A tribute evening to bestselling horror writer James Herbert OBE will be held at the North London Literary Festival, where he was due to appear on Wednesday 27 March.
One of the most respected British horror writers of the 20th Century with over 40 million global sales, Herbert was amongst the elite of horror writing for some 40 years and the North London Literary Festival at Middlesex University will pay tribute to his life and work.
Middlesex University senior lecturer in creative writing and author Josie Barnard said: “The North London Literary Festival is greatly saddened by the news that James Herbert passed away. We were all delighted when he agreed to be part of our festival and are still honoured that he was to be our keynote speaker.
“As his editor Jeremy Trevathan noted in the Bookseller, James Herbert was 'one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th century.' All of us were struck too during our discussions with him by his generous spirit. We offer his family our deepest condolences.”
Organised by final year creative writing students at Middlesex University, the North London Literary Festival has attracted amongst a cast of high-profile writers, poets and journalists including Lucy Caldwell, Andrew Simms and Rowan Coleman.
More information about the festival is available at http://northlondonlitfest.com.
The tribute to James Herbert takes place on 27 March from 7pm at Middlesex University, The Burroughs, NW4 4BT.