Arts / Education / Playwriting / Reading / Writing
Hexham Book Festival
"We are delighted to have the support of the Gillian Dickinson Trust which has been crucial in the planning and delivery of the festival and related year round activities. The 2012 festival stretched over an enjoyable and stimulating 10 days, celebrating a wide range of subjects with authors’ talks, panel discussions and workshops: politics and philosophy, gardening, food and travel, art, Romans, religion and poetry, crime and passion all had a place. The feedback from authors and audiences has been resoundingly positive, with authors commenting on how lovely Hexham is and what a pleasure it was appearing as part of the book festival. We profiled over 40 authors and poets, highlights included Claudia Roden, Brian Sewell, Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Tam Dalyell, AC Grayling, Andrew Motion, Meg Rosoff and Richard Holloway."
Hexham Book Festival is the only literary festival in Northumberland, bringing great names of literary merit to the region whilst inspiring and supporting the vision of the region’s authors and poets.
The festival is primarily held at the Queens Hall, Hexham as well as other venues throughout the town – Hexham Abbey and the Forum Cinema. For the second year we showcased regional authors in free lunch time events at the Robinson Gay Gallery. As part of our programme we also run educational projects for local schools as well as specific workshops for children who face barriers to reading and writing, both of these projects are well received by the teaching staff and are perceived as an important inclusion in their school year.
HBF are looking forward to working with The Gillian Dickinson Trust in the future as the festival goes from strength to strength.