Welcome to Newark Book Festival, a two-day literature festival situated in the historic market town of Newark-On-Trent.

The 2017 Newark Book Festival programme is now available for download, we hope you are as excited to read it as we were to make it.

Newark Book Festival aims to celebrate books, authors and the word through an exciting, engaging programme from author events to panels, crime fiction, contemporary, history and a children’s programme. Taking place at venues across the town including Newark Castle, Newark Town Hall, Market Place, Gannets Bistrot, The Secret Garden Cafe, Millgate Community Centre, River Cruises, National Civil War Museum and Newark Library. The festival will fire your imaginations, challenge and inspire you and present the very best in literature and the arts.

The Book Festival builds upon the previous Books in the Castle that welcomed guests to Newark, such as Mike Pannet, Eva Schloss, Eva Clarke, Marc Morris, Nick Quantrill and many more.

The dates for 2017 are 15th-16th July and will include children’s activities, storytelling, street theatre, a literature market place, workshops, illustrators, authors, talks and much more.

We are currently putting the finishing touches to the programme, which will be available to download from the 10th June.

Huge thanks to all of our funders and sponsors who are helping to make 2017 a reality – the Arts Council of England, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Town Council, Tallents Solicitors (Sponsors of our Children’s & Young Person’s Programme), Duncan & Toplis, The Turquoise Teapot and Karrot Entertainment.


For our talented younger audiences out there, we have some lovely Colouring in sheets from our friends at Sarah & Duck.

Simply download either of the two sheets below (colour examples also given if you would like them!)

When you have finished post a photo on social media (Facebook or twitter), tagging the Festival @newarkbookfest (so we can see them!) with the town or county of where you live and #sarahandduck.

Deadline for entries 15th June.

The wonderful winner will receive a bundle of Sarah and Duck books!

We look forward to seeing all your colouring creations!