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Isle of Wight literary festival underway

Fri 12 Oct 2012

Isle of Wight literary festival underway

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays this weekend can attend a range of events being held on the island in order to mark a special literary festival.

It is the first ever Isle of Wight Literary Festival and the jam-packed programme of talks and readings got underway earlier today (October 12th).

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, one of the highlights of the weekend is likely to be a reading from her autobiography The Happy Hoofer by actress Celia Imrie.

The star, who is perhaps best known for her role in the successful and popular British film Calendar Girls, is a resident of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Northwood House in Cowes is hosting many of the events taking place as part of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival over the course of the next three days and some of Britain's best loved writers are going to be in attendance.

Louis de Bernieres, Gyles Brandreth, Lord Grade, Toby Young and Anneka Rice are all going to be taking part in the event this weekend.

Television presenter Rice has regularly spoken about her enjoyment of Isle of Wight holidays in the press and is sure to be looking forward to the chance to visit the island once again.

Others lined up to appear over the next three days include Brough Scott and Raffaella Barker and thousands of people are expected to attends the discussions, debates and talks scheduled to take place.

Another of the most popular events being held as part of the festival is sure to be a debate hosted by Lord Grade on the rise of e-books, Is the Printed Word Dying?

Families are also being catered for by the Isle of Wight Literary Festival this weekend, with storytelling in a yurt among the activities lined up to keep the little ones entertained in the next three days.

And for adults, a night out with author Rebecca Chance could be the best choice. She will be reading extracts from her Sunday Times bestselling saucy novel Bad Sisters at Italian restaurant Tonino's and will even be taking questions about the title after the event.

Shooters Hill bar Coast is also getting in on the action this weekend, as it is where Captain Corelli's Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres will be hosting readings of two of his funniest short stories.

A magical mystery bus tour is also going to be on the agenda for the weekend and many of the top stars taking part in the literary festival are going to be on hand for this.

Imrie herself will be on board the tour of some of the Isle of Wight's top literary haunts and she will be joined by fellow actress Sian Thomas, who appeared in the Harry Potter series of movies.

Fidelis Morgan and Juliet Cadzow are also going to be taking part in the magical mystery bus tour, which is bound to provide some of the most memorable moments of the whole weekend on the Isle of Wight, with those who go along sure to learn plenty about the island during the trip.

Extracts from writers such as Tennyson, Dickens and Keats are also going to be read on the journey, with all three having spent a lot of time on the Isle of Wight over the course of their careers, with the island proving to be a fertile location for the inspiration of some of the country's most famous ever authors.

Indeed, Tennyson spent so long walking the Isle of Wight that a part of the island - Tennyson Downs - was later renamed in his honour in order to mark the Isle of Wight's proud place in the UK's literary history.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801468801-ADNFCR

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