Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival turns 10

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival - 10 July 2018

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has announced the line-up for this year’s event, with more award-winning authors, acclaimed historians and fascinating thought-leaders than ever before heading to Budleigh to celebrate the Festival’s tenth anniversary.

Taking place Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd September 2018, the annual Festival will once again excite audiences with its impressive line-up, as well as inspiring and educating with a range of workshops and activities for all ages.

Highlights for 2018 include bestselling author and BBC historian Lucy Worsley, whose latest book tracks the life of Queen Victoria; John McCarthy MBE, who was abducted by Islamic Jihad in Beirut in 1986 and whose plight captured the imagination of the country; author of international bestseller Labyrinth Kate Mosse OBE, speaking alongside acclaimed author Ben Kane; television historian, Dan Cruickshank, who presented Around the World in Eighty Treasures; and Devon-based master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best loved children’s writers.

In a Festival exclusive, double Man Booker prize winner and Festival President, Dame Hilary Mantel will be holding an unmissable writing masterclass. Aimed at curious readers and writers of all levels, the event will include some of the tips and techniques that she uses in her writing.

Dame Hilary said:

The Budleigh Literary Festival is known internationally and each year our ambitions have expanded. We are proud of the calibre of writers we attract and the commitment of our sparky audiences. I wish that our founder, the late Susan Ward, could be with us to see what an impact her work has made, and how much pleasure the Festival has given to visitors and townsfolk.

Also speaking this year are TV and Radio 4 presenters Hannah Fry and Dr Adam Rutherford, who will be speaking on separate books looking at both the ‘age of the algorithm’ and what sets apart the human race from other animals; author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels, Kate Morton, alongside acclaimed Somerset-based author Andrew Miller; and Patrick Gale, author of award-winning Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man.

Poet, performer and broadcaster Michael Rosen, will be delivering the inaugural Susan Ward Talk on Friday 21st September in memory of the Festival’s late founder. He’ll be asking whether the hunger for data by successive governments, which has made us shovel information into children to be regurgitated in exams, has stopped children from really engaging in reading stories, poems and plays.

As well as more than 30 speaking events across the five-day Festival, 2018 will see more workshops and masterclasses than ever before. From bookmaking to paper-cutting, a writers’ workshop with Greg Mosse to a meet-the-editor session, the programme is brimming with events to inspire and help people improve their skills. There will also be an open mic poetry evening for amateur and professional poets alike to share their work.

Annie Ashworth, Festival Artistic Director, said:

This year’s Festival has something for everyone, with authors, broadcasters, presenters and editors from all styles and genres. From Queen Victoria to the future of technology; battling waste plastic to the evolution of libraries; comedy writing to walking South West coastal path; we’ve traversed the globe and the centuries for our special tenth anniversary programme. We are grateful as always to our Festival committee, volunteers, venues, supporters, friends and, of course, our dedicated audiences for continuing to make the Festival a celebration of literature and our community. We look forward to seeing you in September.

An important part of the Festival’s work as a charity is being able to offer school visits from authors and illustrators, to inspire children to read and enjoy books. There will also be an expanded programme of events for children of all ages, including the return of the much-loved poetry slam and literary quiz events.

To read the full programme of events, including times and prices, visit www.budlitfest.org. Tickets will go on sale to Friends of the Festival on 2nd July 2018 and on general sale on 9th July 2018. Follow the Festival on social media: Twitter @BudleighLitFest, Instagram @budlitfest or Facebook/BudleighSaltertonLiteraryFestival.

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