Getting ready for Boston’s first Book Festival

If you’ve been listening to Girls Around Town for a while now, the name Jane Keightley may very well ring a bell.

A travel writer and tour guide, she’s been on the show several times already and will be back again this weekend for another catch-up with June.

When Jane calls the studio just after 11.20am, no doubt they will both be bemoaning the fact that trips to their beloved Italy haven’t been an option over recent months.

But on a more positive note, she’ll have news of some events hopefully taking place a lot closer to home later this year…

Preparations are already under way for the first ever Boston Book Festival, to be held at Fydell House, Blackfriars Theatre and various other venues around the town in September.

Several authors have already been signed up and Jane and the rest of the team are on the lookout for more to ensure that what they hope will become an annual event gets off to the best possible start.

And as soon as it’s safe to do so she’s looking forward to running more of her popular history tours, sharing her knowledge and passion for her Lincolnshire home town with residents and visitors alike.

In addition to a new extended tour, taking in such places as Hussey Tower and the Maud Foster windmill, she’s also planning one featuring various pubs in the town and, specially for the kids, another one called Beastly Boston!

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online in the second hour of the show this Sunday to find out more about the tours and the festival…

And which destinations are at the top of their wish lists when they’re both finally able to start planning a return to la dolce vita!

From Bologna to Boston with travel writer Jane Keightley

A regular visitor to Girls Around Town, Jane Keightley will be joining June and Rachel again next weekend, looking back at a few of her recent travels – and looking ahead to a major event coming soon…

If you’ve heard Jane on previous shows, you’ll know she shares June’s passion for Italy. So you won’t be surprised to hear that she’ll be describing some of the highlights of trips to Bologna and Piedmont – and filling everyone with envy with the news that’s she’ll be off to Florence again in just a few days!

Closer to home, she’s still on a mission to spread the word about the many attractions of Lincolnshire, determined to quash the myth that it’s just ‘flat, boring and full of cabbage fields’…

With this in mind, she’ll be talking about places she visited researching an article for The Sun on its extensive aviation history and the celebration of the RAF Centenary.

But top of her agenda for the coming months is putting the finishing touches to a new series of tours centred on the market town of Boston, home of the famous Boston Stump. Otherwise known as St Botolph’s Parish Church, it’s one of the country’s largest parish churches with one of the tallest medieval towers at 272 feet high.

It’s also a place that’s particularly close to Jane’s heart – in her own words, more years ago than she cares to mention she got married there!

In preparation for the anticipated influx of American visitors in 2020 for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, the tours will explore some of the sites connected with this historic event.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon when Jane will be explaining what’s in store for the tours and where you can find out how to join her when they’re launched next spring…

Picture by Jane Keightley