This festival has been running for 5 years and keeps getting better and better. It predominantly runs over two days but there are a few activities during the run up – for example the Mini March Fest.
Some events are free and some have a small cost and you will need a ticked for most (even the free ones). Tickets are available to the public from 21 April 2017.
There are so many events I want to attend that I find it tricky to plan my days. I created a calendar in Excel so I can see what’s on where and when to figure out how I can fit in as much as possible!
For the full programme of events: Festival Programme
- Blue – Young People events
- Purple – Crime Fiction events
- Brown – Non-Fiction events
- Orange – Fiction events
- Pink – Poetry events
- Green – Fresh Voices, New Perspectives and Firm Favourites
- Yellow – workshops
This is the area of fiction writing I would most like to get into. I have written YA fiction for a long time and love it. I want to hear what agents and publishers are looking for and I want advice from successful YA authors on what they did and what they learned.
Since becoming a mother, I’ve awoken my love of picture books. I would love to write a story for Children but have not idea how to start as the format is very different.
However, I have to be careful as some Children’s events are informative and others are just for children – like colouring in.
These events range from free to £6 for adults and £4 for children.
I think the workshops are great value for money. They are on my doorstop and a fraction of your usual attended course – I look at them as tasters. I will try to make the most of them and fit as many as I can in. Most workshops at the festival are around £7.
New Voices, Fresh Perspectives, Firm Favourites <Ticket Bundle>
You can purchase a bundle of six events for £35 (usually £66). These are the events taking place on 2 Jul 2017 at the Orwell Hotel in the Funeaux Suite.
If you were to buy tickets individually to all the events in the bundle, it would cost £66. This is a good saving.
I’m unlikely to attend the Poetry, Crime or Non-Fiction events as these are not areas I am passionate about. I love that there is so much variety at the festival and I still check what they are doing to see if they can tempt me.
My local writers group always make an appearance and are strong supporters of the festival. I will make a conscious effort to seek them out and say hi.
The Felixstowe Book Festival website: https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/