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Morpeth Book Festival 2022

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Morpeth Book Festival 2022

9 Apr - 10 Apr 2022

Morpeth Book Festival 2022

 The Morpeth Book Festival 2022 is an inaugural and prestige event to showcase and applaud literature. The market town of Morpeth has the highest density of readers in the county whose positive energy whether reading for pleasure, learning or to assist with mental health during a pandemic, is beneficial to everyone. This festival, which may well become an annual occurrence, is a collaboration between the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Northumberland libraries, and Northum-berland County Council. In addition to the contribution from these entities, local business sponsors include the Queens Head Hotel, Specsavers Morpeth, TMP Wealth Management and Maseco LLP.


Authors starring at the festival include the award-winning crime writing creation of the Vera series, Ann Cleeves, and the Hollywood scriptwriter, novelist and televi-sion producer Chuck Hogan who are both making a virtual appearance. Multi-awarding winning writers and poets in excess of thirty individuals will perform on stage. Authors like Trevor Wood, winner of the Specsavers debut crime novel award 2021, Robert Scragg, winner of the Lindisfarne prize for crime fiction 2021 and Fiona Veitch Smith, author of the Poppy Denby Investigates & The Time-twisters shortlisted for CWA Historical Dagger. Award winning performing poet and journalist, Elaine Cusack, and the great Helen Steadman, a historical novelist whose book, The Running Wolf, features the gaol in Morpeth. These are but a few of next year’s exciting line up.

This dream team of local, national and international authors both leading and emerging will inspire and interact with audiences in an extensive programme of public events. There are two venues hosting the festival: the Queens Head hotel, currently undergoing extensive refurbishment to bring this signature building back to its former glory, has allocated several functions rooms for a series of scintillating sessions of ‘Meet the Authors’ – a powerful forum for the public to exchange views with writers representing an array of genres: crime, memoir, travel, adven-ture, local history, romance and poetry recital. The second venue is Morpeth library with a fascinating package of children’s workshops and readings. There will also be an appearance from BorrowBox and their range of eAudiobooks and eBooks in addition to the RNIB, Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Morpeth is an aspirational town that flourished in the 2008 property recession and again during the current world-wide pandemic. Over the years a plethora of fund-ing from the state and private initiatives have steadily invested into the future of Morpeth, making it a place of admiration. The Morpeth Book Festival 2022 is bringing yet another favourable facet to the inherent values of our market town. Please support the event.