A glimpse of the Ivybridge Literary Festival

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The festival’s opening speech will be given by special guest Justin Leigh (of BBC television and radio fame) and he will also announce the competition results later in the day. The rest of the festival promises to be just as interesting with talks on detective writing, historical fiction, romance, publishing, spy thrillers, poetry and more. There is also a strong feel-good theme in line with The Clay Factory philosophy itself. Participating authors include: Stephanie Austin, Elizabeth Ducie, Julian Mitchell, Richard Handy and Mary McClarey to name a few. There’s also a kids’ area with all-day activities for the little ones, including music, nursery rhymes, artwork, natural health, and storytelling. Well-known children’s authors taking part include Clare Helen Welsh, Fiona Barker and Plymouth-based art collective Wonder Zoo. Organizer Alison Huntingford said: “I believe this literary festival is unique because it has something for everyone. There are illustration workshops for those more visually inclined, as well as poetry, and an “open mic” space for those who just want to get up and try their hand at reading their own work. There will also be cozy nooks for book lovers to sit and chat about their favorites. We tried to accommodate everyone. »

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