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Bedfordshire Book Festival

  Thursday 27th May 2010 

 

Life could get even more interesting from the 2nd - 13th of June, as the Bedfordshire Book Festival takes place. A full and varied programme of free events will take place across 17 libraries and includes author visits, writing workshops, storytelling, children’s activities, and even a ‘Readers Day’ for Bedfordshire reading group members, and other interested individuals.

 

Cllr Barry Huckle, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure at Bedford Borough Council said: “Whatever age you are, you never stop learning in life. Bedfordshire Book Festival will allow people to soak up a collection of shared knowledge, with room for discussion.  It will provide the perfect platform to soak up interesting information and socialise at the same time.”

 

The festival, a joint collaboration between Bedford Borough Libraries and Central Bedfordshire Libraries, will enable individuals to listen to talks from literary greats, such as: Alanna Knight, who last year celebrated the landmark publication of her 50th book. Stephen May, who is a playwright and novelist, and Director of the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank, where he has programmed and organised courses attended by over 2,000 different writers. Nigel Lutt, who is Operations Manager with Bedford and Luton Archives and Records Service. Nigel is the author of ‘Bedfordshire at War’ and is knowledgeable about many aspects of historical Bedfordshire. Ruth Downie, who is a keen amateur archaeologist and the author of an addictively escapist series of mystery novels featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant detective Gaius Petrieus Ruso. Andrew Treppass, who discusses the production and choice of audio books, as well as promoting their new on-line ebook service, and John Greening, who has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow for 2010, John’s latest book of poetry is  Hunts Poems 1979-2009.

 

Full details of all the events can be found on Bedfordshire Libraries Virtual Library (http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ or http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/, click on Libraries).

 

 

For more information on any of the events listed, please contact:

Anthea Slark, Adult Services Manager, Bedford Borough Council

Email: anthea.slark@bedford.gov.uk

Telephone: 01234 718178

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