Flamstead Book Festival is back for 2017

Books in the Belfry is back for a special evening event featuring comedian and screenwriter Andy Hamilton on Thursday June 1.

Hamilton is best known for co-writing the hit BBC TV series “Outnumbered” as well as “Drop the Dead Donkey” and being a regular panellist on “Have I Got News for You” and radio shows such as “The News Quiz” and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.” His debut novel The Star Witness has just been published in time for Flamstead Book Festival and he will be talking to journalist Ian Ridley about the latest chapter of a career spent making people laugh.

Hamilton follows in the footsteps of a long list of top names who have appeared since the Festival made its debut in 2014 including Jane Hawking, Tony Parsons, Barry Norman, Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, Dermot Turing, Sophie Hannah, Renée Knight and Steve Claridge.

Festival spokesman and Flamstead resident Vikki Orvice said: “We are excited about Andy’s appearance and hope as many people in the area will once again support Books in the Belfry. We think attracting him is another coup for the Festival and the village, so come along, give him a big Flamstead welcome and hear his story”.

Harpenden Books is supporting the Festival and will be selling copies of Andy’s novel on the night. You will be able to meet him after his talk and get books signed. Perfect for holiday reading this summer or presents.

Proceeds will help support the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) to raise funds for repair and restoration work on the roof and fabric to safeguard the village church and its unique medieval wall-paintings for future generations.

Details of how to book tickets online or in person will be announced next month (April) on the Festival website at  www.flamsteadbookfestival.com. Or follow the Festival on twitter @FlamsteadBkFest or on the Facebook page.