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Friday 23 June - Sunday 25 June 2017

FESTIVAL ROADSHOW • MEET THE AUTHORS • WORKSHOPS • SCHOOL VISITS VISIT

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There will be ‘inside stories’ from Noel Smith, once a high-security prisoner and now an author. We will have gardening tips from green-fingered Anne Swithinbank. And we will learn how to write an obituary from Valerie Grove who is a regular in the Telegraph and Oldie magazine. We also have several other wonderful speakers such as the Unmumsy Mum (her talk includes a free crèche), Anne Sebba (expert on the Duchess of Windsor), Lee Weeks and Lesley Pearse – for more details, see inside.

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his will be the third Sidmouth Literary Festival. We are thrilled to announce a fantastic line-up of authors including the nationallyacclaimed crime writer Sophie Hannah; the Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon; the best-selling romantic novelist Adele Parks; plus the fiction editor of My Weekly magazine. And that’s just for starters!

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If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a book or are in the middle of one, then head for our ‘How To Get Published’ event on Sunday. We’ve got a panel of agents, editors, writers and journalists to help get your work into print. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that Radio Devon is our media partner. On Friday morning, David Fitzgerald (Fitz) will be providing live coverage when the amazing Christopher Biggins opens the festival before being interviewed by Judi Spiers. This will be followed by talks from Laurence Anholt, Tim Pears and Julia Creeke, all of whom have strong links with the West Country. Laurence and Tom McLaughlin (both children’s authors) will be visiting local schools and we have talks by some prize-winning poets such as Alyson Hallett, as well as a poetry competition. The Festival is run purely by volunteers and any profits are ploughed back into the next event. The committee would like to thank everyone in the town who has supported us to make this possible. Your generosity is truly appreciated. We began the festival because we wanted to build on the rich literary legacy which helps to make Sidmouth stand out. And we believe that Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and RF Delderfield (amongst others) would approve. Please enable us to continue this wonderful tradition by supporting our guest speakers and making them feel at home in our unique seaside town.

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PRE - WEEKEND LITERARY LUNCHEONS

Lord Strathcarron LORD STRATHCARRON is the author of the travel biographies Vasco da Gama’s Grand Crusade, Joy Unconfined! Lord Byron’s Grand Tour Retoured, the Mark Twain travel trilogy Innocence and War, The Indian Equator and Mississippi Mayhem and the philosophy works Living with Life and Mysticism and Bliss. He is also Chairman of Unicorn Publishing Group and a mediator with the cultural property ADR service Art Resolve.

‘A terrific account of the life of one of sailing’s legendary pioneers’ SIR BEN AINSLIE, Olympic Champion and America’s Cup winner

‘As I used to sit in the school library reading ‘Gypsy Moth Circles the World’ I became fascinated by the idea of a solo circumnavigat ion. This book gives us an insight into the man whose words I had been reading. Never did I realise that there was so much crammed in to his fascinating life’ DAME ELLEN MacARTHUR

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TUESDAY 17 MAY FROM 12 NOON SIDMOUTH SAILING CLUB

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LORD STRATHCARRON will give an RELIVING THE LIFE OF SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER illustrated talk about his biography of the inspirational sailor, Sir Francis Chichester. Never Fear - Reliving the Life of Sir Francis RELIVING THE LIFE OF SIR FRANCIS Chichester is the first biography in 30 CHICHES TER IAN STRATHCARRON years about the first man to sail singlehanded around the world. Ian is the author of the travel biographies Vasco da Gama’s Grand Crusade, Joy Unconfined! Lord Byron’s Grand Tour Retoured, the Mark Twain travel trilogy Innocence and War, The Indian Equator and Mississippi Mayhem and the philosophy works Living with Life and Mysticism and Bliss. He is also Chairman of Unicorn Publishing Group and a mediator with the cultural property ADR service Art Resolve Ltd. ‘A truly inspiring read…

A new perspective on one of the great pioneers of the last century…Abundant material we’ve never seen before’ TOM CUNLIFFE, author of The Complete Yachtmaster

‘Enthralling and epic. Strathcarron

breathes new life and fresh insight into the forgotten story one of Britain’s great sailing heroes’ PAUL GELDER, Yachting Monthly

‘A moving, highly readable and absorbing account of the life of Sir Francis Chichester. Ian Strathcarron takes you in depth from one breathtaking aerial exploit and adversity to another in short order, then on to his single-handed Atlantic crossings against the prevailing wind and finally his triumphant circumnavigation which all serves to underline Francis’s fire and perhaps desperation for high achievement. A great read: excellent stuff’ PETER BRUCE, author of Heavy Weather Sailing.

