Monday, January 30, 2017

Festivals & Workshops: The Purbeck Literary Festival

This month Elaine Roberts takes us to the beautiful county of Dorset where she interviews Emma Fernandez about the Purbeck Literary Festival.

Welcome, Emma. Can you tell us something about your festival, how it came about and how long its been running?
It came about as I was working locally promoting the area, there seemed to be so many inter-woven
stories not celebrated like TE Lawrence, so much more than Hardy. As part of the role I had a year long Enid Blyton campaign celebrating seventy years of the Famous Five, which was hugely successful and it went from there.  2017 will be our fourth year.

Who are your main speakers this year? 
We have a lovely list around our theme of 'Wild' from Nick Hunt Travel writer, to Andrew Lownie biographer, and the Fabulous Rowan Coleman

As our blog is for writers can you tell me how your festival would benefit our members? 
Andrew Lownie
It's a chance to discover an amazing part of the UK, some of the best Coast and Countryside, and be inspired by it's legacy.

Is there anything to enter (maybe a writing competition), if so could details be provided? 
There is a short story competition with details on the website

How about staying over for the whole event. Where can people stay?
There are a fantastic range small B&B's that are very family friendly. The author and festival team member, Lyn Fegan, owns the Limes Hotel. And The Grand Hotel is Victorian and has wonderful views, and several events taking place there.

What does it cost to attend?
From £3 for a library talk to about £18 for our highlight tea

Do workshops and talks fill up quickly? 
There is usually room, although libraries can be very popular. Key authors running workshops can
Rowan Coleman
sell out.

How much time does it take to organise the festival? 
Goodness a year!

What are the dates for this year and possibly next:
16-25th February

About Elaine:
Elaine is a member of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and is currently working on a family saga. She has sold short stories worldwide and enjoys attending RNA events such as the London chapter and our annual conference. Elaine is a great fan of writing retreats either week long by the sea with friends or one-day retreats with fellow writers in her home town of Dartford. Elaine runs a writing blog along with writer, Francesca Capaldi Burgess called WriteMindWritePlace.

Thank you, Elaine and also Emma for answering the questions.

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