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Hexham Book Festival 2019

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Hexham Book Festival

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Whatever social and political upheavals Britain is going through, the English language and the printed word endure. Whether you read for insight into the modern world, or simply to escape from it, the Hexham Book Festival can help.

Nature at least is free from post-Brexit divisions; HBF authors take a look at the common blackbird, explain how to navigate by the stars, explore the old Romany way of life and encourage us to look afresh at the daisy, the little flower Chaucer thought was full of virtue. There’s also food and farming, Harry Potter and horticulture, ancient myths and music, economics and assassins, dinosaurs and disease, booze, blood and bicycles. So take a seat and let the real world wait outside.

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

Book Festival Ticket Offers 

  • Buy tickets in one single transaction for 4 different events and get 15% off! (*excluding workshops, demonstrations, tastings) - Offer only applies per booking and cannot be applied retrospectively.
  • Buy tickets to the two Food Events (Claire MacDonald and Tim Hayward) with lunch and a glass of wine at Bouchon Bistrot for £32.00 / £28.00
  • - Buy One Adult and Two Children tickets for Michael Rosen event for £16.00 (Offer not available online)
  • Please login or register with us to obtain offers. Any offers associated with events will be applied automatically once added to the basket. Not all events have offers. For help please contact the Box Office 01434 652477



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


Wednesday 17 April 

7.30pm-8.30pm - David Olusoga: Black and British: £10.00 / £8.00


Thursday 25 April

7.00pm-9.30pm - A Storytelling Exploration and Workshop £18.00 (16+) 


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Friday 26 April 

EXTRA EVENT added at 2.30pm... (11.00am now SOLD OUT) - John Wright Foraging Workshop at Linnels Farm, Linnels Bank   £15.00 – Limited places

12.30pm-2.30pm - Lunch with Chris Mullin at the Beaumont Hotel £40.00 -  2 Course Lunch with a Glass of Wine – Limited places

7.00pm-8.30pm - Davy Zyw: Talk & Tasting 101 Champagnes and Other Sparkling Wines to try before you Die at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £18.00 includes tasting – Limited places


Saturday 27 April 

9.30am-11.30am - Tim Pears Character: Creative Writing Workshop at Phil & Lit   £18.00 – Limited places

11.00am-11.45am - Chris Bostock Stories for Family Audiences (Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult) at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £3.00

11.00am-12.00pm - Lucy Mangan Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading £8.00 / £6.00

12.30pm-1.30pm - Steve Brusatte The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: Suitable for all ages from 8yrs £5.00 – Adults / £3.00 – Under 16s

12.30pm-1.30pm - Rosemary Goring Scotland: Her Story The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey  £8.00 / £6.00

1.45pm-2.45pm - Sally Urwin A Farmer's Diary: A Year at High House Farm at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-3.00pm - Tim Pears The Redeemed at The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey  £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-3.00pm - Chris Mullin The Friends of Harry Perkins  £10.00 / £8.00

3.15pm-4.15pm - Sarah Davy Starting a Writer’s Blog – Workshop at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

3.30pm-4.30pm - Tracy Borman Henry VIII and the men who made him £10.00 / £8.00

5.00pm-6.00pm - Fiona Stafford The Brief Life of Flowers – Illustrated Talk £8.00 / £6.00

6.30pm-7.30pm - Neil Oliver The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places £10.00 / £8.00

8.00pm-9.00pm - Natalie Haynes Troy Story £10.00 / £8.00


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Sunday 28 April 

11.00am-12.00pm Ian Fraser Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

12.00pm-1.00pm Sinclair McKay Secret Service Brainteasers – Quiz £8.00 / £6.00

12.30pm - 1.30pm - Malachy Tallack The Valley at the Centre of the World at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

1.30pm-2.30pm Edward Bullmore The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-3.00pm Paul Anthony Jones Around the world in 80 words at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

3.00pm-4.00pm Luke Jennings Killing Eve: No Tomorrow £8.00 / £6.00

3.30pm-4.30pm Rose George Nine Pints: A Journey through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall £8.00 / £6.00

4.30pm-5.30pm Max Adams & Nell Stevens A Refusal to be Reticent Jacqui Hodgson £8.00 / £6.00

5.00pm-6.00pm Karen Lloyd Blackbird Diaries at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

6.00pm-7.00pm Ed Vuillamy When Words Fail [CANCELLED]