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RELIVING THE LIFE OF SIR FRANCIS CHICHEST

IAN STRATHCARRON follows in the footsteps and wakes of Sir Francis’s life of adventure, adversity and triumph. Born in 1901 into a trouble childhood in rural Devon, he suffered through th sadism of the English public school system, then in 1918 left for New Zealand where he made his first fortune. There he took up flying and in 1930 became one of the first aviators to fly from London to Sydney. After being the first solo flyer across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia, he set off to circle the world, only to crash, nearly fatally, in Japan. After serving in the RAF in the Second World War, he took up sailing at the age of fifty-four and in twelve years became the most famous yachtsman in the world. Along the way there are struggles and triumphs, climaxing in being knighted with Sir Francis Drake’s sword in Greenwich. Ian Strathcarron, himself an aviator, yachtsman and adventurer, follows him all the way, comparing what Sir Francis found then to what he finds now, meeting the descendants of the people who played important parts in his life and getting under the skin of what made the man, the man.

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Felix Francis TUESDAY 23 MAY FROM 12 NOON SIDHOLME HOTEL FELIX FRANCIS is an international bestselling author who studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then spent 17 years teaching AdvancedLevel Physics. The younger son of crime writer and National Hunt jockey, Dick Francis, Felix assisted his father with both the research and writing of his novels for 40 years in a father-and-son writing partnership, until Dick’s death in 2010. Dick’s last four novels – Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money and Crossfire – were written in collaboration with Felix, who has now written 10 successful novels, the latest being Triple Crown.

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The Roadshow Join us to kick-start the main Festival weekend! FRIDAY 23 JUNE

FROM 10AM

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Christopher Biggins

FESTIVAL ROADSHOW

Our launch event features the authors Laurence Anholt and Tim Pears, with historian Julia Creeke. It will be opened by television personality, Christopher Biggins who will also be chatting to Judi Spiers

TV personality launches this year’s Festival CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS, well-known TV personality and actor, has appeared in many British television classics, dramas and theatre all over the world. Together with local broadcaster, JUDI SPIERS, he will launch the 2017 Sidmouth Literary Festival. Christopher, who, in 2007, was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ in I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here, is a regular guest on television. He is one of the Grand Dames of pantomime and a great supporter of charitable work. Perhaps best known as a comedy actor, he appeared regularly as Lukewarm in the TV series Porridge from the 1970s. Other comedy appearances have been in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. He also co-hosted Surprise, Surprise and the children’s gameshow, On Safari. Christopher has undertaken many serious roles, including playing Nero in the BBC dramatization of I, Claudius by Robert Graves, and was in the original Poldark TV series.

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Laurence Anholt

Acclaimed children’s author turned novelist

JUDI SPIERS will be talking with Christopher Biggins, as well as chairing a discussion about Crime and Passion between LEE WEEKS and LESLEY PEARSE. Judi is Devon born and bred and a highly respected broadcaster, presenter and interviewer. She has worked for the BBC and ITV across radio and television networks and had an afternoon show on BBC Radio Two for 10 years. Many will be familiar with Judi from BBC Radio Devon and we welcome her back to the Sun, Sea & Books festival which she also supported last year. BBC RADIO DEVON is this year’s festival media partner and DAVID FITZGERALD ‘Fitz’ from the station will be covering the launch of the Festival. IMAGE BY BBC IMAGES

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LAURENCE ANHOLT has been at the forefront of children’s publishing for over 30 years with more than 200 books published in 30 languages. Titles include the Chimp and Zee series, Anholt’s Artists books, the Seriously Silly Stories and numerous picture books – his titles have won many awards. In October 2016, Penguin Random House published Laurence’s first full-length novel, The Hypnotist to great acclaim. It is a shockingly relevant thriller and love story, for adults and older teens, set in the Deep South of America in the 1960’s against a background of segregation and the dreaded Klu Klux Klan. It was given an official endorsement by Amnesty International, who hailed it as ‘a passionate, important novel.’ Laurence and his wife Catherine have three grown-up children and live in Devon. As well as taking part in the Festival Roadshow on Friday morning, Laurence will be visiting a local school in the afternoon.

