Chris Mullin - a talk The government has decreed that henceforth all public buildings in Britain should fly the Union flag and ministers giving interviews are now required to have the flag displayed tastefully in the background. How do we account for this sudden outbreak of flag-waving? Evidence of a new found self-confidence or a sign that we are becoming more insular? Book now We would like to reassure you that Hexham Book Festival events will be delivered with your safety in mind, and in full accordance with Government guidelines available at the time. Booking for this event has now closed.