Gedling Book Festival set for weekend laun

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A new book festival to celebrate local authors takes place in Arnold’s Arnot Hill Park at the weekend.

The Gedling Book Festival is organised by Gedling Borough Council and writers’ group New Writers UK and includes an array of established and award-winning authors from the region as well as workshops, children’s activities and more.

Each day of the three day festival has a different theme. Friday 12 July is history day, with talks and Q&A sessions with historic novelists Karen Maitland and Helen Hollick.

Saturday 13th July is Children’s Day focusing on writing for children and the art of storytelling. Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Jackson will be there to talk about her new book and take questions from the audience.

Crime Day is Sunday 14th July, with talks from award-winning author Nicola Monaghan and bestselling crime writer Stephen Booth. Sunday will also see the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Silver Scribes award, New Writers UK’s creative writing competition for the over 55s. The 20 finalists will be presented with a published anthology of their stories by the Mayor of Gedling.

The event is free and as well as author talks refreshments will be on offer.

For more information visit www.newwritersuk.co.uk.