Yeovil Library helps host fourth annual Yeovil Literary Festival

Top authors will descend on Somerset next month as the County Council’s library helps host Yeovil’s Literary Festival.

Yeovil Library has teamed up with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association to host the town’s fourth annual festival.

The 2016 festival takes place from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October with a packed programme of great authors, comedians, entertainers and broadcasters.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibilities for libraries, said: “We hope this year’s Yeovil Literary Festival will build on the success of the previous years. The programme is incredibly diverse and we are pleased to include a variety of author events in Yeovil Library.”

The following authors and events will be at Yeovil Library during the festival:

Friday 21 October at 10am – How to write the perfect crime novel. Led by local authors Chris Ewan and Clare Donoghue. If you are a budding writer this is the workshop event for you.

Friday 21 October at 2pm – Murder in the Library. Crime authors Sharon Bolton (previously SJ Bolton), Elly Griffiths (writes about archaeologist Ruth Galloway), Tammy Cohen (also writes as Tamar Cohen) and local author Clare Donoghue will chat about their writing and their latest books.

Friday 21 October at 4pm – Chris Ewan. The 2016 Somerset Big Read author talking about his career and his new book “Long Time Lost”.

Saturday 22 October at 10am – Criminal Minds Reading Group. To celebrate Ann Cleeves’ visit to the festival and her 30th year of writing we are running a pop-up reading group to discuss Ann’s first Shetland novel, ‘Raven Black’. You don’t even have to have read the book. The group will be led by local crime authors Clare Donoghue and Chris Ewan.

Saturday 22 October at 11am in the Children’s Library – Tamsin Cooke. Talking about her popular Scarlet Files books; “Cat Burglar” and “Mission Gone Wild”. This will be a fun and interactive talk, recommended for children aged 7-12.

Saturday 22 October at 12noon – Ann Cleeves. (sold out). Talking about new Shetland novel “Cold Earth”. She was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador for 2016.

Saturday 22 October at 2pm – Vaseem Khan. Talking about his Inspector Chopra novels.

For further information on the full Yeovil Literary Festival 2016 programme and to book tickets, please visit: www.yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk  or telephone The Octagon Theatre Box Office 01935 422884.