Booklovers across the region flocked to the coast last weekend to enjoy the delights of the wonderful Felixstowe Book Festival. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, this flourishing festival with its lively programme of events, was once again a huge success as festival-goers of all ages and backgrounds were brought together to experience the wonder of the written word.
Visitors were treated to a diverse mix of events, covering everything from politics to crime fiction to romance and, of course a fantastic array of children’s events too, all contributing to the fabulous festival atmosphere. Plus, the multiple stages were graced with many fascinating members of the literary community, including The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and Dame Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
The team from Stillwater Books (who earned a well-deserved plug by author Salley Vickers at her event, championing the cause of independent booksellers nationwide) provided a seemingly never ending supply of beautiful books, waiting to be purchased by visitors and signed by the superb festival speakers.
Founded by Felixstowe resident Meg Reid in 2013, the Festival is entirely run by a team of volunteers and grows bigger every year, having become a bona fide highlight of the East Anglian Arts calendar. Kingsfleet Wealth has been a proud sponsor since the festival began and shares the vision that events such as this are vital for the economic, artistic, social and creative prosperity of our community.
“For several years Kingsfleet Wealth have sponsored the Felixstowe Literary Festival,” said Terry Waite CBE, author and Guest Speaker at the 2015 Festival. “Their support has been welcomed by many writers and not least by myself. By sponsoring the arts, Kingsfleet Wealth have not only helped make the Festival one of the leading festivals in the UK, but have also made a valuable contribution to the cultural life of the town.”
Photos credited to Stephen Waller