Full line-up for Suffolk Festival of Ideas 2016 is confirmed

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Nationally acclaimed writers, poets, musicians and visual artists will be to the fore at the Suffolk Festival of Ideas 2016.

The full line-up for the two day festival, which takes place between October 7 and 8, will include appearances from Brigitte Aphrodite, Jemima Foxtrot, Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band, Ross Sutherland and Luke Wright.

In addition, a large part of the festival will be given over to the sharing of stories from the communities of Bury St Edmunds.

The festival’s writer-in-residence Molly Naylor will be holding free workshops for non-performers over the two days to build confidence and learn how to tell their stories.

A public performance of the community’s true stories will be held on the Saturday evening.

Matt Gaw, one of the directors of the festival, said: “Bury St Edmunds is founded on stories.

“Whether it is the legend of St Edmund or more personal tales of family, migration, love and loss, it is the sharing of these stories that brings communities together and shapes our individual and collective identity.

“We really hope the festival will help reconnect and remind people of the importance of stories and increase their confidence in telling them.”

Other festival events will see the transformation of the double decker hide at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve into a story shed.

This will host some of the brightest names in creative and non-fictive writing, including: Melissa Harrisson (At Hawthorn Time, Rain: Four Walks in English Weather) and Paul Evans (Field Notes from the Edge – a journey through Britain’s secret wilderness).

For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.suffolkfestivalofideas.co.uk