6.30pm-8.30pm Linda France Nine from the North: A Celebration of Women Poets at  Queen's Hall Café £12.00 / £10.00 – Includes a complimentary glass of wine


Monday 29 April 

9.45am-12.00pm Anne Jones An Introduction to Speed Reading – Workshop at the White Room, Queen’s Hall   £18.00 – Limited spaces


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Tuesday 30 April 

5.00pm-6.00pm Tristan Gooley Wild Signs and Star Paths £8.00 / £6.00

6.15pm-7.15pm Justin Butcher Walking to Jerusalem at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

6.30pm-7.30pm Prue Leith The Lost Son £10.00 / £8.00

8.00pm-9.00pm Amanda Owen On the Farm with the Yorkshire Shepherdess £8.00 / £6.00


Wednesday 1 May 

5.30pm-6.30pm Michael Rosen £8.00 / £6.00 (Concessions and children 16 years and under)   [Ticket Offer: One Adult and Two Children – £16.00 (offer not available online)]

7.30pm-8.30pm Graeme Macrae Burnet The Accident on the A35 £8.00 / £6.00


Thursday 2 May 

6.15pm-7.30pm Oz Clarke Red and White: An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine £10.00 / £8.00

8.00pm-9.30pm Kate Humble Thinking on My Feet Theatre £15.50


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Friday 3 May 

10.00am-11.00am Claire MacDonald £8.00 / £6.00*

11.30am-12.30pm Tim Hayward Knife £8.00 / £6.00*

*SPECIAL TICKET OFFER Enjoy both Claire and Tim’s events followed  by a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine  at Bouchon Bistrot for £32.00 / £28.00

2.00pm-3.30pm Claire MacDonald Cooking for family & friends at Linnels Farm – Cookery Demonstration at Linnels Farm, Linnels Bank  £25.00 – Limited places

3.00pm-4.00pm Wendy Mitchell Somebody I used to Know at the White Room, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

6.30pm-7.30pm Jane Glover Handel in London: The Making of a Genius £8.00 / £6.00

8.00pm-9.30pm Misha Glenny McMafia £10.00 / £8.00


Saturday 4 May 

11.00am-12.00pm Mike Thornton The Norman Cornish Sketchbooks – Illustrated Talk £8.00 / £6.00

12.30pm-1.30pm Harry Potter Event £5.00 / £3.00 (Concessions and children under 16)

1.45pm-2.45pm Damian le Bas The Stopping Places: A Journey through Gypsy Britain at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-3.00pm Irving Finkel The Writing in the Stone – Illustrated Talk £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-2.45pm Chris Bostock – The Storyteller Fish Tales! – Stories for children under 5 and their families. Gallery 1, Queen’s Hall   £3.00

2.30pm-4.30pm Sarah Moss Writing Rubbish – Creative Writing Workshop at Phil & Lit, Hexham  £25.00 – Limited places

3.15pm-4.15pm Adrian Tinniswood Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

3.30pm-4.30pm Pete Edwards A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe – Illustrated Talk £8.00 / £6.00

5.00pm-6.00pm Mark Lynas The Seeds of Danger at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

6.30pm-7.30pm Kathryn Mannix With the End in Mind £8.00 / £6.00

8.00pm-9.00pm Kamal Ahmed The Life and Times of a Very British Man £10.00 / £8.00


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Sunday 5 May 

11.00am-12.00pm Vanessa Nicolson The Truth Game at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

12.00pm-1.00pm Julian Baggini How the World Thinks £8.00 / £6.00

12.30pm-1.30pm Sarah Moss Ghost Wall at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

1.30pm-2.30pm Fiona Davison The Hidden Horticulturists – Illustrated Talk £8.00 / £6.00

2.00pm-5.00pm Tracey Warr & Rob La Frenais Writing the Future – Writing Workshop at Phil & Lit, Hexham £20.00 – Limited places

2.00pm-3.00pm Annabel Abbs Frieda: The Original Lady Chatterley at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall  £8.00 / £6.00

3.00pm-4.00pm Claire Harman Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime £8.00 / £6.00

3.30pm-4.30pm Harry Pearson The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman at Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall   £8.00 / £6.00

4.30pm-5.30pm Alan Johnson In My Life: A Music Memoir £10.00 / £8.00

6.00pm-7.15pm Benjamin Zephaniah The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah £12.00 / £10.00 / £8.00 (Under 18s)


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