Paul Anthony Jones – Why Is This a Question

Tickets £10.50/£8.50



In Why Is This a Question, Paul Anthony Jones delves into the nuts and bolts of language, the building blocks of speech and writing that we often never think about. He’ll answer linguistic questions you may not have thought to ask: Why don’t eleven and twelve end in “teen.” Why do letters look the way they do? Why are some uppercase and some lowercase? Why are these words in this order? And what is a question mark doing at the end of this sentence? Jones’ enlightening and entertaining approach will change the way you think about our language.

Chaired by Harry Pearson





‘As entertaining as it is engrossing’ –  John Banville

‘[Paul Anthony Jones is] a first-rate collector of linguistic curios’ – Times Literary Supplement


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


27 Apr 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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