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POPULAR LITERARY EVENT COMES BACK TO VILLAGE

By Hanna Ljunggren

Northamptonshire’s youngest literary festival will be returning to Helmdon in August, with the aim of bringing crowds the best literature in the county.

The not-for-profit Bookmarks Festival, which takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 25, offers a range of literary attractions completely free of charge.

The centrepiece of the day will be appearances from three of the county’s most notable and esteemed writers: Adrian Magson, Alison McQueen and Garry O’Connor.

The three authors will be reading from their work, taking part in a joint question and answer session and signing copies of their books.

Organiser Peter Adkins said: “As a festival, one of our foremost imperatives is to celebrate literature that has origins in or connections to Northamptonshire.

“In addition to this objective we also aim to recognise and encourage fledgling writers of all ages and abilities in the local community.

There will also be books to buy, literary related stalls, competitions, refreshments and much more.

Throughout the day the festival will be raising funds for the Syrian humanitarian charity Hand In Hand For Syria, a non-political UK-based organisation providing care and medical aid for Syrian refugees.

The first Bookmarks Festival was held in 2012. “The number of people who attended the event far exceeded our expectations and paid testament to a community interest in a small, local literary festival,” said Mr Adkin.

In conjunction with the event, Bookmarks is running two creative writing competitions, calling for submissions from writers of all ages and abilities.  There is £50 of National Book Tokens to be won in both categories and the best submissions will be published in the festival’s charity anthology. Full competition details can be found at www.bookmarksfestival.co.uk/

The organisers are currently looking for donations for second hand books to be sold at the event and also volunteers to help on the day. For all donations, questions or enquiries contact Peter or Maddi at bookmarksfest@gmail.com or follow the festival on Twitter@bookmarks_fest

 

The Banbury Guardian – 04 July 2013

 

 

 

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