Morpeth Book Festival

A new weekend event planned by GMDT took place on Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2022, in partnership with Northumberland Libraries.  Tickets were available online via Eventbrite or from Morpeth Library. A 2nd Morpeth Book Festival is now being planned for Sat 1st & Sun 2nd April 2023.


Morpeth Book Festival 2022 was 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, was a collaboration between Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Northumberland Libraries, and Northumberland County Council. In addition to their contribution, local business sponsors included Pleased To Meet You, Specsavers Morpeth, TMP Wealth Management, and Maseco LLP.

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, …

Authors included award-winning crime writing creator of the Vera series, Ann Cleeves; and Hollywood scriptwriter, novelist and television producer Chuck Hogan who made a virtual appearance introducing the ‘Dystopian Fiction’ section. ‘A Conversation with Mari Hannahclosed Day 1 – award-winning crime writer of the Kate Daniels book series including latest release ‘Her Last Request’.

Photos (l to r): Ann Cleeves, Mari Hannah

30+ multi-award winning writers and poets performed 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.

Photos (l to r): Trevor Wood, Robert Scragg, Fiona Veitch Smith, Elaine Cusack

Many thanks to students at Collingwood School & Media Arts College for their MBF 2022 event coverage:

Further MBF 2022 event coverage from Morpeth News TV:

Ann Cleeves kindly launched the event:

Poets found a platform too:

Morpeth Book Festival a success story:


These were just a few of Morpeth Book Festival 2022 exciting line up. This dream team of local, national & international authors, both leading and emerging, inspired and interacted with their audiences in an extensive programme of public events:

GMDT Morpeth Book Festival Itinerary Apr22 (v4 170322)

2 venues hosted the festival: Pleased to Meet You (Bridge Street) allocated several function rooms for a series of scintillating ‘Meet the Authors’ sessions – a powerful forum allowing the public to exchange views with writers representing an array of genres: crime, memoir, travel, adventure, local history, romance & poetry recital.

The second venue was Morpeth Library (Manchester Street) with a fascinating package of children’s workshops and readings. There was an appearance from BorrowBox and their range of eAudiobooks and eBooks in addition to the RNIB, Royal National Institute of Blind People.