The 11th edition of the Belfast Book Festival

The 11th edition of the Belfast Book Festival

Introducing The Crescent’s 11th edition of the Belfast Book Festival, running 10-19 June at Crescent Arts Centre.

Northern Ireland is bursting with storytelling talent that the Festival will bring to you via a series of conversations, workshops, residencies and Awards that seek to connect, amplify and showcase our local creative communities.

For teenage and Young Adult audiences Belfast Book Festival welcomes:

  • Sue Divin chatting about her new novel;
  • For summer fiction reads, listen in to Michelle Gallen and Olivia Fitzsimons;
  • For a warts-and-all chat about modern motherhood, mental health and looking after each other, join Serena Terry aka Mammy Banter with bestselling author (over a quarter of a million copies!) Claire Allan.

Sharing the stage with Northern Ireland talent are crime writer Ian Rankin, acclaimed memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink,  philosopher A.C. Grayling, builder and entrepreneur Harrison Gardner, New York Times journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, and TS Eliot Prize Winner Joelle Taylor.

Ticket pricing has changed this year. The Festival team are recommending a standard ticket price of £7 per event; and in a first for the Festival they are operating a pay what you want scheme - which gives options from Free to £25 when you book online. Workshops are priced differently.

The decision to introduce the pay-what-you-want policy is in part a response to the rising costs of living. And it means that for more than 50 events, you will be given the option to pay nothing for a ticket when you book on the festival website. But of course you can also decide to pay more than the recommended ticket price, and in doing so you are both supporting others to attend, and supporting The Crescent’s Belfast Book Festival.

Booking in advance is recommended, but you are welcome to pop into The Crescent simply to see what’s going on, to have a chat.

The Belfast Book Festival and Crescent Arts Centre are supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, and the programme can be found online:

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