Barkway Literary Festival

Saturday 5th October 2024

Building upon the success of previous years, our authors and workshops have something for every taste. Local wordsmith, Jude Simpson will be chairing events as authors talk about their life, new books and career. Join them afterwards in the marquee in the garden for book signings and refreshments. Workshops for children, screenwriters and podcasters will be taking place throughout the day involving our wonderful authors!

Tickets are priced at £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children.

Or book the whole day for £40.

Want to participate in multiple events? Our day ticket gives you the flexibility to drop in and out of all the events and workshops throughout the day. With 7 author presentations and 4 workshops, this is a great value ticket that gives you the flexibility to know you won’t miss any of the days activities.

Adults may accompany children free of charge to the children’s author event, but must book a ticket. 

Barkway Literary Festival 2024

Village Hall Author Events:

Jude Simpson, Jamie Hull, Lottie Mills, Carrie Dunn, Sir Richard Evans, Tracey Waples & Christopher Hadley

Workshops in the Pavillion:

Nicola Irvine, Gemma Paget, Sean McGrath & Helen Cross

Meet the Authors in the Pavillion:

Alex Prior

Barkway Literary Festival 2024

Barkway Literary Festival

Saturday 5th October 2024

Building upon the success of previous years, our authors and workshops have something for every taste. Local wordsmith, Jude Simpson will be chairing events as authors talk about their life, new books and career. Join them afterwards in the marquee in the garden for book signings and refreshments. Workshops for children, screenwritters and podcasters will be taking place throughout the day involving our wonderful authors!

Tickets are priced at £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children.

Or book the whole day for £40.

Want to participate in multiple events? Our day ticket gives you the flexibility to drop in and out of all the events and workshops throughout the day. With 7 author presentations and 4 workshops, this is a great value ticket that gives you the flexibility to know you won’t miss any of the days activities.

Adults may accompany children free of charge to the children’s author event, but must book a ticket. 

Village Hall Author Events:

Jude Simpson, Jamie Hull, Lottie Mills, Carrie Dunn, Sir Richard Evans, Tracey Waples & Christopher Hadley

Workshops in the Pavillion:

Nicola Irvine, Gemma Paget, Sean McGrath & Helen Cross

Meet the Authors in the Pavillion:

Alex Prior

Village Hall Author Events:

10:00am – 11:00am

Jude Simpson

At the Village Hall

Jude SimpsonPoet, wordsmith, writer and performer: Jude Simpson has something for the whole family. Bursting with joyful humour and witty wordplay, Jude takes the audience on a mind- bending journey through the sounds of language, and the language of sounds. Her children’s show ‘A Noise Annoys’ was created for the Junction Theatre in Cambridge, and she brings this exciting production all the way to Barkway this October.

Using poems, rhymes and tongue-twisters, and adding physical humour, improvised sounds and hilarious props, Jude finds the joy and annoyance in the things we hear. She asks questions like: Is it a noise that’s annoying, or the person making it? Do pingers ever ding? If you had a pet badger, what would you call it? This is a show that will engage children with the spoken and written word, and leave them full of joy at the possibilities of language. Suitable for all ages.

11:00am – 12:30pm

Jamie Hull

At the Village Hall

Jamie HullA true and inspirational story, Jamie Hull talks about his book ‘Life on a Thread’. He’s a mountain leader, all-terrain expedition leader, ski instructor, sky-diver, hot air balloon pilot – and medical miracle.

After his life-changing air accident, the former SAS trooper has become a high profile Ambassador for Help for Heroes, and is a familiar face on the lecture circuit as a tireless campaigner for many charities. He has competed as a cyclist in the Invictus Games, completed the Race Across America and taken part in many of the toughest challenges in extreme sports and outdoor pursuits.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lottie Mills

At the Village Hall

Lotty MillsLottie Mills’ novel ‘Monstrum’ mixes supernatural horror and neo-gothic motifs. A haunting and luridly beautiful collection of short stories, it asks what it means to be different in a world that values perfection at any cost.

After Lottie won the BBC Young Writers’ Award for her short story ‘The Changeling’ in 2020 after having been previously nominated in 2018, she has written pieces for British Vogue and BBC Radio 4, and has appeared on programmes including Look East, Life Hacks, and Woman’s Hour to discuss her writing. A recent Cambridge graduate, Lottie discusses her debut novel with Jude.

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Carrie Dunn

At the Village Hall

Carry DunnWith women’s football on the front pages and on prime-time TV, leading voice Carrie Dunn’s latest books, ‘Woman Up’, ‘Unsuitable for Females’ and ‘The Rise of the Lionesses’ feel particularly relevant.

Shortlisted for Football Book of the Year, Carrie talks about the long history of women’s football and the subversive women who blazed a trail right through to its glorious present. She looks to its exciting future and exploring the challenges its players still face, whether that’s pitches, pay or periods. An expert in the field, Carrie discusses women’s football and its rising relevance in our society.

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Sir Richard Evans

At the Village Hall

Sir Richard EvansSir Richard Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge. He was President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, from 2010 to 2017 and Provost of Gresham College, London, from 2014 to 2020. He is the author of numerous books on modern German history, including ‘The Coming of the Third Reich’ (2003), ‘The Third Reich in Power’ (2005) and ‘The Third Reich at War’ (2008), which have been translated into fourteen languages.

