NewsFollowing audience feedback from recent years, this year we will not be allowing late entry to events which are sold out - as late arrival is very disruptive. Therefore we would cordially request that you make sure you arrive in good time for all events. Entry to the main theatre is usually possible 20 minutes prior to the event. Other venues may vary.
AboutHexham Book Festival is a Not For Profit CIC and delivers an annual festival that takes place in and around Hexham in April/May each year. It has grown significantly since its first Festival in 2006 into an important part of the regional arts calendar. Led by Susie Troup and Gil Pugh the festival works closely with volunteers and freelance specialists to deliver a dynamic and varied Festival. In the last four years it has managed an extended year-round programme of work supported by Northumberland County Council working with libraries, schools and other organisations across the county (see outreach). The Festival is supported by numerous local businesses and private sponsors with outreach projects benefiting from support from Trusts and Foundations (see our thanks page). Everyone Welcome: Queen’s Hall welcomes visitors with disabilities and aims to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable. If you require help, please contact Queen’s Hall in advance. Companions of wheelchair users may attend events free of charge. Guide dogs are welcome in all areas of the building.
Outreach workOur programme of work aims to impact on the development and support for literature and writing activity within Northumberland. It seeks to develop opportunities and infrastructure and provide increased opportunities for participation and for economic development for writers. This is achieved through a range of diverse partnerships with libraries, communities and arts and other organisations. Our combined programme of activity encompasses an enhanced events programme for the Hexham Book Festival that includes artists’ commissions and literary tours of rural venues.