Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival set for sell out success

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 September 2018

Budleigh Literary Festival President Hilary Mantel. Picture: Els Zweerink

Budleigh Literary Festival President Hilary Mantel. Picture: Els Zweerink

Els Zweerink

The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday with an author line-up set to be a sell-out success.

Organisers say tickets are ‘flying out of the door’ and urge those keen to attend author talks to ‘move quickly’ or face disappointment.

Taking place from Wednesday, September 19, to Sunday, September 23, this year’s festival boasts a bigger line up of authors, broadcasters, academics, poets and workshops than ever before, plus a packed programme of events for children.

Annie Ashworth, the festival’s artistic director, said: “It’s a very special year for us as we celebrate 10 years of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival and we’re so pleased to have such great support once again from our wonderful audiences.

“All the team have worked really hard to put together a diverse programme to delight, entertain and inform people of all ages, as well as offering more workshops than ever before to inspire writers.

“Tickets are selling fast, so I’d encourage everyone to get theirs quickly to avoid disappointment.”

One of the first events to sell out was a workshop with literary festival president Dame Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, who lives in Budleigh.

In a festival exclusive, those lucky enough to secure tickets to her workshop will hear the double Man Booker Prize 
winner share the tips and techniques she uses in her writing.

Other popular sell-out workshops include bookmaking and Imagining Your Novel with Greg Mosse.

Festival organisers say there are a ‘only handful of 
tickets’ remaining for other talks.

A handful of spaces are available for Christine Green’s card-making and paper-cutting workshop, and for the festival’s first-ever comedy writing workshop.

Tickets are still available for a meet the editor session where Susanna Wadeson, publishing director at Transworld, will give tips on getting your work noticed by publishers.

Young writers of all ages also have the chance to develop their writing skills and explore their love of reading at a drop-in writing workshop for children, hosted by Paper Nations of Bath Spa University.

To read the full programme of events and for information on remaining tickets, visit www.budlitfest.org.

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