The Bookshop Band

An evening of music inspired by books and authors

Join Ben Please and Beth Porter (Lost Words Spell Songs) as they bring their award-winning music to Hexham Book Festival.

Their 12-year career as The Bookshop Band began as an artist collaboration with an independent bookshop and has since seen them travel the world’s bookshops and stages with their music.

They have worked with authors including Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, Hilary Mantel and Louis de Bernières and their celebrated body of work is inspired by hundreds of books. Last year their music received nods from the Oscars, the BAFTAs and an Ivor Novello Nomination and they were spotted by Pete Townshend who then collaborated on the band’s 15th album, due later this year.

Includes interval and, for Friends of HBF, a glass of wine.

“Really fabulous new music… I think this is the most wonderful project, just delightful” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“Album of the day” – Folk Radio UK


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March.
  • Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.
  • Hearing loops are available.  Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.

Booking for this event has now closed.


Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


21 Apr 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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