Adam Sharp – The Wheel is Spinning but the Hamster is Dead

Tickets £10.50/£8.50




In The Wheel is Spinning but the Hamster is Dead, wordsmith Adam Sharp journeys around the world in idioms, proverbs and general nonsense. Learn unusual insults from France (You are a potato with the face of a guinea pig), how to hurry someone up in the US (You’re going as slow as molasses in January) what they call a shark in Vietnam (fat fish) and what a German means when he “saddles up the chickens” (gets the show on the road). Full of fascinating, ridiculous and hilarious translations from around the world, Sharp has rounded up the very best of what every corner of the globe has to offer.




‘Brilliant, hilarious fun from a master wordsmith – you will LOVE this book.’ – Kit de Waal

‘Extremely entertaining and very useful for new insults.’ – Russell Kane


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email:
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.


Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


04 May 2024


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2024 Media Partner

Supported By