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Deepings Literary Festival is a Best Seller!

Deepings Literary Festival (23-26 May) is now only weeks away and tickets for the 2019 programme are proving popular with audiences.

Best-selling author Elly Griffiths’ appearance was an early ‘full house’, with many other events across the schedule selling well. So, with limited tickets now available, interested festival-goers are urged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Supported by South Kesteven District Council, the 2019 Festival programme line-up is an impressive array of national and international storytellers.

Top Picks for the 2019 programme

If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, you’ll not want to miss Sophie Hannah, a million-selling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 49 countries.

In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published international best-sellers The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket. These were the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since the ‘Queen of crime-fiction’ Agatha Christie’s death. Sophie’s latest Poirot novel The Mystery of Three Quarters was published in 2018.

At her event, Agatha, Poirot and Me, Sophie will talk about how she was chosen to write the new Poirot novels, and tell us all how ‘How to Hold a Grudge’ (the title of her 2018 non-fiction work) can be good for us. You can see Sophie on Saturday 25 May at Priory Church Deeping St James (starting at 3pm).

Book-lovers with an interest in stories shaped closer to home will enjoy Barbara Copperthwaite. Barbara is an Amazon, Kobo, and USA Today best-selling author of psychological crime thrillers. She was raised in Lincolnshire, and the haunting atmosphere of the Fens filters into much of her writing. Join her on Saturday 25 May at 11.45 in the Coronation Hall.

If it’s inspiration you’re looking for, join endurance athlete Mimi Anderson, appearing at the Spinroom Studio in Deeping St. James on Friday 24 May at 7pm, to hear what’s possible with drive and determination to succeed.

For those with an interest in trains, railway expert Greg Morse will explore John Betjeman’s love of railways, featuring John Betjeman Goes By Train. This short film appears on BFI’s compilation The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 – On and Off the Rails. The event will also include a display from the Market Deeping Model Railway Club. (Open Door Church, Deeping St James, Friday 24 May at 7.30pm)

The final event of the schedule is a double bill with authors Julie Stock and Lizzie Lamb. The programme will have a distinctly US and Scottish flavour and with tickets costing just £10.00 patrons can enjoy coffee, apple pie and live music included in the price.

Julie Stock is an independent author of contemporary feel-good romance from around the world, including novels, novellas and short stories.

She indie-published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), the follow-up novellas were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete… Her next novel is coming in Spring 2019.

Lizzie Lamb, after teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, decided to pursue her first love: writing. She wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted in 2012, quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Her novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Find out why on Sunday 26 May at 3.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

This year’s Black Tie Gala Dinner – an assured festival highlight – will be a ‘strictly’ entertaining evening in the company of veteran broadcaster and now legendary Strictly Come Dancing star, John Sergeant.

The evening includes a superb meal and the chance to enjoy the highlights of John’s extensive career in journalism – and his personal love of books. Tickets are £50 to enjoy the dinner and hear John at The Deepings School on Saturday 25 May.

The real draw of the Deepings Literary Festival, however, is its sheer charm, with authors sharing the secrets of their craft in wonderfully intimate venues across The Deepings.

Full details and booking information can be found at and to book visit or telephone Stamford Arts Centre on 01780 763203.

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