NEWARK-ON-TRENT BOOK FESTIVAL
Crime Scene Saturday
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All Day Tickets £2510.15 am - ‘If It Bleeds, It Leads’ talk by Duncan Campbell - A freelance journalist who worked for the Guardian for more than 20 years as a crime correspondent. The author of seven books. Tickets £6, £5
11.30am - Talk by Mike Pannett - He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988 where he became one of the youngest officers to be given his own patch, and served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSg (Riot Police). Tickets £6, £5, £31pm - 'Murder She Wrote' crime fiction talk with female authors Sarah Ward and Rebecca Bailey hosted by crime writer Nick Quantrill. Tickets £7, £6
2.30 pm - 999:CSI Talk given by Larry Henderson a pioneering Crime Scene Investigator. Among his cases was Lord Lucan’s murder scene, the Brinks Mat robbery, and the Marchioness disaster, some of the Murder exhibits in the London Crime Museum (Black Museum) came through his personal experiences. Tickets £6, £5, £34pm - 'Murder He Wrote' crime fiction talk with bestselling male authors MJ Fowler and Mr Stephen Booth hosted once again by crime writer Nick Quantrill. Michael Fowler served as a police officer for 32 years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, Vice Squad, and Drug Squad. He retired in 2006, in the rank of Inspector. He writes the DS Hunter Kerr series of fictional novels. Stephen Booth is one the UKs top selling crime novelists, creator of the bestselling Cooper & Fry crime fiction mystery series, set in England's Peak District. Tickets £9, £8
5.30pm - Life In Death - Former DI Richard Venables worked on 30 murder cases and played a key role in the hunt for a serial killer. Following Hillsborough became a disaster specialist within the police force, he will be revealing his first hand insider knowledge on some of Britain’s most recent tragedies including the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers, rail disasters, the 7/7 London terror bombings and the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Tickets £6, £5, £37.00PM - Jack the Ripper Talk – Crime Scene Saturday day will be capped off by a talk from leading crime writer and Jack the Ripper author, Mei Trow, in the atmospheric Castle Undercroft where he will be revealing his theories on the famous unsolved mystery including his prime suspect. Tickets £6, £5
OTHER SATURDAY EVENTSAnnie Murray; SHE was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie will be appearing both at the Castle where she will be signing her books and from 14.30 she will giving a talk at The Secret Garden Cafe. Entrance is free to attend for all (donations welcomed for the local breast cancer support group). So buy yourself a nice cup of tea and a cream cake and enjoy listening to one of the UK's most popular authors.
SATURDAY Children’s EventsGareth Baker - A local children’s author who will be storytelling and signing his books. As well as writing, he has provided story-telling sessions for Nottingham City Council at the home of Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey, and at Wollaton Hall and is a member of the board of Nottingham Writer's Studio.
Brian Porter - Undoubtedly one of the stars of last year’s book festival Brian spent that weekend both selling books from his Molly Perkins series but also helping many delighted children make plastercine items and figurines including humans, goblins, monsters, flowers, etcIan C. Douglas. He will be putting on a show for children during his visit. He is the author of the Zeke Hailey books, scifi novels for children. Ian is also a history author and visits schools with bloodcurdling tales of the past.
Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be appearing for two hours she has lots of ideas for pirate themed crafts – making hats, telescopes, parrots etc.Sunday 10th July Talks
11.30am ‘Born Survivor Talk by Eva Clarke - One of only three Jewish babies known to have been born in and then survived a Nazi death camp. Her story featured in the bestselling book 'Born Survivors' by Wendy Holden. For over 15 years, in schools, colleges and even prisons, Eva’s talks about her parents love for each other, their struggle to survive and the story of her birth have held audiences mesmerized and appalled in equal measure. Tickets £7, £6, £3.50
1pm Bad King John/Good King John Historical Debate with leading King John authors Stephen Church and Marc Morris. Tickets £8, £7, £4
3pm Talk by famous international speaker Eva Schloss MBE, stepsister to Anne Frank, teenage Auschwitz survivor and bestselling author. Eva was a neighbour and school friend of Anne Frank. During the war like the Frank family, Eva and her family also went into hiding from the Nazis but were eventually betrayed, captured by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps. Having survived the selection process upon arrival at Auschwitz her father and brother later died in captivity and only her mother and herself survived. After the war ended they returned to Amsterdam and her mother later remarried Otto Frank. Eva had a unique view on the publication of one of the world’s biggest selling books 'The Diary of Anne Frank'. Last year 87 year old Eva delivered a sell-out talk at Newark Book Festival. Tickets £9, £8, £4.50
3pm Castle Free Talk by Ian Ross (Historical Fiction Author) in Castle Undercroft. Ian Ross is the author of the Twilight of Empire series, a sequence of historical novels set in the early 4th century AD, the era of the Roman emperor Constantine. His first novel, War at the Edge of the World, was published in the UK by Head of Zeus in January 2015. The third instalment, Battle for Rome, was published in January 2016 to great acclaim. Ian has been researching and writing about the later roman world and its army for over a decade.
Children’s Events Sunday 10th JulyLia Ginno author of many children’s books will be storytelling
WILF Morgan will be reading from his ‘Arthur Ness’ books featuring magic and excitementJosephine Feeney- McKay who will be present on the Sunday, both in the Castle and as one of our pirate storytelling shipmates. She has been previously shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Children's Book of the Year.