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May 25 @ 10:00 am - June 1 @ 9:30 pm

WHAT ARE WORDS WORTH? Yes it’s a great pun, especially if you live in Cumbria but our great poet is not the theme of the festival. WORDS are the medium we use to keep the world turning.
We live in “interesting times” which are very difficult to understand and to live with, we cannot even trust that truth itself exists any more. So our Keynote Book is “The Price of Life” by Jenny Kleeman. Jenny explores the monetary value that the powers that be put on an individual life. What does it mean for our humanity when we crunch the numbers to decide who gets the expensive life-saving drugs, and who misses out? What do we learn about ourselves when philanthropic giving by the elective altruists in Silicon Valley is received by some, while others are left to suffer? Are some lives really worth more than others? And what happens when we take human emotions out of the equation? Does it make for a fairer decision-making process – or for moral bankruptcy? ‘ This surely is our problem, how do we retain our humanity in the modern and future world?
However Sedbergh England’s Booktown is first a small, rural backwater sort of a place and we want our visitors to have lots of fun so we have a series of Deadly afternoons with Mark Bridgeman, J. C. Briggs and Julia Chapman exploring unexplained deaths in the Dales, and don’t forget the tea! Dip into history with Sue Millard explaining Reasons why not to write a Historic Novel and Roger Treglown, a super expert when it comes to old books, sharing his expertise.
Maybe your chosen beverage is beer? Well books and beer do go together when american lawyer Kris Butler explains how Temperance campaigners sought to stop people drinking by producing Drink Maps to show those tempted by the demon drink where to avoid…….! We’re not expecting you to avoid trying out our selection of Craft Beers.
As its half term we are hoping Chris’s Magic Show will entertain families and this event is entirely free of charge. Are you the sort of person who is interested in the magical and strange? So am I. Please sample the fantastical and strange with me; The Book of Doors, a Sunday Times Bestseller with author Gareth Brown, or Strange Books from Tartarus Press (the infernal region in Greek Mythology).
Lastly we explore the real world of mountains and lakes, rocks and trees with geologist turned psychotherapist Ruth Allen who shows us how and why the natural world works for our mental well-being. Then there’s a new Wainwright film celebrating Cumbria’s great guide book author, and speaking of guide books Cicerone Press’ owners Jonathan and Lesley Williams tell their story and Duncan Minshull has brought together an anthology of some of the greatest ever travel writers.
WELCOME one and all to Sedbergh England’s Booktown in 2024.

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May 25 @ 10:00 am
June 1 @ 9:30 pm
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This is a FREE event


Sedbergh People’s Hall
Howgill Lane
Sedbergh, LA10 5DQ
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