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Newark Book Festival 2022

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Saga Book Launch
Wednesday 6th July, 17.30, Online (Zoom)
Free - Ticket must be purchased prior to event

A Newark Book Festival event.

We are delighted to be working with new partners Saga Fiction. They are an Indie publishing house who work with commercial authors from around the globe. Alongside their e-books they have launched a fiction reading app, with the aim of making reading more accessible. They provide a platform for new writers to share their work across a global audience.

Tonight we invite you to attend one of their book launches with authors Jonita Davis with Carrying On and Ellie Martin-Mckinsey with Turtle A.
06/07/2022 17:30
Publishing Your Book - Q&A - The Book Typesetters
Wednesday 6th July, 19.30-20.30
Free - Tickets must be booked prior to the event

A Newark Book Festival event.

Overwhelmed by the publishing process? Unsure what route to take? Looking for help with design and layout? Then don't miss our workshop. We'll be answering your questions about getting published and sharing our top tips. Plus find out about our brand new DIY typesetting course. Bring your notebook and your favourite beverage.
06/07/2022 19:30
Heritage Literary Walk
Thursday 7th July, 09.30-11.00, with arrival at 9.15
£8/£6 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

As part of our work with Newark’s Cultural Consortium and Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone, we’ll be hosting this fantastic walking tour of Newark town centre, with local historian Kevin Winter. You’ll explore our historic town centre and its fascinating history, and each walk includes time to reflect and write about and draw different parts of the buildings, as well as learning all about their histories.

Limited capacity, early booking recommended.
07/07/2022 09:15
Amplifying Your Climate Actions: A unique tool to build Climate Communities
Thursday 7th July, 11.00-12.00
Free - Tickets must be booked prior to the event

A Newark Book Festival event.

Are you worried about the Climate Crisis? Newark-raised scientist and author Dr Louis Keal presents a talk and discussion on how to amplify our actions towards a better, less dangerous world. Community action together with our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues is the first step, and Louis introduces his unique tool to help kickstart this action: his ‘gift’ book. “A Gift for Conversation: Let’s Discuss Climate Change” is designed to be given by those who see the need for immediate climate action to those who don’t.

Sponsored by Newark College
07/07/2022 11:00
Our Heritage Walk - Sconce and Devon Park: Springs, Linen, Railways and Fortifications
Thursday 7th July, 14.00-15.00 - Arrival at 13.45
£8/£6 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join local historian Kevin Winter and poet Lytisha Tunbridge to explore Sconce & Devon Park looking at some of the uses it has had in the past and the evidence for them that can still be seen today. There will be a chance to write/draw your responses to the sites on the tour.

Limited capacity – early booking recommended.
07/07/2022 13:45
Gill Hornby - Godmersham Park
Thursday 7th July, 14.00-15.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

From the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Miss Austen, comes a wonderfully original, emotionally-complex novel, following Anne Sharp, a governess who became close to Jane Austen and her family. Anne's arrival at Godmersham Park is all novelty and excitement, but Anne is neither one of the servants, nor one of the family, and balancing a position between the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' is a diplomatic chess game. When the Austens visit the house, and Jane Austen's brother Henry begins to take an unusually strong interest in the lovely young governess, Anne's days at Godmersham Park are numbered. Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers.

Interviewed by author Sarah Ward.
07/07/2022 14:00
Orenda Books - Our International Panel
Thursday 7th July, 19.00-20.00
£4 Digital Pass

A Newark Book Festival event.

A fantastic online event hosted by Orenda Books, featuring literary thrillers and crime fiction in translation. Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir will be talking about her new book, Cold As Hell. Lilja will be joined by German author Simone Buchholz, writer of the best-selling Chastity Riley series, with her new title River Clyde and Antti Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’ with his latest release, The Rabbit Factor.

Chaired by Karen Sullivan, Founder & Publisher at Orenda Books.

Sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
07/07/2022 19:00
Other Sides to Crime (writers)
Friday 8th July, 11.00-12.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Two crime writers, William Shaw and David Mark, in conversation. Both have much loved series, but also other sides to their writing and engagement with readers. In lockdown William's daily social media events were a support to many; he was also integral to a volunteer-run community bookshop and workspace where established authors supported new writers. As well as his Aector McAvoy series, David's recent honest and open memoir about living with mental illness addresses an important issue in troubled times.
08/07/2022 11:00
Writing the Criminous: Prose and Verse
Friday 8th July, 11.00-12.30
£5/£4 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Celebrating the publication of the latest in their crime reference guides, Catching a Killer, Stuart Gibbons and Stephen Wade offer an account of murder investigations down the centuries in England. Stephen's new poetry collection, Stretch, (published by Smokestack) is concerned with his work as a writer in prisons. This promises to be a fascinating discussion around true crime and the prison system.
08/07/2022 11:00
Writing Newark: Bricks and Mortar, Space and Light
Friday 8th July, 11.30-13.00
£8/£6 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Do you have a favourite building in Newark? Using simple exercises and images to inspire you, this lively writing workshop helps you explore the atmosphere, history or your memories of Newark’s rich built heritage. Everyone is welcome.Fiona Theokritoff is a local poet and experienced creative writing tutor. So, whether you want to try out poetry, short fiction or memoir, come along!

This is a Newark Creates event.

Limited capacity – early booking recommended.
08/07/2022 11:30
Literally Lyrical with Saga Fiction
Friday 8th July, 12.00-13.00
£4 Streaming Pass

A Newark Book Festival event.

Music plays a large role in helping to invoke a certain mood, nostalgia or even a sense of time and space. But the struggles for writers to use song lyrics in their books is far too real.

This online panel discussion will help equip you with the tools you need to navigate the tricky world of copyright and publishing. Can your characters quote song lyrics in your latest novel? And how do you go about finding out whether a poem is in copyright? Find out all the answers and more at this accessible online event.
08/07/2022 12:00
Alphabet Street and stories by Jonathan Emmett
Friday 8th July, 13.00-14.00
£2 Children, Adults Free but tickets must be booked prior to event
Recommended Age: Under 6

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join author Jonathan Emmett for a storytelling session featuring his new picture book, The Book Family Robinson, a castaway adventure about books, shipwrecks, books, pirates – and more books, followed by Bringing Down the Moon and Alphabet Street.

Recommended Ages Under 6
08/07/2022 13:00
Phillipa East and Elliot Wood
Friday 8th July, 13.00-14.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Crime writer Philippa East talks about her debut novel, Little White Lies, which was longlisted for The Guardian's Not-The-Booker Prize and shortlisted for the CWA "New Blood" Award 2020, and her latest book, Safe and Sound. Philippa and her husband Elliot will also be performing songs from their repertoire as folk duo The Miracle Cure. Come along for an excellent mix of fiction and folk!
08/07/2022 13:00
Andrew Caldecott and Adrian Tchaikovsky
Friday 8th July, 14.00-15.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Eyes of the Void, the second book in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Final Architecture trilogy, is a tense space adventure, set in a future where Human Colony worlds face extinction. Momenticon by Andrew Caldecott is set in a world that is on the brink of utter destruction. The few survivors live in domes protected from the lethal smog, serving Tempestas and Genrich, the world's last two great companies with plans for mankind's future. Momenticon is the first of a speculative fiction duology.

Chaired by Alex Lewczuk, Siren FM.
08/07/2022 14:00
Will Carver, Louise Beech & Sarah Sultoon
Friday 8th July, 15.00-16.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

We welcome back Orenda Books for an author panel event.The Daves Next Door by Will Carver is a shocking, intensely emotive, wildly original thriller; a piercing examination of what it means to be human. Louise Beech will discuss her book, Nothing Else, a moving novel about surviving devastating trauma and the unbreakable bond between sisters - a story of courage and love, and the power of music to transcend–and change–everything. Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer, whose work as a CNN news executive has taken her all over the world. Her book, The Shot is a shocking and thought-provoking thriller with an international newsroom setting.

Chaired by Karen Sullivan, Founder & Publisher at Orenda Books.
08/07/2022 15:00
Peter Kerr - Don't Call me Clyde!
Friday 8th July, 17.00-18.00
£4 Digital Pass

A Newark Book Festival event.

The Clyde Valley Stompers were Scotland’s premier jazz band and first ever super group. Yet in 1963, ‘The Clydes’, at the height of commercial success, disappeared from the scene. Don’t Call Me Clyde! documents the rise and fall of one of the most iconic British bands of its time, written by the band’s leader and clarinettist Peter Kerr. Peter is the author of the bestselling Snowball Oranges series of humorous Mallorcan travelogues and also writes fiction, including the humour-laced Bob Burns Investigates trilogy and the historical epic Song of the Eight Winds.

Sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
08/07/2022 17:00
Famous Songs Inspired by Literature
Friday 8th July, 19.00-21.00
£13.50/£11.50 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

West End performers Glyn Kerslake (Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty’s Theatre, Miss Saigon - Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Scrooge - London Palladium) and Elaine Glover (The Full Monty - Noel Coward Theatre, Emmerdale - ITV, Christmas With The Stars - Royal Albert Hall) bring this wonderful evening of music to Newark Town Hall! Performing a huge selection of hits that take their inspiration from literature - from Kate Bush’s infamous ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane, (based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) to showstoppers from Victor Hugo’s epic novel-turned-musical ‘Les Misérables’. Other musicals they will be performing songs from include Oliver!, Mary Poppins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West Side Story and many more. Glyn is also an accomplished pianist and will be both musical director and arranger for the evening.

The evening will be hosted by John Florence (BBC Radio Leicester).
08/07/2022 19:00
Gadgeteers Workshop
Saturday 9th July, 10.00-10.45 and 11.00-11.45
Free - tickets must be purchased prior to the event
Recommended Age 7+

A Newark Book Festival event.

It’s time to sign up to the libraries Summer Reading Challenge, so we are joining in with the Gadgeteer theme! Join the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity team for a hands-on workshop making your own gadgets.
09/07/2022
One Doesn't Stop At One Murder
Saturday 9th July, 10.30-11.30
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Celebrating 101 years since Agatha Christie’s first novel was published in the UK, this panel will honour one of Christie’s most iconic heroines Miss Jane Marple. It’s been 46 years since the final Marple novel was published in 1976, but the public’s appetite for this fantastic character lives on! This year, HarperCollins are publishing a new anthology of short stories featuring Miss Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors. Crime Writer Elly Griffiths will join this panel to chat about her short story in the collection, and she will be joined by Martin Edwards, a leading expert, author and crime fiction critic, and best selling mystery writer, Lesley Thomson. If you love a traditional murder mystery – don’t miss this fantastic event!

Chaired by Tim Rideout
09/07/2022 10:30
Gareth Baker and the Riverboat Cruise
Saturday 9th July, 11.00-12.15 - Arrival by 10.45
Children £3, Adults Free - Tickets must be purchased prior to event
Recommended Age: 4+

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join storyteller Gareth Baker on the Trent and be amazed by his extraordinary adventures, both on, under and above the river! Then, for your younger ones, get ready for songs and actions as we hear The Gingerbread Man in his unstoppable adventures as he is chased by a little old lady, a cow, a horse and a dastardly fox. Prepare yourself for fun, laughter and smiles. Don’t forget to come dressed in your best book character costume to win a prize!

Early booking recommended.
09/07/2022 10:45
John Holmes MBE - This is the BBC Home Service
Saturday 9th July, 11.00-12.15
£5/£4 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

John Holmes is known locally for his walks on BBC East Midlands Today, ‘Holmes & Away’ and ‘Historic Holmes’. Joining the BBC in 1969 as a producer and presenter, he has lived and breathed radio and television and epitomises all that is best in public service broadcasting. During this talk, he looks back on his life on radio and TV. John was awarded an MBE for his services to charity, not for unceremoniously falling in camel dung in Nottingham’s Old Market Square. If you love radio and TV, you’ll love his story.
09/07/2022 11:00
Ukraine and Its Continuing Agony
Saturday 9th July, 12.30-13.30
£5/£4 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Maria Dziedzan was born in Grimsby to a Ukrainian father and a Welsh mother, but the family moved to Nottingham early in her life to be closer to the large Ukrainian community in the city. Maria’s three novels, When Sorrows Come, Driven into Exile and Bread and Salt (The "My Lost Country" series) detail the harrowing difficulties of Anna, a young Ukrainian woman living through the brutality of life in Western Ukraine during the second world war. The series touches on themes of nationality, identity, displacement, and resilience – themes that sadly painfully resonate with the Ukrainian diaspora today.
09/07/2022 12:30
Summer Reads with Lucy Diamond, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley
Saturday 9th July, 13.00-14.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

A fabulous trio of bestselling authors, chaired by Tim Rideout.

Lucy Diamond’s new novel Anything Could Happen is a warm, wise, funny, and uplifting story about love, second chances and the unexpected paths life can take us down.

Milly Johnson’s The Woman in the Middle is a poignant, relatable story about family, responsibility and learning to balance it all. The Summer that Changed Us is the new feel-good read from Nottinghamshire’s Cathy Bramley, all about three women searching for friendship in a sparkling seaside town.

Sponsored by Tailored Marketing Solutions
09/07/2022 13:00
The Book Family Robinson
Saturday 9th July, 14.00-14.40
£4 Children, £3 Festival Family Friends, Adults Free - tickets must be purchased prior to the event
Recommended Age 4-8

A Newark Book Festival event.

