Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival 2021 returns

The 2021 Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival lineup, which began September 30 and runs through October 3, includes names like Ruth Jones – from the popular sitcom Gavin and Stacey – and Grace Dent from Carlisle.

The festival, which began in 2014 with the aim of promoting an annual celebration of writing and poetry in Carlisle, is back for the first time since 2019 after the 2020 event was canceled due to Covid -19.

Festival producer Lee Randall said he was “excited” to have had the chance to program and create programming that features a range of fiction and non-fiction writers.

He said: “If detective fiction is your passion, we hope you catch up with MW Craven and Claire Askew and hear Alan Johnson talk about his debut thriller.

Claire is also running a Writing Workshop to Avoid Clichés in Detective Fiction, which will certainly be full of great tips. There are also five other workshops, including one focusing on non-fiction.

“We welcome acclaimed authors Arifa Akbar and Pragya Agarwal, to speak about illness, family dynamics and the complicated choices surrounding motherhood.”

Food critic and TV star Grace Dent will be at the Crown and Miter Hotel on Saturday October 2 at 8 p.m. to talk about her memoir, Hungry.

Earlier today at 4:30 p.m., Ruth Jones, co-writer and co-star of award-winning BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey, will also be at the Crown and Miter Hotel to talk about her second novel, Us Three.

Slightly more compact version of the usual event, the Borderlines Festival will be held this year at several venues around the city, including the Crown & Miter Hotel, Tullie House, Tithe Barn and Cakes & Ales Café.

Events will include conferences, panel discussions and workshops.

Selected events will be broadcast live.

The Head of Collections and Engagement at Tullie House and Festival President Anna Smalley said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Tullie House as one of our festival venues this year.

“The Museum is an inspiring setting for our workshops and events, and we look forward to welcoming the public again after a year of absence.

The festival also includes a satellite event on October 10, which will feature award-winning comedian Robin Ince.

This year’s festival producer Lee Randall is in charge of the lineup lineup.

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