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, a series of interviews and readings involving many of next year’s authors, which we’re releasing at 5pm each Friday. What better way to keep our morale up during the virus crisis than getting glimpses into the private working lives of favourite writers? You can find the films already released by going to our NCBF At Home page.

A key feature of our festivals are the schools days. By way of a consolation prize for having none of those this year, here is our very own young bookworm, Maia to launch NCBF At School, a series of films which some of our favourite young people’s writers present creative challenges for you to do at home or in the classroom.

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).