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Louis De Bernieres and Lucy Hughes-Hallett among best-selling authors appearing at the Southwold Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:06 25 May 2017

Louis de Bernieres. Picture: Ivon Bartholomew.

Louis de Bernieres. Picture: Ivon Bartholomew.

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An eight-day celebration of the arts will be showcased next month.

Author Lucy Hughes-Hallett will appear at the Southwold Arts Festival. Picture: Courtesy of Southwold Arts FestivalAuthor Lucy Hughes-Hallett will appear at the Southwold Arts Festival. Picture: Courtesy of Southwold Arts Festival

Featuring an exciting and diverse programme of events, the fourth Southwold Arts Festival takes place from Saturday June 24 to Saturday, July 1. With performances every morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

For those enjoying the written word, there will be talks by award-winning author Lucy Hughes-Hallett, whose new book ‘Peculiar Ground’ has been hailed.

Also at the festival, will be best-selling author Louis De Bernieres, whose novel Captain Correlli’s Mandolin became a hugely successful feature film in 2001. He now lives in Norfolk, and his latest publications include ‘The Dust That Falls from Dreams’ and his new collection of poems, ‘Of Love and Desire’.

Charlie Haylock will take an eccentric look at spoken English and talking about his latest book ‘In a Manner of Speaking’. BBC historian Lucy Worsley will also talk about her new book ‘Jane Austen at Home’.

With just a month to go before the fourth Southwold Arts Festival takes place, the planning team met this week to unveil the new 24-page arts festival booklet.
Picture: Ian LomasWith just a month to go before the fourth Southwold Arts Festival takes place, the planning team met this week to unveil the new 24-page arts festival booklet. Picture: Ian Lomas

And, for theatre ‘buffs’, Benedict Nightingale will be taking audiences behind the scenes telling the story of his 40 years as an international theatre critic, working for a wide range of publications.

With the planning team meeting this week to make the final arrangements for the festival, Lin Le Versha, Festival Director, said: “The tickets are selling well with two events already sold out, and two others that only have a small number of tickets still available. The new 24-page festival booklet is now available from local shops and libraries detailing all the events that are taking place.”

The event starts with a street parade on June 24 when the festival will be opened by its popular patron Emma Freud.

Deputy Festival Director Di Brown said: “We not only have a number of fascinating talks by people from the local community, but also an inspirational week of music from some of the most talented young musicians in the country. They will perform at individual events each day at the United Reformed Church and their instruments will include violin, tuba, flute and oboe.”

Tickets are available from 01502 722572 or via www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

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