Ampthill LitFest 2018

John Suchet

John Suchet

Ruth Hogan

Ruth Hogan

To open our afternoon session we have a music extravaganza with Classic FM DJs John Suchet and Tim Lohoreau. This expert panel will be discussing their musically inspired books, chaired by local musician and musicologist, Rob Baker.

The afternoon continues with Secklow FM DJ and supporter of the Arts, Nancy Stevens interviewing New York Times best seller, Rowan Coleman and local author Ruth Hogan.  Ruth’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things has been a whirlwind success since its appearance on the Richard and Judy Book Club list.  Ruth Hogan will also be prize giving to our over 18 category winners at the Writers’ Competition Awards Ceremony.


Peter Laws

Peter Laws

The celebration of Bedfordshire authors continues into the late afternoon with Peter Laws, Church Minister and horror fanatic, who has recently published the second novel in the Matt Hunter series, soon to be followed by a third.  Peter has also written a non-fiction book investigating the reasons ‘we love monsters, ghosts, death and gore’, aptly titled, The Frighteners.

Continuing with non-fiction writing the final afternoon session features Luton born Safraz Manzoor.  Sarfraz is a journalist, broadcaster and documentary film maker and he will be sharing his experiences of writing for The Guardian, his documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the 2007 publication of his memoir “Greetings from Bury Park”.


Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

The day will conclude with Joanne Harris and her #Storytime band. 

This musical story telling show combines original music, songs and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative.

Joanne’s unique entertainment is sure to amuse and uplift.



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VintageBe will be returning to Litfest by popular demand.  They will be on site throughout the day with their delicious home-made cakes and cordials, and there will be prosecco, wine and beer to enjoy between events.






Will be on site for your book purchasing needs and all our authors will be signing books after their appearances.


Latest Ampthill LitFest News

Julian Sedgwick - litfest veteran and gala day guest - released the final part of the 1920s Shanghai based trilogy in January. Will Ruby save Fei? You will have to read it to find out. Julian Sedgwick ... ExpandHide

For anyone who missed our session with Nancy Stevens on Secklow FM you can listen again on Tuesday at 8pm. Not long now until litfest day on 28th April - get your tickets everyone!! ... ExpandHide

Alan Parkinson - AuthorGood luck with this year's festival. We're almost ready for the Sunderland Creative Writing Festival in March. On the radio in the morning and the website and schedule hopefully going live this week. Hopefully both are a great success.

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