Budleigh Literary Festival continues young people outreach with virtual author interviews

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 September 2020

Emma Carroll will be featured in the virtual Budleigh Literary Festival.Picture: Emma Carroll

Emma Carroll will be featured in the virtual Budleigh Literary Festival.Picture: Emma Carroll

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Despite coronavirus restrictions, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is continuing its education outreach work this autumn.

Emily Garvett will be featured in the virtual Budleigh Literary Festival. Picture: Emily GravettEmily Garvett will be featured in the virtual Budleigh Literary Festival. Picture: Emily Gravett

Each year the festival includes a programme of events especially for young people, with authors and illustrators who also visit schools, free of charge, to talk about their work and inspire children to read and enjoy books.

This year however, the festival is bringing authors virtually to young people at school and at home across Devon and the south west.

Interviews with eight authors and illustrators will be available for children virtually via the festival’s website.

From Wednesday (September 16), schools will be able to access the interviews via a special link sent to them by the festival organisers, and members of the public can register on the website to view the events.

Juno Dawson will be featured in the Virtual Budleigh Literary Festival. Picture: Jack LathamJuno Dawson will be featured in the Virtual Budleigh Literary Festival. Picture: Jack Latham

This year’s events for primary and secondary school students and will include the award-winning author and illustrator, Emily Gravett; Bristol-based football writer Matt Oldfield; and Horrible Histories illustrator and creator of Lesser Spotted Animals, Martin Brown;

The schools and outreach programme is kindly supported by Budleigh Salterton Arts Society, The Norman Family Trust, Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust and the World of Country Life. As all events this year will be delivered free of charge, the festival is asking audiences to make a donation to support its educational outreach work.

David Marston of the festival’s education team, said: “Each year, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival ticket sales support this inspiring work and allow us to provide books, author and illustrator visits, and teacher workshops to schools across East Devon.

“As this year’s festival is free to access, we’d be enormously grateful if audiences for festival events would consider making a donation so this important work can continue.

Devon Glover. Picture: Bob O'LaryDevon Glover. Picture: Bob O'Lary

“As well as supporting the educational outreach work, donations will go towards the Society of Authors’ Emergency Fund to support writers whose income has suffered because of the pandemic.”

The virtual Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival will run from September 16 to 20.

It is free to register and more information can be found at www.budlitfest.org.uk.


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