A varied mix of writers and personalities descend on the region this weekend to support the Alderley Edge Community Book Festival in aid of Oxfam. The controversial and outspoken Edwina Currie opens the event and will no doubt find a willing audience in the Conservative stronghold. The appearances of poet and novelist, Jackie Kay and teen fiction writer Melvin Burgess (pictured) are certainly two of the biggest draws but there is a definite local feel, with highlights including readings from Manchester writers Nicholas Royle, Mike Garry and Zoe Lambert among others, in a festival that caters to the family too (the Children’s Room features story-telling for the under-5s). Of course, this wouldn’t be Cheshire without heading to an auction on the Sunday, so 3pm sees Bargain Hunt’s Adam Partridge flogging off rare and antique books.

Sat 15 – Sun 16 Sep, Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7HR. Tel: 01625 583 162, 11am-5pm, £1, www.oxfam.org.uk

Sat 15 Sep - Sun 16 Sep
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 11 Sep 2012