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Closed 19/05/2020

raised of £20,000 target by 32 supporters

    Weʼve raised £845 to support the Newark Book Festival 2020 Love a good story? Well come take a look...

    Funded on Tuesday, 19th May 2020

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    Our story so far...

    Newark Book Festival is a not for profit community organisation that launched in 2017 following on from Books in the Castle in Newark-On-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK. Working with beautiful venues across Newark, the Festival aims to inspire and challenge imaginations, bringing the love of stories, creativity and words to our wonderful town. Since 2017 the Festival has continued to grow to meet demand, reaching over 10,000 people of all ages. The Festival now includes a long weekend in July (9-12th 2020), a school's programme, Year round Friends scheme, volunteer programmes, competitions, exhibitions and new for 2020 Festival On Tour days in the district.

    To truly get a feel for our wonderful friendly festival and all that we do please watch our film.

    Why are we fundraising and how will it help?

    We need to grow our budgets to fulfil our ambitions and the desires of our communities and visitors, ensuring Fair Pay for all, building workshop and event possibilities, to allow our schools and family programmes to grow but most importantly we need to ensure our survival. Following a bump in the road over Christmas, we have a much larger than expected funding target to meet. This means we really need You! The help us.

    Overall we need to raise between £20,000-£40,000 - between our crowd funding campaigns, Sponsorship opportunities and Friends of the Festival. This money does not just fund a weekend, but year round costs from ensuring we have staffing to marketing, schools programmes, and Friends activities. It will allow us to continue to programme a vast array of amazing, exciting and engaging festival events covering artistic commissions, wellbeing workshops, author events, literature villages, family events and more. Every penny raised goes directly to the Festival - paying people, artists, or commissioning local services and products.

    Our targeted amount to fundraise is on top of our already secured funding - so big thanks to those current funders, partners and sponsors who are already supporting us, including Newark & Sherwood District Council, Newark Town Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark College, Tallents Solicitors, Creative Apostrophe, Duncan & Toplis, Aura Business Centre and our Friends of the Festival (and those yet to come!).

    Should You, The Crowd be truly amazing and we even go over our target, fear not, as we said every penny goes to the continuation of the Festival, it means we can stretch out longer into 2021 and beyond.

    We want to establish this Festival forever....Do you want to be part of the future, be part of the plan? Never judge a book by its cover.

    Please, donate today, and become a Newark Book Festival Lover (#newarkbookfestivallover)



    • Sara Bullimore1 year ago
      Sara Bullimore

      Sara Bullimore

      1 year ago

      Since we started our fundraiser times have certainly changed, and we hope that you are all staying safe and well at home. We are still fundraising, with donations now even more important to help secure our future in 2021 and beyond. We have been busy creating contingency plans, as our 2020 Festival programme was nearly complete we wanted to find ways of delivering a Plan B festival if the situation arose. So thank you to all who have donated. Please keep an eye out for our alternative festival as it emerges over the next 2 months.

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    • Sara Bullimore1 year ago
      Sara Bullimore

      Sara Bullimore

      1 year ago

      Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! For everyone who donates and helps us to reach £1000 milestone we will be entering you into a prize draw to win some goodies! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and twitter @newarkbookfest to be kept up with the news. Our programme is filling up nicely and we are delighted to be welcoming Sophie Hannah to the Festival - tickets going on sale very soon!

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    2 years ago

    Sara Bullimore started crowdfunding

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    Page last updated on: 5/19/2020 08.13



    • Julie Nicholson

      Julie Nicholson

      May 19, 2020


    • Sue Bell

      Sue Bell

      Mar 13, 2020

      Loads of luck with your crowdfunding campaign Sara x


    • Anonymous


      Mar 5, 2020

      From your friends at St. Peter's Cross Keys Academy - thank you for all your hard work - the children really enjoyed the day with Chris White and the Festival in the town.

    • Anonymous


      Mar 4, 2020

      Good luck for 2020 book festival.

    • Sally Williams

      Sally Williams

      Mar 3, 2020

      Hope this festival can continue successfully into the future.


    • Chuter Ede Primary School

      Chuter Ede Primary School

      Mar 2, 2020

      Proudly supporting the Newark Book Festival in 2020!

    • Jehane Harrild

      Jehane Harrild

      Feb 28, 2020


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