NOT The Hay Book Festival

NOT The Hay Book Festival

07 April 2013 10:00 - 16:00

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Bartons plc - TH Barton Hall 63 High Rd, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG9 4AJ, UK

NOT The Hay Book Festival

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Sunday April 7th
10am - 4pm
Authors - Book Stalls - Talks - A FREE EVENT!

11am - Who ARE these people? Gloria Morgan discusses the role of Character in fiction.

11.45am Where do your ideas come from? Writer Philip Baker answers this often asked question.

12.30pm The History of Barton Transport. Author Alan Oxley's talk Gasbags and Gliders will cover the history of the company from 1908 up to 1989.

1.30pm Stephen Booth

stephen booth nottingham bartonsMeet the author of the Cooper and Fry crime novels and hear him talk about 'A sense of place and the use of locations'.



Taken from an article on the Left Lion website written by Sue Barsby (for original click here):

The Hay Festival. Quite possibly the festival the word ‘glamping’ was invented for. After all, quaffing champagne from a wicker picnic basket while discussing the finer points of the new John Banville and then nipping to see Mariella Frostrup introduce a panel on ‘memory in literature’ sounds marvellous, yah?

Luckily for us Nottingham bookish types, we no longer have to yomp all the way to Wales for this kind of thing. We can drink champagne and talk books right here. Well, alright, probably not champagne but there will be foodstuffs that suit us better, namely tea, beer, crepes and pies!

Where is this festival of goodly treats, I hear you say? Chilwell! Yes that’s right. Our pals Bartons have teamed up with not for profit group New Writers UK to host ‘NOT the Hay Festival’ on Sunday 7 April at Bartons Old Bus Depot. The day will feature talks, book stalls and general literary hobnobbing and is absolutely bang on free to attend. Turn up for the whole day or just pick and choose from the range of talks available.

So who’s on the line up? Headliner is local-ish crime writer Stephen Booth, who will be discussing a sense of place and his use of locations. I confess I’ve only read one of his novels and as I remember it, he must be pretty knowledgeable about dark and atmospheric Peak District caves. But if you’d rather catch a spot of local history, then Alan Oxley will be talking earlier in the day about the ‘History of Barton Transport’ (a selection of Barton’s old buses will be out for you to have a look round while you’re there; there’s bound to be a few older folk reminiscing about their younger bus travelling days...) Maureen Rushton will talk about the ‘Canary Girls of Chilwell’ who worked at the National Shell Filling Factory during the First World War. And for those who want more technical writing advice then authors Gloria Morgan and Philip Baker will be speaking about the role of character in fiction and discussing where ideas come from.

This is the first such event and New Writers UK are hoping to make it an annual occurrence. John Baird, of New Writers, says “Nottingham has a great literary tradition and is awash with writers. A friend of mine, A R Dance - the Chilwell based author of Narrow Marsh and Leen Times - suggested that Barton’s would be the ideal venue for an event, given that they had successfully hosted film, music and comedy festivals. We met with Simon Barton and all agreed that it was time for literature to have a turn.”

Running concurrently is the monthly ‘NOT the Camden Market’ featuring over 50 stalls from local crafters and foodie folk. Bartons are billing this as a sensory experience for all the family – sights, aromas and tastes, live music, homemade crafts and stalls for browsing through all alongside the bookish bit. You won’t even need your wellies.

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