All tickets now sold out

Sorry – but all tickets are now sold and the church will be full.

Full price tickets sold out

We regret that full price tickets have now sold out – both online and from the Village Stores. A limited number of restricted view tickets are available – online only – price £10, including a glass of wine.

Restricted view seats are located in the side aisles of the church.

Tickets now on sale

Tickets for “An evening with Andy Hamilton” can now be bought online and shortly from the Flamstead Village Stores.

Biographies of Andy Hamilton and Ian Ridley posted

Biographies of our author Andy Hamilton and interviewer Ian Ridley have now been posted here.

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 Or follow the Festival on twitter @FlamsteadBkFest or on the Facebook page.

One the Day tab added to website

An “On the Day” tab has been added to the website with information helping you to get the most out of the day(s) – including how to find us, local facilities, and a festival map.

Evensong on Sunday May 22nd

Evensong at St Leonard’s

On Sunday May 22nd at 6.30pm in St Leonard’s, Flamstead, there will be a choral evensong to celebrate the Book Festival.

Special guest preacher: Revd. Lucy Dallas, Team Vicar of St Nicholas Church, Elstree.

All welcome.

Programme page added to website

The programme page has been added to the website (as the leftmost tab). It’s the same as the downloadable pdf but with pictures of the book covers and links to the author biographies.

Programme updated with special addition

A new version of the programme has been posted – with our special addition: Clive Hayward in “With Great Pleasure”. Those of you familiar with the BBC Radio 4 programme of the same name will have an idea of what to expect.

On Saturday evening, Flamstead’s very-own actor-in-residence Clive Hayward will be bringing the curtain down on the 2016 Festival. Clive will be performing some of his favourite poetry, prose and songs, with readings, anecdotes and music from Bart to the Bard. Accompanying Clive on the piano will be Claire Hayward.
For more details, see the updated programme posted on the front page.

Author biographies live on website

The biographies of all the authors at the festival are now posted on the website.