Sedbergh Book Festival 2023

June saw the return of Sedbergh Book Festival and what a month we had!

Westwood Books Sedbergh Book Festival 2023

We hosted a fascinating talk from Chris Butterfield about his total obsession with Alfred Wainwright and his publishing journey. Chris was so knowledgable and his enthusiasm was infectious. 

Westwood Books Chris Butterfield Wainwright Memories

We also hosted Karen Lloyd for an inspiring talk about her new book Abundance:Nature in Recovery. She talked about various habitats around the world and what people are doing to help them recover or thrive. We also discussed ways that individuals can make a difference and I'm sure there was talk of starting some action groups amongst the audience too. 

Karen Lloyd Westwood Books Sedbergh Book Festival 2023

Other highlights of the festival for us were Jacob Polley and his brilliant poetry, a fantastic talk from Sarah Hall about her novel Burntcoat with surprise guest Sarah Perry, and Lee Schofield talking about his book Wild Fell. 

Sarah Hall Sarah Perry Carole Nelson Sedbergh Book Festival
Above: Sarah Hall, Carole Nelson, Sarah Perry
Below: Heather Thomas, Lee Schofield, Carole Nelson
Heather Thomas Lee Schofield Carole Nelson

Such an inspiring couple of weeks. We'll be looking forward to doing it all again next year but in the meantime you can check out our upcoming events here.

A huge thank you to Carole Nelson (pictured above) for all of her hard work pulling together the festival. So much goes into these events and without dedicated people like Carole it just wouldn't happen. 

You can also buy books from this year's festival guests here