Shute to hold festival of literature and landscape

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2016

Paddy Magrane and Samantha knights

Paddy Magrane and Samantha knights

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The event will take place at St Michael’s Church and the village primary school, on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.

Paddy Magrane and Samantha knightsPaddy Magrane and Samantha knights

Shute is preparing to host its first festival of literature and landscape next month.

The event will take place at St Michael’s Church and the village primary school, on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.

The festival will bring together a diverse and inspirational group of writers and broadcasters – including documentary makers, historians, poets, travel and garden specialists, and crime and thriller writers.

There will be workshops, film showings, talks, debates and plenty of opportunity for visitors to ask questions, meet the authors and get books signed. There will also be workshops for children including film-making and activities which will allow them to explore and engage with the surrounding natural beauty, and vegetation of the landscape

Artisan coffee and assorted cakes will be served in the morning, while two local chefs will offer up a taste of the Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia for lunch.

One-day tickets, or reduced weekend passes, are available now from the festival website - shutefest.org.uk - Hurfords Stores, Kilmington, and Archway Books, Axminster.

Children are free but those aged 12 and under must be accompanied.

Profits will go to Shute Primary School Grounds’ Campaign and to maintain St Michael’s Church.

Samantha Knights, joint festival director with Paddy Magrane, said: “This is a truly breathtaking landscape. We felt it was the perfect spot to bring together inspirational figures from the world of literature and landscape for what we hope will become an annual event.”

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