Wirksworth to stage first book festival

As a first for this year, Wirksworth is hosting a small book festival over the weekend of April 8-10.

It will open at the Red Lion on the Friday at 6.30pm with an event to celebrate and talk about books with a number of local celebrities.

The festival will also feature a number of author sessions, activities in the library, a Book Walk and end with a Book Quiz on the Sunday evening.

The weekend is run in partnership with Wirksworth Festival and the Derby Book Festival and it is hoped that this small beginning might lead to a regular book festival in the town.

The event is also supported by Wirksworth Framing Company and the Curiosity Cafe.

Poet, Judy Brown, who lives in Wirksworth, will be reading from her second book of poems, Crowd Sensations – which is just out from Seren Books, and is a Poetry Book Society  recommendation – at Richard’s Bookshop on
April 9.

On the same day the festival will be presenting two very different, but fascinating, performers at an event at the Red Lion from 7.30-9.30pm.

Wirksworth’s Chris Thompson, a raconteur, writer, TV and radio scriptwriter and lecturer,  is known for writing the sex-in-the-shower scene in The Archers many years ago, as well as writing scripts for Emmerdale, and Heartbeat and a number of plays.

Seni Seniveratne is a poet and performer. She was born in Leeds, of Sri Lanka heritage. She has toured widely here and abroad, and published two collections of poetry, the latest of which, The Heart of It, was selected by New Writing North. One of her poems, Operation Cast Lead was shortlisted in the Arvon International Poetry Competition.

Wirksworth Book Festival Book Walk on April 10 will leave from the Market Place at 2pm. The idea is that you go along with a favourite novel in mind which will be revealed before the walk starts and then, during the two-hour session walkers will talk about their selections.

The walk will be led by Wirksworth writer and avid reader, Andy Miller. If you would like to go along, please email Andy in advance so he can check everyone has arrived before setting off. Email Andy on andychristophermiller@gmail.com

To find out more go to http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk