New addition to Farmers’ and Craft Market as Literature Village sets up stall

Collage of images of stallholders and produce at market

Visitors to the Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday had a chance to satisfy their inner bookworm, as the Newark Book Festival on Tour stopped off in Gainsborough.

West Lindsey District Council’s Towns Manager, Nicola Marshall, organised the new literary element to the event, and said judging by the response of visitors, it was as great success. She said:

"This was the first time that the Newark Book Festival on Tour had travelled out of Nottinghamshire, so we were delighted that they agreed to join our market in Gainsborough. The Lit Village ‘stallies’ added a new dimension to our day, complementing the craft and produce traders. It was great to see the Market Place busy with book lovers."

Visitors were able to see the work of several authors and poets on the day, as well as drop in on stalls of publisher and booksellers. Throughout the day there were also storytelling and reading sessions for people to enjoy.

The regular and popular Farmers’ Market stalls were there, alongside craftspeople, and as a more unusual attraction for visitors, Victorian/steampunk duo ‘Crab and Crumb’ paid a call on their fantastical ‘bicycle machine’, trading their weird and wonderful wares.

Nicola added:

“This was our first toe in the water (or pen in the ink!) with a literature themed market and I am delighted that the authors and stall holders are keen to come back and build on a busy and positive day.

“I am grateful for the help of the Newark Book Festival in supporting and promoting our first Literature Village, the ‘stallies’ themselves and a big thank you to Gainsborough Library, which hosted story-telling and were also busy on their stall on the Market Place"

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