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

News Update: April 2020

We wish to update you on our plans for the July 2020 Festival taking into account all of the recent changes with Covid 19 and the government guidelines.  Over the past few weeks we have been working to create a contingency plan and to start to create a new version of the Festival for the duration of 2020 and leading into 2021. Rather than cancelling, this plan will enable us to deliver a safe festival, exploring both virtual and small local seasons of mini events. We will be able to deliver as much as we can, still pay authors and artists and provide some well needed events when it is safe to do so.

Over the next month we will be talking through these options with our Festival Board, all of our Friends, Funders, authors and venues and will update you on our plans when we know more. Unpicking Festivals can be a time consuming activity and although we are sad to not be hosting a large gathering for 2020 we are a little bit excited about our new plans and how we can still work with authors we have programmed. It has also given us lots of ideas for the future too!

We also have a Plan C, and a Plan D…naturally! But for now, please do stay safe and stay at home, keep an eye out for our new competition that we will be launching for children to do virtually over Easter and our new online book group starting on April 13th.

We wish you all the very best through these difficult times, please remember we are here if you need to talk and thank you for your ongoing support.

Love always,

Sara Bullimore – Artistic Director x

Newark Book Festival celebrates and showcases the world of books through an exciting, engaging programme from author events to panels, crime fiction, contemporary, literary fiction and a children’s programme.

Taking place in beautiful venues across the town, the festival will fire your imaginations, challenge and inspire you and present the very best in literature and the arts..

If you would like to be kept up to date, sign up to become a Festival Friend, a stallholder or a volunteer drop us an email: hello@newarkbookfestival.org.uk

If you would like to be part of the Festival’s future and are a Newark Book Festival lover, then why not donate or share our new crowdfunding campaign?

To discover more about Newark and to book accommodation for your visit to the Festival, please visit www.visitnewark.co.uk

You can view our 2019 film here  created by the talented videographer Dave Clancy.