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Third annual Marple Book Fair set to be the biggest yet

Matthew Corrigan

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Matthew James Publishing Marple Book Fair

A packed week of events is in store for book lovers of all ages as organisers Matthew James Publishing aim to build on last year's success. Complementing the literary theme of this year's carnival and its 'Festival of Fiction', the Marple Book Fair (MBF18) will run from the 11th to 18th June. 

It all starts at 10:00am on Monday at the library, with children’s author Lucy Keeling reading from her book, 'Robots Don't Say Please (and Can't Eat Cheese)', plus a selection of favourites. At 6:00pm local writing group The Storyteller's Place will hold an Introduction to Writing Fiction seminar at the Methodist Church. Featuring authors Paul Beatty, Margaret Holbrook and Paul Morris, the event is open to beginners and established writers.

On Tuesday evening Marple's Agatha Christie links are explored. Chris Taylor from Agatha in the North presents a walk around the town's historical sites with a discussion about its connection to the author.

The library takes centre stage again on Wednesday morning, with a book-themed children's theatre workshop hosted by author Helen Marshall and a series of art activities from illustrator Graeme Holding. At 7:00pm the action moves to The Samuel Oldknow, for the MBF18 Poetry Evening. This will be the second such event to be held at the venue, the first having been a tremendous success just before Christmas. The Marple Review was there on the night; here's what happened. 

An afternoon of arts and crafts takes place at Cloudberry Cafe on Thursday, with activities for both children and adults on the day. Then, in the evening, head over to the library once again, where well-known Marple author Chris Simms will be reading from his novels and holding a question and answer session. 

Nicola Hulme, author of children's favourite Portia The Pear, will be at the library on Friday, to read from her own book and other age-appropriate works.

Saturday, of course, is Carnival Day. Local authors and booksellers will be selling new and used books at the scout hut throughout the day.

The week closes with another Agatha Christie Walk. In association with Friends of Marple Station, Agatha in the North's Chris Taylor will once again explain Marple's historical links with the novelist.

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