Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2018

 Well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities and local authors will descend on Somerset this month as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil’s Literary Festival.

Yeovil Library has teamed up with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association to host the sixth annual Yeovil Literary Festival.

The 2018 festival takes place from Wednesday 20 – Monday 29 October with a packed programme.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member with responsibilities for libraries said: “I’m sure this year’s Yeovil Literary Festival will build on the success of the previous years. The programme is incredibly diverse and we hope that the residents of Somerset will enjoy the variety of author events.”

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

 Friday 26 October, 10am – Crime Writing Workshop with crime authors Chris Ewan and Clare Donoghue.  Join Chris and Clare as they run this hugely popular interactive writing workshop.  The workshop will include discussions and exercise to help you develop your ideas.  Suitable for all levels of experience.

Friday 26 October, 12noon – Kimberley Chambers in conversation with Clare Donoghue

Kimberley left school at sixteen with no qualifications and no clue as to what she wanted to do in life.  At various times she has been a street trader, a disc jockey and a cab driver.  Now a full-time writer her thirteenth novel is Life of Crime.

 Friday 26 October, 2pm – Sarah J Naughton and Natasha Bell

Sarah J Naughton grew up in Dorset, on a diet of tales of imperilled heroines and wolves in disguise. As an adult, her reading matter changed but those dark fairy tales had deep roots. Her latest book The Other Couple is described as “The wedding of your dreams.  The honeymoon of your nightmares.”

Natasha Bell grew up in Somerset and in her words “over-educated and entirely unemployable”, she spent her twenties in York writing TV listings and working as a barista and a projectionist. Her debut novel Exhibit Alexandra has been described as “an astutely written, complex debut.”

Friday 26 October, 4pm – Quentin Bates in conversation with Chris Ewan

Quentin went on a gap year in the 1970s to the north of Iceland.  The gap year turned into a gap decade, during which he worked as a netmaker, factory hand and trawlerman, before drifting into journalism and writing fiction.

Today Quentin divides his time between the north of Iceland and the south of England and as the co-founder of the crime writing festival Iceland Noir we are delighted that he is here to talk about his seventh novel Cold Breath.

Saturday 27 October, 10am – Jane Shemilt

The author of Richard & Judy bestseller Daughter returns with a thrilling exploration of a marriage consumed by ambition, lies and revenge.

Published as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday and drawing on Jane’s personal experience as a GP in the medical profession, How Far We Fall offers a fascinating insight into a world rife with power, politics and ambition.

Saturday 27 October, 12noon – Matthew Hall

Drawing on his background as a criminal barrister and highly experienced screenwriter, Matthew Hall has created the only coroner in literary fiction.

A Life to Kill is the seventh novel in Matthew’s twice Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger, shortlisted Jenny Cooper series.

Matthew also wrote Keeping Faith which had us glued to our TV screens.  Before that the show became the most watched non-network show on the BBC iPlayer with over 10 million downloads. It scored the highest drama ratings for BBC Wales in over 20 years and became a social media phenomenon.

Saturday 27 October, 2pm – Vaseem Khan, Abir Mukherjee and Anjana Chowdhury

Vaseem Khan came to the 2016 festival and was an absolute hit.

The 3 authors will discuss their Indian-set novels.  Vaseem Khan will be talking about his latest Inspector Chopra book Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, set in Mumbai.

Abir Mukherjee is the creator of the Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surrender Not Banerjee series set in Calcutta.

Anjana Chowdhury’s prize-winning novel Under the Pipal Tree is set in Mumbai and Calcutta.

For further information on the full Yeovil Literary Festival 2018 programme and to book tickets, please visit:  or telephone The Octagon Theatre Box Office 01935 422884.