Early Bird booking opens for Minehead Literary Festival

Early Bird discount booking is now open for Minehead’s first literary festival which will take place on Saturday April 27 at the Methodist Hall, Minehead. The festival features presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who will explore the importance of place in their writing.

Tessa Hadley, (pictured) who heads the line-up of festival speakers, has just published her seventh novel Late in the Day to rave reviews, describing her as ‘one of Britain’s finest writers of contemporary fiction’ (Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue) and ‘one of the greatest stylists alive’ (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

Tessa is joined by best-selling author Pamela Holmes, who has been fascinated by the area since she lived and worked on a farm on Exmoor in the 1970s. Pamela’s warm and heartfelt novel Wyld Dreamers, which was published last Autumn, is loosely based on those experiences. Pamela will run a workshop at the festival on how to find your voice as a writer and get published.

The afternoon session features writer and bird watcher Tim Dee. who is an exceptionally original storyteller, mixing autobiography with nature writing to captivating effect. His latest book Landfill is about how rubbish tips sustain bird life: ‘Dee’s book is a wonderfully thoughtful and gently ironic meditation on “gull-life and gulling-life”, as well as our changing relationship with nature in the Anthropocene.’ (PD Smith, The Guardian).

For younger readers popular local writer Victoria Eveleigh will be giving an illustrated presentation about how farming on Exmoor inspired her ‘Katy’s Ponies’ stories, offering a chance to meet the best contemporary writer of pony stories around.

As part of Minehead Literary Festival a short story competition, with free entry and separate classes for adults and children, is being organised in the run-up to the festival.

To celebrate the festival, an art exhibition will run from April 2 to May 6 at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods, featuring work by local artists which also focuses on the theme of the importance of place. Catering for the festival will be provided by Toucan Wholefoods.

Early Bird discount tickets may be booked in advance for the full one-day festival, costing £45 (£35 student/unemployed concessionary rate), or the morning and afternoon sessions may be booked separately after March 15.

For more information and to book tickets visit the website www.mineheadliteraryfestival.org, email mineheadliteraryfestival@gmail.com or telephone Janet Styles on 01643 822097.

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