Felixstowe Book Festival

A celebration of 'Books by the sea' - Wednesday 26th June - Sunday 30th June

Authors and audiences love its unique and welcoming atmosphere. It’s your chance to combine a weekend packed with author events with seafood suppers, walks along the prom with its colourful beach huts a wander in the award-winning seafront gardens and perhaps even a bracing swim.

The event, now in its 12th year, is joyfully promoted around the county by colourful pictures of container ships loaded with books. This iconic image for this Festival by the sea has been created by local artist and illustrator Rebecca Pymar.
This year’s festival, has drawn Sunday Times bestseller Rachel Hore [Hidden Years - her captivating new novel of secrets, loss and betrayal - set on the beautiful Cornish coast during World War Two and the heady days of the 1960s.] Rachel will be in conversation on stage opening Saturday’s programme with fellow Author, Alexandra Carey a children’s author who has published her first novel [The Light that Bends Around Corners]

Following them is Jane Casey [A Stranger In The Family - the gripping new thriller featuring DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent: When nine-year-old Rosalie Marshall vanished from her bed one summer night, her disappearance tore her family apart. Jane will be appearing alongside William Shaw, author of The Wild Swimmers.
Festival favourite Nicola Upson returns to share some thoughts on Daphne Du Maurier's masterful novel Rebecca, as well as drawing attention to an exhibition of crime fiction at Cambridge University, Murder by the Book, of which she has had the pleasure to be curator. Visitors can also look forward to her conversation with Mandy Morton (fellow author and festival friend) about the legacy of Daphne Du Maurier.

Festival Patron Esther Freud will interview BBC Broadcaster and Columnist Natasha Walter [Before the Light Fades: a memoir of grief and resistance.] To talk about her book which is a compelling reconstruction of her mother’s life as a child of refugees and a passionate anti-nuclear protestor.
The festival attracts a host of different kinds of authors, new for this year is Michael Mansfield [The Power in The People] A barrister, famous for his work on landmark cases such as Grenfell, Hillsborough,The Marchioness disaster, Stephen Lawrence and the Birmingham Six Michael has written a book about fighting injustice and how people power is unstoppable.

Also new to this year’s Felixstowe Book Festival are Nigerian Authors Chioma Okereke [Water Baby] and Stephen Buoro [The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa.] Water Baby is a coming-of-age story, set in the real settlement of Makoko in Nigeria and deals with the societal pressures on nineteen-year-old Baby who is trying to escape the future her father has planned for her. Stephen Buoro’s book tells the story of fifteen-year-old Andrew Aziza, who lives in Kontagora, Nigeria and is an exploration of the ordinary but impossible challenges of coming of age in post-colonial Nigeria.

Author events are followed by book signings and the chance to meet a favourite author. There’s a mix of genres, fiction, non-fiction and poetry and event music by the ever-popular Hose Pipe Band. You can meet very well-known, award-winning fiction authors and also get the chance to discover debut writers. Visitors can rub shoulders with experts who can talk knowledgeably and absorbingly about the environment, politics, history, science, art, economics and so much more.

The festival is held in Harvest House, on Cobbold Road in Felixstowe. A stunningly beautiful Edwardian building, flanked by beautiful gardens, on the cliff tops, overlooking the sea, just a pebble’s throw from the centre of this seaside town. There are some satellite events leading up to the main festival – check out their website for full details.

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Felixstowe Book Festival
Multiple prices - see website for further details.