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Tim Pears

Award-winning novelist T IM PEAR S is the author of eight novels, including In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award); In a Land of Plenty (made into a ten-part BBC series); and Landed (shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2011 and winner of the MJA Open Book Awards 2011). He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He lives in Oxford with his wife and children. His latest book, The Horseman, is a beautiful pastoral novel, set in Devon in 1911, about an unexpected friendship between two children – the first in a new trilogy.

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Julia Creeke

Local historian and authority on Sidmouth’s past

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J UL IA CR EEK E is a Sidmouthbased historian, who has researched and written a number of guides about the town, including The story of Sidmouth’s Long Print, A Picture in Time, and Historic Sidmouth: Life and Times in Sidmouth: A Guide to Blue Plaques. These are on sale at Sidmouth Museum, which is run by Sid Vale Association. Miss Creeke, now in her 70s, has been a keen sailor from an early age and reckons she has sailed half-a-million miles during her lifetime!

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CRIME AND PASSION TALK

AUTHOR EVENTS

Join the ‘Crime and Passion’ session on Saturday, presented by JUDI SPIERS, with bestselling authors Lee Weeks and Lesley Pearse SATURDAY 24 JUNE

FROM 10.30AM

ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

Anne Sebba

Biographer, historian and author SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 12.30PM ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

Lee Weeks LEE WEEKS was born in Devon. She left school at 17 and, armed with a notebook and very little cash, spent seven years working her way around Europe and South East Asia. She returned to settle in London, marry, and raise two children. She has worked as an English teacher and a personal fitness trainer. Her books have been Sunday Times bestsellers. She now lives in Devon. Lee’s most recent book, Cold Killers, is the latest in the Willis/Carter series based in London. When Eddie Butcher, one of four brothers from a notorious East End family is tortured and brutally murdered while on a trip to London from his home in Marbella, police suspect his violent brother Terry, under house arrest in Spain, might be involved. Other titles in the series include Dead of Winter, Frozen Grave and Cold Justice.

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LESLEY PEARSE was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. Growing up, she worked her way through many jobs before finally finding her true vocation as a published author at the age of 49. Since then, she’s gone on to become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million books sold worldwide. A true storyteller, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel – although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. She’s inspired by stories of courage and adversity, and often gives voice to women lost in history. She lives in Torquay, Devon. Lesley’s 24th novel, Dead to Me, has recently been released in paperback.

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ANNE SEBBA is a biographer, historian and author of 11 books. Her latest is Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s, which has already been optioned for a TV multi-part series. It is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond. Before that she wrote That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson which was an international bestseller. A former Reuters foreign correspondent, Anne is now a broadcaster and regularly appears on television talking about her books, mostly biographies. She is a former chair of Britain’s 9,000 strong Society of Authors and lectures to a variety of audiences in the US and UK.

Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum on imperfect mothering SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 2PM SIDMOUTH LIBRARY WITH CRECHE

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When SARAH TURNER published her first book, The Unmumsy Mum in 2016, she took the parenting world by storm. Her debut memoir shot to the top of the charts and messages of support flooded in from parents all over the UK. She heard from those who shared her sense of fun and sense of humour at the more ridiculous moments of parenting, but also from those who were truly suffering and who had found release in Sarah’s honesty. The Unmumsy Mum set in motion an entire trend of ‘imperfect mothering’ blogs and books, which have brought comfort and laughter to hundreds of thousands of ordinary parents and grandparents. In her new book, The Unmumsy Mum Diary, Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author.

