Alnwick Story Fest 2023

Hear Dan Jackson, Moira Kilkenny and Joyce Quin

The Alnwick Story Fest invites you to have fun, find new friends, learn new skills and mingle and meet with inspiring writers, film makers, artists and photographers over an exciting weekend in February 2023.

As part of the festival programme, Bailiffgate will be hosting two best-selling authors offering fascinating talks on their recent work and publications:

Are you a real Northumbrian?

10am Sat 25th February 2023: Bailiffgate Museum  £8

Discover the real story of Northumberland with Dan Jackson, author of the best-selling ‘The Northumbrians: North East England and its people.’

From the Venerable Bede to and the prince-bishops of Durham to Viz and Geordie Shore, Dan will take you on a journey to explore the roots of our distinctive culture of the lands between the Tweed and the Tees, and how centuries of border warfare, heavy and dangerous industries, and the sociability and hedonism that so defined the communities of the North East has left an enduring cultural imprint. Are you a real Northumbrian? Come and find out! 

Dan Jackson, PhD, was born in North Shields and brought up in Northumberland and is a graduate of the universities of Northumbria and Liverpool. His book ‘The Northumbrians‘ was published in 2019 to critical acclaim.

Direct link to ordering tickets for Dan Jackson

Angels of the North 

RT HON Baroness Joyce Quin and Moira Kilkenny

Bailiffgate Museum 11.30am-12.30pm, 25th February 2023 

Angels of the North highlights forty women who are either from the North-East or have strong connections to it. All of them are women to be proud of. Co-authors Moira Kilkenny and Joyce Quin will be talking about the women of the North East who have made local, national and international contributions to society. This book is a timely reminder and a celebration of some of our region's most remarkable and truly inspiring women.

RT HON Baroness Joyce Quin is an academic and politician who served as a Government minister from 1997 to 2001 and was brought up on Tyneside. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. Moira Kilkenny worked in Education for more than thirty years and now chairs the Warkworth History Society.


This event will be followed by drinks and nibbles and a book signing with the authors at Northern Angels shop at 7-9 Market Place, Alnwick.

Please note that Professor Janina Ramirez is no longer able to attend this event in person. Her talk will now be given remotely at the Alnwick Playhouse with free entry.

Anyone who had booked tickets for  Prof Ramirez  can either attend the talk on Angels of the North above or ask for a full refund from the organisers, 


Alnwick Story Fest  2023 brings a number of top authors to our town including also LJ Ross, Ann Cleeves, Barack Obama's favourite travel writer Michael Booth, Davina McCall's lIfe coach Michael Heppell, Radio 4's award winning producer of Book of the Week Liz Allard, and Michael Chaplin, author of Newcastle United Stole My Heart . 

To see the full details of Story Fest, and to book tickets for any of the other talks  GO HERE 

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