Weekend of Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July

It was great to see so many of you at the Book Club Live event to kick-start the Also Festival last weekend

What fabulous weather we had, and I do hope you all enjoyed it. A perfect summer evening, with drinks and food, and book talk. What can be better?

Lucy Mangan was a perfect choice of speaker for this event, as she discussed Bookworm: a memoir of childhood reading


Guardian review

The book is amusing and nostalgic, it was wonderful when she talked about books which had been your childhood favourites too.

Asking us to think about which book we remember first being read to us, which book got us hooked on reading, and which book we would pass on to the next generation, certainly got us thinking.


Well I’ve passed on Penelope Lively’s  The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.  Such an under-noticed writer I feel, and this is one of her best.

Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series – a match for Harry Potter any day!

I also hail Lucy for raising the flag for Enid Blyton. So many readers began with her. 


It would be great if you could pass your thoughts on this, or anything else about the festival. I’m sure others who couldn’t be there would love to hear all about it.

Send anything to me –jandawson@warwickshire.gov.uk  

Look forward to hearing from you !

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