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Karen Byrom

Bryony Gordon

Fiction Editor for My Weekly magazine SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 2PM SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 6PM SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

KAREN BYROM will talk about her life as fiction editor on My Weekly magazine and give tips on writing short stories. She has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working on various publications, including The People’s Friend, Annabel and My Weekly. Karen, who has an MA in Latin and Ancient History, has been a puzzle editor, health editor and gardening editor. However, her first abiding love is fiction and working with freelance writers to deliver the very best short stories and serials to her readers. Karen has had several short stories of her own published and is an aspiring writer in the Young Adult genre. She will also be taking part in the ‘How To Get Published’ workshop on Sunday (see page 17). Based in Dundee, where she lives with her husband Jim, Karen likes to travel and meet writers and is delighted to be part of the Festival this year.

BRYONY GORDON is a Telegraph columnist and interviewer. After dropping out of University after one term, Bryony interned for the Daily Express, and went on to write for the Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror’s gossip column The 3am Girls, before resuming her writing for the Telegraph. She also writes the How the Other Half Lives column for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. In 2007 she was shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year and in 2015 was shortlisted for Interviewer of the Year. Bryony published her first book, The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos in 2014 and Mad Girl which was a Sunday Times Bestseller in 2016. It is described as a ‘jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness’ and was written when she was suffering from OCD and depression. As a result of her experiences, Briony founded the mental-health network, Mental Health Mates.

Valerie Grove

Journalist, biographer and author

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Journalist and self-confessed ‘Mad Girl’

Adele Parks

‘Most-loved’ author of 16 novels in 16 years

SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 4.30PM SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

SATURDAY 24 JUNE FROM 8PM ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

VALERIE GROVE was born in South Shields, educated at Girton College Cambridge, and has been a journalist and author for 50 years working on the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, The Times and (ever since its first issue in 1992) for The Oldie magazine. She has written 2,000 interviews, four biographies – Dodie Smith, Laurie Lee, John Mortimer, Kaye Webb – and now writes obituaries, mostly of old friends, for The Times.

ADELE PARKS was born in Teesside and studied English at Leicester University. After graduating she worked in advertising and as a management consultant. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and the Evening Standard identified her as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’. Adele is now described as one of the most-loved and biggest selling women’s fiction writers in the UK, having written 16 novels in 16 years and selling three million copies of her UK editions. Her last two novels, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, are historical, rather than contemporary, set during and after WW1. Her latest book, The Stranger in My Home, features Alison who is facing the unthinkable – that the daughter she brought home doesn’t belong to her.

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Horticulturalist talks to Sidmouth in Bloom’s Lynette Talbot

Owner Sarah Instone has 29 years experience and has worked alongside international top stylists on photo shoots and catwalks including those in Europe. Her edgy flair for design and creativity has enabled her to create this chic, modern salon. Products include Kérastase, Wella, Cloud Nine, L’oreal, Fudge and MoroccanOil. Sarah leads a team who are dedicated to the art of expert cutting, colouring and personal customer care and believe that a hairstyle should suit your face, suit your personality and require minimum maintenance.

SUNDAY 25 JUNE FROM 10AM KNOWLE CHAMBER ANNE SWITHINBANK studied horticulture at Kew Gardens from 1976-79 and worked for Epsom and Ewell Parks Department and RHS Wisely before going freelance in 1986. As well as gardening for other people, she appeared as a presenter on BBC TV’s Gardener’s World. Gradually, writing and speaking took over from gardening and more TV work followed, including Bloom, Gardens of the Caribbean and Real Gardens. In 1994 Anne became a regular panellist on Gardeners’ Question Time for Radio 4, and still travels around the country to solve problems. Her books include The Conservatory Gardener, No Time to Garden and Greenhouse Gardener and writes regularly for several magazines, including Amateur Gardening, Grow Your Own, Kitchen Garden and Candis. Anne lives in East Devon with husband John and their large garden acts as a workshop for ideas and experiments.

