Festivals, festivals… and more festivals!

Good afternoon to you all on this blustery and rainy day here at Hive Towers. Seems it doesn’t matter what the weather is like, poor folk like me still suffer with our hay fever and if you are too, you have my eternal sympathy.

However we must smile and plod onwards as there is much to look forward to, and indeed being enjoyed as we speak. I hope you’re all watching Wimbledon and enjoying the tennis, we’re looking forward to Nadal’s autobiography coming out in August. The Spanish tennis champion’s autobiography is certain to be a top read.

We are also smack bang in festival frivolities too, with Worcestershire Literary Festival and Lowdham Book Festival currently underway all the while Independent Booksellers Week is still going strong this week. I hope you’ve found out if your local indie is taking part and if so, what events they are doing. There are some terrific authors championing the event, so make sure you log onto http://www.independentbooksellersweek.org.uk and keep up-to-date of what’s happening in your area with your indie. Alternatively search for your favourite shop on Hive to see what they are up to, too.

We’ve got a great selection of recommended reads as chosen by some of our independent booksellers on the homepage. Have a look at the titles and see if there is anything there that might tickle your fancy. And did you know you could actually cook with the classic bedtime drink Horlicks? Nope, neither did I but there’s a fantastic little book showing you how to in various ways on the books homepage.

So as one door closes, another opens; Manchester Children’s Book Festival starts next week as Worcestershire’s festival ends. I’ve been looking at all the book and literature festivals that are coming in the next few weeks and blow me there are a lot that are going to be happening up and down the country! Have a look here to see if there is one in your area at http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/ so you don’t miss out, and take advantage of what your town or county has to offer and whet your literary appetite.

And congratulations are in order too, to Andrea Levy and her book The Long Song which won the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction earlier this week.

I’m off now to carry on getting stupidly and beyond-all-hope excited about the Lord of the Rings trilogy extended editions coming out on Blu-ray next Monday. Laters!

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