Sat 14 Oct
10:00 - 16:00
Festival Marquee, £35

Includes light lunch, refreshments and a goodie bag

With new venue and new host Fanny Blake


What is Readers' Day?

> A mini festival in a day
> One ticket, seven speakers
> Meet your favourite authors
> Hear about their latest books
> Find out what inspires them
> Share the joy of reading with like-minded people

Kindly sponsored by Woman & Home magazine

If you are an avid reader of fiction what better way to spend the day than in the company of some of Britain’s best-loved authors sharing their stories, their experiences and their inspirations, and all under one roof.

Hosted by Fanny Blake*, Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine, and a former publisher and author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, this interactive and enjoyable day for book lovers has been a popular feature of the Festival for many years. Early booking is essential for this event.

The event will take place in the Festival Marquee with lunch served in the cafe/bar area by WeFiFo chef. 

Free parking on site.

* Fanny Blake will be speaking about her new book, Our Summer Together, on Thur 12 October, alongside Cathy Kelly



Polly CLark 


Newly married and pregnant, a young poet is full of hope when she moves to the west coast of Scotland. But the realities of small town life are suffocating, until she finds a way to escape reality altogether. A beautiful debut novel that cleverly weaves the story of a woman’s struggle with isolation and sanity, with that of the poet W H Auden. 

Find our more about Polly Clark








Rachel Joyce

The Music Shop

From the author of the bestselling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen, how to feel, and about second chances. When Ilse Brauchmann walks into Frank’s music shop and asks him to teach her about music his instinct is to run. Yet he stays and what follows is a tender love story with the healing power of music at its heart. 

Find out more about Rachel Joyce 


Lucy Atkins

The Night Visitor

How far would you go to save your reputation? High-flying Olivia Sweetman knows that her life is spiralling out of control. Only one person knows what she has done, and she has secrets of her own. As the relationship between the two women grows more entangled an act of violence changes everything. A chilling tale of ambition, morality and deception from the author of The Missing One and The Other Child.

Find out more about Lucy Atkins


Fiona Barton

The Child

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers the story is impossible to ignore.  For one it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it’s the possibility that her darkest secret will be uncovered. For the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue. From the author of The Widow, comes another unputdownable thriller.

Find out more about Fiona Barton






Veronica Henry

The Forever House

Would you know your forever house if you found it? Nestled by a river, Hunter’s Moon has been the Willoughbys' home for over 50 years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there. But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets - and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past. Another irresistible novel from one of our best-loved romantic novelists. 

Find out more about Veronica Henry


Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very satisfying…definitely one of the year’s must-reads.
— Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author


Penny Vincenzi

A Question of Trust

Widely-regarded as the doyenne of the modern blockbuster Penny has sold over seven million copies worldwide including bestselling titles,The Decision and A Perfect Heritage. Her latest novel, A Question of Trust, sees a man faced with a dilemma that threatens his principles, his reputation, his marriage and a child. What choices will he make? Rich with characters, life-changing decisions, love, desire and conflict it’s vintage Penny Vincenzi.  

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Kate Eberlen

Miss You

One of the most talked about debut novels of 2016 this is a love story with a difference. For one day in Florence, the paths of two young people criss-cross before each must return home.  Over the next 16 years, life and love offers them different challenges offering no chance of meeting properly... or is there? Funny and poignant it’s a story that will break your heart. 

Find out more about Kate Eberlen

Wildly romantic, heart-achingly sad, warmly funny
— Daily Mail