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The amazing line up of writers, artists and performers we were to have presented this year have nearly all agreed to come in autumn 2021 instead. (See the slideshow above for some tantalising names.) Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list so as to be at the front of the queue for 2021’s tickets! Please note that the dates of the 2021 festival are a little earlier than in previous years: September 23-26.

Grants from the Arts Council Emergency Fund and Feast have enabled us to shoot NCBF At Home in 2020, a series of interviews and readings involving many of next year’s festival authors, which you can find by going to our NCBF At Home page. What better way to keep our morale up during the virus crisis than getting glimpses into the private working lives of favourite writers? Teachers and parents alike may also enjoy our films for younger readers, which include creative tasks. You’ll find these in our NCBF At School section.

We are hugely grateful to the generosity of some fantastic musicians who let us use their music on our film soundtracks. Please take the time to click on the links below to enjoy videos of their latest songs.

Tom Hickox sings No Human is an Island from his forthcoming album with the Chineke! Orchestra. You can find out more about Tom at his website.

The Rowan Tree perform Richard Jose. You can find out more about the band on their website.

Barb Jungr performs her unique take on Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark. You can find out more about Barb on her website.

Helen Porter sings Unexpected Song. You can find out more about Helen on her website.

And don’t forget you can build up momentum for the next festival by joining our festival book club. Inevitably this will be happening online until further notice but we promise it will be lively. If you’d like more information, e mail Ronnie on bookclub@ncornbookfest.org.

Like every festival, we rely heavily on volunteer person-power for everything from putting up posters or helping direct traffic to checking tickets and looking after authors. We’re especially interested to hear from volunteers who would be available for two of three days before the festival and from volunteers with special skill sets to offer throughout the year, like social media or IT. If you’d like to become involved please use our contact page to let us know.

All photographs © Giselle Hyam (2019) © Don Kirkup (2019 & 2018) © Daniel Hall (2017 & 2016) or © Julia Powney (2017).