Drake’s Bookshop

Drake’s Bookshop

On the way from Durham to Manchester we stop off for an hour at Drake’s Bookshop in Silver Street, Stockton-on-Tees.   I’m always keen to support independent book shops. Waterstones has made a crucial contribution to having books on sale in the High St. and there is...
Durham Literature Festival

Durham Literature Festival

Steve Drayton from BBC Newcastle wins the prize for the most innovative and imaginative interviewer. As can be seen from our photo, Steve is dressed in impeccable mod fashion albeit with a ‘rocker-ish’ Tony Curtis hairstyle. He’s a huge fan of popular music born...
Cheltenham

Cheltenham

To Gloucestershire for one of the biggest most prestigious literary festivals of them all.  Cheltenham is basking in the Indian summer when we arrive and enter the authors marquee in Montpellier Gardens.   My event is in the Daffodil Cafe, a former cinema with...
Borderlines Book Festival

Borderlines Book Festival

The Borderlines book festival in Carlisle had gone from strength to strength since it’s inception five years ago.   For me it’s almost a home fixture; my wife, Carolyn, is from Carlisle and her family are out in force for my early afternoon Sunday slot with Stuart...
Ilkley Festival

Ilkley Festival

Ilkley is one of the longest running book festivals in the country. The location of this spa town nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, is a major attraction.   It also has a personal Post Office link for me. John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, lived here for many...