Give us a call on 01434 652477

Hexham Book Festival 2017

Friday 28 April – Sunday 7 May

Info

Dates

Gallery

Book

Booking: 
1
2
Showing at

Hexham Book Festival

In these times of upheaval, find sanity, explanation and escapism in words at the twelfth Hexham Book Festival where food, politics, biography, poetry, nature, comedy and history are amongst some of the literary lifelines on offer.  

For more details pick up a festival programme in the foyer, download it here or visit the Hexham Book Festival website

ALL EVENTS ARE AT THE QUEEN’S HALL ARTS CENTRE UNLESS SPECIFIED. CONCESSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE TO BOOK FESTIVAL FRIENDS, STUDENTS AND THOSE IN RECEIPT OF BENEFITS.
NOTE: JOINT TICKET OFFERS AND 4 FOR 3 OFFER NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE - PLEASE BOOK THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE.
ALL TICKETS BOOKED ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO 50P PER TICKET TRANSACTION FEE.

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

Hexham Book Festival is run as a partnership with Queen’s Hall Arts.

--------------------

Friday 28 April

4.00pm Adam O’Riordan: Writing sonnets £17.00 inc refreshments (only 18 places)
How do we start to tell stories in our poems and how do we do it well?

7.00pm Lemm Sissay: Gold from the Stone £12.00 / £10.00
Official poet of the 2012 Olympics, and a regular contributor to Radio 4 detailing his struggles with love, hate, prejudice and politics of everyday British life.
 

Saturday 29 April    

10.00am Chloe Daykin: A Workshop for Children £5.00
Make your own paperback aquarium book and fill it with invented beasts. For ages 7 years+

1.00pm Adam O’Riordan: The Burning Ground & Julia Pachico: The Lucky Ones £7.00 / £5.00
The hedonism of America’s West Coast and the urban jungles of Columbia and New York form the backdrop to these short story collections.

2.00pm Polly Toynbee and David Walker:  Dismembered £8.00 / £6.00
Polly Toynbee and David Walker guide us through the post-Brexit world focussing on the public services upon which we all depend.

2.30pm Evie Wyld – Everything is Teeth £7.00 / £5.00
Evie who grew up in London and Australia will be talking about her writing life and creative journey from short story to award winning novel.

3.30pm Michele Roberts and Salley Gardner (aka Wray Delaney) £8.00 / £6.00

4.00pm Madeleine Bunting: Love of Country - A Hebridean Journey £7.00 / £5.00
This event is now in the Beaumont Hotel
How does a chain of remote islands on the fringes of Britain hold the hearts and imaginations of so many writers, mystics and artists, and how has it come to shape our nation?

5.00pm Frank Gardner:  Crisis £8.00 / £6.00
Frank Gardner was for many years the BBC’s Security Correspondent, and in his debut thriller he draws upon his experience of the murky world of international terror.

5.30pm Lois Pryce - Revolutionary Ride - On the Road in Search of the Real Iran £7.00 / £5.00
This event is now in the Beaumont Hotel
A 3,000 mile solo journey exploring the real Iran and its generous people, attempting to uncover this incongruous country.

6.30pm Denise Welsh:  If They Could See Me Now £8.00 / £6.00
What does it take for a middle-aged, seemingly happily married woman to start her life all over again?  

8.00pm Paul Morley - The Age of Bowie - How David Bowie Made a World of Difference £8.00 / £9.00
An unashamed love letter to the shape-shifting pop icon David Bowie, who died in January 2016 aged just 69, by one of the country’s most respected cultural and arts commentators.

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

Sunday 30 April    

10.30am Michele Roberts, workshop £20 (SOLD OUT)
At Hexham Abbey

1.30pm Claudia Hammond: Mind over Money - The Psychology of Money and How to Use it Better £8.00 / £6.00
Claudia Hammond, the voice of Radio 4’s psychology programme ‘All in the Mind’, examines the complex and often devisive issue of money, from bribery to boardroom pay, charitable giving to challenging your children about money. 

2.00pm Stef Penney Under a Pole Star £7.00 / £5.00

3.00pm Salley Vickers: Cousins £7.00 / £5.00
From the acclaimed author of ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ comes the story of Will Tye, a middle-class boy from a suburban background, who develops his first crush on a girl - his cousin Cecilia.

3.30pm Nancy Campbell £7.00 / £5.00
This event is now in The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey
£12.00 / £9.00 (Joint ticket with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough event)

4.30pm Louise Doughty: Black Water £8.00 / £6.00
From the author of the best-selling thriller ‘Apple Tree Yard’ comes a novel set amid the political and military tension of the late twentieth century told through the eyes of one man, John Harper.  

