Blythe Breaks New ground with The Roots Festival

On Saturday 16th of June 14 local authors and one publisher came together for the first ever Fringe event of the Emma Bridgewater’s, ‘Festival in a Factory.’ Over 220 visitors came on the day, an increase of 132%. The author’s books showed the range of genres on offer from historical, general fiction, sport, crime and younger and older children’s stories.

The authors present were

Chris Boult, Lee Crowther, Peter Hooper (Cox Bank Publishing and editor of the books: “Splash!”, “‘Arf Marathon”, “Potter’s ‘Arf Marathon” and “Sporting Stories”); Roger Horwood, whose book, “Just A Face In The Crowd”, spans over half a century of stories about Stoke City FC; Mackenzie Keeble, Anouska (Erin) Knight, Esther Lawson, Mary Mae Lewis (author of the fiction book “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Woman”); D.T. Lewis-Doyle (author of the adult book ”The Black Orchid”); Penny Meakin, Sarah Elizabeth Northwood (author of the children’s book “Aerwyn: The Girl Who Dreams”); George Rosling, Matt Sparrow (author of the children’s book “The Forest Giant”); Kathy Tallentire (author of the children’s book “Nana Duck”) and Harry J. Tomkinson (historian and author of “Treachery At Bosworth Field 1485”).


So What?

The Blythe Centre responded to a request from a local author – “The Festival is great, bringing big name authors to the area but what about local authors, what are libraries doing to support us?” Helen Bickerton, Chairperson of the committee organised all this in just over a month.

A review?

“Well done, nice mix of genres and interesting to talk to the authors” and “Really enjoyed this event but 3 books so far.”

***** Five Stars!!