Hexham Book Festival is back for its 17th year with a line-up of more than 100 authors and events. Running from 10th-19th June 2022, the Festival takes place at venues across the historic market town, including the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre and a vintage Spiegeltent in the grounds of Hexham Abbey.

The programme includes a line-up of high profile, authors, thinkers and politicians, lively performance events and a fantastic family festival, StoryLand.

Director Susie Troup says: Having weathered the pandemic and delivered a smaller programme in 2021 we’re thrilled to be back with our fabulous Spiegeltent, supported again by Hexham Abbey and working with our partners Queen’s Hall Arts in our favourite venue the Queen’s Hall. It’s thanks to our many friends, funders and supporters that we are still here with a programme that we hope will delight all ages.”

The main Festival showcases a wide range of genres with authors including Val McDermid, Lemn Sissay, Hollie McNish, Ed Balls, Lady Brenda Hale and North East authors L J Ross and Chloe Duckworth.

Staged in the Spiegeltent and under canvas in Hexham’s Park, this family-friendly experience has a fantastic summer festival vibe – expect bubbles, bunting, kids comedy and circus alongside best-selling authors including Chris Haughton, Jim Smith and M G Leonard and the North-East based Jenny Pearson, Helen Stephens and Sara Ogilvie.

Interactive performances will include a celebration of 25 years of Harry Potter magic and some home grown shows with a brand-new imagining of The Secret Garden relocated to modern Northumberland and Paper Cuts, a circus theatre performance from the North East’s CIRC Motif.

StoryLand festival Programmer Sharon West says: “We are excited to bring StoryLand to Northumberland and look forward to welcoming all readers, dreamers, and believers. Magical stories will entertain and inspire children of all ages – and there will be lots for grown-ups to love too!”

StoryLand is made possible by funding from The Gillian Dickinson Trust and Arts Council England.

Visit:www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk for more information,

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