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Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre are proud to support the inaugural:

16th - 24th November 2018

Featuring 9-days of literary based events, talks, workshops and internationally recognised poets, playwrights and authors bringing their creative talents to a number of venues around Todmorden in November 2018, including the Hippodrome Theatre, The first ever Todmorden Book Festival is organised through the Todmorden Information Centre and the Calderdale Libraries in association with Todmorden Council. 

A full programme of events will be available on a dedicated website opening in September at www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk where you will also be able to check for pop-up stuff, book children's free workshops and buy tickets for top authors all under one site. That's where we come in. We've got the biggest venue in town and are only too pleased to welcome the biggest names to grace it, so we can let you into a few sneak previews of some of the names already released who will be playing the Hippodrome stage during the Todmorden Book Festival with more to follow ...  

McMillan and McMillan -  Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 7:30 pm

This one-off event brings together one of the UK's best known contemporary poets, Ian McMillan and his son, award winning poet and Patron of Todmorden Book Festival, Andrew McMillan. McMillan and McMillan promises to be an entertaining evening of poetry and rip-roaring conversation, and a rollicking good night out!

Writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan is a familiar voice on TV and national radio. His work includes poetry, plays, his autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage around Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan once described Todmorden as "a border town that knows no bounds"

Andrew McMillan's debut collection physical won The Guardian First Book Award, as well as hosting prizes, including the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016.  His second collection playtime was published by Jonathan Cape in August this year.

McMillan and McMillan runs for one night only at Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm.  For more information, please contact Todmorden Information Centre on 01706 818181 or visit www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk

Val McDermid "Killing People for Fun and Profit" -  Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 7:30 pm

Queen of Crime Fiction will appear at Todmorden Book Festival 2018. The bestselling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books worldwide and her novels have been translated into over 40 languages.  The author is perhaps best-known for her darkly gripping Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television and starred Robson Green and Hermione Norris.  Among her many awards are the Portico Prize for Fiction, the LA Times Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger. She has published 27 novels and her latest psychological thriller, Broken Ground, the fifth in a series of books featuring DCI Karen Pirie, will be published on 23 August.  

Tickets for the event, which will take place on Wednesday 21 November at 7.30pm at Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, are available from Todmorden Information Centre on 01706 818181 or visit www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk


Sally Wainwright "A Life in Writing" -  Friday, November 23, 2018 from 7:30pm

Gentleman Jack Writer and Director, Sally Wainwright, whose credits include the critically acclaimed Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax joins us on stage to discuss her career in writing for radio and TV.  Her upcoming BBC drama portrays the life of lesbian diarist and wealthy Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister and is being filmed in Yorkshire with a cast led by Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle and Timothy West.  

Commenting on the new series, Wainwright said, “Anne Lister is a gift to a dramatist.  She is one of the most exuberant, thrilling and brilliant women in British history.  To bring Anne Lister to life on screen is the fulfilment of an ambition I’ve had for 20 years".

The BAFTA winner will talk about a writing career spanning over 25 years at the town's first book festival which takes place 16-24 November this year.  Tickets for A Life in Writing, which is on Friday 23 November at 7.30pm at Todmorden Hippodrome, are available from Todmorden Information Centre on 01706 818181 or visit www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk

Lemn Sissay 'Something Dark' - Sunday 18th November 2018 from 7:30pm

Lemn Sissay is the author of five poetry collections and was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 London Olympics.  His Landmark poems can be found on walls in public spaces around the world from the Royal Festival Hall in London to the British Council in Addis Ababa. 

He will perform his one-man play Something Dark telling the story of his upbringing in care and the search for his family and true identity.  The poet’s Ethiopian mother gave him up when he was two months old.  He grew up in children’s homes and foster care only discovering his real name at 18. 

Tickets are available from the  Todmorden Information Centre on 01706 818181 or visit www.todmordenbookfestival.co.uk

More acts to be confirmed, please come back soon for further announcements...