THE Examiner’s 23rd Literary Luncheon yesterday celebrated the life of journalist and leukaemia campaigner Adrian Sudbury, who died in August after battling the disease for nearly two years.
More than 270 guests at the Galpharm Stadium heard how the Examiner reporter had written of his thoughts and feelings during treatment in an award-winning blog, now compiled as Baldy’s Book.
Copies of the book, will raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which helps leukaemia sufferers. They were on sale alongside those of five speakers.
Paying tribute to Adrian and his book, the Examiner’s publishing director Nigel White, said: “His web diary was hugely popular and gained worldwide recognition. Adrian’s personality shines through on every page of this book and I can guarantee you a really moving read with, sadly, no happy ending.’’
The literary luncheon is an annual banquet for book-lovers and this year’s guests provided an hour of witty, whimsical and fascinating entertainment.
Watch a short video of the event below, including an interview with guest speaker Simon Armitage.
This year our headline speakers were:
Simon Armitage, the internationally-acclaimed poet and writer who just happens to be a local lad from Marsden. He spoke of his new book, Gig, The Life And Times Of A Rock Star Fantasist;
Stephanie Calman, writer and broadcaster and author of Dressing For Breakfast, which became a television series, and the creator of the website www.badmothersclub.co.uk . She offered words of wisdom from her latest non-fiction title How (Not) To Murder Your Mother;
Bill Mitchell, biographer of Dales farmer Hannah Hauxwell, whose austere lifestyle and gentle wisdom transformed her into a celebrity;
David Joy, co-author of a book on The Mouseman Of Kilburn, craftsman Robert Thompson, who famously ‘signed’ his work with a carved mouse; and
Jane Costello, who is already heading for the top with big sales of her new first book, Bridesmaids. Her second novel, The Nearly-Weds is due out next year.
This year’s luncheon was sponsored by florists Yorkshire Rose and Waterstones.