Book festival to return bigger than ever

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BOOK lovers, poets and musicians alike are expected to flock to the town centre in October after the date for the Thame Arts and Literature Festival was released.

It will be on the weekend of October 14, 15 and 16, with top writers such as Claire Tomalin, Michael Rosen and John Sutherland leading the show.

In its debut season last year, the show attracted 1,400 people and organisers are confident this year will be even bigger and better.

Organiser Luise Pattinson, from The Book House, said: “This year we are representing more of the arts, more music, more artists and more writers so it is going to be bigger and better than before.

“Now that it is established into the town and everybody knows about it, it has been easier to get the bigger authors we want.”

The festival will have close links with the town’s primary schools, with authors expected to visit the children of Barley Hill, St Joseph’s and John Hampden in the week leading up to the event and there is expected to be links with Lord Williams’s.

The whole festival is aimed at bringing the arts and literature to the town in a similar way to the Oxford Festival.

Luise said: “We have been selling books for 40 years now and the fact we are still here shows there is a demand for arts and books.”

The show will be based in venues such as the town hall, Thame Players, James Figg and Towersey Manor Barn.