A star-studded line up is promised for this year's Felixstowe Book Festival, now in its 12th year.

It all begins next month from Wednesday 26 to Sunday June 30.

A weekend packed with author events can also include seafood suppers, walks along the prom, a wander in the seafront gardens or even a bracing swim.

East Anglian Daily Times: Rachel Hore is coming to FelixstoweRachel Hore is coming to Felixstowe (Image: Alistair Bolt)This year’s festival, has drawn Sunday Times bestseller Rachel Hore [author of Hidden Years - her new novel of secrets, loss and betrayal set on the Cornish coast during World War Two in the 1960s.] Rachel will be in conversation on stage opening Saturday’s programme with children's author, Alexandra Carey. [The Light that Bends Around Corners]

Following them is Jane Casey (A Stranger In The Family) who will be appearing alongside William Shaw, author of The Wild Swimmers.

East Anglian Daily Times: There will be a discussion about Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel, RebeccaThere will be a discussion about Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel, Rebecca
Festival favourite Nicola Upson returns to share some thoughts on Daphne Du Maurier's masterful novel Rebecca, as well as drawing attention to an exhibition of crime fiction at Cambridge University, Murder by the Book, which she curated. Visitors can also look forward to her conversation with Mandy Morton (fellow author and festival friend) about the legacy of Daphne Du Maurier.

East Anglian Daily Times: Esther Freud will interview Natasha WalterEsther Freud will interview Natasha Walter

Festival Patron Esther Freud will interview BBC broadcaster and columnist Natasha Walter [Before the Light Fades: a memoir of grief and resistance.] about her book which reconstructs her mother’s life as a child of refugees and a passionate anti-nuclear protestor.

The festival attracts a host of different kinds of authors.

New for this year is barrister Michael Mansfield [The Power in The People] famous for his work on landmark cases such as Grenfell, Hillsborough, The Marchioness disaster, Stephen Lawrence and the Birmingham Six. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Water Baby author Chioma Okereke is coming to FelixstoweWater Baby author Chioma Okereke is coming to Felixstowe (Image: Chioma Okereke)

Also new to this year’s festival by the sea are Nigerian Authors Chioma Okereke [Water Baby] and Stephen Buoro [The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa.]

Water Baby is a coming-of-age story, set in the real settlement of Makoko in Nigeria and deals with the societal pressures on 19-year-old Baby who is trying to escape the future her father has planned for her.

East Anglian Daily Times: Water Baby is Chioma's new bookWater Baby is Chioma's new book (Image: Supplied)

Stephen Buoro’s book tells the story of 15-year-old Andrew Aziza, who lives in Kontagora, Nigeria and is an exploration of the ordinary but impossible challenges of coming of age in post-colonial Nigeria.

Author events are followed by book signings, the chance to meet a favourite author and listen to the ever-popular Hose Pipe Band.

The festival is held in Harvest House, on Cobbold Road in Felixstowe.

For a comprehensive look at all of the exciting talks, topics and workshops planned for this years’ Felixstowe Book Festival and to book your tickets go to www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk 

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