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Ted Hughes Award-winner at the Marine

HOLLIE McNish, one of the most popular of today’s poets, and a winner of the Ted Hughes Poetry Award, is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 16th May at 7.30pm. Hollie, who will be joined by Vanessa Kisuule, the Bristol City Poet 2018-2020, will perform poem from her recent poetry collections….

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Chocolat novelist at Marlborough LitFest

BEST-SELLING novelist Joanne Harris, the author of Chocolat, is one of the headline names at this year’s tenth anniversary Marlborough Literature Festival, which runs from 26th to 29th September. She will be talking about The Strawberry Thief, the fourth in the series that began 20 years ago, introducing a spellbound readership to the seductive charms…

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Celebrating Lorna Doon

APRIL sees the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the best-loved West Country novels (yes, even more than Poldark!) – RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. The anniversary is being celebrated across Exmoor, where the novel is set, with a series of events throughout the year, looking at the links between the book and the culture,…

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Novelist Libby comes home to Gillingham

LIBBY Page, the best-selling author of The Lido, who used to live in North Dorset and was head girl of Gillingham School, returns to Gillingham on Thursday 25th April, to talk about her first novel, a joyful and moving portrait of friendship, community and the importance of memory and the small things that hold us…

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Get writing for Wells

THE competitions for this year’s Wells Literature Festival have been launched, with classes for poetry, short stories, books for children and young poets, with a closing date of 30th June. The judges are award-winning poet Simon Armitage (open poetry, pictured)), Mark McCrum (short stories), Gill Lewis (books for children) and Miriam Nash (young poets). The…

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Jacqueline Wilson at Frome

DAME Jacqueline Wilson, best-selling and award-winning author books for children, including Hetty Feather and Wave Me Goodbye, is coming to the Merlin Theatre at Frome on Sunday 28th April at 2pm, for an event presented by the town’s Hunting Raven bookshop. Jacqueline, who is also famous for her fantastic collection of silver rings, will be…

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