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Second Book Festival by Suffolk Libraries 21st – 30th October 2016

BooksEast is a proud supporter of the Suffolk Libraries BookFest, and we’re delighted to share news of the programme for its second book festival.

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest is now in its second year and takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 October. It sees a politician, historian, video game blogger, award-winning children’s illustrator, thriller writers, novelists and a survivor from the Holocaust all speaking at events held in libraries and other venues throughout the county.

The Friends of Lavenham Library will be hosting a tea with James Runcie, the creator of the hugely popular Grantchester TV series who will be talking about his latest book about the crime-solving vicar Sidney Chambers. James will also be in conversation with TV presenter Paul Heiney at a separate event in Southwold, talking about TV and film adaptation.

In Felixstowe Library, local magician Mr Bean will be delighting and amazing the audience with sleight of hand and mind-reading tricks as the warm, funny and best-selling crime writer Elly Griffiths launches her new murder mystery ‘The Blood Card’ which is being released early especially for Bookfest.

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson will be visiting Ipswich County Library to talk about the third volume of his bestselling memoirs. Across Ipswich video game journalist and blogger, Cara Ellison will be visiting Chantry Library.

As a newborn baby, Eva Clarke survived the WWII death camps and will be discussing her story at Glemsford Village Hall with author Wendy Holden who tells her story in the book ‘Born Survivors’.

Woodbridge Library will be transformed into a Poetry Café when acclaimed poet, and former Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead visits to read from a selection of her work accompanied by local Celtic Folk Fusion band, Aartwork. Liz and fellow poet Tiffany Atkinson will also be in conversation at Beccles Library during Bookfest week.

Erin Kelly, Bestselling author and writer of the novelisation of TV drama Broadchurch, Erin Kelly will be discussing ‘How to write a thriller’ at Stradbroke Library.

James Henry will be at Leiston Library discussing his new book ‘Blackwater’, the first in a new police thriller series set in Essex in the 1980’s.

Sian Evans will present her new book ‘Queen Bees’, an account of society women in the 1920s at Halesworth Library.

Trivia guru, Mark Mason will astound an audience at Haverhill Library with his repertoire of entertaining and fascinating facts.

There will also be a chance to hear other conversations with best-selling novelists including Barbara Erskine at Sudbury Library, Nicci French at Brandon Library, Gavin Extence at Bury St Edmunds Library, Alison Bruce at Brandon Library and Rosy Thornton at Great Cornard Library.

Woodbridge Library is also hosting two workshops for children with author and illustrator Emily Hughes and local author Francesca Armour-Chelu.

You can visit for more information, updates and to buy tickets for our events. Tickets can also be purchased in hosting libraries.

Bookfest also coincides with some other library-related events in the county. On 28-29 October, the organisers of the Lavenham Literary Festival will hold their first ever Children’s Book Festival, in association with Lavenham Library. Included in the programme is a visit from Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. In addition to various ‘meet the author’ sessions, events at Lavenham will include storytelling for children of all ages and workshops on drawing and book illustrating including Thiago de Moraes – the illustrator for the Zoomer’s Handbook; Josh Lacey and Gary Parsons, the creators of the brilliant Dragonsitter series,and Gary Northfield from the Beano and the Dandy.

The Friends of Lowestoft Library are holding a free Children’s Literary Festival at Lowestoft Library on Saturday 22 October featuring local authors and illustrators. The day will be split into a morning and afternoon session with events to suit both older and younger children. At the start of October The Friends of Lowestoft Library are also holding an Author Day on Saturday 1 October for their fourth Literary Festival, including bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, crime writer Rory Clements, children’s author Joyce Dunbar and novelist Adèle Geras.

Full Bookfest programme:

  • Monday 24 October – How to write a thriller with Erin Kelly at Stradbroke Library
  • Tuesday 25 October – Gavin Extence at Bury St Edmunds Library
  • Tuesday 25 October – Poetry with Liz Lochhead and Tiffany Atkinson at Beccles Library
  • Wednesday 26 October – Poetry with Liz Lochhead and local band Aartwork at Woodbridge Library
  • Wednesday 26 October – James Runcie St Edmunds Hall in Southwold
  • Wednesday 26 October –  Barbara Erskine at Sudbury Library
  • Wednesday 26 October –  Mark Mason at Haverhill Library
  • Thursday 27 October – Tea and cake with James Runcie at Lavenham Village Hall
  • Thursday 27 October – Sian Evans at Halesworth Library
  • Thursday 27 October – Alison Bruce at Brandon Library
  • Thursday 27 October – Cara Ellison at Chantry Library in Ipswich
  • Thursday 27 October – Born Survivors: Eva Clarke and Wendy Holden at Glemsford Village Hall
  • Friday 28 October – James Henry at Leiston Library
  • Friday 28 October – Children’s workshop with Francesca Armour-Chelu at Woodbridge Library
  • Saturday 29 October – Children’s workshop with Emily Hughes at Woodbridge Library
  • Saturday 29 October – New book launch with Elly Griffiths and local magician at Felixstowe Library
  • Saturday 29 October – Alan Johnson at Ipswich County Library
  • Sunday 30 October – Nicci French at Brandon Library

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