A recent visit to my Exmoor home reminded me of an event taking place shortly
The festival features presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who will explore the importance of place in their writing.
To celebrate the Minehead Literary Festival a short story competition, with classes for adults and children, is being organised in the run-up to the festival. And an art exhibition will run from April 2 to May 6 at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods with work by established local artists which will also focus on the theme of the importance of place.
When? Saturday April 27th
Where? Methodist Church Hall, 7 The Avenue, Minehaed, Somerset TA24 5AW
Who? Tessa Hadley, who heads the line-up of speakers at the festival, has just published her seventh novel Late in the Day to rave reviews, hailing her as ‘one of Britain’s finest writers of contemporary fiction’ (Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue) and ‘one of the greatest stylists alive’ (Ron Charles, Washington Post).
BBC radio producer, writer and bird watcher Tim Dee will share his knowledge of the area and particularly his insights into the natural world. Tim is an exceptionally original storyteller, mixing autobiography with nature writing to captivating effect.
Best-selling author Pamela Holmes has been fascinated by the area since she lived and worked on a farm on Exmoor in the 1970s. Her warm and heartfelt novel Wyld Dreamers was published last Autumn and is loosely based on those experiences.
For the younger audience popular local writer Victoria Eveleigh will be giving an illustrated presentation about her much-loved series of books Katy’s Exmoor Ponies and The Horseshoe Trilogy. Tea Time with Tortie offers a chance to meet the best contemporary writer of pony stories around.
Festival Director? A non-hierarchical collective! Victoria Thomas, Monica Hartwel,l Fi Windle, Janet Styles, Pat Younger