News has arrived from colleague Helen Towers about the new Bookends Festival taking place in Carlisle over the first weekend in September.
Headline appearances include Carlisle-born writer and broadcaster Grace Dent, in conversation with Stuart Maconie; Sandra Howard, the novelist, Sixties model and wife of former Home Secretary Michael Howard; and music writer and cultural commentator Paul Morley who will talk about his new book on the North. They join previously announced headliners including Rory Stewart, Hunter Davies, and Alan Johnson.
The festival is the Carlisle’s first book festival, and takes place from Friday 5 September to Sunday 7 September at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Carlisle Cathedral, Tullie House and Waterstones.
Borderlines is a not-for profit organisation developed through partnership working between Bookends Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service; Tullie House Museum and Gallery, and Cumbria Life.
As well as author talks, The Writers' Quarter on Saturday 6 September, features a series of workshops from poetry and therapeutic writing, to writing for children. Workshop leaders include William Ryan, who regularly runs Guardian Masterclasses, and will be holding a crime writing masterclass. There will also be workshops on self-publishing and storytelling, and the day will conclude with a celebration of the written work produced, at a special Litcaff night.
Sunday is designated 'Cumbria Day' with all events involving Cumbrian authors or themes.
Festival president is journalist and author Hunter Davies, who was brought up in Carlisle and has written numerous books, including the only authorised biography of The Beatles. He will talk about his latest title, The Biscuit Girls, the story of six retired Carr's cracker packers and also preview his next book on The Beatles Lyrics, on the opening night of the festival.
For full details of the festival and to book tickets online visit the website
Printed copies of the festival guide will be launched at Lakeland Book of the Year at the Inn on the Lake on Tuesday 22nd July and distributed around Carlisle and Cumbria. Copies will also be sent to libraries.
Tickets can also be purchased at Bookends in Castle St, Carlisle, or by phoning 01228 529067.
Borderlines is indebted to the following sponsors: Carlisle Cathedral; Carlisle City Council; Cranstons; Cumberland Building Society; Cumbria County Council.
I’m sure you will agree that the 30+ events offer something for all tastes!