Bewdley Book Week 2016 promises to be the best yet. As in previous years we have an eclectic mix of authors with events to suit most literary tastes.
We’re especially pleased that internationally acclaimed novelist Louis DeBernières joins us on Friday September 9th. He will perform poetry and read from his latest novel. Louis is an accomplished musician and he will perform alongside and with The Bookshop Band who are gifted musicians with a unique sound. It’s going to be an informal and stimulating evening with a licensed bar. Tickets (£12) are bound to sell out so please book early.
On the Saturday afternoon we repeat the popular ‘tea and cake’ afternoon, this time with bestselling romantic novelist Carole Matthews. Carole is best known for her Chocolate Lovers' Club series of four books that have sold all over the world. Carole will be joined on stage by Rachel New who is herself an aspiring novelist. You’ll know Rachel as Heart FM’s Breakfast Show co-host and she’s sure to lead a lively discussion. Tickets for this event (£6) include tea and cake.
An innovation for 2016 is our Poetry Day on Tuesday 6th September. This is in response to audience requests for more poetry so we hope you’ll come along to see Rob Barrett and Emma Purshouse during the day (a discounted ticket to both performances is available if you plan to attend both of them by clicking here) and please join the free Poetry Slam at the Cock and Magpie in the evening.
Also new this year is the appearance of a translator of fiction. Nordic Noir is particularly topical with the TV series: The Bridge, The Killing, Borgen and Wallander and the novels of Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell. So we’re lucky to have in Bewdley one of the leading translators of Nordic Noir, Marlaine Delargy.
To complete the line-up of writers we have: the founder of The Cottage Herbery in Tenbury Wells, Kim Hurst; BBC Countryfile’s Farming Hero of 2015, Joan Bomford; leader of a band who had nine UK top ten singles in the 1970s, Dave Bartram; local historian Fenella Flack talking about an English king who died 1000 years ago this year; and an internationally recognised human genetics expert who has appeared as an expert witness on DNA evidence in trials around the world, Dr Wilson Wall.
The packed 2016 programme includes established favourites: Film of the Book Night and the Sunday Literary Quiz with Dinner at the Hop Pole.
See you in September!