Turing and Great British Bake Off star at Flamstead Book Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:16 13 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 13 March 2016

St Leonard's parish church in Flamstead

St Leonard's parish church in Flamstead


The Enigma of who will be appearing at this year’s Books in the Belfry has finally been cracked, with the first authors confirmed for the 2016 Flamstead Book Festival.

Dermot Turing will appear at the third Flamstead Book Festival - Books in the Belfry [Picture: Shaun Armstrong]Dermot Turing will appear at the third Flamstead Book Festival - Books in the Belfry [Picture: Shaun Armstrong]

The third Flamstead Book Festival will be held in the picturesque Hertfordshire village on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 with another line-up of top names.

After Hawking comes Turing.

Following the success of Jane Hawking at last year’s festival to talk about her life with scientist Stephen Hawking, organisers are delighted to announce Dermot Turing will be appearing at the 2016 event on Saturday, May 21.

The nephew of legendary code-breaker Alan Turing, he will be discussing his recent biography Decoded, which was met with critical acclaim and details the extraordinary life of the genius mathematician whose personal life ended in tragedy.

The Boy Who Bakes front coverThe Boy Who Bakes front cover

The Flamstead Book Festival will kick off on the evening of Friday, May 20 with novelist Renee Knight, whose thriller Disclaimer is currently in the top 10 of bestselling fiction.

If you loved Gone Girl then this is a must. The film rights have already been sold for this too, so hear Renee talk about it before it hits the big screen.

Books in the Belfry is also delighted to welcome Edd Kimber, who won the first series of The Great British Bake Off back in 2010.

Known as The Boy Who Bakes, he has since written three books, the latest being Patisserie Made Simple.

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Festival spokesman Vikki Orvice said: “Boys, girls, men and women are all welcome and we’re sure Edd will spill the beans on Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and life in the bake-off tent.”

He will be in conversation with award-winning BBC broadcaster Sybil Ruscoe.

The line-up also features regular Books in the Belfry favourites including a sports session with journalist Alan Fraser.

His fascinating story The Hitler Trophy – the history of golf in the Olympics and its memorable role at the 1936 Games ahead of its return in Rio this summer – will be published in time for the Hertfordshire festival.

Renee Knight will appear at the Flamstead Book Festival 2016 - Books in the BelfryRenee Knight will appear at the Flamstead Book Festival 2016 - Books in the Belfry

Other events will be announced over the coming weeks.

Flamstead resident Vikki Orvice added: “We are excited about the line-up and hope as many people in the area will once again support Books in the Belfry.

“We think attracting Dermot Turing, Edd Kimber and Renee Knight is another coup for the festival and the village, so come along, give them a big Flamstead welcome and hear their stories.

“We think we have made sure there is something for everyone and it promises to be fun, whatever age you are.”

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Waterstones in St Albans is supporting the festival again and will be selling books on both days.

Visitors will be able to meet the authors and get books signed.

Proceeds will help support the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) to raise funds for repair work to safeguard medieval wall-paintings in the village church.

For further information on all the Flamstead Book Festival events, and how to book tickets from next month onwards – online or in person – go to http://flamsteadbookfestival.com

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