Our Confirmed Authors for 2020


11:00 Festival opens - with 30 exhibitors

11:30 "How to Publish Your First Novel" - talk by Andrew Thomas

12:15 "Sue Moorcoft in Conversation with Bella Osborne"

12:45 Flash Fiction competition winner announced

13:00 "Illustration for Children: Draw Your Own Felix the Fox" with Simon Lucas

14:15 "Behind the Scenes for A Hundred Years to Arras" with Jason Cobley

15:00  "How I build a Poem" with Chris Burleigh

15:30  Book in a Window competition winner announced

16:00  Festival closes

Entry is free to the speaker sessions - first come first served, but you can sign up on the day on arrival.

Call for help


We need more volunteers to help organise for 2021

We've lost a number of folks due to other commitments, so we are down to just a handful of enthusiasts. 

We're looking to boost our numbers, both in helping to organise the event and helping out on the day.

Typical tasks are:

  • Looking for exhibitors, preferably local rather than national - finding suitable prospects, approaching them and encouraging them to take part. This is usually knocking on an open door, as most folks are very keen to talk about & display their wares/talents.

  • Updating the Bookfest website - we could do with a back up person for when our main tech guy is busy.

  • We need a new admin for the Bookfest Facebook - this is to keep the feeds up to date, as well as posting news and links onto other local interest sites such as Southam News and Views, along with finding other local sites that could attract visitors.

  • Managing our advertising - we're a charity so our methods need to be creative (i.e. don't cost money!). We do have a small budget for things like ads in the local freely-distributed publications. 

  • Keeping track of bookings for tables and any specific requirements for the day.

  • Volunteers to help out with setting up on the day, helping exhibitors, marshalling people and just being on hand if anyone needs help or has questions.

All of this is currently managed by just a handful of volunteers, so if you enjoy anything book related, or just enjoy getting involved in local events - please make contact - see the About Us page.


The competition is now closed for further entries  

Our judges are working through the stories. 

Look out for the short list which will be published on October 10th


We had a brilliant response last year, with 261 entries. Our local judging and admin team have agreed to take this mammoth task on once again.

Hits & unique visitor count (26/03/2021)


Thank you for supporting the festivals of 2018 and 2019,

as well as the 2020 online festival.


Images from past festivals 

Andrew Davies


Penny Freedman

John Cunningham

PRAISE FOR 2018 & 2019:


About time Southam got a book festival - and a fantastic one, at that!


The festival had such a great buzz. And so many books and authors to choose from!



Hay Festival, be warned, you have a new rival! 



Southam Book Festival will be back live!


Southam Book Festival is being planned to go ahead at the Grahams Adams Centre this year.

It will run from 11am to 4pm.

Entry is free to both the exhibition and to speaker sessions

Although our online festival in 2020 was a great success, you can't beat talking to people face-to-face, as well as the atmosphere you get when mingling with like-minded people.

So with that in mind, and of course subject to any Covid-19 restrictions, we're planning to fill the GAC main hall with authors, illustrators, story-tellers, publishers, book sellers, book collectors, bookbinder/restorer - in fact anyone who supports the written/spoken word as an art form.