Felixstowe Book Festival – On Line This Weekend

Felixstowe Book Festival is going online from 26th June -28th June and will be free for all to enjoy! Across the weekend they will be hosting a series of live-streamed author Q&As and interview, plus recorded talks and children’s activities on their Facebook page and via their website.

You can either log in to Facebook and visit https://www.facebook.com/FelixstoweBookFest or alternatively, tune in to the online page on the website where the live-stream and recorded videos will be playing here https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/online

Or click on the Event Title on this page

The whole programme is free to view but if you would like to help out this year with a donation, they have a Fundraising page here: https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/fundraising

The weekend starts on Friday evening with the Felixstowe Book Festival Book Group holding their online Zoom meeting with a theme of a ‘Happy Birthday Anne Brontë’ party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth. Author Ruth Dugdall and librarian & book lover Liz Rastrick invite you to join them and Nick Holland, a leading authority on the Brontës. Provide your own tea and cake!

Join them on Friday June 26th, at 7.30pm – 8.30pm on ZOOM (ID: 858 5444 7275). This will also be live on the Facebook page.

Then the rest of the weekend pans out as follows

Adult Programme:


LIVE: Harriet Tyce  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Harriet Tyce is the author of Blood Orange,  a twisty and tense crime novel that raises searching questions about marriage and love, addiction and delusion, and ultimately innocence and guilt. Blood Orange has been long-listed for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and a Richard and Judy top read.

12:30 pm – 12:35 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Mandy Morton

1:00 pm – 1:03 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Ana McLaughlin from Quercus Books

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Sam Ruddock

LIVE: Paul French 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Paul French  is author of City of Devils, a spell-binding and dramatic true account of Shanghai’s lawless 1930s and of two of its most notorious Jazz Age criminals. Paul French is the winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.

3:30 pm – 3:33 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Toby Faber

4:00 pm – 4:02 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Kate Griffin

LIVE: Carol Drinkwater 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Carol Drinkwater  is author of The House on the Edge of the Cliff  where past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of enduring love and betrayal echoing across the decades. Carol Drinkwater’s books, which include memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France, have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is an award-winning actress best known for playing Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Martin Bell in conversation with Richard Walker


LIVE: Liz Trenow 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Liz Trenow is the author of Under A Wartime Sky which draws on real life events just before the Second World War, when some of the country’s brightest minds were gathered at Bawdsey Manor, an extraordinary gothic mansion on the Suffolk coast. They have been tasked by Churchill to develop an invention, shrouded in secrecy, that will change the course of the Second World War. In this febrile atmosphere, an unusual relationship develops between a brilliant scientist and a local Felixstowe girl, with potentially disastrous consequences. Interviewed by Rachel Sloane.

12:45 pm – 12:51 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Kate Rhodes

1:00 pm – 1:03 pm Author Q&A with Iain Dale

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Nicola Upson

LIVE: George Alagiah  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhilarating debut political thriller The Burning Land  from the BBC News at Six presenter George Alagiah is set in the new South Africa where corruption threatens the dreams of its people, frustration turns to violence and a shocking murder sets in motion events no one can control. Chaired by Mandy Morton

3:15 pm – 3:18 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Anna Samson

3:30 pm – 3:33 pm A day in the life of a writer in lockdown… Esther Rutter

LIVE: Nick Cottam 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nick Cottam will take you on a virtual journey down the River Deben, based on the book  Life on the Deben, which he co wrote with Tim Curtis, and the film of the same name. The book tells the story of the 25-mile long River Deben, from its Debenham source to the sea and from Roman times to the present day. Sutton Hoo, the lost port of Goseford, piracy and environmental threats to today’s river all feature.

Events For Young People

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