5.00pm Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough:  Beyond the Northlands - Viking Sagas and the Old Norse Legends £7.00 / £5.00
This event is now in the Great Hall, Hexham Abbey
Journey across plain and fjord in the footsteps of those pre-hipster beardies, the Vikings.
£12.00 / £9.00 (Joint ticket with Nancy Campbell event)

6.00pm Michael Haag: The Durrells of Corfu £8.00 / £6.00
A biography of one of Britain’s most famously eccentric families, the Durrells, whose life on the Greek island of Corfu formed the basis of the classic ‘My Family and Other Animals’.                     

7.30pm Tariq Ali: The Dilemmas of Lenin - Terrorism, War, Empire, Love , Revolution £8.00 / £6.00
 

Tuesday 2 May

1.00pm Deborah Andrews: Walking The Lights £3.00
An evocative account the lost world of optimistic1990’s Blairite Britain, this debut novel was runner up for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker Prize’ in 2016.
At Robinson Gay Gallery

6.00pm Patrick Wildgust: The Beauties of Sterne £8.00 / £6.00
An illustrated talk by the curator of Shandy Hall in North Yorkshire, the home of the eighteenth century writer Laurence Sterne and the man credited with inventing the modern novel - Tristram Shandy.
Now in Queen's Hall Arts Centre Theatre
£14.00 / £10.00 (Joint ticket with Hunter Davis event)

7.30pm Hunter Davis: The Co-ops Got Bananas! A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North £8.00 / £6.00
A memoir of what it was like to grow up in the austerity-filled years of rationing and slum clearance in the years after the Second World War by one of this country’s most celebrated journalists.
Now in Queen's Hall Arts Centre Theatre
£14.00 / £10.00 (Joint ticket with Patrick Wildgust event)

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

Wednesday 3 May

1.00pm Mathew Caley: Rake £3.00
A frequent guest on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and runner up for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Coley is a writer whose work has been described as both strange and beautiful.
At Robinson Gay Gallery

6.30pm Jess Kidd: Himself  £5.00
Set on Ireland’s remote West Coast, this is a novel about what happens when an outsider tries to lift the lid on family secrets in a village from which no-one ever leaves.

8.00pm Francis Spufford: Golden Hill £8.00 / £6.00
Winner of the 2016 Costa First Novel Award.
In 1740's New York, a handsome young Dandy arrives in town fresh off the boat from England with an order for a thousand pounds, which he wishes to cash.
 

Thursday 4 May 

1.00pm Robert Bluck £3.00
At Robinson Gay Gallery 

6.15pm Vaseem Khan £6.00

7.15pm Film: Bride and Prejudice £6.00
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets the Bollywood treatment.
£10.00 (Joint ticket for both Vaseem’s talk and film)

7.30pm Keith Stuart: A Boy Made of Blocks £7.00 / £5.00
Keith Stuart’s book is based on his own experience of bringing up a son who has autism, and finding connections through computer games.
 

Friday 5 May

10.30am Thomasina Miers £8.00 / £6.00
Special ticket offer; Enjoy both Thomasina Miers and Jordan Bourke’s events followed by a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine at Bouchon Bistrot for £30

12noon Jordan Bourke: Healthy Baking - 100 Nourishing Sourdoughs, Cakes, Grain Salads, Tarts & Ferments £7.00 / £5.00
With all the anxiety surrounding food, this timely cook book takes a calm look at how we can make genuinely healthy meals using natural ingredients.
Special ticket offer; Enjoy both Thomasina Miers and Jordan Bourke’s events followed by a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine at Bouchon Bistrot for £30

2.00pm Pete Brown: The Apple Orchard - The Story of Our Most English Fruit £7.00 / £5.00
When Pete Brown started investigating cider, he became obsessed with orchards. Through folklore, myth and modern market forces, he traces the essence of this most magical of fruit.

6.00pm Bloodaxe Books presents Film: In Person: World Poets £8.00 / £6.00
In 2008, we welcomed Bloodaxe to the Festival with the world's first DVD-anthology, In Person: 30 Poets. Now we are thrilled that Neil Astley , editor of Bloodaxe Books, will present a film with highlights from its sequel, In Person: World Poets, another international collaboration with film-maker Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

6.30pm Billie meets Kurt: Gabriele Heller (vocals) & Steve Glendinning (guitar) Free Event with a ticket
A candid conversation about love, troubled souls and enduring hope featuring songs by Billie Holliday and Kurt Weill.

8.00pm Arthur Smith at your Service £14.00
One of the original and funniest Grumpy Old Men, comedian, writer and broadcaster Arthur Smith delivers an evening of comic uproar and smutty jokes, laced with readings from his acclaimed memoir ‘My Name is Daphne Fairfax’. 

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

Saturday 6 May

11.00am Debi Gliori: Little Owl’s Egg £3.00 (parents/carers) Children free
Debi’s gentle, funny stories are perfect as first books for children under 5, with beautiful illustrations by Alison Brown. 

