Well, Felixstowe Book Festival has already kicked off – featuring an opening event with novelists Amanda Craig and Sally Vickers on Wednesday in Harvest House, and last night’s screening at The Library of the fabulous local film ’Life on The Deben’ – which if you haven’t seen yet you must really buy a copy – it’s a love letter to our wonderful part of the country – East Suffolk – and well worth its £12.50 price tag.
The Book Festival will be going on in various locations all over the weekend. Highlights will include on Saturday Sir Vince Cable at 11.30am talking about his debut novel ‘Open Arms’, Patrick Barkham at 1.15pm taking us on an evocative tour round the British isles, world renowned historian Martin Kemp on the secrets of Mona Lisa at 1.30pm, Dame Jenni Murray looking at British history through the eyes of some remarkable women at 3pm, a timely look at Russia from Andrew Monaghan at 4pm, actor Stephen McGann at 4.30pm and Martin Newell’s Hosepipe Band taking us around the towns of East Anglia at 8pm
There’s also a chance to experience some local writers at Cafe Culture from 5.45pm – 7.30pm
On Sunday highlights include some Cold war insights from novelist Oggy Boytchev at 10.30am, Juliet Nicholson and Esther Freud talking about Vita Sackville and her relations at 12 noon, local writer Ian Maitland on his latest thriller at 12.15pm, festival regular Liz Trenow at 1.45pm and not to be missed Shakespearian actor Michael Pennington at 3pm talking about taking on the role of Lear. And if that wasn’t enough there’s Louis de Bernieres at 6pm or two local poets Alexandra Davis and Emily Hasler also at 6pm.
There are also a number of other special events taking place – including workshops for children – so grab yourself a programme from The Orwell Hotel or the Library and get a boost to your literary life.
More info and on line tickets from https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/