It's the Hexham Book Festival!
Three. That’s how many times I’ve already read Sara Pascoe’s Animals, a cultural analysis of how the female body has evolved (which sounds kind of dry, but, hey, is laugh out loud funny). And she’s just one of many authors who will throng Hexham in April and May at this festival which takes in all manner of genres, from comedy to politics, poetry to history.
The novelists in attendance will include the likes of Maggie O’Farrell (talking about her new book This Must Be the Place), Louise Doughty (who scored a massive hit with Apple Tree Yard, and is now back with her latest Black Water) and Francis Spufford (who landed The Crack’s novel of the year in 2016 with the brilliant Golden Hill).
Comedians come in the shape of Arthur Smith and Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Labour’s Chris Mullin and Margaret Hodge will be talking politics (at separate events). There will also be a Bollywood evening, a poetry breakfast and plenty of other special events besides.
We’re just on the first page of the extensive programme here, so be sure to check their website for the full low-down.Hexham Book Festival, Friday 28 April-Sunday 7 May. hexhambookfestival.co.uk