Morpeth Book Festival

A new weekend event planned by GMDT and taking place on 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 Pleased To Meet You, 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 – the latter will be making a virtual appearance to introduce the ‘Dystopian Fiction’ section of our Festival. Day 1 (Sat 9th April) will close with ‘A Conversation with Mari Hannah, award-winning crime writer of the Kate Daniels series of books including latest release ‘Her Last Request’.

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

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.

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

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:

GMDT Morpeth Book Festival Itinerary Apr22

There are 2 venues hosting the festival: Pleased to Meet You (Bridge Street) has allocated several function 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 & poetry recital.

The second venue is Morpeth Library (Manchester Street) 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.