Now in its sixth year the Felixstowe Book Festival is known as one of the friendliest book festivals. Attracting big names such as Dame Jenni Murray (sold out!), Sir Vince Cable and Damian Le Bas, whose book 'The Stopping Places' is the current BBC Book of the Week.
This hand-picked festival of fantastic writers, and their writing is hosted in the seaside town of Felixstowe, on the Suffolk coast.
The Festival covers all genres, from the dangers of the air war in 1940, to the magic of King Lear, via several page-turning thrillers, and two literary novels from Faber & Faber – a publishing house that has been nurturing the best writing talent since 1929!
On 1st July, Louis de Bernieres will be reading his book 'Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer', this ‘totally gripping account of the air war of May and June 1940’ (Andrew Roberts) is being called ‘the great aerial memoir of the Second World War’ (James Holland). Victoria Panton Bacon, who edited her grandfather’s book, talks with Louis de Bernieres about this inspiring time in British history. Click here to buy tickets.
This year the Felixstowe Book Festival offers super satisfying thrillers and crime novels. Sir Vince Cable talks about his closely observed political thriller, 'Open Arms', on Saturday 30th June from 11.30am–12.30pm. (This event is very popular, click here to snap up one of the few remaining tickets!
Staying with thrillers, Mark Billingham will be presenting his multi-million-selling, page-turning Tom Thorne detective novels. Mark talks about his latest, The Killing Habit, chillingly inspired by real events, on Sunday 1st July, click here for tickets.
And on Humphrey Hawksley with local author Iain Maitland, will be discussing their page-tuners 'Man on Ice' and 'Sweet William', In 'Sweet William' an aggrieved father separated from his precious child will do anything to get him back. 'In Man on Ice' an incident in the snows of Alaska could trigger the outbreak of World War III and a small island community is suddenly caught between sabre-rattling big powers. Click here for tickets.
Festival Director, Meg Reid, was impressed by the ingenuity and breadth of two Faber novelists – Kate Hamer and Alex Hourston – who discuss their novels at a joint event on Saturday 30th June. In 'The Doll Funeral', Kate Hamer takes us on an enigmatic journey of discovery through the eyes of a child searching for her real parents, which fans of Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan will love. 'Love After Love' by Alex Hourston, is “beautifully written and quietly devastating in its exposure of middle-aged folly, to which even therapists are not immune” (Kate Saunders The Times). Click for more information and tickets.
We hear ‘the power of Shakespeare to make visions out of pure language’, with great Shakespearian actors, and co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company, Michael Pennington. This actor and author, whose King Lear was described as being ‘close to perfection’, throws new light onto that most enigmatic of Shakespearian characters, King Lear on Sunday 1st July. Click here to buy tickets for an enthralling hour with Shakespeare.
Tickets for many events are selling fast as the Festival weekend draws closer – book early to avoid disappointment! Full programme details are available at www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/
If you travel by train you can take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer with Greater Anglia. Just use code GREATFBF241 when buying your tickets and show a valid train ticket on the door. The main festival is held in the elegant Orwell Hotel, just across the road from the town’s station.