Purbeck in Dorset, synonymous with picture postcard family holidays, will shortly be buzzing with creativity as the Purbeck LitFest dawns (17 Feb - 02 March).
Authors, scribblers, poets and performers come together for a 2 week programme for the first ever Purbeck Literary Festival. The varied programme starts in February and has been put together to appeal to both readers and writers of all ages. Workshops range from short-story writing, erotica, sagas, blogging and self-publishing via eBooks, as well as performances, of film and music, author high teas, and even a cosy afternoon of crime in a Victorian Tower.
Festival organiser Emma Fernandez commented: “The idea was to give anyone visiting, or local people, a chance to do something different, incorporating all types of venues and key attractions in the area. The response has been tremendous. It's particularly exciting that we've drawn some really well-known names, who have a huge following, in only our first year! Anyone taking part during the two weeks will have the chance to meet authors, such as Katie Fforde, Minette Walters, and teen screen writer Anthony Burt who has worked on Doctor Who. This will be a terrific experience, which we hope will grow in years to come. “
Holly Lagden, Tourism Manager for Purbeck District Council commented: "This new festival provides a great new reason to take a short break in Swanage and Purbeck. The festival offers a host of indoor events and has been designed for all ages, it’s a fantastic addition to our events calendar."
As well as author visits to schools and libraries, there are poetry nights, literary walks, Q & As and story-slams. So even if you haven't picked up a book in years, have a look - it's going to be a very special two weeks!
Tickets are available via Swanage Tourist Information Centre (01929 422885) or Discover Purbeck Information Centre Wareham (01929 552740). For full programme details, visit www.purbeckliteraryfestival.info.