Morpeth Book Festival is a new event created by Greater Morpeth Development Trust and will be taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April.
The festival will be held in Pleased to Meet You and Morpeth Library. Pleased to Meet You have allocated their beautiful function rooms for their ‘Meet the Authors’ sessions. The Morpeth Library will host a number of children’s readings and workshops. It is in partnership with Northumerland Libraries and tickets are available here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/greater-morpeth-development-trust-38378339913 as well as Morpeth Library.
The festival will be an absolute celebration of literature from all genres and will be attended by many well known authors. The event was created after finding out that Morpeth has the highest density of readers in the county.
The authors attending include award-winning crime writer, Ann Cleeves. The author has received an OBE for her work and has seen many of her books turned into television series. This includes hit shows like Vera and Shetland as well as The Long Call made in 2021.
The festival will also see a virtual call for Hollywood scriptwriter, television producer and novelist Chuck Hogan. Hogan has been responsible for massive Hollywood films such as The Town and 13 Hours. He was also a co-creator and executive producer with acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro of television series The Strain. He will be making a virtual appearance to introduce the ‘Dystopian Fiction’ section of our Festival on Sunday 10th 4:30pm – 6:30pm.
In addition to these authors the festival will also be host to 30+ multi-award winning writers and poets who will perform including Trevor Wood, Robert Scragg and Fiona Veitch Smith.
These are just a few of the amazing acts and talks that will take place on the fun packed weekend. It will be a true book lover’s dream weekend with a mix of local, national & international authors, both leading and emerging. They will be sure to inspire and interact with audiences in an extensive programme of public events – follow the link here for full itinerary GMDT Morpeth Book Festival Itinerary Apr22 (v4 170322)
In addition to their contribution, local business sponsors include Pleased To Meet You, Specsavers Morpeth, TMP Wealth Management, and Maseco LLP.