Tickets on sale to 2017 Red Funnel IW Literary Festival

29-08-2017   Tickets are now on sale for the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, taking place in Cowes from 12-15 October.

The festival, which is now in its sixth year, will welcome authors and journalists including Andrew Marr, Bryony Gordon, Frank Gardner, Val McDermid and Dame Jenni Murray. Events throughout the festival range from a celebration of Keats' poetry, to discussions on artificial intelligence, to a prosecco-fuelled literary quiz.

Red Funnel, which is supporting the festival as title sponsor for the first time, is offering festival goers a number of travel offers. Festival goers taking the car over from Southampton to East Cowes can book in advance and save 20% off return vehicle ferry passage. Foot passengers travelling via Red Funnel's high-speed Red Jet service can get to West Cowes in under 25 minutes and choose from a special £9 day return offer or £12 for a weekend return. Both offers will be available at the Red Jet ticket office on the day of travel upon departure from Southampton only. All offers apply to travel between 11 and 16 October.

Jonathan Green, marketing and communications director at Red Funnel, said: "The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival is set to turn Cowes into a literature lover's dream this October and we're looking forward to welcoming bookworms of all ages over to the Island to take part. This festival will showcase the Island's rich literary history, as well as open up venues to people who may not have been to the likes of Northwood House or the Royal Yacht Squadron before.

"As title sponsor of the festival, we're happy to offer excellent deals for visitors coming over from the mainland, whether just for a day or to enjoy more of the literary wonders and explore the rest of the Isle of Wight."

The festival has also teamed up with Newport Jazz Weekend to provide live music on Oct 13 and 14. Northwood House, a magnificent Grade II listed late Georgian manor house set in a 20-acre park will set the stage as the main festival venue, and is a sight to see in itself. Visitors to Cowes can also find plenty to do and see between speakers, taking in the vast mix of eclectic shops, restaurants, cafes and more.

Tickets for the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival are available at Red Funnel's exclusive 20% off vehicle ferry travel offer for festival goers is available at


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