David Cliffe (author)

Book launch: Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas: Weds 27th Sept, 7.45 – 9.30pm

Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas will launch with a short film and refreshments at the Where:   Minghella Studios, University of Reading, Whiteknights, RG6 6BT. When: Weds 27th Sept, 7.45  – 9.30pm The event is free but please email … Continue reading

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Pre-launch signing: Saturday, Sept 9, 12 – 1pm: David Cliffe at Waterstones with “Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas”

Twenty different cinemas have graced Reading’s streets over the years, many long forgotten and some of the earliest very short-lived. In his book, David Cliffe tells the story of the era of the single-screen cinema in Reading, from the traveling … Continue reading

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David Cliffe was born at Macclesfield, Cheshire, in 1946, when there were five cinemas operating, all of which he remembers. He studied English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds followed by a postgraduate diploma in librarianship. He worked at the public library in Reading for the entirety of his career in a variety of posts, the last one being Local Studies Manager. This fitted well with his long-term interest in local history and in his retirement, David continues to work on the vast and extensive local studies collection at Reading Central Library, making more of it available on line by cataloguing and scanning, on a voluntary and unpaid basis. He is also Chairman of both the Berkshire Local History Association, and the History of Reading Society.

In 1978, he wrote The Stranger in Reading: an Unofficial Guide, published by Reading Libraries, and Roots and Branches published by Two Rivers Press in 2007 to celebrate the centenary of the opening of Battle and Caversham Libraries. He has three books of Macclesfield history awaiting publication, the first of which, on street-names, is due to publish in 2017.