An Exciting Announcement Regarding The Upcoming Lowdham Book Festival

An Exciting Announcement Regarding The Upcoming Lowdham Book Festival
Do you happen to reside near Nottinghamshire? Are you a fan of books? If so, there is exciting news coming your way! Each and every year, the local community of Lowdham comes together to celebrate books, reading and further education. The organizers of the festival work diligently to bring together the community, while simultaneously giving them access to low-cost reading materials. The festival is a highlight of the community and inspires members of the community in all age groups to get inspired, step away from the television, pick up a book, and get reading!
After tremendous consideration, the festival’s organizers have finally decided on a time and place for the festival. This year, the festival will be held from June the 15 to July the 15. Books will be made available to locals in the middle of the community, so they can be accessed easily by everyone! It has also been announced that the festival will include a writing contest amongst the local youth of the community. More details about these events will be provided below.

Writing Contest

During this year’s Lowdham Book Festival, local members of the community will be able to submit their works and have them judged. The festival is open to local residents fifteen years of age and younger. The panel of experts will judge the works based on creativity, historical significance, and overall workmanship. There will be three separate winners based on age. Winners of the event will be given the opportunity to select three books from the festival’s offerings. The books will be given to the winners for free of charge. Simultaneously, the winners’ works will be published in the bi-annually Lowdham Book Festival publication.
Those that wish to submit their works will have now until June the 1st to do so! Submissions can be made online.

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Bringing Together Writers

During previous festivals, some of the world’s most notable writers traveled to Lowdham to display their works, sign books and speak with the community. This year will be no different. The festival’s organizers have worked diligently to collaborate with this year’s most popular writers in hopes of signing them up for the festival. Negotiations are ongoing and the event’s organizers expect to make more announcements in the coming weeks and months.

Other Events

At its core, the Lowdham Book Festival has been established to encourage local members of the community to relive the nostalgia of sitting down and reading a book. Therefore, the event organizers have worked diligently with distributors to ensure this year’s festival will display as many books as humanely possible. In the past, the event sold hundreds of books to the locals. This year, the organizers hope to have thousands of books at the lowest costs possible. It is the organizers’ goal to ensure everyone that attends the festival ends up leaving with a book or two!

Special Thanks

The Lowdham Book Festival is a collaborative effort between the local community, local businesses, and the festival’s organizers. Therefore, it would be impossible to hold such a magnificent event without help from the local community. The event’s coordinators would like to thank Reggie’s Flowers and Teddy’s Landscaping for their contributions. The prestige Man with a Van company has also helped tremendously by offering their manpower and transportation. Thanks to these local organizations, the Lowdham Book Festival will be a major success this year!

Creating a buzz on social media for book festivals

Social media is something that is loved by everyone around the world. That is one reason why each individual is so keen to promote events on such platform and book festivals are no different. We will talk in this article, the kind and medium of promotions you can do for a book festival.

Right from posting photos, to creating an event on social media sites such as Facebook or meet up, there are so many things you can do for promoting your event. Doing such action can take your event to a completely different level.

Book festivals have been running for years and not many people get to know about such events in the city. With different social media tools available, you can get extra time to write off better things in your book than anything else to promote your event.  Whenever you are about to launch a new book or planning to organize a book festival event, all you need to do is to edit few things in social media management tools and you are done.

You don’t need to disclose everything about the event in one go. You can create a buzz about the event by posting frequent but interesting updates about the event. You can also create a poll on social media asking about various things such as “which writer books you like the most”. Analyzing the way readers react to your poll, you can take smarter decisions that would increase the popularity of your event.

You can do so many things post event as well. You can ask readers what they liked the most or rate your events. This will guide you to arrange the things in a better way next time it is on the calendar. You can also put photos of the event on social media pages.

Though book festivals are limited to book lovers, there is no harm in making new associations and adding new people to your list.

The book that changed the world

The twelfth Lowdham Book Festival ran from 14 June-14 July 2011. We started with a sold out event with the Australian novelist Kate Morton and finished a month later with a sold out event with the raconteur Gervase Phinn. Along the way we borrowed a very large marquee for our biggest attendance ever, 450 people attending a talk by the spy-master turned spy-novelist Stella Rimington, stepping in at the last minute for the BBC’s John Simpson who was called away. We were so grateful to Stella who gave us a fascinating and exhilerating evening as she regaled us with tales of her own life and introduced us to the protaganist of her novels – Liz Carlyle. She also fielded questions with warmth and enthusiasm, never once putting our nation’s security at risk! Other big events included a talk by the garden writer Alys Fowler, a free event with Jasper Fforde and an interview with and concert from Barbara Dickson, whose unaccompanied singing of some Scottish folk songs (to the sound of rain on the marquee!) created a magical atmosphere.

We are always happy to host “big names” but equally happy to put on specialist events, less-well known writers and some quirky or more unusual events. This year we included introductory talks on anarchism, on Buddhism, a well-attended event on the philosophy of the  Moomins and a Byron trip by bus and bicycle. Lowdham Book Festival is very involved with the region’s literature scene – we hosted the award ceremony for the first East Midlands Book Award, won by Mark Goowdwin with his poetry collection, Shod, and launched the first book by Stephen Edden, the second writer from our small village to join the ranks of professional writers, the other being Elizabeth Baguley, who was again involved in our children’s programme.

The final Saturday always brings a number of talks for which no ticket is required – many proving highly popular as the speakers bring to us a multitude of topics.  Combined with the ticketed events amd including those in local schools probably about 3,000-4,000 people were participants in the Festival this year and we are pleased to say that ticket income and book sales were our highest ever. This matters as our ticket income pays for the marquees at our big “free” day, and authors do like and need their books to be sold!

None of this would be possible without close colleagues like Warthog Promotions, whose music events complement our music talks; local venues; publishers large and small; partnerships with groups ranging from The Asian Writer to Nottingham Trent University; the staff at The Bookcase and our small, highly committed volunteer team.

We also owe a huge debt of thanks to our enthusiastc audiences who support the Festival year after year and offer encouragement as well as contributing to the revenue needed to make it possible. Thank you!

The core dates for Lowdham Book Festival in 2012 are 20-30 June, with the 30th June being our day of free events with a large book fair and café.
Do join our email list to be kept up to date with our “First Friday” event series starting in October, and our one-off events outside of the main programme time.
You might also want to consider becoming Friend of Lowdham Book Festival. Friends receive programmes by post, invitations to occasional special events, discounted tickets at most Festival events. And a nice warm glow from being associated with the longest standing book festival in the Region. Friends membership costs £10 per annum – more details from The Bookcase on 0115 966 4143.