Newark Book Festival

When:  7-10th July
Theme:  Music
Open:  Daily from 9am till 3pm

  • Animal Trail

Did you know there are lots of animals in St Mary’s?   Pick up a trail leaflet and explore St Mary’s to see if you can find them all.  

  • Treasury/Crypt will be open
  • Bishop White Library book display 

Musical items from our church library will be on display in church.

  • Tours of the church can be arranged for small groups on request. 

Please phone the vestry office on 01636 706473

  • Exhibition: 70 Years of Books

1st July – 31st July   –  Free
In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this year the Book Festival’s exhibition will celebrate 70 years of books. Showcasing some of our favourite books from 1952 and exploring the stories that captured our imaginations and hearts.

  • Amplifying your Climate Actions: A unique tool to build Climate Communities

Thursday 7th July  –  11am-12noon   –   Free 
Are you worried about the Climate Crisis? Newark-raised scientist and author Dr Louis Keal presents a talk and discussion on how to amplify our actions towards a better, less dangerous world. Community action together with our families, friends, neighbours, and colleagues is the first step, and Louis introduces his unique tool to help kickstart this action: his ‘gift’ book. “A Gift for Conversation: Let’s Discuss Climate Change” is designed to be given by those who see the need for immediate climate action to those who don’t.

  • Storytelling with Under The Bed Theatre  

Saturday 9th July – 10am | 11.30am | 1.15pm | 2.15pm   –  Free
St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens, Church Walk

Join Under The Bed Theatre for outdoor story time including Oliver Jeffers Lost and Found. Combining live music, original songs and imaginative storytelling, their uplifting and playful shows offer messages of hope. And are full of inspiration and creativity – ready to have some fun? Then come along!

  • Music for Market  –  The House of Life

Saturday 9th July  –  12noon – 12.40pm
Free – a retiring collection will be made.
Ruth Massey (voice) and Stephen Bullamore (piano)

This concert will feature English story-telling through song. The main work featured will be The House of Life, with the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This beautiful song-cycle is made up of six sonnets, including the famous setting of “Silent Noon”. Ruth Massey has appeared on over 100 CDs, several of which have won Gramophone Awards. Solo CD recordings include Handel Dixit Dominus for The Sixteen and Handel Parnasso in Festa for The King’s Consort. Hollywood soundtrack recordings have also featured prominently in Ruth’s work, from the mighty Harry Potter films to DreamWorks’ potty-humoured animation Flushed Away.