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ChagWord, the first ever Chagford Literary Festival. Latest!

Chagword, Dartmoor`s Literary Festival, is nearly here!   Put the weekend of 15-17 March 2013 in your diaries.   The Festival team has enticed some of our finest authors so do come along and let them celebrate the written, spoken and the musically-delivered word with you.   To whet your appetite here is the programme in brief:

Friday 15 March (evening)

  • Kathy Lette - popular writer and columnist
  • Blue Suede Sporran Club –with Elvis McGonagall, stand-up poet, and friends

Saturday 16 March (all day and evening)

  • Miriam Darlington – nature writer and poet known for otter-spotting
  • Neil Sorrell – ethnomusicologist – will include a workshop for singers and non-singers alike!
  • Moor Poets –Dartmoor-based poets
  • Philip Reeve –children`s fiction
  • Chris Mullin  - political diarist, journalist and former MP
  • Andrew Taylor – award-winning historical crime writer
  • A.L. Kennedy – novelist and critic – will perform her funny and moving one-woman show
  • LiTTLe MACHiNe – music and poetry band
Sunday 17 March (all day)

  • Malcolm Pryce – cult comic detective fiction
  • Paula Byrne – biographer – talking about her recent book The Real Jane Austen
  • Literary Lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with Kate Mosse, novelist and broadcaster, choosing her Inheritance Books
  • Simon James – children`s author and illustrator
  • Jonathan Dimbleby – journalist, author and broadcaster

Full details of the programme and other Festival information are in the Festival brochure, available in local shops, pubs, cafes and libraries and on the website www.chagword.com.

 Tickets for most events, a bargain £6.50, can be bought online (see website); in person from Chagword Box Office at The New Forge Café, Chagford: 10am-3pm, Saturdays 16 and 23 February, and daily 2 -16 March (excluding Sundays); or by post - phone 07564 025303.

 Our grateful thanks go to our principal sponsor Helpful Holidays www.helpfulholidays.com and the other organisations and businesses who are supporting Chagword.   Also thanks to Chagford Library who are stocking up with the books being discussed at the Festival and are available now to borrow.