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NOEL SMITH entered the prison system at the age of 15 unable to read or write. He taught himself to read whilst serving nine months in solitary confinement at the age of 17. He spent the next three decades in and out of prison and in 1998 he was given a life sentence under Michael Howard’s 2-Strike Act. He began writing short stories and poetry and set up a prison magazine, Sorted, at HMP Highdown, which won 3 Koestler Awards. He gained an A-level in Law and an Honours Diploma from the London School of Journalism. His autobiography A Few Kind Words and A Loaded Gun reached number 28 on The Times Best Sellers list. Released from prison in May 2010 he has now written six books, including the newly released The Criminal Alphabet, and works as the Commissioning Editor at the national prisoners’ newspaper Inside Time.

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HOW TO GET PUBLISHED WORKSHOP

Are you are a budding writer or novelist? JANE CORRY hosts this practical, informative workshop with guests Valerie Grove, Karen Byrom, Lorella Belli and Trevor Grove SUNDAY 25 JUNE

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Jane Corry JANE CORRY is a journalist and Penguin author who spent three years as writer-in-residence at a high security male prison. This helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, a Sunday Times and Washington Post bestseller. Her new book Blood Sisters comes out in June. Jane is the Festival’s writer-in-residence and will be leading the How to Get Published workshop.

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TREVOR GROVE is a journalist and former editor of the Sunday Telegraph and deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph. He is married to columnist Valerie Grove. Trevor has written a number of books, including The Juryman’s Tale, a defence of the jury system. He is also a magistrate. VALERIE GROVE will also be a member of the workshop panel, see page 12. Information about getting WRITING FEEDBACK can be found on page 24.

Lorella Belli

LORELLA BELLI has worked in publishing since 1996, for both publishers and literary agencies, before setting up LBLA in London’s Notting Hill in 2002. She represents bestselling, award-winning, selfpublished and debut authors worldwide. The agency also handles UK rights on behalf of US literary agencies, and translation rights on behalf of authors.

Karen Byrom Always wanted to get a short story published? KAREN BYROM, fiction editor on My Weekly magazine, will be giving one-to-one feedback and valuable tips on how to get into print. Karen has been a journalist for over 30 years but her passion is for fiction and working with freelance writers to deliver quality short stories. For more information please see page 12.

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Festival Timetable Pre-Festival Literary Luncheons: TUESDAY 16 MAY

From 12 noon

Lord Strathcarron at the Sailing Club. TUESDAY 23 MAY

From 12 noon

Contact

Friday 23 June

8PM - 9.30PM AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

General Enquiries

SIDMOUTH LITFEST ROADSHOW £15.00

The art of crafting a romantic novel - see page 13.

10AM - 2PM AT SIDHOLME HOTEL

Saturday 24 June 9.30AM AT SIDMOUTH LIBRARY

CLARE VINER £5.00 per workshop

Both £25

10.30AM - 12 NOON AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

From 1.30pm

Tom McLaughlin and Laurence Anholt will be visiting St John’s and Sidmouth Primary Schools. £ Free for children

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

From 9.30am

Storytelling with Clare Viner at Sidmouth Library. £ Free for children

ADELE PARKS £12.00

With Christopher Biggins. Pop in and out as you please - see page 6.

Storyteller to keep your children spell-bound - see page 23.

THURSDAY 22 and FRIDAY 23 JUNE

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Events take place at venues around Sidmouth - please check the event information for details

Felix Francis at the Sidholme Hotel.

Children’s Events:

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CRIME AND PASSION TALK £15.00 Judi Spiers interviews best-selling authors Lesley Pearse and Lee Weeks - see pages 6 and 10.

Sunday 25 June

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10AM - 12 NOON AT KNOWLE CHAMBER

ANNE SWITHINBANK £12.00 Gardener’s Question Time panellist offers gardening tips for everyone. Includes coffee and biscuits - see page 15. 10AM - 4PM AT SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

HOW TO GET PUBLISHED WORKSHOP £25.00 Unique opportunity to learn from the experts - see page 17.

12.30PM - 1.45PM AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL

ANNE SEBBA £12.00 ‘Women in History’, including the Duchess of Windsor - see page 11. 2PM - 3.30PM AT SIDMOUTH LIBRARY

SARAH TURNER - THE UNMUMSY MUM £10.00

Calling all Mums, plus free crèche! - see page 11.

