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Calibre Audio Launches Online Book Festival

Pioneering audiobook charity Calibre Audio is celebrating its 50th anniversary by launching a new online book festival.


‘Calibre Conversations’ features inspiring interviews with acclaimed authors and insightful panel events on accessibility and representation.


Available now at is a filmed interview with author and Suede musician Mat Osman, discussing his book, The Ghost Theatre, a wild and hallucinatory reimagining of Elizabethan London.


Later this month, The Magazine Girls will share their fascinating experiences of working for popular magazines from the 1960s to the 1980s, including Rave, Mirabelle, Valentine, Loving, Petticoat, and 19.


The Magazine Girls went on to become high-profile fashion and beauty editors, PRs, stylists, features and showbiz writers, working on best-selling women’s magazines such as Woman’s Own, Woman, and Good Housekeeping, Hello! and national newspapers.


“Accessibility is at the heart of what we do at Calibre Audio,” said Emma Scott, Director of Commissioning and Editorial.


“Our new Calibre Conversations Festival aims to reach as many people as possible and create new ways to discuss and interact with a brilliantly exciting array of writing talent and much-loved authors.


“In a world that assumes everyone can read, Calibre Conversations is there for our members to provide an access point where other literary festivals may prove a challenge to engage with.”


As part of Calibre Audio’s Children’s Festival in July, children’s authors and illustrators will take to the online stage to speak about their work and offer insights into their creative processes.


Authors will include Jenny Ireland, whose book The First Move explores her own personal experiences by featuring a character who has arthritis.


Candy Gourlay, who writes about the history of the Philippines and American invasion in late 1800, will speak about her books Bone Talk and Wild SongMortal Engines’ writer Philip Reeve will be joined by author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre to talk about their book series Adventure Mice.  Author, radio producer and podcast host, Joe Haddow will discuss his first book for children, Art Is Everywhere.


July will see a panel event on accessibility and representation in children’s books and in August, author and historian Roger Moorhouse will talk about his work researching acclaimed books including The Forgers: The Forgotten Story of the Holocaust's Most Audacious Rescue Operation.


Rounding up the online aspect of the Festival in September will be an interview with Lisa Jewell, author of debut novel Ralph's Party, which she wrote after accepting a challenge from her friend to write three chapters of a novel in exchange for dinner at her favourite restaurant.





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