Line-up announced for Guildford Book Festival 2015

Readers’ Day is always greatly anticipated by book-lovers, and this year’s Guildford Book Festival promises to thrill!

The line-up includes Gill Hornby, whose first novel, Hive, was the hit of 2013, Liz Fenwick, who has penned three highly popular romantic novels set in Cornwall, Guy Saville, with the sequel to his action thriller The Afrika Reich, and historian Kate Williams, whose debut novel The Storms of War is an evocative tale about the tumultuous lives of the  De Witt family during the First World War.

Jim Parks, Guildford Book Festival Creative Director, said: “Each year we are able to build upon our successes and this is just a taste of the huge array of literary treats that we have in store for 2015.

“With such an eclectic mix, we are sure to have something for everyone, so be prepared to be inspired, challenged, and of course entertained!”

This year markes the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma, and to celebrate Guildford Book Festival is welcoming back Austentatious. An improvised comedy play based on nothing more than a title from the audience, and performed in Austen’s incomparable style, the evening was a sell-out in 2013, and is expected to be a huge draw again.

Each year, Guildford Book Festival works in partnership with local community groups and other charities to bring unique and inspirational events to members and prospective members, and to raise awareness of these organisations within Guildford and the surrounding area.

Would-be writers will be able to kick-start their writing career by taking part in a ‘plotting’ workshop with romantic comedy novelist Chris Manby, and in the session ‘How to get published’, led by bestselling author and Books Editor at Woman & Home Fanny Blake (Orion) and journalist turned writer Lucy Atkins (Quercus).

The 2015 Guildford Book Festival will be hosted from October 11-18 and the full line-up will be revealed in August.