Programme for Todmorden Book Festival revealed

Explore a world of words with bestselling authors, engaging discussions, music, poetry and captivating masterclasses at the Todmorden Book Festival.
Adele Parks is one of the stars of Todmorden Book FestivalAdele Parks is one of the stars of Todmorden Book Festival
Adele Parks is one of the stars of Todmorden Book Festival

Best-selling authors Mick Herron and Adele Parks are two of the writers appearing at this year’s event which runs from Friday November 17 to Saturday November 25.

The programme:

Mick Herron, Town Hall Ballroom Friday November 17, 8pm

Mick Herron is the bestselling author of the Slough House spy thrillers.

Saturday 18 November

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Fiction Masterclass with Stephen May, Todmorden Community College, 10am – noon

Suitable for both the experienced writer and the shy beginner.

Poetry masterclass with Andrew McMillan, Todmorden Community College, 2pm

J oin Andrew McMillan to explore contemporary poems and have a go at writing your own.

Ghost Signs with Stuart Hennigan, Fielden Hall, 2.30pm

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Stu Hennigan’s book Ghost Signs is based on his experiences working as a volunteer driver delivering food parcels during the pandemic.

Victoria Smith – HAGS, St Mary’s Church, 4.30pm

Victoria Smith asks why women are treated with such active disdain. exploring the reasons why misogyny is so very now.

Just Between Us – A conversation with Adele Parks, Todmorden Community College, 7.30pm

Adele Parks was born in North Yorkshire and is the author of 22 bestselling novels.

Sunday November 19

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Linda Green – In Little Stars: Reimagining Romeo and Juliet in West Yorkshire, Fielden Hall, 2.30pm

West Yorkshire-based Linda is Linda Green is the bestselling author of 10 novels.

Poetry for Our Time, Fielden Hall, 4.30pm

Three poets – Zaffar Kunial, PIppa Little and James Byrne – explore what it is to be human.

Joelle Taylor in performance, Todmorden Hippodrome, 7.30pm

Joelle Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry.

Short Story Masterclass with Naomi Booth, Todmorden Community College, Tuesday November 21, 3pm

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Naomi Booth’s first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was set in Todmorden.

Melvin Burgess and Pete Kalu, Wednesday November 22

Event for Y9 students at Todmorden High School

John Billingsley – Legends and Folk Tales of Todmorden, Wednesday November 22, 7pm, Folklore Centre

The presentation will retell several stories associated with local sites.

Pete Brown – Clubland. A convivial conversation, Todmorden Hippodrome Foyer, Friday November 26, 6pm

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A tour of working men’s clubs and their social significance.

Music for the Many and Peter Sansom, Todmorden Hippodrome, Saturday November 25, 6pm

An pportunity for our young people to explore different ways into music.