Isle of Wight Authors Are Featured in This Year’s Programme

Posted 07/10/2019

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The island’s annual literary festival attracts many well know speakers to the island to delight our audiences of residents and visitors.  The programme committee also ensure that local writers are featured.

This year’s programme includes:

James Rayner tells the hidden story of the island international history and visitors in his first book “The Isle of Wight’s Missing Chapter: A Fresh Insight In to the Isle of Wight’s International Past”

Three island poets Lily Blacksell, Sandy Kealty and Chris Young will be reading some of their works in “Island Voices” at 14:00 on Thursday 10th October.

Heather Cooper’s first novel “Stealing Roses” is set in Cowes in 1862, when railways were first introduced to the Isle of Wight.

Two island historians John Farthing and Tim Wander reassess the famous PLUTO project (pipelines and pumping stations set up on the island just before D-Day) to understand exactly what happened.  In “Where Pluto Crossed the Path” they show that previously published histories – based on a propaganda campaign after the war – are wrong!

Bembridge resident Dr Noel Stimson will be speaking on Sunday about his book “RMS Titanic: A 21st Century Update to Set the Record Straight” which counters many of the myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking.

To support local authors and the many visiting writers go to www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com

Once again Festival Radio is broadcasting with information about the event and interviews with authors.   You can listen live or select interviews from last year at https://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/festivalradio/

The festival provides a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends hearing from talented and enthusiastic authors and experiencing the ideas, inspiration, entertainment that is unleashed when the pages of a good novel are turned.

Visit www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com to book tickets, and bring friends and family. Take advantage of the 10% discount if you book 6 or more tickets to £9 sessions.

Red Funnel is offering excellent deals for book lovers travelling from the mainland for a day visit or the full weekend. www.redfunnel.co.uk/litfest, so invite your friends to the island for the festival.

About the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar, is now in its 8th year. The festival provides a far reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight. Hosted at Northwood House, Cowes over 4 days over 60 writers and presenters will talk about their latest works and insights.

Festival goers will be choosing between sessions examining history, medicine, gardening, crime fiction, travel, technology, maritime adventure, politics and much more.

Last year 95% of festival goers we surveyed said their experience was good or very good and 92% are extremely likely to attend again.

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a registered charity (No. 1164814) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends, and staffed by volunteers. The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO, CB, CBE and Nicholas Allan – author and illustrator patron of the Youth Programme and two vice patrons, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL and Michael Grade – The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

The Youth Programme was set up by the charity 5 years ago.  The Schools Programme sends authors, illustrators and dramatists into the schools to enrich education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by increasing the cultural experiences available to stimulate interest in learning and creative ideas.   In 2018 5000 Isle of Wight children were involved in the programme.

For more information please contact: 


t: 01983 295612

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ.

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