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Hexham Book Festival

The seventh Hexham Book Festival will feature former poet laureate Andrew Motion.

Set to take place from April 23 to May 3, the annual event will showcase the best of new fiction, with a mix of gardening, food, and travel writers, plus views on art, politics and philosophy.

The festival is hosting veteran politician Tam Dalyell and political commentators Polly Toynbee and David Walker. They will provide an insight into the Labour party over recent decades.

Renowned philosopher AC Grayling will present his new work, The Good Book – A Secular Bible, and acclaimed writer and former bishop Richard Holloway will speak about his book Leaving Alexandria – A Memoir of Faith and Doubt, in an event at Hexham Abbey.

Iain Banks will talk on his new novel Stonemouth and debut novelists SJ Watson, Rachel Joyce and Corbridge-based new crime writer Mari Hannah will be discussing their new books.

Art critic Brian Sewell has written his memoirs and will be talking about his childhood and his relationship with art historian and Soviet spy Anthony Blunt.

Author Martin Gayford who will present a record of  conversations with the artist David Hockney.

Words Across Northumberland, a new initiative from Hexham Book Festival, will feature special events in Alnwick, schools events in Bedlington and authors taking a ride on the Northumberland library van service, visiting readers countywide.

Some festival events are free, with others requiring tickets priced up to £12.

Find out more about Northumberland’s cultural offerings.

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