Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Organisers of Words By The Sea, the fifth annual Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, have reported a record-breaking year with the highest number of tickets sold in the festival’s history.
The four-day festival, which concluded on Sunday, featured a dazzling list of distinguished authors, including Hilary Mantel CBE, Melvyn Bragg, and PD James, and attracted international interest with orders for tickets from the other side of the globe.
Alongside the wide variety of literary talks, visitors had the opportunity to meet their favourite authors at a series of book signing events in the Festival Marquee on The Green, where accompanying music came in the form of groups such as the Budleigh Ukulele Strumming Club and Just Misbehavin’ swing band.
The festival concluded with a spectacular evening celebrating The Great Gatsby, with themed music from local jazz band Hamer and Issacs, a talk from Gatsby expert Sarah Churchwell, and guests at the Public Hall wearing 1920s period dress.
Festival committee member Sonia Lapwood said: “This was another terrific festival, a fitting tribute to our founder, the late Susan Ward, and a great celebration of Budleigh itself and all things literary.
“The town was buzzing throughout the weekend, dotted with famous faces such as Lynne Truss and our festival president Hilary Mantel.
“The authors were vividly entertaining and the weather was kind once again. Thank you to all of our visitors and thank you to our team, who worked their socks off for another year.”