Get ready for real magic at the Alderley Edge Community Book Festival

Posted by Serena Tramonti Media and Advocacy Officer

16th Aug 2012

Edwina CurriePoet and playwright Jackie Kay, best selling novelist Erica James and teen author Melvin Burgess will provide some of the highlights at the Alderley Edge Community Book Festival, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September.

They will head an impressive cast of local writers giving talks, workshops and readings of their work at the book-loving weekend being held by Oxfam at the Festival Hall on Talbot Road in Alderley Edge. Former MP turned author Edwina Currie will open the festival at 11am on Saturday 15 September.

The festival aims at celebrating all things book-related whilst raising precious life saving funds for Oxfam's work tackling global poverty. 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 - marshaling the bids.

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, novelists Elizabeth Baines, Zoe Lambert, Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams and Angelic Reiki practitioner and author, Parveen Smith.

Children will be able to enjoy 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!"

Entry to the book festival will be £1, with most author events free. The festival will take place at Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge.

You can also visit the Oxfam Bookshop at 23, London Road, Alderley Edge, or call: 01625 583 162. You can also follow the bookshop on Twitter @OxfamAlderleyE and check out the amazing programme:

Festival Programme

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: Award-winning horror writer Conrad Williams reads from his novels, Loss of Separation and Blonde on a Stick
1pm: Parveen Smith leads a workshop and introduces her book Seeing is Believing, Believing is Seeing
2pm: Nicholas Royle discusses his new non-fiction book London Gothic (published 2 September)
3pm: Livi Michael introduces her new children's novel Malkin Child (published 18 August)
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. Come in fancy dress as your favourite character for the chance to win a prize (judging at 3.30pm). There will also be an arts and crafts table, plus a cupcake decorating session.

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
12pm: Poet Mike Garry reads a selection of his work
1pm: Melvin Burgess reads from his novels and answers questions from the audience
2pm: Zoe Lambert reads from her short story collection, The War Tour
3pm: Poet and playwright Claire Urwin reads a selection of her work
4pm: Jackie Kay reads from her new short story collection, Reality, Reality.

Children's room

11am Book club workshop, looking at how to run and maintain a successful book club
2pm Bryony Pearce leads the audience in a fun, interactive exploration of her award-winning novel Angel's Fury
3pm Jon Mayhew turns the audience into a group of evil genies from his teen novel The Bonehill Curse

Main hall 

3pm: Auction of rare and antique books with Adam Partridge

There will also be live music throughout the weekend from Sadie Pickering, Martha Evans, The Graduates and the Alstonian Wind Quintet.

Blog post written by Serena Tramonti

Media and Advocacy Officer

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