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Literary Festival 2019

Four leading writers with ties to the area explore the importance of place in their writing

Leo Davey


Minehead Literary Festival will take place on Saturday April 27 at the Methodist Hall, Minehead, featuring presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who will explore the importance of place in their writing.

The one-day event also features a workshop on how to find your voice as a writer and get publish.  Speaking at the festival will be one of the country’s foremost writers of novels and short stories Tessa Hadley, winner of the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and author of critically-acclaimed novels Clever Girl, The London Train and The Past.  Her seventh novel Late in the Day was published in February to rapturous reviews.

Tessa Hadley is joined by writer and bird watcher Tim Dee, whose new book Landfill is about how rubbish tips sustain bird life, and Pamela Holmes, best-selling author of The Huntingfield Paintress and Wyld Dreamers and winner of the Jane Austen Short Story Award in 2014.

Popular local writer and ‘the best contemporary writer of pony stories around’ Victoria Eveleigh will be giving a special illustrated presentation about how farming on Exmoor inspired her Katy’s Ponies stories.

A writing competition, with separate 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 to celebrate Minehead Literary Festival, featuring work by local artists and focusing on the theme of the importance of place.

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Meet the 2019 speakers…

Tessa Hadley

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Tim Dee

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Pamela Holmes

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Victoria Eveleigh

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