The inside story

The brochures are on their way from the printer – the tickets will be on sale any day now – could there possibly be a better time to find out what’s in store when the 2018 Newark Book Festival comes to town?

Festival organiser Sara Bullimore will be in the studio with June and Rachel next Sunday to talk about the exciting programme she’s been busy planning for the weekend of Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July.

And if the success of last year’s event is anything to go by, Newark will be buzzing when venues across the town join forces again for another celebration of books, authors and the word.

Featuring everything from author events, panels and workshops to crime and contemporary fiction, history and activities for children, this year’s theme is Landscapes in Literature. With both ticketed and free events on offer, there’ll be something for everyone in a programme that’s designed to challenge and inspire you and, above all, to fire your imagination…

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday to get the inside story from Sara when she joins the Girls Around Town to share everything you need to know about the what, the where and the when.

And, of course, about how you can join in this celebration of the very best in literature and the arts too!

The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page

Is there anything better than a good book?

OK, chocolate maybe – but who’s to say you can’t share the love? They both feed the soul and let’s face it, at least with a book you’re more likely to expand your horizons than your waistline!

Crime thrillers or children’s tales, romance or riddles, history or heroes – whatever your pleasure, you’ll find all the inspiration you need to start (or continue!) your own journey of a lifetime when the Newark Book Festival comes to town next week…

From 6.30pm to 9pm on Friday 14 July, 9.30am to 7.45pm on Saturday 15 July and 10am to 4.15pm on Sunday 16 July, Newark will be buzzing with book-related activities for all the family and, as you’d expect, the Girls Around Town will be in the thick of it!

Getting the weekend off to a great start, Fiona will be joined by fellow poet Jane Wyles for an evening of Wine and Words at Gannets Bistrot on Friday, then bringing it to a close when she talks to best-selling author Natasha Pulley about her new novel, The Bedlam Stacks on Sunday.

On Saturday, you’ll find Tina in the chair for two events, interviewing members of the Women’s Fiction Panel from 1.45pm and uncovering the story behind Centaur when she chats to Declan Murphy and Ami Rao from 3.30pm.

Back in the studio on Sunday morning, she’ll be holding the fort with Sue as June takes a quick tour of some of the Festival venues. Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon for live updates and interviews throughout the show – and don’t forget to check out the programme for full details of what to see, do and hear in Newark next weekend…

By the book


With just over three weeks to go to the Newark Book Festival, what else would the Girls Around Town be talking about on this week’s show but…books, of course!

From romantic, crime and contemporary fiction to workshops, street theatre and story telling, the festival brings authors and entertainers together across a wide range of venues including Newark Castle, the Market Place, the Town HallNewark Library and the National Civil War Centre to name just a few.

Building on the 2015 and 2016 Books in the Castle, this year’s event on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July promises a programme that’s packed with activities for everyone. And June and Tina will be setting the scene on Sunday morning, as they chat to guests Luca Veste and Sara Bullimore…

Author of the Murphy and Rossi series, Luca says he writes ‘about bad things that will probably never happen to you’. In the first hour, he’ll be on the phone from his home in Liverpool talking about his books and about Crime By The Sea, in which he’ll be joined by David Mark, Harry Brett and Nick Quantrill to examine just why waterside locations are so compelling.

Then Sara Bullimore will be taking a short break from her hectic job as festival organiser to drop into the studio and share some of the details of the what, where and when. Find out how it all came together in just a few short months, why this year’s theme is Adventures and Heroes and what you, your friends and your families can expect to see, do and hear in Newark over the weekend.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon for all the latest news. In the meantime, check out the programme,  put the dates in your diary now and be sure to make the Festival Office in the Market Place your first port of call to get your limited edition Festival Survival Bag so you can fill it to the brim with books!