A dream will come true this summer for Steve Barnett, managing director of St Andrew’s Bookshop in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
Book lovers will have an opportunity to meet a number of Christian authors and learn about their latest titles – thanks to the launch of the inaugural St Andrew’s Literature Festival from June 21 to 22.
‘It is a dream I have had for some years,’ said 58-year-old Steve. ‘The project was thwarted by Covid-19 but I decided now was the right time to launch it. Visitors will be able to listen to many top Christian authors who will spend an hour chatting about their books’ themes. There will be an opportunity to purchase the books and have them personally signed.’
The festival will take place in the bookshop itself and three other venues – with seating available for up to 250 people.
Among the authors appearing so far are Paula Gooder, Simon Guillebaud, Patrick Regan, Fiona Castle, Andy Bannister, Cathy Madavan and Andrew Ollerton – with many more expected.
Great Missenden is easily accessible by road and rail (30 minutes from Marylebone Station) and Steve is hoping the festival will become an annual event. St Andrew’s Bookshop – one of the largest Christian bookshops in the country – already attracts many customers, in person and online. The shop has exhibited regularly at CRE since it started and will be ready to serve visitors to CRE 2024 in Milton Keynes in October.
On an historical note: it was the St Andrew’s Bookshop which provided the late Gospatric Home, founder of CRE, with the UK Christian Handbook which gave him to vision to start the exhibition in 1985.
St Andrews Bookshop will be on stand E2 at CRE 2024