NEWARK BOOK FESTIVAL
(11 - 12 JULY 2020)

The Newark Online Book Festival is July 2020 is now over but if you would like to be kept up to date, sign up to become a Festival Friend, a stallholder or a volunteer in 2021 email: hello@newarkbookfestival.org.uk

The Newark Book Festival were pleased to announce The BookCase as the Festival Bookseller. To purchase any of the books discussed in any of the events, visit their website www.thebookcase.co.uk

The Newark Book Festival would also like to say thank you to all of the Festival Funders, Arts Council England, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark College and the event sponsors.

CRIME THROUGH THE AGES

FRANCES BRODY, MICK FINLAY, ROD REYNOLDS & NICK QUANTRILL (CHAIR)

We hope you enjoyed this ‘fantastic four’ crime panel as they discussed Crime through the Ages. Chaired by Nick Quantrill whose novel the Sound of the Sinners was published in Summer 2020. Nick was joined by Mick Finlay author of the Arrowood historical crime fiction set in London, Arrowood and the Thames Corpses is the third in the series, Frances Brody’s The Body on the Train, is book number twelve in the Kate Shackleton mysteries, and Rod Reynolds page turning, Blood Red City… A witness but no victim. A crime but no crime scene… These four authors set the scene as they talked about how crime fiction has changed throughout time, and how DNA and police procedures have changed the face of writing crime.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF BYRON WITH EMILY BRAND

Emily Brand - Author

Emily Brand took us through the world of Byron. Her book The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron’s ancestors over three generations in a drama that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemans’ clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on far-flung seas, and in the glamour of pre-revolutionary France.

Emily is an independent writer, historian and genealogist with a special interest in English social history c.1660-1837. Originally from North Nottingham, she now lives in London.

THE BURNING CHAMBERS – KATE MOSSE 

INTERVIEWED BY TIM RIDEOUT

Kate Mosse - Author

Kate Mosse is the author of nine novels & short story collections, including the No 1 multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy – Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel – and No 1 bestselling Gothic fiction including The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is currently adapting for the stage.

Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties . . .

The second novel in this series The City of Tears will be published in 2021.

Brontë 200

ROWAN COLEMAN, LAUREN LIVESEY, LUCY POWRIE & TIM RIDEOUT (CHAIR)

We hope you enjoyed meeting our amazing panel of Brontë experts as they discussed the Brontë200 celebrations and the birth of Anne Brontë two hundred years ago. We were delighted to welcome Rowan Coleman, author of The Vanished Bride and The Girl at the Window, Lauren Livesey, Audience Development Officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Blogger, YouTuber and Young Adult author of The Paper Hearts Society, Lucy Powrie.

Sponsored by Aura Business Centre

AGATHA, POIROT, AND ME WITH SOPHIE HANNAH

Sophie Hannah - Author

We were delighted to welcome international bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah, who provided an insightful talk about her work with, and for the Christie family writing Hercule Poirot novels, and the experience of becoming Agatha Christie’s continuation novel writer.

Sophie talked about how she approaches the formidable task of continuing the stories of one of literature’s greatest detectives, and her thoughts on Christie’s writing, style and plotting. She talked about her latest contemporary thriller, Haven’t They Grown, her How To Hold A Grudge self-help book and podcast, and her Dream Author coaching programme for writers. Sophie will also return to the Festival in person, for 2021!

Sponsored by Creative ApostropheCreative Apostrophe

DRESSED FOR WAR WITH JULIE SUMMERS

Julie Summers - Author

Dressed for War author Julie Summers told the story of the editor of British Vogue 1940-1960, Audrey Withers who was described in 1943 as the most powerful woman in London. A towering intellect with a genius for editing, an eagle eye for good design and the courage to take on some of the biggest personalities in mid-20th century fashion, Audrey Withers was also kind and generous. This event shone a spotlight on this forgotten feminist heroine.

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis

GOTHIC FICTION WITH JESS KIDD, FRANCINE TOON & RHIANNON WARD

What makes a good gothic novel? Where did our love of all things gothic come from? Jess Kidd, Costa Award-winner and author of the gripping Victorian detective novel Things in Jars featuring Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age… joined Francine Toon to talk about her stunning gothic thriller novel Pine,  the perfect novel for our haunted times. Jess and Francine were in conversation with bestselling author Sarah Ward aka Rhiannon Ward whose debut gothic fiction novel set between the late 19th and early 20th century The Quickening was published in August 2020.

PICKLEWITCH AND JACK WITH CLAIRE BARKER

Claire Barker - Author

Children’s author Claire Barker took you through her characters amazing adventures, with beautiful illustrations by Teemu Juhani. This was a fun afternoon and even Picklewitch behaved!

Claire is an author and illustrator. When she’s not busy with engaging events she spends her days wrestling sheep, battling through nettle patches and triumphantly catching rogue chickens. She used to live on narrow-boats but now lives with her family on a small, untidy farm in deepest, darkest Devon. Book three of the Picklewitch & Jack series; The Sea Wizards Secret will be published in March 2021!

Recommended ages: 6-10 year-olds and their families

Children & Young People sponsor: Tallents 

AN INTERVIEW WITH GILES KRISTIAN: CAMELOT

INTERVIEWED BY MARK TURNBULL

Giles Kristian - Author

We were thrilled to welcome Sunday Times bestselling author of Lancelot, Giles Kristian as he guided us through history. His latest book Camelot returns us to the realms of Arthurian legend. His brilliant story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive. Interviewed by Mark Turnbull whose passion for the English Civil War has led him to re-enact famous battles. His latest book Allegiance of Blood opens on the evening of 23 October 1642, amidst the carnage of the first battle of the English Civil War.

The Newark Book Festival were pleased to announce The BookCase as the Festival Bookseller. To purchase any of the books discussed in any of the events, visit their website www.thebookcase.co.uk

The Newark Book Festival would also like to say thank you to all of the Festival Funders, Arts Council England, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark College and the event sponsors.