Oxfam Book Festival

For anyone in the Manchester/Cheshire area, consider this a quick shout-out for the Oxfam Book Festival in Althrincham this weekend! Not that I ordinarily go around promoting Edwina Currie's appearances (ugh, Tories, etc), but Jackie Kay will be there, and we all love her. I can't go myself, but here's the press release below. Lots of local talent in the line-up, including Elizabeth Baines and Nicholas Royle. Should be good...


Alderley Edge Community Book Festival 
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September 2012

When?  11 am, Saturday 15 September
Where?  Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge
What?   Edwina Currie opens Alderley Edge Community Book Festival

Former MP and local author, Edwina Currie, will be revealing more secrets about her life at Westminster when she visits Alderley Edge Community Book Festival.

The ex-Conservative member for South Derbyshire  will open the Festival (11am, Saturday 15 September) and entertain audiences with a reading from the latest instalment of her memoirs, Diaries 1992 - 97.

Writer, poet and playwright Jackie Kay, best-selling novelist Erica James and teen fiction author Melvin Burgess will also provide highlights during the book-loving weekend being held on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September.

They will head an impressive cast of local writers giving talks, workshops and readings of their work at the event being hosted by Oxfam at the Festival Hall in Talbot Road, Alderley Edge.

Novelist, Livi Michael, will introduce her new children’s book, Malkin Child, based on the events of the infamous Pendle Witch trials.  There will be contributions from young adult authors Bryony Pearce and Jon Mayhew.  Also taking part are Manchester poet Mike Garry, short story writer Zoe Lambert, novelists Elizabeth Baines, Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams and Angelic Reiki practitioner Parveen Smith.  Meanwhile, young adult author, Sherry Ashworth, will teach a creative writing lesson at Wilmslow High School in the week preceding the Book Festival.

The Festival will feature storytelling sessions to entertain younger readers and a fancy dress competition.  Visitors will also enjoy live music and refreshments.

Donated books will be on sale and a number of rare and antique books will go under the hammer with TV auctioneer Adam Partridge – well-known for his regular appearances on Flog It and Bargain Hunt – marshalling the bids!

The aim of the event is to celebrate all things book-related whilst raising funds, through book sales and donations, to boost Oxfam’s work tackling global poverty.

Katie Robb, Oxfam Bookshop manager in Alderley Edge and one of the event’s organisers, said:  “I am so grateful to all the writers who are taking part in the Festival weekend.  We’ve planned some really exciting events to appeal to a huge range of literary tastes and to bookworms of all ages from two upwards!’

There will be a £1 Festival admission charge.  Some events will be ticketed.  

For updates and programme details visit:  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/alderleyedge

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