Why do first novels fail – and what would it have been like had the Nazis won the Second World War? These and many other fascinating issues are among the themes of the BeaconLit Festival of Books and Writing being held on June 27 at Brookmead School in Ivinghoe. The all-day event, sponsored by Buckinghamshire County Council, is open to book lovers and anyone who enjoys writing. Tickets are just £25 for a full day of talks and panels. Authors will be signing books and also available to ask questions and chat during the breaks after each session. In addition to excellent crime and historical panels featuring authors such as Jane Casey, Elizabeth Fremantle, Vanora Bennett and William Ryan, there are talks on books and writing. These include Rowan Coleman looking at why first novels fail and Julie Matthews being interviewed by Adina Campbell on her novel that is set in Buckinghamshire and imagines what life would be like if Nazis had won the Second World War. BeaconLit is raising funds for one of Buckinghamshire County Council’s community libraries, the Beacon Villages Community Library which is based in Ivinghoe and serves residents in local villages including Pitstone, Cheddington, Edlesborough, Marsworth and Dagnall. If you are interested in attending, please go to www.beaconlit.co.uk for more information.