Famous faces make an appearance in rural library vans

Author Fiona Shaw, who has been touring Northumberland in the mobile library van, in Alwinton.
Author Fiona Shaw, who has been touring Northumberland in the mobile library van, in Alwinton.

Mobile library vans have been taking some unexpected guests to rural communities in north Northumberland this week.

Well-known authors have been travelling the county as part of Hexham Book Festival’s outreach programme Words Across Northumberland.

And last Wednesday, the library van left Morpeth and headed to Coquetdale with Hazel Osmond and Fiona Shaw in tow.

It started the afternoon in Harbottle before heading to Alwinton, Biddlestone and Netherton, ending the day in Whittiingham.

Other authors who have been criss-crossing the county taking their books and banter to villages across Northumberland include Harry Pearson, Jeanette Jenkins and poet Amanda Baker.

Words Across Northumberland also hosted three author events at the Alnwick Garden this week.

Yesterday saw the appearance of historian Kate Williams, followed by Alnmouth-based crime writer Val Mc Dermid.

Tonight, Joanne Harris will discuss her latest novel Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, which features the return of Vianne Rocher from Chocolat.