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Annual Bookmark festival returns to Oldham libraries

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 17 April 2019


Bookmark Festival returns to Oldham Libraries for its seventh year with lots of fun-filled, book-related events and activities for all ages to enjoy.

This year’s showcase runs from 23–28 April at libraries across the borough.

Lots of successful and award winning authors are coming to Oldham this year, aiming to inspire people to follow in their literary footsteps. 

Crime buffs can look forward to Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels, making an appearance. Vaseem’s genre of choice is crime fiction so he will be informing budding writers of the key ingredients of best-selling crime novels. While multi-award-winning poet, Char March, will also be on hand to help any up and coming poets to find their voice.

Events will also take place to celebrate the release of Jacqueline Ward’s psychological thriller ‘Perfect Ten’, and the 20th anniversary of Tracy Chevalier’s novel, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ will be acknowledged with a special film screening.

As well as all these offerings, Hyde Fundraisers return to Oldham Library on 27 April for a full on day of science fiction fun. There is a range of activities for families to enjoy on Sci-Fi Saturday such as meet and greets with popular sci-fi characters, a mask making talk, crafts and much more. 

Rebekah Sutcliffe, Strategic Director of Reform, said: “Bookmark’s popularity is evident with its continual return and we are thrilled to have so many great events and activities on offer.

“We seek to promote the work of authors, particularly local ones, to people across the borough and beyond, and this festival is a great way of doing that.

“Bookmark Festival will hopefully inspire budding writers to put pen to paper, entertain readers as well as allowing families to spend time together learning new skills.”


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