May 9, 2010 12.05 pm This story is over 166 months old

Book lovers prepare for grand Book Festival

Read up: The seventh Lincoln Book Festival arrives soon in the city, bringing several famous and new authors along.

The seventh Lincoln Book Festival will take place between May 12th to 16th, drawing the city’s book lovers with headliners such as actor Simon Callow, author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, and Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle.

The festival attracts local, national and international writers and artists, and celebrates both historical and contemporary works of art, spanning from Lincolnshire’s past with the Magna Carta and Tennyson, to new writing.

Taking centre stage at seventh Lincoln Book Festival is Mercury Prize Winner musician Speech Debelle, a north London poet and musician who shares the prestigious award with past winners Suede, Dizzie Rascal and Arctic Monkeys. Debelle will be taking part in the festival’s new Desert Island Books programme.

Other headline acts for the Lincoln Book Festival include Simon Callow CBE, English actor, writer and theatre director who has starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Anthony Horowitz, author and screenwriter of novels and TV adaptations including Agatha Christie’s Poirot, plus his own creations for TV that include Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.

Lynda Bellingham, presenter from Loose Women and author of a new autobiography Lost and Found, will join the Lincoln Book Festival as well, together with Martyn Ware, founding member of The Human League and Heaven 17, and currently working with La Roux, and Jake Arnott, crime writer whose book was dramatized by the BBC into the series The Long Firm.

To top it off, the festival will also include names like Dotun Adebayo, Radio 5 Live presenter in Desert Island Books, and Jeremy Hardy, comedian and co-presenter of Sorry I haven’t a clue, who will be searching into his family roots.

Most of the events for the Lincoln Book Festival will take place at the Lincoln Drill Hall, with several others spread across the city. For a complete guide of the proceedings and locations, please see the Lincoln Book Festival programme (PDF).

Source: Lincoln Book Festival | Photo: Patrick Gage Kelley via Flickr