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Town literary festival to include internationally bestselling author

PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 08 October 2018

Launch of Write on Norfolk at Millennium Library. Louis de Bernieres.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Launch of Write on Norfolk at Millennium Library. Louis de Bernieres. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A South Norfolk festival of literature, poetry, drama and conversation is returning for an eighth year.

Children's author Isabelle King. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham WordsChildren's author Isabelle King. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham Words

Wymondham Words will feature a variety of novelists, nature writers, poets, biographers, crime writers, sports journalists and children’s authors.

Highlights include poetry in a medieval pub, a Costa Prize-winning memoir, a free children’s story-writing workshop, black magic goings-on in the Second World War, and the controversial story of world’s most-expensive cricket ball.

Tickets for events are available at Kett’s Books, Wymondham and The Book Hive, Norwich. They can also be reserved by calling Kett’s Books on 01953 603663 and will be available on the door for most events, as long as there are any left.

Edward Parnell, festival director, said: “The eighth Wymondham Words promises to be a wonderful festival with a great mix of writers working in a variety of formats and genres, including Rebecca Stott, Louis de Bernières, Mark Cocker and Cathi Unsworth.

Award-winning performer and poet Martin Figura. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham WordsAward-winning performer and poet Martin Figura. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham Words

“We urge you to take advantage of our reduced price advance tickets – £6 for most events – as shows are already starting to sell out.”

One prestigious author who will be visiting Wymondham is Louis de Bernières, author of nine major novels and two collections of poetry.

Mr de Bernières will be joining Chris Brown from Kett’s Books at Wymondham Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 30, at 7.30pm, to discuss his new novel So Much Life Left Over, and more.

Advance tickets are £6, and £7.50 on the door.

Rebecca Stott, author of 2017 Costa Prize-winning memoir ‘In the Days of Rain’. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham WordsRebecca Stott, author of 2017 Costa Prize-winning memoir ‘In the Days of Rain’. PHOTO: Contributed by Wymondham Words

The festival will kick off with not one but two authors in Spies and Lies with Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts.

Crime writer Ms Unsworth will be conversing about her new Second World War novel of Nazi spies and the occult, named That Old Black Magic, with non-fiction writer Mr Willets, whose latest book King Con deals with the murky lies and intrigue of a Jazz Age conman.

This event will take place at Wymondham Library on October 19 at 7.30pm for £6 in advance and £7.50 on the door.

Wymondham Words takes from October 19 to November 2. For more information visit Wymondham Words on Facebook and Twitter, and at www.wymwords.co.uk.

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