New chapter for the Todmorden Book Festival with four events taking place in November and December

First on the list is bestselling author Phil Earle. Born and raised in Hull, Phil is the author of over 20 acclaimed and award-winning books for children and teens.

His new book, While the Storm Rages, is set in London during World War II and follows Noah on his journey to save neighborhood animals. Phil will be at the Todmorden Library on Saturday 19th November from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Later in November, journalist and author Brian Groom will be in town to discuss his new book Northerners A History – from the Ice Age to the Present Day. In a sweeping tale that takes us from the earliest times to the present day, it shows how the places and people of the North have shaped Britain and the world in unexpected ways.

Brian, who is from Manchester and now lives in Saddleworth. will speak about the book at St Mary’s Church on Friday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 26 November at 2pm sees the launch of a new publication bringing together stories from a recent oral history project at a special event at Todmorden Town Hall.

Tod Tales captures the memories and experiences of an older generation growing up in Todmorden. A diverse selection of 15 participants were interviewed in 2021 and 2022. Their memories form the basis of the book and the event will include a selection of excerpts.

Tod Tales Project Manager and Oral Historian Ian Alderson has worked on a number of oral history projects in the North West. He is a member of the Oral History Society.

The fourth event will take place on Saturday December 3 when local children’s author Harry Heape will be at the Todmorden Library between 2 and 3 p.m.

Harry is the author of the popular Shiny Pippin series. His latest book Indiana Bones and the Lost Library is the second in a new series featuring the canine detective and his young owner Aisha in a hilarious new adventure.

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