The Hungerford Literary Festival will be held on 13-15 October 2017 featuring a portfolio of events on the theme of journeys.
The festival is in its sixth year and it has become an established fixture in Hungerford’s calendar; providing a ‘live library’ of events throughout the town and showcasing different genres and authors.
2017 will be the first year that the festival will revolve around a main theme – journeys. It has provided plenty of inspiration for the Arts for Hungerford committee and we hope you enjoy the results!
In the spirit of our theme Arts for Hungerford are running a writing competition with a category for children and for adults. The adult competition (sponsored by Fare Wise Travel) will be judged by Nick Hunt (author of ‘Walking the Woods and the Water: In the Footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor’). Nick will be at this year’s festival talking about his latest book ‘Where the Wild Winds Are’.
Adults are asked to write a piece inspired by a quote from Patrick Leigh Fermor’s ‘A Time of Gifts’. You can submit poetry or prose and entries should be inspired loosely by our chosen quote – your written piece could be about change, meeting new people, crossing physical or metaphysical borders or inspired by sounds from a landscape….or something else entirely. There are £50 worth of book tokens to be won!
Children are asked to tell us about their adventure – imaginary or otherwise. This category is judged by Deborah Patterson, local author of the fantastic ‘Write Your Own’ series. Deborah will be leading a workshop during the festival too. Kids can win £25 worth of book tokens.
So, do pick up a leaflet for the writing competition from the bookshop or download the flyers here (click on the category you would like to enter). Deadline is August 14th, so get writing!