A Blog A Day – Wimborne Literary Festival, #WiLF2017

It hardly seems like a year ago that I posted about attending some of the events at #WiLF2016, but a year it has been and it’s now time to take a lovely look at some of the exciting stuff happening at #WiLF2017.

The programme has just been published, but Gullivers Bookshop (the organisers) has been releasing little snippets here and there for a little while.

There really is a huge amount to choose from, with varied activities and talks starting with a crime fiction discussion with Robert Daws on 13th May, and closing on 21st May with a musical and poetical theme, thanks to Pete Atkin and Ian Shircore.

In between, you can take part in a Writers’ Workshop with Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife, and explore Badbury Rings with Mary-Ann Ochota. If your interests take a more historical trend, Dan Cruikshank will be discussing A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings, or you can discover the real story behind the African Queen with Kevin Patience. There are also some great events for kids, run by Martin Brown and Kristina Stephenson.

This year, I have chosen to attend two events (we might take part in the kids events too), firstly a talk by the incomparable Tony Robinson, where he will be talking about his autobiography, No Cunning Plan. I am hugely excited by this, remembering him as not only Baldrick, but as The Sheriff of Nottingham in Maid Marian and her Merrie Men. Tony Robinson is also well worth a follow on Twitter, as he is a funny and intelligent Tweeter!

Secondly, I’ll be attending a ‘Meet the Author’ event with Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days and, new novel, Swimming Lessons, which is set in Dorset.

Alongside this fantastic programme, my friend – the lovely Kirsty (Books, Occupation…Magic!) and I have been promising each other that we will visit the Chained Library in Wimborne Minster for at least the last two years – this will be the year we actually go and see it!!

For more information on #WiLF2017, please take a look at the Facebook page. Tickets are now available for all events from either Gullivers or Westbourne Bookshop, and you can also pick up the full programme.

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