Friday, 8 April 2016

"Why I Love Sidmouth and The Sid Valley" >>> >>> Sidmouth Literary Festival poetry competition

The second Literary Festival will be happening again at Kennaway House on 10th and 11th June:

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Sidmouth Literary Festival Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11 2016

Sun, Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary Festival

The second Sidmouth Sun, Sea and Books Literary Festival , at Kennaway House,has got a packed  programme lined up with some 'Big Name' speakers  on 10th and 11th June.

Best-selling authors include Dame Penelope Lively; Simon Weston (whose writing experiences were inspired by the Falklands War); Veronica Henry (top women's fiction writer); Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer); and the renowned thriller writers Robert Goddard whose To The Ends of The Earth is out in paperback just in time for the festival. 
Kate Hamer, Costa Prize nominee,will talk about her acclaimed first novel Girl in the Red Coat.

Journalist Con Coughlin, who writes on foreign affairs for the Daily Telegraph, will also be there.  Sidmouth based Jane Corry whose psychological thriller My Husband's Wife is out in Penguin in August, will lead a workshop on How to write a short story. This year, the festival is also running a How To Get Published day for aspiring writers. Editors from Penguin and Pam Macmillan  will be giving one-to-one advice while Endeavour publishers will be available to discuss getting your work into print.Budding  writers can get one-to-one feedback on their work at this special session.

In addition, there will be a poetry competition, Why I love Sidmouth, hosted by Paragon Books at Sidmouth Library, with a a special event featuring Mantie Lister, the former Exeter bard and Matt Harvey, the Totnes poet.

Sidmouth has a rich literary heritage. Over the years it has inspired writers such as Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, RD Delderfield and many others. The Sidmouth Literary Festival aims to keep this tradition going. 

When? Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2016
Where? Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8ND
Who? Penelope Lively, Veronica Henry, Robert Goodard, Juliet Barker, Con Coughlin.
Commissioning editors from Penguin Viking and Pan Macmillan at a special session for new writers seeking to get published.
Twitter? @sidmouthlitfest
Festival Director? 2016 - David Lloyd
Who has appeared at past festivals? In 2015 - Ann Widdicombe, Terry Waite, Fay Weldon, Helen Lederer
Established? 2015

Sun, Sea and Books - Sidmouth Literary. Dates, details.

The Festival is asking people to submit poetry:

Tell Sidmouth Literary Festival organisers why you 

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16:15 07 April 2016

Organisers of Sun, Sea & Books, Sidmouth Literary Festival, have launched a poetry competition for both children and adults.

Called ‘Why I Love Sidmouth and The Sid Valley’, the festival, which will be held at Kennaway House on June 10 and 11, wants to inspire people of all ages to send in their poems, expressing their love of Sidmouth.
It will award book token prizes for the best poem in three categories: eight to 11-year-olds, 12 to 18-year-olds and adults.
John Betjeman CBE, described Sidmouth as ‘a town caught still in a timeless charm’. The renowned UK Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984, loved visiting the town, which inspired his writing.
“We hope that our poetry competition, which is the first festival event centred on poetry this year, will encourage young people to have a go at writing a poem and they can be inspired by the sea, the landscape, the buildings, the people and the history of Sidmouth,” said David Lloyd, festival chairman.
One of the competition judges, Mantie Lister, former Bard of Exeter, will be at Sidmouth Sea Fest event on May 7, where Sun, Sea & Books will have a stall, to talk more about the competition.
Winners will be announced at a special award ceremony at Sidmouth Library from 6pm on Monday, June 6, which will be hosted by Mark Chapman of Paragon Books. Performance poet Matt Harvey will also judge the competition.
Entries to the poetry competition should be typed on one side of A4 and include name, age, telephone number, email and address and be sent to David at Devonia, 1 Coburg Terrace, Sidmouth, EX10 8NL by Monday, May 18. Email: lloyddavidjohn@gmail.com. Check out the festival website: www.sidmouthlitfest.co.uk for more details.

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