Timing is everything! There was a period early in lockdown when it seemed everybody was baking sourdough. Nobody knew that there was going to be a pandemic, however if some entrepreneurs were psychic they would have not only invested in PPE, but also in bread-making instruction books. Of course, lock-down is not merely a physical…

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Tim Binder writes about Anne Ryland’s poetry workshop Twelve of us “gathered” on Zoom for Anne Ryland’s delightful workshop on writing an Epistolary poem – or writing a letter in poetry. In addition to bringing a letter that meant something to us, Anne had asked that we read just such a poem by Neil Curry…

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Can this really only be the third day of our festival? We seem to have managed to pack such an extraordinarily diverse range of stimulating and entertaining material into such a short time. We are a festival of words and the first new word of the day arrived early in the first hour and was…

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In his entertaining best-selling books Shaun Bythell portrays himself as the grumpiest bookseller in Britain, providing service with a scowl, but he seemed perfectly amiable at 10 AM this morning in his lovely bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. In his 20 years in his shop he thinks he must “have handled a million books”. Be…

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Anna Edgar writes about Bea’s workshop. On Thursday afternoon Barbara Henderson – using her author’s name, Bea Davenport – presented an online creative writing workshop, “Writing about the Past”.  In her introduction she touched on the range of interests and topics such a title could cover and gave a number of examples.  She mentioned both…

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Ann Thwaite is one of Britain’s greatest biographers, so it was a privilege to hear her discuss her extraordinary literary life at our festival. She is however not only the author of highly regarded biographies, she has also been a prolific author of work for children. She gave much of the credit for her success…

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Register for free for this event – Click here From The Observer 26th July 2020 Crowded out of the city by noise and stress, I embraced the wild solitude of a Hebridean island – and found a connection to nature Tamsin Calidas is speaking at our free online festival at 12 PM 16th October The sound…

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Dyad Theatre provided a highlight of our 2019 programme and we were looking forward to their return in 2020. Now we can only hope that they will be able to entertain us as part of our 2021 Festival! Below you will find the latest news from this acclaimed company. Whilst most of our Autumn and…

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Register for free for this event – Click here Simon Boyd, author of Lady Sybil: Empire, War and Revolution (Hayloft Publishing Ltd, 2017), writes about his remarkable grandmother Lady Sybil Middleton (née Grey) Simon is speaking at our free online festival at 6 PM on October 16th. In October 1915 a young English woman left her…

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Brian is speaking at our free online festival on 18th October 2020 at 2 PM. Register for free for this event – Click here Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer. abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, noted for his oratory and incisive anti-slavery writings. He advised President…

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