Sebastian Faulks and Robert Webb among the star guests at Queen’s Park book festival

The festival’s first year was a great success

Critically acclaimed authors Sebastian Faulks, Natalie Haynes, and the team behind the hit comedy Peep Show were just some of the writers who spoke at the first Queen’s Park book festival.

Hundreds of book lovers flocked to Queen’s Park on Saturday to hear the authors, and peruse the stalls, which included one set up by the Save our Six (Brent Libraries) – a campaign calling on the council to shelve plans to axe half its reading rooms.

Gina Newson, one of the organisers, said: “Queens Park book festival was a sell out. The locals and other book lovers came out in force to hear the fascinating and entertaining authors.

“There were masses of things to do for all ages, from book swaps to Manga cartoons to cut out poetry and greeting cards made for Kilburn Amnesty.

“Hundreds of books were sold and signed by the authors. And at the end of a full and exciting day there was fantastic music from Edwyn Collins.”

The festival was organised by residents who said that it was such a great success they are already planning the next.