Festival of Words returns for 2019 with Spring Dayfest author events at the Treasure House in Beverley

Tue, 09 Apr 2019

Following the huge success of the first ‘Festival of Words’ (which replaced Beverley Literature Festival and Bridlington Poetry Festival) last October, the East Riding Libraries team have planned a programme of author events taking place throughout 2019, featuring another flagship festival weekend running from 18-20 October.

The first event of the year, a ‘Spring Dayfest’, will be a full day mini-festival featuring a hand-picked selection of Northern Writers taking place in the Treasure House, Beverley on Saturday, 11 May. The authors have been promoted by ‘New Writing North’ who work to promote and support writers in the North of England.

The event will showcase an eclectic mix of writing, ranging from crime, poetry and romance, to something altogether more dark and sinister. The authors featured will be:

  • Robert Scragg (What Falls Between the Cracks – Crime Fiction) 10-11am
  • Andrew Hurley (Devil’s Day – Horror) 12-1pm
  • Anna Woodford (Poetry Workshop) 2-3pm
  • Clare Shaw (Poetry Reading and Discussion) 3-4pm
  • Catherine Isaac (Feel Good Fiction) – 4.30-5.30pm

Robert Scragg’s debut crime fiction book ‘What falls between the cracks’ has been described as Howard Linskey as “a strong contender for crime fiction debut of the year….a sparkling new talent.”

‘Devil’s Day’ by Andrew Michael Hurley was eagerly anticipated, following on from his debut gothic fiction novel, The Loney, which won the 2015 Costa debut novel award, and was described by Stephen King as an ‘amazing piece of fiction’.

Award winning poets Anna Woodford and Clare Shaw will also be hosting events during the day.

Catherine Isaac’s ‘You, Me, Everything’ was a Richard and Judy book club pick in 2018 and is now being developed into a film. This is a unique opportunity to meet the author before the silver screen catapults the story into everyone’s living room.

Senior librarian Pamela Taylor- Bramwell said : "We are so excited to welcome these brilliant Northern writers to our Spring festival. We've curated a diverse programme, keeping pricing as affordable as possible, to introduce our readers to new writing."

The Spring Dayfest promises to be an exciting and thoroughly interesting day, with full day tickets at £10 or individual tickets at £3 per event, and they are available now from www.festivalofwords.co.uk or by phoning the ticket line (Mon-Fri 9-4pm) on 01482 392699.