In these times of austerity and with a general feeling of malaise within the country, it is great to see a new venture blossom forth, to try and lift the spirits.
In my home county of Somerset, UK, the county town of Taunton, is this month holding its inaugural literary festival. The idea has been nurtured and is being hosted by local independent bookseller, Brendon Books, who have succeeded in attracting sponsorship from a wide source of primarily academic establishments within the local area.
The event runs for a lengthy 11 days, from 15th-25th September 2011 and has a full and diverse schedule of over 40 separate events, taking place at 9 individual locations throughout the town, with something to suit everyone.
A complete and detailed itinerary of events can be found, together with full booking instructions, on the Literary Festival website. In general, tickets are available for most events at £6.50, although there are generous discounts for booking multiple events.
The festival is opening on Thursday 15th September 2011, at the Castle Hotel Taunton, with a single event, featuring author Salley Vickers. I have only read one of her books ‘The Other Side Of You’, which I found to be most moving and poignant, however, Salley on this occasion will talking about her latest collection of off-beat love stories, in Aphrodite’s Hat
If you are between events, or just making a day of it, why not visit Taunton Castle and Museum, which lies right at the heart of the town and was built to defend it.
Or, if you want to explore the town on foot and discover some of its more well-kept and hidden secrets, why not visit the Treasure Trails site sometime before your visit, download your lost treasure map of Taunton and help Dr I. Nosealot locate the missing loot. A fun, healthy and educational way to spend a couple of hours and all for only £5.