Festival of books and wordsmiths

Julie Mayhew is one of the guests at this year's BeaconLit
Julie Mayhew is one of the guests at this year's BeaconLit

A festival of books and writing is set to take place in the summer.

BeaconLit – the Beacon Villages festival of books and writing – promises something for everyone at its third festival, which is in Brookmead School, Ivinghoe on Saturday June 27 from 10am to 4.30pm.

The festival has been steadily building its reputation since its beginnings in 2013, and this year’s programme features 12 authors spread over five events in a packed day.

The latest addition to the programme is Adina Campbell, reporter and presenter for BBC South Today TV News, who will be interviewing local playwright and novelist Julie Mayhew live.

Julie writes plays for BBC Radio 4 and her forthcoming novel, The Big Lie, imagines a modern-day Buckinghamshire in a world where the Nazis won World War Two.

Other local authors include Richard and Judy Book Club choice Rowan Coleman, who will take a look at why first novels can fall flat; romance writer Jules Wake, who takes part in a ‘New Voices’ panel discussion featuring hot new writers; and crime fiction writer Dave Sivers, who chairs the event and moderates two of the day’s panels.

There are award winners in abundance, including Jane Casey, author of the acclaimed Maeve Kerrigan series, who joins M R Hall, William Ryan and Laura Wilson on the ever-popular crime panel. And for those who like their intrigue, violence and passion laced with swords and horses, but no dragons, then Vanora Bennett, Toby Clements and Elizabeth Fremantle’s ‘Real Game of Thrones’ panel may be just what you’re looking for.

Tickets, available online at www.beaconlit.co.uk, or through Beacon Villages Library in Ivinghoe, cost £19.50 if bought before the end of May – a £5.50 saving on the full price.