The Robinsons were a family of book lovers. Wherever they were, they ALWAYS had a book with them. But, when they’re shipwrecked on a tropical island and captured by a crew of angry pirates, will they find the right book to save them from walking the plank? Join author Jonathan Emmett for a castaway adventure brimming with brilliant books. Then take part in Emily’s Heads or Tails Quiz, a knockout quiz game that tests your memory of the story, and see if you can bag yourself a signed copy of the book!

Sponsored by Karrot Entertainment
09/07/2022 14:00
Louise Blyth: Hope is Coming
Saturday 9th July, 14.30-15.30
£5/£4 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Newark’s Louise Blyth was 33 when her husband George died from bowel cancer, leaving her with one and three year-old boys. What she decided to do next was unexpected – she quit her dream job with Mars to write a book about what had just happened – a tale of grief and gratitude. And it struck a nerve. This self-published book, released during lockdown, went on to become an Amazon best seller. This caught the eye of publishing giants Hodder and Stoughton who signed her and published Hope Is Coming. Louise lives locally and wrote the book in several coffee shops across Newark; she can often be found in Newark Library with her children.
09/07/2022 14:30
Music in Fiction: Michelle Davies, Lucy Nicole, David F. Ross
Saturday 9th July, 15.00-16.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

We welcome back Hull author Nick Quantrill who will be chairing today’s event. Nick’s Private Investigator novels featuring Joe Geraghty and are published by Fahrenheit Press. Nick is also the co-founder of the Hull Noir crime writing festival. He will be joined by a trio of authors all of whose novels feature music at the heart of them. Lucy Nichol’s new novel Parklife delves into the dark pull of addiction during a bright 1990s summer in Hull, with friendship, family and music playing key roles in this very human tale. David F. Ross’s There’s only one Danny Garvey, is written with his trademark humour, and is a warm and poignant story of irrational hopes and fevered dreams, of unstoppable passion and unflinching commitment in the face of defeat. Michelle Davies’s new crime novel The Death of Me, follows music journalist Natalie Glass, who stumbles across a US gossip website that suggests a former rockstar’s death wasn’t quite what it seemed.

Sponsored by Peachy Events
09/07/2022 15:00
The Women's Prize for Fiction - Kirsty Capes & Lulu Allison
Saturday 9th July, 18.00-19.00
£4 Digital Streaming Pass

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join authors Kirsty Capes and Lulu Allison for a discussion about the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist. Kirsty’s first novel, Careless, is an upmarket coming-of-age novel, celebrating female friendship and the enduring hope to follow our dreams. Lulu Allison will talk about her 2021 novel Salt Lick. Britain is awash, the sea creeps into the land, brambles and forest swamp derelict towns. Food production has moved overseas and people are forced to move to the cities for work. The countryside is empty.

Kirsty and Lulu will be interviewed by Tim Rideout.

Sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
09/07/2022 18:00
Mark Lewisohn
Saturday July 9, 19:00. £13.50, Festival Friends £11.50

A Newark Book Festival event

No musical act is going to greater than the Beatles or make a greater contribution to British and world culture. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hold on strong, universally recognised as a great artistic force, somehow still current and woven into the fabric of everyday life – the four brilliant lads who pumped the heart of the decade that also won’t shut up, the 1960s.

Mark Lewisohn is the Beatles world authority. He’s the author of several acclaimed books, including Recording Sessions (1988, recently republished) and Tune In (2013), winner of the inaugural Penderyn Prize and the first in a comprehensive three-volume history, The Beatles: All These Years. Mark is presently hard at work on volume two.

Find out more about Newark Book Festival at www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk
09/07/2022 19:00
The Morning News with Keziah Rideout
Sunday 10th July, 10.00-11.00
£8 including a drink and cake

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join Keziah for an hour of debating today’s news over coffee and cake in the beautiful surroundings of Gannets. Keziah is part of the Newark Book Festival alumni, having previously interviewed children’s authors, where she joined the team at just 14 years old. She is now studying her A-Levels (Sociology, Psychology and Art) and plans to study Psychology at University. She is into debating politics, so is very much looking forward to meeting you and leading today’s session.
10/07/2022 10:00
Heritage and Homes with Mahsuda Snaith
Sunday 10th July, 10.30-11.30
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Leicester-based author Mahsuda Snaith talks about her experiences writing for the Colonial Countryside Project, a writing and history programme exploring the African, Caribbean and Indian connections at 11 National Trust properties across the country. Join Mahsuda for a fascinating conversation, delving into the hidden and not so hidden histories and stories behind Britain’s homes.
10/07/2022 10:30
The Art of Storytelling
Sunday 10th July, 11.00-14.00
£10/£8 Festival Friends (includes Tea/Coffee)

A Newark Book Festival event.

