Novel time at Hillsborough with poetry, prose, music and talks at festival

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The second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas takes place on Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28, 2019, with a diverse line-up encompassing poetry, prose, music, workshops and talks.

Founded by The John Hewitt Society, the festival team have worked with novelist, journalist and broadcaster Ian Sansom to curate this year’s festival programme.

Author Wendy Erskine

Highlights include James Runcie, creator of popular ITV drama Grantchester, acclaimed novelist Janice Galloway, founder of London restaurant Darjeeling Express and star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table Asma Khan, short stories from Wendy Erskine & June Caldwell and Wuthering Nights: An Ode To Kate Bush with musicians Alana Henderson & LARKS, the new project from Fiona O’Kane.

This three-day book festival promises over 30 events, to provide visitors and residents with a new perspective on the picturesque Georgian village.

Hilary Copeland

Hilary Copeland, General Manager of The John Hewitt Society, said, The John Hewitt Society is delighted to return to Hillsborough for the second year of the Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas. The warm reception, enthusiasm for the idea and support from everyone in the village encouraged us to create another celebration of reading, writing, talks, music, and workshops.

The festival programme is available at


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