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Doncaster Turn the Page Festival



This year the Doncaster Literary Festival, “Turn the Page” has been organised in a different way. We will not be just having a weekend to celebrate all things Literary; we will be celebrating throughout the year. We will be working in partnership with different organisations and authors to bring you a varied programme throughout the year.

Here are the first five events that are on the programme:

Richard Venables       Monday 13 February 10.30-12.30. Fully booked 

Richard Venables is a retired Detective Inspector from South Yorkshire Police who was awarded the Queens Police Medal for ‘Distinguished Police Service’ in recognition of his work in Disaster Victim Identification. In this fascinating talk he tells the story of his early Police career and some amazing and humorous anecdotes of the cases he was involved in throughout his life.


Gulwalii Passarlay      Tuesday 28 March      11.00-12.00
Gulwali Passarlay arrived in the UK at the age of 13 as a political refugee. Like many refugees, he has overcome the hardships of settling into a new life in Britain. Whilst at Manchester University studying Politics, he was involved with the equality and diversity committee, the student forum, and was one of the student governors representing over 1600 students. He has appeared on national media, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 News and has given a TEDx talk.

John Donoghue          Thursday 27 April       11.00-12.00
John Donoghue has worked in mental health for over twenty years and has written numerous articles about the treatment of mental illness in a variety of medical journals. He is married and lives in Liverpool. The Death's Head Chess Club, his deeply poignant and moving debut novel, explores the extraordinary relationship between an SS officer and a Jewish watchmaker.

Naomi Booth               Thursday 18  May      11.00-12.00
Naomi Booth was born and raised in West Yorkshire and is now based in York, where she lectures in Creative Writing and Literature at York St John University. Her debut work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016 and tells the story of a girl living in the Pennines who compulsively passes out. The work won the Sabateur Award for best Novella 2016 and has been described as an 'absorbing read about losing yourself that packs a punch' (Grazia).

A.A.Dhand                   Thursday 15  June   11.00-12.00
A.A.Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.


All tickets for the above events are £3.00.

Booking is essential for all events and can be done by calling: 01302 734314 or

email: for more information

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