Thanks to our funders, supporters, Friends and the Festival Board, Newark Book Festival will be going ahead in 2020 although with a big twist! The Festival will be re-created and split into five chapters that will take place between 10th July to 27th February 2021. The programme will continue to celebrate anniversaries and milestones such as 100 years of Agatha Christie.

Chapter One will take place from 10th-12th July and will feature a virtual online Festival of our main author events, headliners, storytime and a workshop, in addition to hopefully hosting an in person small writing for wellbeing workshop with the Festival's 2020 Writer in Residence Leanne Moden. Highlights include a panel discussing Bronte 200, historical fiction, gothic fiction and the fabulous author of The Burning Chambers Kate Mosse.

Remember our flashmob launch in 2019? Well for 2020 we are going to host an online flashmob! Our theme was to celebrate live music over the past 10 decades from the jive to the twist and rock n roll, you can listen to all the tunes we would have done in Spotify and we will be back in 2021 with the live version. But for 2020 we chose a Queen song to commemorate Live Aid on 13 July 1985, 35 years ago. Would you like to take part in our launch with a twist? You can sign up to be part of this by 22nd June and all you need is a phone at home! Drop us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Full details of the Festival virtual programme and how to book will be featured in the next edition of The Bramley.

Make sure that you follow the Festival news on our website and our social media pages to keep abreast of Chapters 2-5 as they are confirmed, our new online book groups, competitions and more!

www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk   @newarkbookfest

The Festival is funded by Arts Council England, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark College, Tallents Solicitors, BNA Charity, Newark Youth Trust, Creative Apostrophe, Duncan & Toplis, Ambitions Personnel, Aura Business Centre and Karrot Animation. We are currently still fundraising to ensure we can continue to develop the Festival, including going on tour in future years.

Published June 2020