Fairford Book Fest to welcome Dom Joly, Paul Martin, Jessica Fellowes and more this June

By Jessica Durston - 3 May 2023

Arts and CultureAttractions
  • Dom Joly - Photo credit: Marksteen Adamson

    Dom Joly - Photo credit: Marksteen Adamson

The Fairford Festival Book Fest is set to be a best seller this summer, with another line up of popular authors and TV stars.

The book festival will take place across Friday 9 June and Saturday 10 June, and is sponsored by DCO Systems and supported by The PBShop.

Featuring well-known writers with a diverse choice of genres, organisers say there will be plenty for book lovers to enjoy and get excited about at Fairford Festival’s 2023 Book Fest.

A spokesperson for the event said: "Come and meet your favourite author; discover new ones; listen to the authors talk about their books; ask questions if you want to; learn about their inspiration for their books; buy their book or books and have them personally signed by the author!

"This is a great opportunity to interact with multiple well-known authors!"

The 2023 Fairford Festival Book Fest is being held in the Literary Marquee in the grounds of Fairford Cricket Club (GL7 4JJ) and has its very own book shop in a small marquee adjacent to the Literary Marquee.

The book shop – new for 2023 – is being offered to enable book lovers to buy the authors’ books and have them signed – all courtesy of Fairford The PBShop.

The Fairford Festival Book Fest 2023 starts on Friday 9 June, with visits from children's authors and illustrators Jo Empson (at 4pm) and Steve Antony (5pm). The pair will be delighting young audience members with stories, illustrations, and characters in their top-selling books. 

Children will also be able to take part in a creative workshop and draw along with the celebrated authors.

The programme of events for Saturday 10 June is as follows:

  • 10am - Emma Reeves. Screen and stage script adaptions – interviewed by Yr 10 Media student, Isla Beadnell from Farmor’s School.
  • 11.15am - Sandra Howard. Former Vogue model, journalist and fiction writer.
  • 12.30pm - Anne de Courcy. Journalist and biographer of famous faces such as Lord Snowdon.
  • 1.45pm - Dr Michael McCarthy. Historian and writer about the real Dick Whittington.
  • 3pm - Paul Martin. Antiques expert and TV personality – recently featuring in the Channel 5 series The Great Auction Showdown.
  • 4.15pm - Jessica Fellowes. Journalist, author and niece of Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes and an expert on Downton in her own right – interview by Chris Roberts with help from the audience.
  • 5.30pm - Dom Joly. Comedian and travel writer – interviewed by Steve Knibbs, Gloucestershire reporter for BBC Points West.

Tickets are available from 7a Coffee Shop, Fairford Primary School, and online at Eventbrite (people can visit the website and search 'Fairford Festival Book Fest').

Tickets are priced at £4 per child per author with adults free for the Friday Book Fest date. Additionally, tickets cost £10 for an all-day pop-in and pop-out ticket for adults and children over 10 on the Saturday.

For more information, those interested can contact Chris Roberts on 0744 350 0744 or email via [email protected].

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