Thursday 29 June 2017

Newark Book Festival 15 - 16 July 2017 @NewarkBookFest

Biggest ever Newark Book Festival
brings literary adventure and heroes to town this July
Newark-on-Trent is set to be transformed into a land of adventure, heroes and storytelling street entertainment for this year’s Newark Book Festival, which will take over the town for the weekend of
July 15th-16th.
Back for its third year, the festival’s organisers have announced their biggest ever programme of events under this year’s theme: Adventures and Heroes! with more than 100 authors, artists, entertainers, wordsmiths and street performers booked for this two-day literary extravaganza.
Venues across the town will be hosting ticketed panel discussions, music, book markets, children’s storytelling, family activities and literary talks on everything from crime writing to bear hunts to the BFG and Sherlock Holmes to Steampunk (the full programme can be found at

International best-selling author Matt Haig will be returning to his hometown for a headline talk on his latest novel How to Stop Time  and the jockey Declan Murphy will be discussing his heartbreaking and inspirational true story Centaur in collaboration with writer Ami Rao, who helped him tell his incredible, critically-acclaimed tale of a journey back from a near-fatal racing accident.

Sara Bullimore, artistic director for Newark Book Festival, said:

We’re so excited to be building the festival with a new feel, brand and working with more venues to bring a bigger festival to Newark. Our programme is full of fantastic fictional tales and amazing true stories from some of the UK’s finest writers; showcasing their talent, stimulating debate and inspiring the next generation of writers.
We chose this year’s theme, Adventures and Heroes, to celebrate Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes, as well as Nottinghamshire’s incredible writers. There’ll be something for book lovers of all ages, from children’s writers and comedy theatre groups to best-selling novelists and the finest local writing talent.”

Tickets are on sale now from the Newark Palace Theatre Box Office - call 01636 655755, visit, email
or buy direct from the venue (Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY) between  10am-5pm, seven days a week.

Newark Market Place will be transformed into the Literature Quarter on Saturday, with Sherlock Holmes investigating his toughest case yet in the world’s smallest theatre and Doctor Rhyme performing his famous spontaneous poetry salads alongside book stalls, storytellers and chalk artists.

Guests can also show their support for the not-for-profit festival by becoming a Festival Friend for just £15pp (or £25 per couple). Festival Friends will get special ticket offers, invites to an exclusive VIP launch event and free refreshments at all Town Hall events across the weekend.

The full programme can be found at
For more details, follow @newarkbookfest on Twitter and Facebook.

Newark Book Festival is a not for profit literary festival that takes place across the historic market town of Newark. The festival is currently funded by the Arts Council of England, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Newark Town Council and Newark Area for Arts and Leisure Foundation.

Additional funding comes from local trusts, Waitrose Community Matters,donations and sponsors. Sponsors include: Tallents Solicitors, The Turquoise TeaPot, Duncan & Toplis and Karrot Entertainment.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the blog post, Anne. I'm looking forward to it!