Minehead Literary Festival 2019 took place on Saturday April 27 at the Methodist Hall, Minehead, featuring presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who explored the importance of place in their writing.
Speaking at the 2019 festival was 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, The Past and Late in the Day.
Tessa Hadley was joined by writer and bird-watcher Tim Dee, whose latest book Landfill is about how rubbish tips sustain birdlife, 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 gave a special illustrated presentation about how farming on Exmoor inspired her Katy’s Ponies stories.
As part of the 2019 Minehead Literary Festival, an art exhibition was organised at the Regal Theatre and at Toucan Wholefoods. The art exhibition focused on the importance of place, the theme of the literary festival, and featured work by accomplished local artists Jo Minoprio, Leo Davey and Pauline Clyde, who are well known for capturing a strong sense of place in their depiction of local scenes.
Short Story Competition: 16+ years old
Theme: Minehead: Gateway to Exmoor
The winner in the adult section, who wishes only to be known as Ms L Robinson, won with a story entitled ‘Minexmagicorland’. Entrants were invited to write no more than 500 words of prose or poetry.
To view Ms L Robinson’s winning piece, click here.
For children, the competition was facilitated by West Somerset Academies Trust, supported by Café Write.
Short Story Competition: 5-8 years old
Theme: The Magic Train
The winner in the 5-8 year old child section was Rhys Norman. Entrants were invited to write no more than 250 words of illustrated prose or poetry.
To view Rhys Norman’s winning piece, click here.
Short Story Competition: 9-15 years old
Theme: The Day All The Teachers Disappeared
The winner in the 9-15 year old child section was Isaac Blazey. Entrants were invited to write no more than 500 words of prose or poetry.
To view Isaac Blazey’s winning piece, click here.
Winners were announced at Minehead Literary Festival on April 27, and the winning entries were published in the West Somerset Free Press and displayed in Minehead library.
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