TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the second Isle of Wight Literary Festival, sponsored by Red Funnel, in Cowes on October 18-20. This year’s line-up includes some hot tickets, so don’t forget to book early!
Tickets are priced from £4.00 with the majority of events costing just £8.50 per ticket. There are also a limited number of special passes, which entitle holders to visit as many events as they like for just £1 per session. Daily passes are available for Friday 18, Saturday 18 or Sunday 20 October at £13.50 per day, or a full weekend pass costs £34.00.
New additions to the packed programme include Westminster wit Simon Hoggart, who will be entertaining the Trinity Theatre, Cowes on Saturday 19 with tales from the corridors of power.
Then on Sunday night there will be more hilarity from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Tim has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since he rocketed from the Cambridge Footlights to West End stardom alongside John Cleese and Bill Oddie, before starring in TV’s ‘The Goodies’, and BBC Radio’s ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’. Be entertained by Tim in conversation with broadcast journalist and former ‘That’s Life!’ co-presenter Chris Serle at Trinity Theatre on Sunday evening.
Other new speakers joining the amazing line-up are blogger of the moment A Girl Called Jack, whose austerity food has captured the public imagination. She’ll be joining supper-club innovator MsMarmiteLover to talk about food blogging, cookbook writing, and their personal inspirations. Guardian writer Sue Arnold also joins the bill, talking about the wonder of spoken stories.
They will be speaking alongside renowned journalists including Charles Moore and Sir Max Hastings, famous authors Louis de Bernieres, Kate Mosse, Nicci French,Conn Iggulden, Felix Francis and Chris Cleave, television and radio star Penelope Keith, and many more.
For budding writers there is also a packed schedule of events, including a creative writing workshop with international best-selling author Jason Goodwin, and a ‘Dragons Den’competition where brave authors can pitch their synopsis and opening chapter to three brilliant publishing professionals, all in front of an audience.
Deborah Moggach, author of ‘Tulip Fever’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, will be holding a unique masterclass on turning books into film, and three big hitters of the literary world – Christopher MacLehose (the man who brought us Stieg Larsson),Richard Charkin of Bloomsbury Publishing and James Heneage (founder of Ottakar’s Bookshops and Booker Prize judge) will be holding a debate on the future of publishing.
FRIENDS AND VOLUNTEERS
Support the Isle of Wight Festival and become a Friend for just £10. All Festival Friends will be entered into a monthly draw to win a weekend pass for one. The August winner of the draw is James Bookings.
Or sign up as a volunteer to help with running the Festival in Cowes. We welcome people of all ages and skills to assist at this fantastic and great fun event. Email to register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details see www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org