Authors prepare to inspire at Weston Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 February 2019

Dr Helen Pankhurst, Duncan Beedie, Amanda Prowse, Rosie and Howard Smith and Claire Barker. Picture: Virginie Naudillon (Dr Helen Pankhurst photo)

Dr Helen Pankhurst, Duncan Beedie, Amanda Prowse, Rosie and Howard Smith and Claire Barker. Picture: Virginie Naudillon (Dr Helen Pankhurst photo)

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Inspiring talks with top-selling authors and children's workshops are planned for Weston's second literary festival.

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Weston Town Council has booked an exciting line-up of authors who will reveal secrets behind their books and giving out tips on creative writing at the festival.

The event, from Friday to March 1, features question and answer sessions, panel discussions and book signings.

Rosie and Howard Smith – who set up The Garret Press in 2000 and have published a number of books on Somerset – will give an intriguing and humorous account of the formation of the publishing company.

They also published Weston-super-Mare In Watercolours – An Alternative Guide in 2001.

Fans will be able to see some of the original illustrations from their books and ask questions at the talk in Weston Museum on February 28.

Soap opera fans can enjoy an evening with The Archers actress Sunny Ormonde – who has played the outrageous Lilian Ormonde in Radio 4’s show for 14 years.

Sunny will fill audiences in on what goes on behind the scenes of the soap at The Blakehay Theatre on March 1.

Youngsters can enjoy a host of interactive workshops with children’s authors including Claire Barker – who’s stories about Knitbone Pepper were shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Fiction Award – and Duncan Beedie – whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for a Waterstones prize.

Top-selling thriller writers Katerina Diamond, CJ Skuse, Rachel Ward, Christi Daugherty and Joanna Nadin will also reveal where they get their murderous inspiration from on Saturday.

Dr Helen Pankhurst – the great-granddaughter of leading suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst – will give a stirring talk on how far women have come since the suffragettes and what progress still needs to be made.

Amanda Prowse, who is renowned for gritty contemporary fiction, will give a talk and hold a book signing at The Blakehay on Saturday.

To book tickets, visit www.wsm-tc.gov.uk/news-events/weston-literature-festival

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