4PM - 5.30PM AT KNOWLE CHAMBER

NOEL (RAZOR) SMITH £12.00 From prisoner to author. The Inside Story - see page 15. 1.30PM - 4.30PM AT SIDMOUTH LIBRARY

2PM - 3.30PM AT SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

ALYSON HALLETT £10.00 Adults, Free for Children Poetry workshop for all ages - see page 20.

My life as Fiction Editor of My Weekly magazine. Includes tea and cake - see page 12.

5PM - 6.30PM AT SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

KAREN BYROM £15.00

4.30PM - 6PM AT SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

VALERIE GROVE £12.00 The art of obituary writing, and more! - see page 12.

SARAH OBERMULLER-BENNETT £10.00 Three Men in A Boat – the real story of Jerome K Jerome. Includes tea and biscuits - see page 20.

6PM - 7.30PM AT SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB

7PM - 9PM AT KNOWLE CHAMBER

Leading Daily Telegraph columnist reveals all - see page 13.

‘Queen of Crime’ and the ‘new Agatha Christie’ - see page 21.

BRYONY GORDON £12.00

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AUTHOR EVENTS

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Alyson Hallett

Sophie Hannah

Prize-winning poet hosts poetry workshops

Poet and pshychological crime writer

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

SUNDAY 25 JUNE FROM 7PM KNOWLE CHAMBER

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP FROM 1.30PM ADULTS’ WORKSHOP FROM 3PM

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ALYSON HALLETT’s poetry books include On Ridgegrove Hill, Suddenly Everything and The Stone Library. She has also published short stories and had drama broadcast on Sky and BBC Radio 4. Alyson’s PhD research – Geographical Intimacy – has been published and her essay for BBC Radio 3 on Chalk is available on iPlayer. Alyson collaborates with artists, sculptors and musicians and has been curating the poetry and public art project The Migration Habits of Stones for the past 16 years. She gives readings and runs workshops nationally and internationally. Most recently, she was invited to present her work on migrating stones at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Sarah Obermuller-Bennett

Journalist and lecturer talks about Jerome K Jerome SUNDAY 25 JUNE FROM 5PM SIDMOUTH RUGBY CLUB S ARAH OB ER MUL L ER- B EN N E T T was born and educated in London, studying History at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and Journalism at City University at Postgraduate level. She moved to Devon in 2013, where she lectures, amongst other things, on Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and 19th Century detective fiction. Sarah’s talk on Sunday - which will be given in costume – is about the Three Men in a Boat author, Jerome K Jerome. His book, published in 1889, is a humorous account of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston.

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SOPHIE HANNAH is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, followed by a second, Closed Casket – both bestsellers. Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for TV, titled Case Sensitive. Sophie has also published short story collections and five collections of poetry: Pessimism for Beginners was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, children and dog. Her new standalone thriller, Did You See Melody? is published in August this year.

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BIG THANK YOUS

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Thank you to our supporters

Tom McLaughlin

Without you, our Festival couldn’t be such a success ONCE AGAIN we have been shown fantastic support by our advertisers and those who have kindly donated accommodation or grants to ensure Sun, Sea & Books, 2017 is a great success. We are so grateful Grants have been generously given by the SVA’s Keith Owen Fund for poetry events, Sidmouth Town Council for children’s events and Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes, who kindly funded loudspeakers for our PA system. We’re delighted that Everys Solicitors has sponsored the Festival Roadshow. Everys has provided quality legal expertise - delivered professionally yet personally - to businesses, individuals and families across the region for many years. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE FESTIVAL in the future please telephone Winstone’s on 01395 579969 or email sidmouthlitfest1@gmail.com.

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TOM MCLAUGHLIN is an author and illustrator from Exeter. He has written and illustrated picture books which include The Cloudspotter and The Story Machine. The latter was long-listed for the Greenaway Medal. Tom also writes and illustrates kids’ chapter novels too – his debut book, The Accidental Prime Minister was nominated for 12 awards. As well as his own work, Tom illustrates for other authors. Before getting into publishing, Tom spent nearly 10 years as a political cartoonist on the The Western Morning News.

