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Enjoy the Ex Libris Festival, Chagford July 25-27

Enjoy the Ex Libris Festival, Chagford July 25-27


For centuries Chagford has been known as having magnetism
for those involved in the Arts. Not least among these are the writers and poets
who have used the landscape and nature as the inspiration for their work.


To celebrate the town's 
literary heritage, Ex  Libris an exhibition of  written works, illustrated with
flowers, will be held later this year at 
the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Chagford  Friday 25th  July until Sunday July 27th.
(Friday & Saturday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Sunday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm).


Among those who have lived and worked in Chagford are such
well-known luminaries as Evelyn Waugh, who wrote Brideshead Revisited whilst
staying at the Easton Court Hotel; Mary Wesley, author of The Camomile Lawn and many other books, lived in Chagford for many
years; Freya Stark, the adventuring botanist and traveller whose travel books
about Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria enlightened thousands of people about the
more mysterious parts of the world in the twentieth century lived on the edge
of the parish; and R D Blackmore visiting Chagford heard and later adapted the
local legend of Mary Whiddon's death at the hand of her jealous suitor to be a
similar destiny, though not a fatal one, for his heroine Lorna Doone.


There are many more writers and poets, too many to mention
here, who penned, typed or word -processed their work in Chagford in the past,
and today others live and write here too: among them Sam North, the author of
Booker long-listed The Unnumbered,
who also worked alongside local creative animators Steve Dooley and Bobby
Gilbert in production of the 2012 App version of The Wind in the Willows. We await their version of Scrooge now in production.


As well as a collection of novels, autobiography and biography,
travel books, poetry and film adaptation of books, there will be opportunities
during the weekend to listen to the spoken word about the written word, in the
form of lectures, readings and talks at different venues and times in Chagford.


The exhibition in Chagford in July will recognise those who
have provided readers and performers with words and ideas for information and
for pleasure, and will continue to provide pleasure and interest for the
visitors as they browse among the  books
and flowers - put the dates in your diary and enjoy a really splendid day out!

The Ex Libris Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy Chagford where you can choose from a range of top quality accommodation, wonderful places to eat and discover a shopaholic's paradise.  Ex Libris - a great weekend for your diary!