bestselling author of the Erika Foster series, which launched with The Girl in the Ice in 2016. Shadow Sands is the latest instalment of his new series, fronted by ex-detective Kate Marshall. 

Secrets and Lies with Karen Hamilton: Thursday 10 December, 12-noon   

In December, our lunchtime interview programme continues as ‘CultureBite Lunches’.   

Join us at 12pm on 10 December with Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Hamilton, as she talks about her latest thriller, The Last Wife, and her unusual research methods, including attending psychologist appointments in character! 

She Will Soar with Ana Sampson: Wednesday 16 December, midday  

Join Ana Sampson, editor of the brilliant new poetry anthology, She Will Soar, as she talks about the process of putting together a book of poems – and why she thinks women have so often written about themes of freedom and escape in their poetry.