Have I Got News For You regular appearing at 2017 Flamstead Book Festival

PUBLISHED: 20:43 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 24 April 2017

Andy Hamilton will appear at this year's Flamstead Book Festival [Picture: Steve Ullathorne]

Andy Hamilton will appear at this year's Flamstead Book Festival [Picture: Steve Ullathorne]

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A comedian, screenwriter and Have I Got News For You regular will be the guest of honour at this year's Flamstead Book Festival.

Rather than a full Flamstead Book Festival in 2017, Books in the Belfry is back for a special evening event featuring Andy Hamilton on Thursday, June 1.

Hamilton is best known for co-writing the hit BBC TV series Outnumbered, as well as Drop the Dead Donkey and being a regular panellist on Have I Got News for You and radio programmes shows such as The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

His debut novel The Star Witness is being published in paperback in time for the 2017 Flamstead Book Festival and he will be talking to Hertfordshire journalist Ian Ridley about the latest chapter of a career spent making people laugh.

Festival spokesman and Flamstead resident Vikki Orvice said: “We are excited about Andy’s appearance and hope as many people in the area will once again support Books in the Belfry.

Hertfordshire author Ian Ridley at Flamstead Book Festival.Hertfordshire author Ian Ridley at Flamstead Book Festival.

“We think attracting him is another coup for the area so come along, give him a big welcome and hear his story.”

Hamilton follows in the footsteps of a long list of top names who have appeared since the festival made its debut in 2014 including Jane Hawking, Tony Parsons, Barry Norman, Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, Dermot Turing, Sophie Hannah, Renee Knight and Steve Claridge.

And for those turning up on the night there will be the chance to win two VIP tickets for a recording of Have I Got News for You in London where you will be able to meet the panellists and celebrity guests and then join the audience to watch the show.

The latest series started on Friday night on BBC One, so the tickets will be for next series later this year.


Harpenden Books and Waterstones are supporting the festival and will be selling copies of Andy’s novel at the event.

Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in St Leonard’s Church in the village, just off Junction 9 of the M1.

Ticket holders will be able to get their books signed by Andy after his interview and audience Q&A.

Proceeds will help support the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) charity to raise funds for repair and restoration work on the roof and fabric to safeguard the village church and its unique medieval wall-paintings for future generations.

Tickets for An Evening with Andy Hamilton are on sale for £12. The price includes a free drink.

• Tickets are available online at www.flamsteadbookfestival.com

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