Have you had a chance to buy your tickets to November’s Dulverton Exmoor Literary Festival 2023? They’re selling fast! The event is to be held in Dulverton Town Hall across the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, with online ticket sales via this Visit Dulverton website. Listen to the podcast to hear Festival Director, Ali Pegrum, chatting about all the speakers who are going to attend.
Michael Morpurgo, interviewed by Alice Thomson, was destined to be a popular event and tickets to his talk sold out within just three weeks! However budding writers will still have the opportunity of meeting one of the UK’s most celebrated authors if they enter the Festival Children’s Writing Competition, as Mr Morpurgo will be presenting the prizes to the lucky winners!
Festival programmes and details of the writing competition and creative writing workshops have been delivered to schools right across the area. “Last year’s competition had some brilliant entries from children from Barnstaple to Bolham and Timberscombe to Tiverton – we’re hoping that will be repeated this year”, said Ali. Full details of the competition and the workshops can be found in the programme.
Other talks not to miss over the Festival Weekend include Rachel Johnson, with writer Rachel Campbell-Johnston; historical biographers Andrew Lownie and Catherine Ostler; and best-selling novelists Janet Ellis, Sarah Turner and Hannah Richell. Restaurant critic William Sitwell with wine writer Henry Jeffreys; Julian Glover and Victoria Eveleigh asking ‘What is our countryside for?’; and photographer Harry Borden and writer Albert Read discussing creativity with Miranda Taylor. British explorers Belinda Kirk and John Hudson with Hilary Bradt; well-known ITV sports reporter Dennis Coath; and local railway historians Freddie Huxtable, Ian Coleby and Amyas Crump.
The event has been sponsored by local businesses Tozers Solicitors, The Exclusive Cake Company, Exmoor Character Cottages, Exmoor News, First Design, Friendship & Sons, Hedley Price, Jeff Pegrum Landscaping, Maitland Walker, Osteo & Physio, Risdon Hosegood, The Sip Shed, Stockham Farm Exmoor, Town Mills, Ware Construction, Wellhayes Vineyard, Winsbere House, The Bridge Inn Dulverton, James Pryce Tractors, Masons Kings, Rothwell & Dunworth and Fabula Arts.
For full details of the Dulverton Exmoor Literary Festival 2023 – including the creative writing workshops specifically for children – visit here.