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New Voices

Autumn Festival 2023             


Playing with the Past - Alex Hay and Freya Berry in conversation with Samuel Sargeant

Friday 1October 2023, Waterstones, 72 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, 6.30pm - 7.30pm; £8

​Alex Hay and Freya Berry’s dazzling new novels revel in dark secrets, audacious characters and vivid, atmospheric settings. From a daring Park Lane heist to a dangerous treasure hunt in a ruined Scottish castle, discover their worlds of historical fiction, and what drew their imaginations into the past.


42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams - Kevin Jon Davies

Saturday 14 October 2023, CMK Library, 11am - 12noon; £8

When Douglas Adams died in 2001, he left 60 boxes of notebooks, letters, scripts, jokes, speeches and even poems. In 42, hundreds of these appear in print for the first time, compiled by Douglas’s long-time collaborator Kevin Jon Davies, bringing us a captivating insight into the mind of one of the 20th century’s most enduring storytellers.


Gommie - A Journey into Hope in conversation with Caz Tricks

Saturday 14 October 2023, CMK Library, 2pm - 3pm; £8

Poet-artist Gommie began walking England’s coastline in 2019 with just a backpack, a tent and a large collection of pens. His aim? Searching for hope in increasingly hard times. Through poetry and art, conversation and questions, he brings us his findings – and explores what his journey has brought to light.

Paul David Gould

New Voices - Paul David Gould in conversation with John Grindrod

Saturday 14 October 2023, CMK Library, 3.30pm - 4.30pm, £8

Showcasing startling new writers as they emerge is part of MK Lit Fest’s mission, so we’re delighted to welcome Paul David Gould with his debut novel. A Moscow-set literary thriller, Last Dance at the Discotheque for Deviants is a gripping mystery - and the poignantly human tale of people beset by forces beyond their control.

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