Just to prove that books are very much still ‘alive and kicking’, Maher The Bookseller, an independent bookseller, trading since 1995, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, is sponsoring a brand new Literary Festival, for its inaugural show this year.
Join the organisers and literary guests on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2011, for the ‘Ayot Literary Festival’ Hertfordsire.
The objective of the festival, is to enrich the cultural life of the area by giving people the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and encounter new ones – to observe the personalities behind the words.
Programmes will include a good range of adult authors, plus children’s writers, with the aim of being stimulating, amusing, surprising, fun and inspiring.
The Ayots, are located only some 25 miles outside of Central London, to the North. Anywhere so close at hand, that could be such a stark contrast to the City, is difficult to imagine, with the place being picture postcard perfect and the festival taking place in a marquee on the tree lined village green.
The idea for a Literary Festival, in such a seemingly unlikely location, was born out of a community spirit to use the village green and surrounding local amenities, to their full potential, year-round and support was garnered quickly, with appointment of Fiona McIntosh as Festival Director.
As former Publicity Director with HarperCollins, Fiona has brought her talents to bear, in securing some great authors to take part in the three day festival. Household names from the literary world, such as Barbara Erskine, Simon Scarrow, Darren Shan and Alexander McCall Smith, have already signed up, with further announcements expected soon.
To date, there has yet to be any announcement of a timetable of events, or ticket prices for each session, however the booking page for this event is set to open on Thursday 12th May 2011, on the official Ayot Literary Festival website.