Not everybody knows that Sedbergh is a Book Town and so when a community led initiative brought back the idea of a book town festival, it breathed a fresh lease of life in to the town, attracting quite a bit of media attention.

The theme for 2018 was ‘Our Landscape and Wellbeing’ with the aim for this Cumbrian town set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, being a place to inspire people to explore the surroundings, be it adventure in the hills, or retreating for a coffee with a good book.
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With a varied programme, this year saw the festival bring speakers that entertained children, inspired adults to try some creative writing and culminated in a Great Gatsby inspired evening at the Black Bull.
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The highlight I am sure for most people, judging by the packed out hall, was Amanda Owen, who you may know as The Yorkshire Shepherdess.
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As the photographer, Joanne was lucky enough to get around all of the events and strolling through the town to see all the window displays creatively put together, was a visual pleasure. Even guests that have stayed with us this year, have borrowed and donated books to the new Sedbergh Book Shelter.
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This was a wonderful weekend and we are already looking forward to the next one.

Authors and Speakers included:
Rebecca Crowe

Rachel’s Story Time

Roger Stevens

Audrey Wilson of Nanna Strawberry

Alex Johnson

Amanda Owen

Claire Griffel

Caitlin Lynagh

Diane Allen

Jean Briggs

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