Charlie Higson prepares for a zombie invasion in Hertford

PUBLISHED: 11:40 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:47 21 September 2014

Charlie Higson [Picture: Andy Paradise]

Charlie Higson [Picture: Andy Paradise]


Author, actor and The Fast Show comedian Charlie Higson is coming to Hertfordshire next month to give a talk on zombies as part of the 2014 Hertford Children’s Book Festival.

Fancy being a young James Bond? Want to try your luck at battling a zombie invasion?

Bestselling children’s author – and much-loved star of radio and TV – Charlie Higson is coming to Hertford as part of the 2014 Hertford Children’s Book Festival.

He will be entertaining the crowds at Hertford Theatre on Saturday, October 4.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times caught up with him for a Q&A.

* The Hunted is the sixth book in your zombie series The Enemy – what’s it all about?

It’s fabulously grizzly. Imagine a world where a virus has wiped out the grown-ups and the kids have to fend for themselves against zombies.

Young readers should find it inspiring and empowering. And terrifying of course.

* You’re a father of three boys – what do they think of your books?

Well, I’ve always treated them like guinea pigs. I’ve been chuffed because they’ve really liked my work.

In fact, their friends thought I was pretty cool when the Young Bond books came out, which was a relief.

* The Young Bond series has sold over 24 million copies. Those books brought James Bond to a whole new generation. Who’s your favourite Bond?

Sean Connery, of course!

* The Hunted is book six in The Enemy series. Will there be another?

Yes! I’m about a third of the way through the final book. I think the grand finale will be a big battle of kids vs adults.

* Won’t you miss the characters?

Of course! But it’s very satisfying bringing a story to a conclusion – because it’s been seven years of my life.

* What’s next? A book about fluffy kittens and picnics?

Oh if only I had the time! Actually, I have two huge TV jobs. A family film for this Christmas and a 10-hour family fantasy drama series for ITV.

* What can the audience expect when they come to see you at Hertford Theatre on October 4?

We’re going to talk about zombies – we’re going to imagine a world where they exist and think of a survival plan.

I’ll also chat about how I write my books. Lots of time for questions and personally signing, too.

* Finally, for readers who already love your work, which other authors might they like?

I read – a lot. I’d recommend Anthony Horrowitz and Darren Shan.

When I was growing up, though, my favourite books were the Professor Branestawm series by Norman Hunter. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a comedian.

* Charlie Higson will be at Hertford Theatre as part of the Hertford Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 4 at 2pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Hertford Theatre box office on 01992 531500 or online from

Charlie’s new novel, The Hunted, is out now.

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