Next week sees the very first Felixstowe Book Festival and there is quite a line-up of authors, artists, poets and literary people ready to talk books.
Mind you had I gone by the articles that I have read recently then it looked as though it would be an all singing, all dancing female fest broken by breakfast with Stephen May (author of 'Life! Death! Prizes!'. However, after a good chat with local librarian, Debra, and armed with a programme guide things became a lot clearer.
Still all things considered I will look forward to Mark Mower on the subject of true Suffolk murders. I have a copy of his book.
Also in the frame is Martin Edwards - author of the Harry Devlin novels with titles straight out of the sixties Top Ten ( 'All The Lonely People' and 'Waterloo Sunset' for example) and the Lake District Mysteries.
Barbara Erskine will be there too along with several local authors like Ruth Dugdall who impressed with her novel 'The Sacrificial Man' which was reviewed on this blog.
Talking of blogs - Simon Thomas of 'Stuck-in -a-book' (http://stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.com) and Elaine Simpson-Long of 'Random Jottings (http://randomjottings.typepad.com) will be along to talk about their blogs and how to set one up and explain some of the pitfalls of doing so.
All in all it looks as though organiser, Meg Reed, has put together a pretty good programme that includes events for children.
If I have a gripe then it is that the spectrum is narrow but this is just the first year and I hope that next year will see the inclusion of other genres like horror, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers and adventure.
The venues are:
The Orwell Hotel,
The White Horse,
Write The Blurb bookshop
All in Felixstowe, Suffolk.