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Thank you for your support Posted on 20th June 2017

Now the dust has started to settle, we want to thank all our subscribers for their support. We are getting the final figures in from our partner venues and from Waterstones, but early indications are that ticket sales are up from 4030 in 2016 to over 4750 in 2017!  That’s…

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Music and Words Posted on 1st June 2017

One of the most popular events at last year’s Festival was Louis de Bernières and The Bookshop Band.  The combination of music and words created a magical event, which people still mention to us as one of their favourites. This year we had hoped The Bookshop Band would be returning…

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The Essex Serpent wins Book of the Year Posted on 18th May 2017

Congratulations to Festival author, Sarah Perry, whose second novel, The Essex Serpent, won both the Fiction Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Awards last week. The Essex Serpent is described as a gothic tale and ‘one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade.’ …

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Message for Sebastian Faulks ticket holders Posted on 11th May 2017

We are delighted that our Opening Event with Sebastian Faulks is now sold out. We were also looking forward to welcoming back BBC News’ Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, to interview Sebastian.  However, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June,  James has, very reluctantly, had…

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Volunteers ready for action! Posted on 8th May 2017

Our army of 80 strong volunteers are now ‘booted’ (with 2017 t-shirts) and ready for action at this year’s Festival.  We’ve held two briefing sessions over the past two weeks to familiarise them with this year’s programme, the volunteer roles, our policies and what to expect!  We have a great…

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