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Guest Writers Announced for Bury St Edmunds' First Literature Festival

Bury St Edmunds’ first literature festival features top authors including Louis de Bernières, Sarah Perry, Alison Bruce, Elly Griffiths, James Campbell and Katy Birchall.

Bury St Edmunds’ first literature festival will feature top authors including best-selling author Louis de Bernières - most famous for his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.


The line-up also includes Sarah Perry, author of Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016 The Essex Serpent and queens of crime writing Alison Bruce and Elly Griffiths.

QuirkHouse Theatre Company will present rehearsed readings from 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens at the Angel Hotel where the author famously stayed while writing this novel on three evenings during the festival.

Popular local author, lecturer and historian, Robert Halliday will talk about the ghost stories inspired by Bury St. Edmunds and surrounding villages, as well as the supernatural influences that inspired these tales.

There will also be a rare opportunity to see the film 7 Women starring Anne Bancroft and based on a short story by local author Norah Lofts at a special screening by the Bury Film Society.

Two of historical fiction's bestselling authors Harry Sidebottom and Anthony Riches will talk about their life and work.

QuirkHouse Theatre Company & Conservatoire East, in Association with Walking With the Wounded, will present a selection of war poems, including some by well-known poets such as Sassoon and Owen and some not so well-known, at the town's War Memorial on Angel Hill.

For children, you can join Katy Birchall, author of the The It Girl teen comedy series, for a fun event all about creative writing and how to get your stories started!

Plus author of the popular 'Boyface' series of books, and possibly the only children's stand-up comedian in Britain, James Campbell will inspire and amuse with a talk and workshop for children. 

For the full line-up visit the festival's facebook page here. Why not stay the weekend? Check out our guide to places to stay.