The aim of the event is to celebrate all things book-related whilst raising funds, through book sales and donations, to boost Oxfam’s work tackling global poverty.
The Festival will feature storytelling sessions to entertain younger readers and sales of donated books. Visitors will also enjoy live music and refreshments.
Katie Robb, Oxfam Bookshop manager in Alderley Edge and one of the event’s organisers, said: “I am so grateful to all the writers who are taking part in the Festival weekend. We’ve planned some really exciting events to appeal to a huge range of literary tastes and to bookworms of all ages from two upwards!’
When? 2013 TBA
2012 - 15 & 16 September 10.30 am - 5 pm
Where? Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire East
What & Who? Former MP and local author, Edwina Currie, will be revealing more secrets about her life at Westminster when she visits Alderley Edge Community Book Festival.
The ex-Conservative member for South Derbyshire will open the Festival (11am, Saturday 15 September) and entertain audiences with a reading from the latest instalment of her memoirs, Diaries 1992 - 97.
Writer, poet and playwright Jackie Kay, best-selling novelist Erica James and teen author Melvin Burgess (above right - photo credit Caterina Clifford) are also on the bill.
Novelist, Livi Michael, will introduce her new children’s book, Malkin Child, based on the events of the infamous Pendle Witch trials. There will be contributions from Manchester poet Mike Garry, short story writer Zoe Lambert, novelists Elizabeth Baines, Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams and Angelic Reiki practitioner and author, Parveen Smith. Young adult author, Sherry Ashworth, will teach a creative writing lesson at Wilmslow High School in the week preceding the Book Festival.
And a number of rare and antique books will go under the hammer with TV auctioneer Adam Partridge – well-known for his regular appearances on Flog It and Bargain Hunt – marshalling the bids!
How Much? £1 Festival admission. Some events ticketed. Proceeds to Oxfam.
Details also available at the Oxfam Bookshop at 23 London Road, Alderley Edge. Telephone? Call: 01625 583 162 or 0161 434 5380.
2012 Festival Programme (may be subject to change)
Saturday 15 September, reading room
11am – Festival opening with Edwina Currie. The former MP reads from the latest
edition of her diaries (published 18 September)
12pm – Conrad Williams – the award-winning horror writer reads from his novels,
Loss of Separation and Blonde on a Stick
1pm – Parveen Smith
2pm – Nicholas Royle
3pm – Livi Michael - introduces her new children’s novel Malkin Child (published 18
4pm – Erica James - discusses her latest novel The Real Katie Lavender in
conversation with Oxfam’s Deborah Grace.
Children’s room 2 - 5pm – Storytelling for the under-fives with Rita McCaughley
Sunday 16 September, reading room
11am – Elizabeth Baines – reads from her short story collection Balancing on the Edge of the World and her two novels Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine.
12noon – Mike Garry
1pm – Melvin Burgess
2pm – Zoe Lambert - reads from her short story collection, The War Tour.
4pm – Jackie Kay - reads from her new short story collection, Reality, Reality.
Main hall 3pm – Auction of rare and antique books with Adam PartridgeLive music and refreshments available.
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