Next weekend the Isle of Wight will play host to it’s very first Literary Festival. The Island already has a rich literary history with Keats, Dickens and Tennyson all writing from here. The festival is set to draw a number of Britain’s top authors to the Island to appear alongside some of our own local talent.
Some of the confirmed speakers include Philip Wells, Louis de Bernieres, Gyles Brandreth, Rebecca Chance, Anneka Rice and Philip Norman, who will be taking part in events and workshops across the weekend 12th to 14th October 2012.
The main location for the weekends events will be the stunning Northwood House in Cowes, a Grade II listed building which stands in a nine hectare park. As part of the ongoing renovation of Northwood House the Isle of Wight Literary Festival will also be donating all of its profits to the Northwood House Charitable Trust.
Friday 12th October includes a discussion by local resident and author Celia Imrie on her autobiography “Let’s Hear It From The Happy Hoofer”, a debate on the future of printed word and the impact of e-books, and will ends at Tonino’s Restaurant with Rebecca Chance reading an extract from her best-selling novel “Bad Sisters”.
On Saturday 13th October there are workshops on writing and new media, along with events and readings from horror writer Chris Priestley, Will Ellsworth-Jones who wrote the ground breaking biography of street artist Banksy, a personal introduction to “Dracula” novelist Bram Stoker from his great-grandson Noel Dobbs, and much more. Gyles Brandreth presents his own unique insight into stories and revelations about The Queen and her family in “A Right Royal Audience” at the Trinity Theatre, then a festival “pub quiz” takes place at the Moocow Bar in Cowes.
Sunday 14th October begins with “A Magical Mystery Tour Of The Isle of Wight Literary Haunts” with a bus tour of the beautifully breathtaking Island places that have inspired so many literary icons throughout history. For families and children local Island author Philip Bell will be presenting an interactive reading and nature talk from his children’s book “Jack and Boo’s Wild Wood”, whilst Philip Norman will be revealing an insight into the life of his latest biographical subject Mick Jagger. The last event at Northwood House sees Fire Poet Philip Wells produce a dramatic performance of his own work, and other famous poets including Lewis Carroll.
A full list of the weekends events can be found on the Isle of Wight Literary Festival Website, where you can still order tickets to many of the events.
To celebrate the arrival of the Literary Festival we are currently running a competition. If you fancy winning a 2 night spa break at Melville Hall, one of the Isle of Wight’s top hotels, then head over to our “New Year New You! Competition” to enter.