12noon Artemis Cooper: Elizabeth Jane Howard - A Dangerous Innocence £8.00 / £6.00
Best known for her books ‘The Cazalet Chronicles’, Elizabeth Jane Howard was in the spotlight for her love affairs as much as her writing.

12.30pm Franny Moyle - The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner £7.00 / £5.00
This event is now in the Beaumont Hotel
In this biography, we see Turner striding like a colossus across turbulent times riven by war and the industrial revolution, revealing through his paintings the stresses and spirit of the age.
The film, Mr Turner, is showing at the Forum Cinema at 5pm, see below for details.

1.30pm Maggie O’Farrell:  This Must Be the Place £8.00 / £6.00
A reclusive ex-film star living in remote Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct is to reach for her shotgun when a stranger approaches.

2.00pm Debi Gliori:  Night Shift £7.00 / £5.00
From the children’s author Debi Gliori comes a brand new novel for Young Adults about depression.

3.00pm Margaret Hodge: Called to Account £8.00 / £6.00

3.30pm Peter Stanford:  Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident £7.00 / £5.00
In the 500th anniversary of the act that ignited a religious wildfire across Europe comes a new biography of the man that lit the touchpaper, Martin Luther.

4.30pm Natalie Haynes – Stand-Up Classicist £10.00 / £8.00
Comedian and star of the BBC Radio 4 series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics and to coincide with her latest novel, The Children of Jocasta, Natalie takes us on a tour through the earliest Greek Tragedies and Comedies.

5.00pm Film: Mr Turner £5.00
The Wide Skies programme are supporting the Festival with a special showing of this 2014 Mike Leigh film to compliment Franny Moyle’s talk on the great JMW Turner.
This follows Franny Moyle’s event - The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner, at 12.30pm, see above for details.
At the Forum Cinema. Tickets from Forum Cinema

6.15pm Chris Mullin: Hinterland £8.00 / £6.00
All serious politicians have a hinterland worth exploring. These are his memoirs.

8.00pm Sara Pascoe: Animal £10.00 / £8.00

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

Sunday 7 May

10.30am Poetry Breakfast £7.00 (Places limited)
Bring along a poem to share (one of your own or one you admire) and enjoy coffee and croissant in this lovely Market Place cafe.
At The Lounge at Bin 21

12nonn Jovan Nicholson: Winifred Nicholson - Liberation of Colour £7.00 / £5.00
​Now in Prior's Hall, Hexham Abbey
The artist Winifred Nicholson is best known for her intense, intimate paintings of her surroundings, especially the Cumbrian landscape where she lived for many years.

1.30pm Emma Jane Kirby & Diana Dark: The Optician of Lampedusa & The House in Damascus - An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis £8.00 / £6.00
Two insider versions of the Syrian crisis which cut through the 24 hour news voyeurism to an essential truth about war, displacement and our humanity.

3.00pm Joan Ruddock: Going Nowhere £8.00 / £6.00
To anyone who came of political age in the 1980’s Joan Ruddock is an icon. This is the story of her life growing up in the Welsh valleys and how she came to embody the radical voice of Britain’s biggest protest movement, The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

3.00pm John Simpson: The Word Detective - From Serendipity to Selfie £7.00 / £5.00
Now in Prior's Hall, Hexham Abbey
Why do words suddenly appear on the scene, and others fall from grace?  John Simpson was until recently the Chief Editor of The Oxford English Dictionary, so who better to guide us through the labyrinth that is the English language.

4.30pm Gary Younge: Another Day in the Death of America £8.00 / £6.00
In a forensic investigation of America’s obsession with firearms and the reluctance to limit their circulation, investigative award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge looks at those youngsters who lose their lives on just one ordinary day. Chaired by Mark Lawson

6.00pm Mark Lawson: The Allegations £8.00 / £6.00
When a famous TV academic has allegations of sexual assault leveled against him, a very modern nightmare starts to unravel.

7.30pm Oh Goody! Tim Brooke-Taylor In Conversation with Chris Searle £15.00
Tim discusses his long career with the writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Expect hilarious stories from a lifetime in comedy. The evening is generously illustrated with clips of the funniest moments from his TV and film career.

Book at the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Joint tickets & '4 for 3' tickets not available online.

ALL EVENTS ARE AT THE QUEEN’S HALL ARTS CENTRE UNLESS SPECIFIED. CONCESSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE TO BOOK FESTIVAL FRIENDS, STUDENTS AND THOSE IN RECEIPT OF BENEFITS. NOTE: JOINT TICKET OFFERS AND 4 FOR 3 OFFER NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE - PLEASE BOOK THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE. ALL TICKETS BOOKED ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO 50P PER TICKET TRANSACTION FEE.

Book your

Theatre Tickets

You May Also Like

Friday 28 April 2017 to Friday 05 May 2017