Storytelling is one of our most ancient art forms and is fundamental to the way that we communicate with each other. In this friendly and interactive workshop you can explore the craft of oral storytelling with storyteller and trainer Mike Payton, who is based in Nottingham. Mike draws his tales from Britain’s rich heritage and also from the four corners of the earth. Learn all about the power of stories and find out how to create and tell tales that are compelling, engaging, and fun! this workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Limited capacity – early booking recommended.
10/07/2022 11:00
Indiana Bones and the Lost Library
Sunday 10th July, 11.00-12.00
£4 Child, £3 Festival Family Friend, Adults Free - Tickets must be purchased prior to events
Recommended Age: 6-9

A Newark Book Festival event.

Join author Harry Heape as he reads from his fantastic book, Indiana Bones And The Lost Library. Indiana Bones is back for a second dogtastic detective escapade! Once again, he and his bestest friend, Aisha, have to gather their wits, courage, and plenty of snacks to sniff out clues and solve a twisty mystery. On the hunt for the Avenger’s lost treasure, the intrepid travellers set off on another trek. But nothing is ever simple for our heroes, and the slippery Serpent and stinky Ringo are still hot on their tails, determined to thwart their every move.
10/07/2022 11:00
An Interview with Louise Candlish and Fiona Cummins
Sunday 10th July, 13.00-14.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins has been described as Big Little Lies meets Broadchurch; a dark and gripping crime thriller about revenge, greed, ambition, and the true cost of friendship. The Heights is the latest novel from Sunday Times Bestseller author Louise Candlish, described as a nail-biting tale of tragedy and revenge. Louise’s award winning 2018 thriller Our House has recently been on ITV starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton. Both writers will discuss their new novels with our interviewer Tim Rideout.
10/07/2022 13:00
Newark's Literary Heritage
Sunday 10th July, 14.00-15.00
£5/£4 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Discover Newark’s remarkable literary heritage from Lord Byron’s first published poetry to the best of the town’s contemporary writers and much more between. An illustrated talk with John Baird, author of Follow the Moon and Stars – a literary journey through Nottinghamshire.
10/07/2022 14:00
Traitor in the Ice - KJ Maitland
Sunday 10th July, 15.00-16.00
£6/£5 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

Writing as KJ Maitland, Karen Maitland’s new Jacobean crime thriller series follows Daniel Pursglove as he becomes embroiled in the dark world of spies, murder, and treason, following the failed Gunpowder Plot. Traitor in the Ice is the second in the series and is set in 1607 in Battle Abbey, Sussex - Daniel Pursglove is summoned to infiltrate Battle and find proof of treachery. He soon discovers that nearly everyone at the abbey has something to hide - for deeds far more dangerous than religious dissent.
10/07/2022 15:00
An Evening With The Kanneh-Masons
Sunday July 10, 6pm. £13.50. £11.50 Festival Friends

A Newark Book Festival event.

The Kanneh-Masons are seven Nottingham-based siblings who are classically trained musicians, ranging in age from 12 to 25 years old, all of whom play either violin, piano or cello. As a family, they've played the Royal Variety Performance in 2019 and their first album, 'Carnival', received the Global Award for Best Classical Artist in 2021. We are delighted to welcome Kadiatu, Aminata and Konya back to Newark to share an evening of their wonderful music with us. In addition, Kadiatu, winner of the J.M Barrie Award and The Royal Philharmonic Society Storytelling Award, will be in-conversation about House of Music, her memoir about her remarkable family with our interviewer Tim Rideout.

The Music

•Bach partita no.2 in d minor: Allemande (Aminata - violin)
· Liebeslied Kreisler (Aminata - violin/Konya - piano)
* First movement Beethoven Sonata No.18 (Konya - piano)
•Schubert Sonatina for violin and piano No.1 •Allegro Molto (Aminata and Konya)
* Schubert Impromptu op.142 No.31- theme and variations (Konya -piano)
•Brahms Scherzo from F.A.E sonata (Aminata - violin)

This event is sponsored by Bookwise.

Find out more about Newark Book Festival at www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk
10/07/2022 18:00