Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival pulls record audiences

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 September 2017

Jane Burton,Bonnie Blackwell and Lizzie Everett-Wright at Budleigh's Literary Festival. Ref exb 37 17TI 0645. Picture: Terry Ife

Jane Burton,Bonnie Blackwell and Lizzie Everett-Wright at Budleigh's Literary Festival. Ref exb 37 17TI 0645. Picture: Terry Ife

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Organisers of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival say there were record audiences at this year’s event.

Malcolm Elliott, Chairman of Budleigh's Literary Festival with Stephen Moss the award-winning producer of Springwatch. Ref exb 37 17TI 0636. Picture: Terry IfeMalcolm Elliott, Chairman of Budleigh's Literary Festival with Stephen Moss the award-winning producer of Springwatch. Ref exb 37 17TI 0636. Picture: Terry Ife

And they’ve announced two future literary events, plus dates for the 2018 festival.

This year’s festival closed last Sunday (September 17).

“Proof if proof were needed that a love of reading is alive and kicking, as we closed with record audiences over five spectacular days,” said the organisers.

“We talked about politics, paper cutting, and Pride and Prejudice. We reflected on poignant family memoirs, spoke enthusiastically about the past, and speculated on the future, and we celebrated the beauty of the written word in every form.”

Future literary events include ‘The Second Best Bed’ – a play about Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway – on Friday, November 17.

And the Reverend Richard Coles – who was unable to lecture at this year’s festival – has been re-scheduled to appear on February 20.

Next year’s festival has been confirmed for September 19-23.

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