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Newark Book Festival returns from 8 – 11 July in venues and outdoor locations across Newark, with the added opportunity to enjoy a selection of events online.

There will be headline events with Poirot-writer Sophie Hannah, Kadiatu, Aminata and Konya Kanneh-Mason, Stuart Turton and Cathy Bramley plus online events with Mark Billingham, David Baldacci and Becky Goddard-Hill. The ever-popular Literature Village makes a return, along with the family day at Newark Castle featuring storytelling and creative activities.

Writers of all ages are invited to submit poems around the theme ‘Home and Heritage’ to form part of the Festival’s Words in Windows exhibition plus local schools are invited to take part in an online Schools Day and Young Journalist programme curated by the Festival and the Young Journalist Academy.

Artistic Director Sara Bullimore said: “Our 2021 Festival may look a little different to what you are used to, but nonetheless we are delighted to bring you a varied, fun, informative and inspiring programme. Our theme for 2021 is Our Stories, so we invite you to share your stories, of home, of our heritage, of our young people, how we stay happy, what have we been reading – we look forward to welcoming you in person or online as we celebrate together and remember those who we have lost”.

All events will follow COVID-safety guidelines.

Tickets for in-person and online events are now on sale, visit newarkbookfestival.org.uk to find out more and book. And don’t forget to join the email list and follow the Festival on social media for regular updates.

Please remember to check the latest COVID-19 guidance before attending any event and contact the event organiser should you need any further information on the COVID-secure measures that will be put in place. Newark & Sherwood District Council is not in a position to confirm that the events advertised are Covid-19 Secure.


July 8
July 11
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Newark Book Festival
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