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Wimborne Literary Festival to return for third year
THEY say the third time’s a charm, and the organisers of this year’s Wimborne Literary Festival certainly believe that’s true.
The popular event, which hosts a series of talks, workshops and performances at venues around the town, is returning for its third year this November.
And some big names are lined up, including poet Pam Ayres, comedian Richard Herring and author Andrew Lane.
Organiser Malcolm Angel, a former mayor who owns Gullivers Bookshop in the High Street, said: “Our first attempt, on an early November Saturday in 2011 was a trial run to see whether Wimborne had an appetite for such an affair.
“We were very pleasantly rewarded by enthusiastic audiences and many kind comments.
“Last year, we expanded a little and staged 25 events on three days and nights in some wonderful venues in town. And once again it paid off.”
Buoyed by this success, venues this year will include the Layard Theatre in Canford Magna and the atmospheric Old School at Manswood.
Mr Angel said the programme was deliberately diverse.
“Distinguished authors, workshops, poetry, arguably the world’s foremost technical illustrator plus true tales of intrepid adventure are all on the bill,” he said.
“And this year sees the first complete day set aside for natural history with four internationally-renowned speakers under one roof.”
He added: “We believe this will be fitting for Wimborne, where many of us are concerned by the preservation of local and world habitats.
“We are really hoping this will be successfully received and perhaps may grow in future years.”
However, despite the changes to the programme, Mr Angel said the ethos of the event remains the same.
Tickets are available from Gullivers Bookshop, which is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5.30pm.
For more information, visit www. wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk.
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