Prue Leith

Kingsfleet Wealth were delighted to once again sponsor the Felixstowe Book Festival, where over 50 invited authors and hundreds of book lovers arrived in town for the last weekend of June, to enjoy the delights of the lively programme.

The Festival offered visitors the chance to meet some of their favourite authors and hear them speak about their book – plus also to discover new writers – with a wonderfully diverse range of novelists talking about their fiction, biographies, thrillers, politics, crime fiction, history, nature writing, travel and much more. Over the weekend there was an energetic buzz throughout Felixstowe, as book festival-goers rushed around the town to see as many authors as they could.

Predominantly based at The Orwell Hotel (with the Children’s Book Festival at the Library), events also popped up all over the town. Writing workshops were held in a shipping container, plus there were sessions on the beach using wooden puppets – like a modern Punch and Judy – and there were also events in Landguard Fort and in the Seafront Gardens.

Now in its seventh year, the Festival is thriving and continues to increase both in the variety of events and its audiences. Having become one of the most important events in Suffolk’s calendar, we are keen to support the Festival, as we believe events such as this are vital for the economic, artistic, social and creative prosperity of our community. So having proudly sponsored the Festival since it began (back in 2013), this year we were pleased to upgrade to Gold Sponsorship, as part of our celebrations for our forthcoming 10th anniversary.

This meant that we were privileged to sponsor six outstanding authors, including Prue Leith, James Runcie, Alan Johnson, Simon Heffer, Barbara Erskine and Zeba Talkhani. A true highlight of the weekend was meeting Prue Leith, who proved to be a very entertaining speaker. Whilst the subject of The Great British Bake Off did come up, she spoke mostly about her life story; from growing up in South Africa through to living in Paris – where she really began to embrace cooking – and her subsequent experiences as a well-known chef and business woman in this country. We were treated to some very funny anecdotes along the way and discovered her love of buying glasses over shoes and handbags!

Following this, we were also very pleased to be able to host a lunch with Alan Johnson and his wife, Carolyn, plus a number of our clients, at the Orwell Hotel. We all enjoyed a delicious hot buffet lunch and the former cabinet minister was a wonderful guest and fascinating speaker; happy to talk about politics and penning his book in equal measure!

Alan said: “Book festivals don’t make money but they do make friends for the venues they’re held in and they do become important dates in the cultural calendar. Kingsfleet Wealth is a great example of a local business supporting a book festival that provides so much enjoyment for the people of Felixstowe as well as attracting visitors to the area.

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Prue Leith