Literary world descends on Southwold for Ways with Words festival

Ways with Words. Southwold Literature Festival.Journalist and Author Patrick Barkham speaking about

Ways with Words. Southwold Literature Festival.Journalist and Author Patrick Barkham speaking about Britains Coast to the audience in St Edmunds Hall.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Top names from the worlds of art, politics and literature are speaking at a number of talks in a seaside town this weekend.

The Ways with Words festival kicked off yesterday with a talk by Janice Robinson, the author of the Oxford Companion to Wine, which is described as a must read for connoisseurs. The talk by the respected critic and journalist was accompanied by wine supplied by Adnams.

Melvyn Bragg, who was returning for the second year running, spoke about his latest novel, Now is the Time, set in 1381 during the Peasants' Revolt. Patrick Barkham also spoke yesterday about Britain's coastline.

The books for the festival are supplied by Southwold Books on High Street.

Steph Burrdige, a bookseller at shop, said: 'We supply the books for all the events. The authors do the talks and then afterwards we set up for them to do a signing.

'It is fantastic, the organisers always put on a wide range of speakers from novelists and authors to people talking about politics and popular science.

'It is great that there is something so important in a little seaside town like this.'

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The festival continues until Monday (November 9).

Are you going to any of the Ways with Words events? Send your reviews to andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk