Oldham’s Bookmark Festival returns this April with exciting line-up for all ages

THE POPULAR Bookmark Festival is returning to Oldham this month for a week-long celebration of all things book related.

Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell

This year’s festival runs from 21–29 April and is packed with a variety of inspiring speakers, authors, workshops and performances to suit all ages.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Yet again we have a first rate line up that has something for everyone.

“Every year the festival gets bigger and better and this year we have more on offer than ever before.

The Bookmark Festival is an excellent way to be introduced to just a small part of what is on offer at your local library and get little ones to develop a love of books from a young age.

“I hope residents will come along with their friends and family and be inspired to visit their own local library to discover the whole range of services, activities and information available under one roof, in addition to the books that can be borrowed.”

Alastair Campbell kick-starts the week, sharing his experiences of his time in Downing Street, as well as talking about his personal memoir about depression and the pursuit of happiness: his recent best-selling book, ‘Winners and How They Succeed’.

Fat Roland

Crime enthusiasts can spend an evening with some of the best crime writers, or to celebrate World Book Night, immerse themselves in the lighter side of crime with a murder mystery evening, ‘Gary Jotter and the Magical Murders’ with fun, frivolities and fatalities guaranteed.

The Festival is also welcoming back Erwin James, a Guardian columnist who at the age of 27 was jailed for life for murder. Erwin will take us on his unforgettable life journey.

For budding creative writers, Fat Roland is hosting an Anthony Burgess Workshop. And for best blogging advice, join Emily Morris, an award-winning blogger who will be on hand to give top blogging tips.

There’s even a chance to enjoy classic literature over a cream tea in Alexandra Park as Helena Kelly changes audience perceptions of Jane Austin.

Young readers can enjoy a trip to the moon in an interactive theatrical adventure. There’s author visits from Nick Sharratt, famous for Shark in the Park and Ketchup on your Cornflakes, and action writer Mark Powers, known for Spy Toys.

Katie Thistleton

CBBC fans can join presenter Katie Thistleton for book-themed fun and games and two lucky winners will get the chance to interview Katie live on stage.

To enter, all you need to do is think of three book-related questions you would like to ask Katie Thistleton as though you are a CBBC Book Club presenter. Email them to oldham.library@oldham.gov.uk with the subject line ‘Katie Thistleton Competition’ with your age and contact details by 5pm on Thursday, 20 April 2017. The two best entries will be chosen as the winners and contacted on Friday, 21 April 2017.

For more information or to book for any of the events, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/bookmark or call 0161 770 8000.

To become a library member visit your local library or go to www.oldham.gov.uk/libraries


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