Stamford Book Festival

Stamford Arts Centre

from Friday, February 1st 2008

Will Self, Ian MacMillan Orchestra, Workshops, Talks, a Literary Walk, Films and family show 'Potted Potter!'




Kay Green reports:

Kay Green at Stamford Arts Centre

Stamford is a lovely town – all made of stone, with fancy cornices and things all over the place. A lively market going on when we arrived, lots of indie bookshops, new as well as second hand and antiquarian ones, an indie record shop, some very good pubs and the arts centre right in the middle of town which, although it doesn't look huge from the outside, manages to house cinema screens, lesson rooms, reading rooms, an art gallery, a café, a bar and a ballroom. What’s more, the arts centre appears to be full of the people of Stamford and rings to happy activity wherever you look. Every town should have one!


Earlyworks Press stall at Stamford Book fair


The Ballroom, Stamford Arts Centre

Workshop: Beat the Blank Page

I ran two workshops, both of which were well attended. Some very good ideas were doing the rounds - and there was talk of setting up a Stamford Writers Group as a result of the event. (If you were there and know what came of this, please get in touch - I'd love to know!)

Workshop at Stamford Arts Centre Gallery

I had come with a group from authors2you who were exhibiting and reading from their books at the Friday launch night from 7.30pm. 

My favourite reading was by Yong Pease, who read from her book 'Brown Jade'.


 Brown Jade by Yong Pease - cover pic


My favourite stall (other than Earlyworks Press of course!) was the Eric Egerton one, which included a scale model of the town in the book, and models of all the characters.

Eric Egerton book stall


A very enjoyable weekend all round. 

Many thanks to Taff Lovesey, author of The Portal Chronicles, who brought us together for this event.

Taff Lovesey



Workshops for writers: Beat the Blank Page: Getting Started and Write it Better: Writing as Therapy by Kay Green, Print on Demand and 'Self' Publishing, Sales and Marketing by Taff Lovesey, Getting Published in the Small Presses by Gordon Hodgeon and Stirring the Poetry Pot by Pat Borthwick

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