Gedling Borough Council announced today that it will host Arnold’s first Book Festival, at Arnot Hill Park in July.
The council is working with writers group New Writers UK to stage the festival, which will take place from 12 to 14 July in both the park and the Civic Centre that is located at its heart. Over the three days there will be a lively programme of free activities, workshops and author talks from the likes of Karen Maitland, bestselling Author of the medieval thrillers Company of Liars, The Owl Killers and The Gallows Curse, and Helen Hollick, bestselling author of Harold the King, (now in pre-production as 1066-The Movie), The Hollow Crown and the Arthurian trilogy Pendragon’s Banner.
Nottinghamshire’s Alison Moore, whose book The Lighthouse has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, will also be talking about her work.
The Saturday of the festival is designated Children’s Day. Michael Cox, author of over 60 books for children including The Grisly History of Nottinghamshire, and Catherine Cooper, first winner of the Brit Writers Awards in 2010 and highly acclaimed children’s author, will be talking about their writing, and prolific children’s author Steve Bowkett will conduct a workshop for children, using images to encourage creative writing.
The festival ends on Sunday when Stephen Booth, award-winning and best-selling crime author of the Cooper and Fry detective series, will join the Mayor of Gedling to present awards to the finalists of the Silver Scribes Short Story Competition.
Councillor John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “This is an exciting announcement for us, and potentially for everyone in the Borough. The book festival’s going to be a great weekend for people of all ages to enjoy, and I’m pleased and proud to be associated with the event and to be hosting it here in Arnold.”
Julie Malone, President of New Writers UK, said: “Writing is a pastime that people of all ages and from all backgrounds can enjoy. More people than ever before can get their work read these days, by self-publishing online. Our aim is to promote new writing – and new writers – and help them get an audience for their work.”
Admission to the festival is free. People can find out more at www.newwritersuk.co.uk.