Laurence Anholt

Acclaimed children’s author turned novelist FRIDAY 23 JUNE FROM 1.30PM ST JOHN’S SCHOOL As well as being involved in the Festival Roadshow event LAURENCE ANHOLT will be paying a visit to St John’s School. He has been at the forefront of children’s publishing for over 30 years with more than 200 books including the Chimp and Zee series, Anholt’s Artists books, the Seriously Silly Stories. See p7 for more details.

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CLARE VINER trained in The Craft of the Storyteller in 2000 and has used these skills professionally ever since. She also has a degree in English and Drama and a PGCE. Clare’s book, The Emerald Dragon and other Magical Tales of the Blackdown and Quantocks Hills, contains stories from her days leading ‘Storywalks’ around these AONBs. Clare says: “Stories shift, change and grow depending on the audience, the weather, how I’m feeling... it’s really a very precarious profession!”

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AUTHOR FORTHCOMING EVENTS EVENT

The Sidmouth Literary Festival organisers are delighted to announce that bestselling author, VICTORIA HISLOP, will give a talk in the Autumn TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2017 FROM 7PM

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VICTORIA HISLOP wrote The Island in 2005, after being inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller, The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, which was then shortlisted for a British Book Award. This confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. The Sunrise, published in 2014 and Cartes Postales from Greece, published in 2016, were both Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers. The paperback of Cartes Postales from Greece is published on August 10 this year.

Submitting writing for feedback If you would like feedback on your writing in time for the ‘How To Get Published’ workshop, please submit 500 words by email. This must arrive by midday on Friday 26 May 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Jane Corry: janecorryauthor@gmail.com We cannot accept any submissions after the deadline or any hard copy submissions by post.

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Enter the Sun, Sea & Books Poetry Competition to win book token prizes THIS YEAR we are asking both children (aged seven to 17) and adults to write a poem inspired by ‘THE SEA’. Be imaginative! Your subject matter doesn’t have to be the coastline in Sidmouth. It could be anywhere in the world such as the warm water off the Caribbean or the rough North Sea or Atlantic. Poets ALYSON HALLETT and Jurassic Coast poet-in-residence SARAH ACTON will judge the first three winners of both age groups and prizes will be presented at the Festival Roadshow on Friday 23 June from 10am.

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Poetry workshop host and poetry judge ALYSON HALLETT’s poetry books include On Ridgegrove Hill, Suddenly Everything and The Stone Library. Alyson collaborates with artists, sculptors and musicians and has been curating the poetry and public art project The Migration Habits of Stones for the past 16 years. See page 20 for more information.

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TRAVELLING TO SIDMOUTH

Getting here... BY CAR

Sidmouth is 10 miles from the Exeter junction (30) of the M5 in Devon – follow the A3052 to the Bowd Inn and turn right to follow the road into the town. Sidmouth is also 9 miles from Honiton – follow the A375 to Sidmouth, passing through Sidbury and Sidford. PLACES TO PARK:

There are several town-centre car parks in Sidmouth, including The Ham and Roxborough, run by East Devon District Council, and the privately-run Bedford Lawn. Roxborough car park is the closest to all venues other than Knowle Chamber. There is also the long-stay Manor Road car park, run by EDDC. There is parking on the rugby ground for events at the Rugby Club, and some on-road parking in Coburg Road, generous parking on Sunday at Knowle and limited on-road parking in All Saints Road and in the church grounds.

(Paddington) operate to Exeter St Davids. Frequent bus services connect the railway station to Exeter bus station, where buses can then be caught to Sidmouth. From Honiton Railway Station there is a regular bus service to Sidmouth, except on Sundays.

for the Town Centre and Esplanade. Call Stagecoach Devon for buses: 01392 427711. National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950, or online at www.nationalrail.co.uk. Exeter airport is 30 minutes’ drive from Sidmouth and there are scheduled flights, both domestic and international.

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National Express services from all parts of the country travel to Exeter. There are regular Stagecoach buses from Exeter to Sidmouth (52A and 52B).

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