Newark Book Festival 2021


Recently I had the pleasure of being part of the Newark Book Festival Literature village event, where I had a stall on Saturday July 10th and Sunday July 11th. It is no exaggeration to express, how much I enjoyed being a part of this amazing event. I wish to convey my sincere thanks to Clair Robshaw and Sara Bullimore for their professional organisation of the event.

Located in Newark Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire the event was set against the historical backdrop of the castle and surrounding historical buildings of this historical town on the River Trent.

The theme ‘Great British Village Fete’ was embraced by many stall holders, myself included. Flags and bunting fluttered in the light breeze and live music on both days set my feet tapping and my vocal cords tuning in to some well-known popular music.

Meeting the public and chatting to families about a subject close to my heart, lifted my spirit after months of not being able to attend live literary events due to Covid restrictions.

The highlight for me on both days was meeting fellow authors and networking with them to learn new ideas about the promotion and marketing of books in a world where celebrity authors dominate, and big budget publishers take a large share of the market.

I was very fortunate to be located next to two very interesting authors who shared their publishing journey with me.

The author of The Golden Cage, Angela Tub caught my attention the moment I set up my stall. With her dazzling, jewel coloured Sari and the bright display of Indian ornaments and jewellery, it must have been hard to walk by without glancing at this very interesting lady. She shared part of her life story with me, that inspired her to write the memoir that charts her time in Dhaka Bangladesh.

I met the author Angela Wren and her husband on the second day of the festival. My husband who was with me throughout the weekend and claims to be my Roadie enjoyed the banter that men tend to appreciate while the wives talk about writing and publishing experiences.

Having travelled around France for many years, Angela writes what she describes as cosy crime, featuring investigator Jacques Foret. Published by crookedcatbooks, com the whole series is available in print and e-book from Amazon.

In addition to the cosy crime series Angela has collaborated with a number of authors in an anthology of up-lifting feel good stories ‘Miss Moonshines Emporium series.





It is always a pleasure to see families getting together and supporting their loved one in the promotion of their work.

E.A.Purle the author of Firestone a fantasy novel was surrounded by his wife and two children dressed in the black promotional tea shirts with the firestone logo emblazoned on the front.

Very striking. Even the dog came along to join the family.










Like myself Charles X Cross the author of The Man Butcher Prize from the Crooked Empire Series is awaiting publication of his second novel The Butcher Night. I understand how frustrating it can be awaiting that special moment for your book to be published after months of hard work.



My third novel Union Blues is still with the publisher and I eagerly await that moment when I receive the first copies of this family drama which I hope will be the one to draw in interest from the industry.