For some time we have been keen to hold author events outside the Festival dates in June. It always seems a long time between Festivals and we are pretty sure our audiences would like to have more events throughout the year.
We hoped to do a series of one off events last year, but the plans didn’t come off, although we were delighted to have a very special event with Paddy Ashdown in October, just a few weeks before he died.
We can now announce that we will be holding our first mini-Festival, The Autumn Edition, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019.
We will be revealing the programme once this year’s Festival is over, but we can tell you now of one author …
Helen Mort – postponement
Sadly Helen Mort is unable to join us on Sunday 2 June in Déda, but will be with us at The Autumn Edition.
All ticket holders for her June event have been contacted by Déda and offered a refund or a free ticket to her event in October.
Turning the Page exhibition, 16 May – 27 July
We are just putting the finishing touches to our photographic exhibition celebrating five years of our Festival. There is free entry and it will be located upstairs at Déda from Thursday 16 May.
Since its inception, we have worked with photographer Kim Gribbon, along with several more talented local photographers, to capture the excitement, enthusiasm and spirit of the Festival. It’s been wonderful having the opportunity to review all the images and choose our favourites. We hope we have created an exhibition that brings back many happy memories for you too.
Ticket sales going well
It’s just under three weeks to go until the start of this year’s Festival and tickets are selling a lot faster than in previous years. People seem keen not to miss out on seeing their favourite authors so are booking earlier.
We do still have tickets available for most events, but Susan Calman and Professor Steve Peters are now sold out. Tickets for some of the events at our Sunday Takeover at Déda are also running out – in particular for Nine Pints with Rose George and Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades. We have asked our various box offices to keep waiting lists, so it is worth asking to be added – people do cancel bookings each year.
Don’t miss out.
Volunteers ready for action!
We could not organise our Festival without the enthusiasm and support of our army of 80 strong volunteers! We’ve recently held two briefing sessions giving us the opportunity to meet them all and to issue their tshirts, tote bags and handbooks. It’s also given them the chance to meet fellow volunteers and ask any burning questions about this year’s Festival.
We have a great mix of experienced and new volunteers and were overwhelmed by the number of applications we received again this year. Gini Smith, our Volunteer Co-ordinator has done a wonderful job in creating the volunteers’ rota and we have now notified all the volunteers about their allocated events.