Felixstowe: Resort ready to host its first book festival

Author Ruth Dugdall, who is speaking at Felixstowe Book Festival this summer.

Author Ruth Dugdall, who is speaking at Felixstowe Book Festival this summer. - Credit: Archant

A WIDE range of speakers and events have been lined up for this summer’s first ever Felixstowe Book Festival.

Author Cressida Downing, who is speaking at Felixstowe Book Festival this summer.

Author Cressida Downing, who is speaking at Felixstowe Book Festival this summer. - Credit: Archant

The event is set to take place on June 15 and 16 and has the theme A Sense of Place with writers featured having a strong evocation of place within their work.

Over the weekend there wil be a variety of talks, workshops, and children’s activities at the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe Library, White Horse pub, Blurb bookshop, and Landguard Fort.

Among the 24 writers taking part are award-winning novelist Ruth Dugdall, who works and lives in Felixstowe, biographer and historian Helen Rappaport, children’s and young adult writer Adele Geras, novelist Linda Gillard, historical novelist Barbara Erskine, and crime writer Michelle Spring.

Others taking part include Stuck-in-a-Book blogger Simon Thomas and Cressida Downing, who runs an editorial consultancy, who will be running a workshop on the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and how to submit manuscripts for publication.

Other session topics include the pitfalls of a writer’s life, authors talking about their work, why East Anglia is the perfect place for a crime novel, as well as writers’ lives.

Landguard Fort wil be hosting a family event called Flotsam and Jetsam – a day of art and music and probably a few ghosts.

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? To find out more about the event, visit www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk