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2022 Boswell Book Festival Events

All main festival events will be live. Tickets for live events range from £10 to £15

Many will also be streamed online. Look out for the screen symbol. Online tickets are £5 per event or £30 for a Rover Pass giving access to all streamed events.

You will receive the links needed to access online events via the e-ticket that will be emailed to you.

Pat Nevin (16:30)

Fri

4:30 PM

Pat Nevin (16:30)

'The first post-punk footballer…' NME

Despite his 20-year career playing for Clyde, Chelsea, Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell, and winning 28 caps for Scotland, Pat Nevin, football writer and broadcaster, never wanted to be a professional footballer.

Raised in Glasgow's East End, Pat loved the game, playing for hours and obsessively following Celtic. However, he also loved Joy Division, wearing his Indie 'gloom boom' coat and going on marches - hardly typical footballer behaviour.

Placed firmly in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the Premier League, and often with racism and violence present, Pat Nevin’s vivid descriptions of Chelsea and Everton, with colourful diversions to John Peel, Morrissey and nights at the Hacienda, bring the era to life.

A voracious vinyl collector, he still loves Indie music and the Arts, and can be caught DJing at clubs or festivals around the UK. The Accidental Footballer is a very different kind of football memoir!

In conversation with Stewart Weir


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Amanda Owen (18:00)

Fri

6:00 PM

Amanda Owen (18:00)

Shepherdess, wife, mother to nine children, bestselling author and star of Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm brings her world to life.

Amanda Owen was born in Huddersfield with no links to rural life but with a childhood passion for the great outdoors. After stumbling across a book on hill shepherding, a career dominated by men, she set her heart on becoming a shepherdess. Forty-five years on she shares funny, charming stories about life with her family on their 2000-acre hill farm with their many four-legged charges as they deal with lambing and shearing, haymaking and midwinter feeding.

In 2014 she released her first bestselling book which led to the Channel 5 ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary. Her fourth, Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess, has also flown off the shelves!

During covid, Amanda has felt even luckier to live close to nature, finding happiness in the beauty of the Dales and the routines of the farming year. She recently appeared in BBC4’s Winter Walks.

In conversation with Pauline McLean


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