Mark Watson - Contacts Writer and comedian Mark Watson brings us a funny and wise story about the weight of loneliness, the importance of kindness – and how it’s never too late to reach out. James Chiltern boards the 23:50 sleeper train from London to Edinburgh with two pork pies, six beers and a packet of chocolate digestives. At 23:55 he sends a message to all 158 people in his contacts, telling them that he plans to end his life in the morning. He then switches his phone to flight mode. He’s said goodbye. To him, it is the end of his story – and time to crack open the biscuits. But across the world, 158 phones are lighting up with a notification. Phones belonging to his mum. His sister. His ex-best friend. The woman who broke his heart. People he’s lost touch with. People he barely knows. And for them, the message is only the beginning of the journey. Chaired by Steve Drayton Book Now If you aren't able to attend Mark's event he will be appearing at The Stand in Newcastle in the Autumn click here for more information 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.