April 2021

Felixstowe Book Festival 2021

The 2021 Felixstowe Book Festival, on the weekend of 25-27 June, will run parallel programmes, with some authors coming to Felixstowe and others live-streamed from their homes.

During the festival weekend, the town of Felixstowe is buzzing with book-lovers who head to The Orwell Hotel to meet their favourite authors and to hear them speak about the inspiration for their work. Many authors comment on the friendliness of the welcome they receive, find time for a walk on the promenade, a paddle or swim and, as it is often their first visit to the town, usually promise to return with their families.

Last year the festival had to be rearranged because of COVID and it became completely digital. Some of the authors who were booked to appear in 2020 have been keen to get involved this year and publishers have been very supportive in arranging for their authors to come in person to this ever-popular festival, or to take part in interviews online.

“We are excited to be live streaming two authors direct from their homes in New York, as well as having a full programme of exciting speakers. It will be a great opportunity for local, national and international audiences to join us in real life and online, as they did in 2020,” explained Festival Director, Meg Reid.

The Festival Patrons Esther Freud and Terry Waite will be speaking at The Orwell Hotel. Other speakers already booked to appear live include JoJo Moyes, Salley Vickers, Liz Trenow, Toby Faber and Iain Dale, as well as a panel of crime writers Harriet Tyce, Kate Rhodes and Louise Millar to be chaired by Felixstowe author Ruth Dugdall. The events at the Orwell Hotel will follow any COVID restrictions and recommendations that are in place at that time and audiences will be socially distanced.

Joining in online will be at least fourteen authors including Carol Drinkwater, talking about her latest novel An Act of Love, Andrew Lownie who wrote the acclaimed biography The Mountbattens, Their Lives and Loves, Helen McCarthy Double Lives, The History of Working Motherhood, Christopher Tugendhat A History of Britain in Books and Richard Dawkins talking about his latest work, Books do Furnish a Life.

The audience for the online authors may well be as large as they were in 2020. Instead of speaking to an audience of up to 200, the authors involved found themselves being watched by people across the world, sending in their questions via Facebook. The final figures were in the thousands with George Alagiah and Carol Drinkwater reaching an audience of over 3,000 and Liz Trenow more than 5,000 viewers.

TICKETS: all events on sale from May 1
BOX OFFICE: 01473 211498 (Eastern Angles Theatre Company)