We are back in our main venue the Queen's Hall this year.

But you'll also find us in the Spiegeltent on the Abbey Grounds - returning as the main venue for StoryLand, our Festival for families and young people.

There's something for all tastes throughout the festival:

 Politics with Peter Ricketts Andrew Mitchell and Gavin Barwell.

Comedy with our Funny Word Comedy Gala plus Miles Jupp.

History with Tracy Borman .

Plus brand new fiction from Kasim Ali, Paula Hawkins and Heather Morris

We're very excited to be welcoming Deception Island to the Nave of Hexham Abbey,

Presented by Story Machine in collaboration with Elizabeth Lewis Williams, supported by Hexham Abbey and Northumberland County Council.

Watch an introduction to the project here

Prepare to embark on an immersive poetry, sound and film expedition like nothing you have been on before. You can step inside this replica 1950’s Antarctic hut - inside Hexham Abbey - and be transported to Deception Island, a tiny caldera in the Antarctic Ocean!  For more details and booking, click here