He was the principal expert witness in the unsuccessful libel action brought by David Irving against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books over her allegations of Holocaust denial and the falsification of historical evidence, as seen in the movie ‘Denial’ (2016). In 2012 he was knighted for services to scholarship. Richard will discuss his new book, ‘Hitler’s People’, hosted by James Riley.

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Tracy Waples

At the Village Hall

Tracy WaplesTracey Waples is a journalist who published her first novel, ‘I Want Never Gets’, a psychological thriller, in 2018. Her second novel, a dark family drama called ‘The Little Sister’, was published in 2023.

She’s currently at work on her third title. As an antidote to many solitary hours writing, Tracey decided to train as a Pilates instructor and graduated at Masters level. Married with two grown up sons, she lives in a village not far from Barkway.

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6:30pm – 8:00pm

Christopher Hadley

At the Village Hall

Christopher HadleyChristopher Hadley is a journalist and author writing at the wonderful intersection of history and folklore. His pieces have appeared in The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, London Review of Books and Esquire, among many other publications.

His latest book, ‘The Road: a story of Romans and ways to the past’ was published in 2023 by William Collins to critical and popular acclaim – shooting it into the best-seller lists. It features a section of lost Roman road, from Braughing. His previous book, the much-loved ‘Hollow Places: an unusual history of land and legend’, was published in 2019 and was a Sunday Times book of the year, featuring the long-lost folklore of Hertfordshire.

 

 

Workshops in the Pavillion

10:00am – 12:00pm

Low to No-Budget Filmmaking

At the Pavillion

Nicola IrvineNicola Irvine hosts a fascinating workshop on the art of creating no-budget films based on her own experiences. She is a writer, director, editor, and founder of film production company Landlady Films. Her short film, ‘FIRST DRAFT’, won Best Student Film at New York International Women’s Film Festival in 2021.

Nicola is currently completing her MSc at Cambridge University in Writing for Performance, where she is writing a dark-comedy audio drama series being mentored by Jessica Dromgoole. Nicola’s self-produced horror-fantasy audio drama ‘The Moonlight Circus’ was recently featured on BBC Radio 3. In this workshop, she will discuss her process in making low- to no-budget short films. Suitable for ages 12+.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Building Community Through Story Exchange

At the Pavillion

Gemma PagetSean McGrath

Co-artistic directors of Narrative Alchemy, Gemma Paget and Sean McGrath, began their journey together in 2004 at The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Their applied theatre-in- education company is dedicated to using theatre and film to address complex social issues. Their work has toured to hundreds-of-thousands of children, young people and professionals throughout the UK, as well as Europe, the US and Canada.

Gemma is a creative therapist who holds a Master’s Degree in dramatherapy from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge; and trained as an actress at Manchester Metropolitan’s School of Theatre. Sean trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an associate director for The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, and is currently completing his MSc at Cambridge University in Writing for Performance. This workshop will explore the importance of stories in connecting with communities.

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Writing a Podcast Drama

At the Pavillion

Helen CrossHelen Cross has written audio and podcast drama for BBC Radio for twenty years, including two seasons of the acclaimed BBC Limelight series ‘English Rose’ and most recently the BBC Audio Drama Flixborough 74. Helen is also the author of four novels, including ‘My Summer of Love’ which was adapted into the 2004 BAFTA winning film of the same name starring Emily Blunt; has two original screenplays currently in development with UK film companies; and has had short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including most recently The Manchester Review, Popshot, and Digbeth Stories.

Helen has lectured on creative writing for numerous universities including the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and Cambridge University and runs her own popular online writing courses. In this workshop, she breaks down the essential elements of creating a podcast.

Meet the Authors in the Pavillion

4:00pm – 6:00pm

How to Get Published

At the Pavillion

Alex PriorAlex Prior has had an eclectic career encompassing Television and Film, Arts Management, and School Leadership. He has written scripts, commercial copy, and even musicals. ‘The Lost Case Files of Sherlock Holmes’ was his first book, published in November 2020, and it went on to become a bestseller and received rave reviews.

‘Spencer Edwards: Emperor of the Galaxy’, is his new novel for young adults and the young at heart and is the first of a science fiction series. He cites collecting weird and wonderful ephemera and palaeontology as among his lifelong interests. More of a conversation between the authors rather than a workshop, Alexis joined by historian Kate Moore, paranormal expert Damien O’Dell and contemporary fiction author Kathleen Whyman.

Bookshop

A bookshop in the heart of the community offering great value, friendly service and unrivalled bookselling experience, Bow Books is a treasure-trove of information, education, relaxation and entertainment.

Bow Books

Cafe

Tea’s, coffee’s, homemade cakes and pastry’s, will be served in from the Marque café.

 

Supporters

Creative Royston
Pikku Publishing
Additions Tutoring

Contact us

Barkway Village Hall is located to the east of the main car park. The Pavilion is located next to the main car park area. 

Barkway Village Hall
4 Cambridge Road
Barkway
Royston
SG8 8BS

M: 07801 349731

E: tomwornham@gmail.com

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