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Gallery: Page-turner Newark Book Festival lived up to promise of being a masterclass




The page-turner Newark Book Festival was back last week and lived up to its promise of being a masterclass.

There were authors to meet and hear from, workshops to encourage creative writing in novice authors, and story and poetry trails about town.

One of the trails, brought to Newark by the festival bookseller, The Bookcase in Lowdham, was The Tale Of The Whale by Karen Swann.

Other attractions included Home And Heritage window project, where poems could be submitted to form window displays.

The literary village in Newark Market Place was the place to be to buy books or speak to some of the authors about their work.

Authors also gave talks as did history buffs.

The Tudor Hall was the setting for some talks and other venues included the Secret Garden Studios and in the open air in Church Gardens.

Assignments were set for young journalists at the Beanblock Community Café.

Among the authors was 12-time published children’s writer Gareth Baker, who said: “I’ve been every year since the beginning and there’s a real buzz about the place this year.

“I’ve spoken to lots of parents about my books and some budding authors and passed on some advice.”

Charles Cross was promoting his novel, described as an acceptable fantasy in a more-familar world, and described the festival as something a bit different that it was nice to be a part of.

The festival’s artistic director Sara Bullimore said she was delighted the festival had gone ahead, despite the pandemic, and planning would soon start for next year.



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