WELCOME! THIS PAGE GIVES YOU THE LATEST SOUTHAM BOOKFEST NEWS.
October 27 2020
The live Q&A sessions have now been edited and put online for your enjoyment - go to the Live Q&A page!
Sept 30 2020
We are a charity, run by volunteers, and the costs of putting on the festival come entirely from donations, sponsors and flash fiction entry fees, which also pays for the prizes.
If you enjoy what we are doing and would like to see it continue, please consider making a donation if you can, no matter how small.
If you would like to contribute, just click on the JustGiving logo below and you will be taken to our page.
Southam Book Festival
Flash Fiction Competition 2020
The winning entries are
1 (untitled ) by Rebecca Kinnarney
2 'SEA GODDESS' by Lesley Evans
3 'TAKEN AT THE FLOOD' by Marilyn Timms
for more information go to competition page
Apologies to anyone hoping to join Julia Tedd's on line event this evening ( Wednesday 15th Oct)
Unfortunately the event has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.
The good news is that you can take a look at Julia's video posted on our videos page under the
event schedule tab.
September 14 2020
Join the on line Conversation with
Andrew Davies , Anna Lawrence Pietroni, Alexander Larman, Ben Lamb
Julia Tedd, Kitt de Waal, Bella Osborne, Lindsay Woodward,
Madalyn Morgan, Phillipa Ashley and Brian Pollitt.
Book your place with Eventbrite
Details are on the Q&A events page.
All Southam Bookfest events are free. Donations are appreciated
August 12 2020
We can confirm that Southam Book Festival will be an on-line festival this year.
You can enjoy the festival from the comfort of your own home.
You can tune in to the free video talks on our website at a time convenient to you.
You can join our interactive sessions to talk directly to our writers from the comfort of your favourite chair - dress code optional.
How it works (we hope)
Authors submit videos introducing viewers to their work generally or most recent publication.
The videos will be available on our web site from Oct 5th.
From Oct 13th, there will be interactive sessions using Zoom where viewers can ask questions of the writer. The schedule will be published here shortly.
Places at these sessions will be limited and can be booked via Eventbrite. The link will appear on our site closer to the day.
There will be no interactive sessions for children – only video sessions.
The Festival organisers are delighted to present the
2020 Southam Bookfest Line Up
* Phillipa Ashley - author of Cornish café series, Oxford Blue series and many more romantic novels.
Andrew Davies – talking about his adaptation of ‘A Suitable Boy’ – currently being shown on BBC1
Benjamin Lamb – ‘You’re Nicked’ a witty look at TV police drama from Dixon of Dock Green to Happy Valley via The Sweeney, The Bill and Cracker.
Alexander Larman – Alexander Larman is an author, biographer and journalist whose new book, The Crown in Crisis, is a revelatory account of the abdication crisis, using never-before-seen documents and letters. Larman will be discussing his discoveries and what they tell us about 1936 - and how they relate to contemporary events.
Anna Lawrence – Anna Lawrence was a graphic designer and trainee prison governor before committing to writing. Her novel, RUBY'S SPOON (Chatto & Windus, 2010) was published to critical acclaim in the UK and US. She has worked with students of all ages to help them find their voices in writing. She writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and lives in the West Midlands with her partner, four children and a griffon.
* Madalyn Morgan – published 8 books in The Dudley Sisters Saga
* Bella Osborne - Writes about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. Published by Harper Collins.
Brian Pollitt – book repairer and restorer will talk about the kind of damage that can be repaired, and then will take questions from people who have damaged treasured books and would like to know if they could be repaired and made functional again (subject to image quality on Zoom!).
Southam Heritage Collection - Southam's museum is based in the town centre and has published several books by local authors on themes related to the town's history. All the books are priced under £10 and cover a wide range of fascinating subjects. Their short film will present both authors and volunteers talking about the books and other merchandise available to buy from the museum. All proceeds from book sales go to support the work of this small heritage charity.
Julia Tedd – on how her research shows how it is possible to embed important grammatical structures into fun children's books to increase early exposure and acquisition.
Kitt de Waal - has just confirmed she will take part in a live Q&A session - details to be published shortly.
* Lindsay Woodward - romantic fiction with a touch of the paranormal.
* these writers are members of the Romantic Novelists Panel and have produced a joint video.
Graham Jones - Time Travelling Toby
Join children’s author, Graham Jones to find out about time travel and take part in interesting activities, including learning how to fire a flintlock musket and flag signal!
Julia Tedd - Julia will be reading Night Time Cat.
Sam Langley-Swain - Blanket Bears - a book for every parent who wants their child to understand adoption. Many children's books about adoption focus purely on adapting into the new family. This book is perfect for adoptive families with younger children, as a soft and sensitive warm up to life story work.
For both young & old
Hugh Warwick - Hugh is an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. He has written widely for newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Times,New Scientist, and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and BBC Scotland.
July 02 2020
Transforming Southam Bookfest 2020
We're looking for help in transforming our successful Book Festival into a virtual on-line Festival for 2020. We'd love to hear from anyone with advice, tips or offers of practical help. Please contact us via our FB page or on messenger.
May 22 2020
FLASH FICTION COMPETITION 2020
Now Open - Closing date Sept 4th.
For more information go to Competitions page and select 100 Words.
Our 2020 Southam Book Festival plans have been put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We may have to modify plans quite considerably. Before the end of July the planning group will have made final decisions about the shape the 2020 Festival will take. We will keep you posted.
Meanwhile the Flash Fiction competition goes ahead and is now open for entries. For safety reasons, the competition will be run entirely on line this year. Many thanks to our local judging and admin team.
Thank you for supporting the festivals of 2018 and 2019.
May 22 2020
Southam Book Festival and Covid-19
March 07 2020
SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL 2020
(Programme subject to change)
This year's Main Event will be at the Graham Adams Centre on Sunday October 18th starting at 11a.m.
We'll also have some mid -week events at Southam Library
Our Planning Team has been busy lining up some great speakers for a programme featuring romance,
royalty and TV detectives.
Graham Jones and his friend, Time Travelling Toby was such a hit with children and families last year,
that he's making a second visit this year.
COME AND JOIN US
We've welcomed several new members to the Book Festival Planning Team this year and if you would like
to join us please get in touch via
24/2/19 - WE'RE BACK FOR 2019!
Last year’s inaugural festival was so warmly received and well attended that the planning group decided we could not ignore requests for another festival in 2019.
The date for the Main Festival has been set for October 20th from 11am to 4pm at the Graham Adams Centre. However, we are also
planning to gently grow the Festival and hold some extra one-off events throughout the Autumn at various Southam venues, including
the Bowling Green (thank-you Mark!).
Last year we had the most brilliant help and practical support from local businesses, organisations and individuals. Please give us
your support again this year and help us make the 2019 Southam Book Festival an event for all to enjoy.
If you’d like to join this year’s Planning Group and help prepare for the Festival, we’d love to hear from you. All offers of help are
welcome. Please get in touch using the form on our VOLUNTEERS page, or leave message with the Graham Adams Centre (01926
811519) and we will get back to you.
We can't wait to see you at this year's bigger and better Southam Book Festival!
Oct 20 2019 - 2019 100 WORDS COMPETITION WINNERS
First: 'What's that son?. You've entered a fast friction competition?', by Mark Robinson, Bristol.
Second: Prison of my own making, by Zoe Critchley, Bristol
Third: Adonis, by Lindsay Woodward, Rugby
Congratulations and well done to you and all other 120 entrants