Morpeth Book Festival

A new weekend event being planned by GMDT for Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2022, in partnership with Northumberland Libraries.

Authors of: Crime, History, Historical Fiction, Biographies, …

Special interest / activities: poetry, children’s programme, audio books, RNIB representative re availability for blind & partially sighted citizens, …

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 event, is a collaboration between Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Northumberland Libraries, and Northumberland County Council. In addition to their contribution, local business sponsors include the Queens Head Hotel, Specsavers Morpeth, TMP Wealth Management, and Maseco LLP.

Authors include the award-winning crime writing creator of the Vera series, Ann Cleeves; and the Hollywood scriptwriter, novelist and television producer Chuck Hogan who will both be making a virtual appearance.

30+ multi-award winning writers and poets will perform live on stage, including: Trevor Wood, winner of the Specsavers debut crime novel award 2021; Robert Scragg, winner of the Lindisfarne prize for crime fiction 2021; Fiona Veitch Smith, author of the Poppy Denby Investigates & The Time-twisters shortlisted for CWA Historical Dagger; Elaine Cusack, award winning performing poet and journalist; and the great Helen Steadman, a historical novelist whose book, The Running Wolf, features Morpeth gaol.

These are but a few of Morpeth Book Festival 2022 exciting line up. This dream team of local, national & international authors, both leading and emerging, will inspire and interact with audiences in an extensive programme of public events.

There are 2 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 ‘Meet the Authors’ sessions – a powerful forum for the public to exchange views with writers representing an array of genres: crime, memoir, travel, adventure, 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.