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The 16th annual Hexham Book Festival returns to the idyllic Northumberland town between Friday 10thSunday 19th June. As always, there is a stellar list of authors scheduled to pop up at venues across the town, which this year includes the Queen’s Hall and The Spiegeltent (a large, travelling tent brought in from the Netherlands).

This year a children’s book festival will also run concurrently to the main festival, with funding being set aside to bring children from the more remote parts of the region into the area to enjoy the festivities. It’s a nice initiative that speaks to the accessible, inclusive nature which has typically embodied the ten day programme. Alongside the other various workshops, shows and opportunities for young authors to perform their work, there is an awful lot to look forward to at this year’s edition. Some of the names to look out for include highly regarded author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, Vane Women Poets, bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman, comedian Miles Jupp, poet Hollie McNish, local thriller writer LJ Ross and suspense writer Louise Welch. The festival will look to cater to a wide range of tastes, with additional highlights including a night of comedy, circus and sauve surprises courtesy of Confetti Cabaret, and a comedy evening featuring Ade Campe, Anth Young, Aaron Simmonds, Jonny Awsum and John Robertson also taking place on the opening night. Check out their website for much more.

Hexham Book Festival takes place at various venues from Friday 10thSunday 19th June.

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