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Date and Time Venue Author Event details
Friday 17th September 9.30am - 3 pm Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP Lucy Dillamore Children's Author and Illustrator - workshop for schools
Friday 17th September 7pm Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP Milly Johnson Milly is one of the top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK. She is also a poet, professional joke writer and newspaper columnist. Come and find out about Milly as she reads extracts from her books and is interviewed about her life by Ros Palmer.
Friday 17th September 7pm Fydell House PE21 6HT Richard Daniels Richard will be presenting an enlightening lecture on the case files of The Occultaria of Albion. Expect occult conspiracies, dark magic and diabolical revelations. If you have ever seen something strange in the sky whilst standing in a graveyard, feeling a chill and clutching your talisman tightly as a mysterious fog appeared to the strains of a theremin - then this is for you! Come and be entertained - if you dare!
Saturday 18th September 10am and 11.30am Fydell House PE21 6HT Nick Louth Nick is a best-selling crime writer who will take you on a journey through his imagination: The inspiration for plot twists, the process of character creation and the all important tightening of conflict between characters that keep readers on the edge of their seats. This is one for aspiring authors as well as keen readers of the genre. Signed copies of his books will be available.
Saturday 18th September 10am and 11.30am Fydell House PE21 6HT Trudey Martin Trudey lives, writes and works in Lincoln and after writing numerous plays and academic articles wrote her first novel in 2019. No Deadly Medicine is set in Lincoln and London and delves into the world of child trafficking. Trudey will be talking about developing characters in novels and how the digital age has changed the face of books. Using an interactive process, she will enable budding authors to draw their readers into the action, get their hearts racing and have them experience the protagonist’s actions as if they are there. Come and find out how it's done!
Saturday 18th September 10.30 am Fydell House PE21 6HT Nick Fitton Many Bostonians will know Nick as a teacher at Boston Grammar School but there is more to him than meets the eye! Nick is an accomplished poet whose sense of humour is evident in many of his poems. Come and hear him discuss his poetry and career.
Saturday 18th September 10.30 am Boston Library, County Hall PE21 6DY Warwick and Sav Sav Warwick and Sav Sav will be showcasing their two 2020 releases in the Moral-Lee Island series – ‘Tongue-tied Toad and Fluent Fly’ and Cheating Cheetah and Wise Weasel’. They will also be revealing their latest book exclusively at the festival so be the first to meet the new characters. This event is suitable for children aged between 4 and 10. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free entry for adults accompanying a child
Saturday 18th September 11am-2pm Boston Guildhall PE21 6HT Neil Wright The latest book by local historian Neil Wright will be launched in the Guildhall Museum on Saturday 18th September 2021 as part of the Boston Book Festival. Signed copies of "Boston in 50 Buildings" will be available for purchase
Saturday 18th September 1.30pm and 3pm Fydell House PE21 6HT Joy Ellis and Janice Frost Come and join Joy and Janice in an informal chat about the murky world of crime! Starting with a facilitated discussion between them they will move on to answer your questions. Joy is the author of the acclaimed Jackman and Evans and Nikki Galena series and was shortlisted for the Book of the Year Fiction, Crime and Thriller Award at the British Book Awards 2021.
Saturday 18th September 1.30pm and 3pm Fydell House PE21 6HT James Nicol Formerly the manager of Waterstones Book Shop in Boston. Taking the three things needed for a story, character, setting and plot you will work through the workshop with James generating a worksheet full of ideas to take away for your own creative writing at home. Suitable for ages 7 – 11. Free entry for adults accompanying a child. This activity will take place in an upstairs room and is, unfortunately, not accessible to wheelchair users
Saturday 18th September 2pm Boston Library, County Hall PE21 6DY Nick Fitton What is Poetry? Quotations from favourite poems. Take a look at your favourite poems with Nick. Bring a line or two of poetry to share with others and discuss 'What is poetry?' with Nick and other poetry lovers.
Saturday 18th September 2pm Fydell House PE21 6HT Tim Atkinson Tim is an award-winning author of over a dozen books, a blogger, freelance writer for magazines and newspapers and creator of educational texts. He was a teacher at Boston Grammar School, sings in St Botolph’s (Boston Stump) choir and lives locally. His second novel The Glorious Dead, set in WW1, was published to widespread acclaim after a crowd funding campaign. Tim will be interviewed by Harry Parkhill from Radio Lincolnshire.
Saturday 18th September 2pm Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP Karen Maitland Karen is an historical novelist, lecturer and teacher of Creative Writing with over 20 books to her name. She will be talking about her writing, her latest book The Drowned City, and answering your questions.
Saturday 18th September 7.30pm Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP Benjamin Zephaniah Benjamin is a British writer, playwright, author but is probably best known as a poet. Come and learn more about Benjamin’s life and work in conversation with local poet Nick Fitton.
Sunday 19th September 10am Fydell House PE21 6HT Gavin Extance Gavin is the award-winning author of 4 novels, which have been translated into 20 languages. Gavin writes books that are funny and sad, weird but relatable. Gavin will be talking about his writing career so far, from his debut to his most recent novel. His talk will include some reflections of growing up in Boston and how his love of books was nurtured at Boston Grammar school. He will be reading from his latest novel and answering questions on any of his books and fiction writing in general.
Sunday 19th September 10am Fydell House PE21 6HT Jane Cable Endless Skies: How one trip to Lincolnshire inspired a book, but how it took another to finish it. Jane will talk about the very special role the county played in the creation of her novel, and the research she needed to undertake to make it a credible representation. Jane will also be pleased to take questions about paths to publication from aspiring authors.
Sunday 19th September 10.30am Fydell House PE21 6HT Aisha Busby Aisha worked on her first novel when she was 13. She now writes books for children, sometimes with a little bit of magic in them. Aisha will be hosting an event for children aged from 9 – 12. Working together as a group, youngsters will play a choose-your-own style game based on the Moonchild duology. The activity will start with an introduction and reading, followed by a short quiz which will help participants choose their animal companion. There will also be time for a short question and answer session. This activity will take place in an upstairs room and is, unfortunately, not accessible to wheelchair users. Free entry for adults accompanying a child
Sunday 19th September 2 pm Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP Michael Morpurgo An afternoon with acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo. Michael is best known for his children’s novels. However, novels such as War Horse, although aimed at children reach a far wider audience and can be enjoyed by all ages. Michael will be speaking for the first time about his brand new novel ‘When Fishes Flew’- published by Harper Collins. The novel comes out at the end of September but we hope to have a few copies available for sale at the Festival, complete with signed bookplates. Come and hear Michael talk about his books and his life as an author with Ros Palmer.
Sunday 19th September 10.30am- 4pm Boston Guildhall PE21 6HT Authors, illustrator and publishers. Come and meet authors, illustrator and publishers. They will be able to answer questions about getting started in writing. self-publishing, illustrating, how to get your facts right etc as well as selling some of their works. Contributors so far are: Warwick and Sav Sav – books for children ; Claire Ladds – Crime and dark fiction ; Terry Martin –The House of Murky Depths – publishing and writing; Stuart Gibbon – How to get the facts right on police procedures; Also a true crime writer himself. Tracey Wilson Scott Townsend – writer, artist, adventurer; Mike Cartwright – 17th century crime writer. Self – published; Lucy Dillamore – illustrator and writer for children; Wish you were here – writers group; Matt Barnes – Dark urban fantasy. Waterstones Boston will be providing a book stall over the weekend.

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