Top Authors Come to Berkhamsted

Living Magazines BerkoFest Book Festival

Read all about it! Back for its second year, BerkoFest Book Festival is coming to Berkhamsted on the Sunday 7 November 2021; don’t miss out!

The Book Festival will be held at two sites: Berkhamsted Town Hall and St Peter’s Church. Robin Ince and Nigel Barden will host the Town Hall events.

Sunday Times top ten selling authors Lisa Jewell, Stuart Turton, Natalie Haynes and Pete Paphides will be appearing alongside sporting, memoir and comedic writers, plus radio broadcasters.

Award-winning comedian Alexei Sayle will be sharing a session with fellow award winning comedian Mark Steel. From the world of sport, one of England’s most successful cricket captains Mike Brearley will talk about the ‘Art of Captaincy’. Isy Suttie aka Dobby from ‘Peep Show’ and Ally from ‘Man Down’ will be talking about her first novel ‘Jane is Trying’.

Leading music radio broadcaster, film buff and author Simon Mayo will be interviewed by fellow radio broadcaster and top food, wine and beer connoisseur Nigel Barden.

Thought-provoking Nikesh Shukla will discuss his writings on race and immigration, and behavioral scientist Pragya Argawal will share her thoughts on [M]otherhood.

Regular Radio 4 broadcasters Claudia Hammond and Robin Ince will be stimulating the audience with their insights, the latter in particular from his book ‘The Importance of Being Interested’.

Berkhamsted Author Clare Swatman will open proceedings, discussing her experience of self publishing, and will welcome your questions.

This year St Peter’s Church will the host children’s sessions, thus becoming a lovely family-friendly event. There are award winning authors for all children’s ages, such as Blue Peter short story winner Vashti Hardy. Some of the authors have written a series of theme books like Sam Sedgman and his ‘Adventures on Trains’. A. F. Harrold will ignite kid’s imagination with beards, hats, literature, and comedy.

Organiser Charlie Hussey comments: ‘We’re so thrilled to have such a diverse line-up at BerkoFest Book Festival! The hope is that people will come along and have great day on Sunday 7 November!’

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Please note that tickets can only be bought online.