Crime, Magic & SteamPunk with Elly Griffiths and George Mann

Sunday 15 July

7pm (Arrival from 6pm)
Carriages Café, Newark Castle Train Station
£10 including a buffet tea

Join us in Carriages Café, where the beautiful interior and ambience set the scene for a cozy evening of crime and magic and our finale of the 2018 Book Festival.

Bestselling crime author, Elly Griffiths talks about her latest Dr Ruth Galloway novel, The Dark Angel, her latest paperback The Vanishing Box and news of a new thriller coming soon.

Elly is joined by popular East Midlands based writer, George Mann, whose wonderful novels explore the irresistible worlds of crime and steampunk.

Free parking after 6pm – collect a ticket from the venue when you arrive.


A Cream Tea with Carole Matthews

Sunday 15 July

Arrival from 1pm for 1.30pm-2.45pm
Secret Garden, Stodman Street
£7 including Cream Tea
Advanced booking required – cut-off date 6th July

Join popular romance author, Carole Mathews for tea and Scones while she talks about her new book Million Love Songs.

Feel-good and full of emotion, Carole will make your heart sing with this glorious read.

Once you have booked your tickets, please email with any specific dietary requirements and the name of your party.


Exploring Gothic Fiction – Laura Purcell

Sunday 15 July

Newark Town Hall
£5/£4 Festival Friends

Silent Companions author and gothic fiction expert Laura Purcell is joined by Dr Paul Whickman, Lecturer in English at University of Derby, as they celebrate the bi-centenary of Frankenstein by reflecting on the history of gothic fiction.

As featured on the Radio 2 Book Club, gothic chiller The Silent Companions is a brilliantly unnerving story that will send a shiver down your spine…

Chaired by Tim Rideout.


Katherine Woodfine: The Sinclair Mysteries

Saturday 14 July

4.45pm- 6pm
Newark Town Hall
£4 Under 16’s/£3 Adults

Meet the author of the fantastic Sinclair’s Mysteries.

Solving mysteries ranging from a missing diamond to a stolen painting, Katherine’s books follow Sophie, Lil and their friends in their adventures in the world of Edwardian espionage.

Katherine’s latest book Peril in Paris, will be published in August 2018. An event not to be missed for all those young (and old) adventurers who just love a good mystery!


In Conversation with CJ Tudor and Luca Veste

Saturday 14 July

Newark Town Hall
£5/£4 Festival Friends

We are delighted to invite Nottingham based CJ Tudor to the festival to discuss her debut novel The Chalk Man, one of the hottest new releases of 2018.

‘It was the Chalk Man who gave them the idea for the drawings. It was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl…’

CJ is joined by Luca Veste, who returns to the festival as he talks about his compelling new standalone thriller, The Bone Keeper.

Attend if you dare!


Meet Me at The Museum: Anne Youngson and Helen Cullen

Saturday 14 July

Newark Town Hall
£4/£3 Festival Friends

Meet debut authors, Anne Youngson and Helen Cullen, as they take us on a journey of self-discovery, second chances and the power of the written word through the art form of the epistolary novel.

Meet me at the Museum’ is a deep and luminous story of an unexpected friendship, cultivated over a correspondence of letters and a shared love of ancient history.

In The Lost Letters of William Woolf, Helen writes a moving homage to the power of words. When William discovers a series of letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’, they capture his heart in ways he didn’t know possible.

A great recommendation for reading groups!

Chaired by Annie Mackenzie, Festival Friend.


The Last of the Greenwoods

Saturday 14 July

Closed event for members of Newark & Sherwood District Reading Groups
Newark Library Meeting Room
Free – includes copy of the book.

Man Booker Prize nominated author, Clare Morrall, will be visiting to talk about her latest novel The Last of the Greenwoods. No one visits the Greenwoods, two elderly brothers who live in abandoned rail carriages. Until the day they receive an extraordinary letter – from a woman claiming to be the sister they thought had been murdered fifty years earlier.

An engrossing story of past misdeeds and present reckoning.

If you belong to a Newark & Sherwood District Reading Group, please email to register your interest.

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