Top authors sign up for Bury St Edmunds’ Literary Festival

Sarah Perry. Picture by Jamie Drew
Sarah Perry. Picture by Jamie Drew

Two top selling authors have been confirmed for the first Bury St Edmunds Literary Festival in October.

The organisers announced today that Sarah Perry, author of Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016 The Essex Serpent, will be joining the already confirmed Louis de Bernières, best known for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, to meet readers at the event which runs from October 25 to 29.

Organising committee member Julia Wakelam said: “My love of books is clearly shared by so many judging by the reaction from our announcement that Bury was to have its own literature festival. I absolutely cannot wait to see the amazing Sarah Perry, a book whose design was amongst the most beautiful of last year.

“We are also privileged to have the much loved and admired Louis de Berniere speaking – his novels delight us, I am sure he will too and I am looking forward to his talk.

“I am also looking forward to celebrating some of our local authors who will be participating in the festival, particularly local historian Robert Halliday.”

Co-founder of Quirkhouse Theatre Jackie Carreira, also on the committee, said: “Organising a brand new literature festival means that we’re all on a massive learning curve but it’s hugely inspiring to see the enthusiasm and warm support we’ve received from the people of Bury.”

Nicola Miller, one of the organisers, added: “The Literature Festival will offer broad and accessible access to the written word for people of all ages.

“I am very pleased that the Bury Free Press is to publish the winning entry from our short story competition and hope that the possibility of seeing their work in print will encourage lots of entries.”

The festival now has a Twitter account @bselitfest