A question and answer session with Alastair Campbell ensured hundreds of book lovers flocked to the final weekend of the Cowbridge Book Festival before the inaugural event, held in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, drew to a close on Sunday 22 May.
The interview with the former Labour director of communications, who is the charity’s Chairman of Fundraising, was just one of many highlights from the week-long event, which attracted a host of celebrities and celebrated authors.
Adam Hochschild, Stevie Davies and former international footballers Geoff Thomas and John Hartson, were among 28 writers who took part, while the work of Mark Brake and Jon Chase, The Etherington Brothers and Nicola Davies was also showcased as part as part of the festival’s Children’s Programme.
Visitors from across the UK descended on the Old Hall Adult Education Centre and United Free Church in Cowbridge between Monday 16 May and Sunday 22 May to meet the authors, pose questions and buy signed copies of their favourite works.
Organiser and former librarian, Stella Cheeseman is delighted with the festival’s reception.
Stella said: “All participating authors were interesting and enthusiastic. The main event, a conversation between Alastair Campbell and BBC broadcaster Jamie Owen, had the audience enthralled. Here were two charming, articulate, seasoned journalists discussing a range of topics with no holds barred. The atmosphere was fantastic.”
Hundreds of people have visited and enjoyed the Festival. A wonderful selection of books were discussed covering every genre from historical to autobiographical, crime, travel, humour and nature – they made us laugh, they made us cry but most of all they made us think. We couldn’t have asked for more it was a wonderful week.”
All proceeds from the festival are being donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, to help the charity beat blood cancer. The amount raised from the event is being calculated and will be announced soon.
Last year Cardiff University was named Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s first Centre of Excellence, recognised for its world class research into the two most common forms of adult leukaemia - acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).