Top authors at Shute Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:00 25 October 2016

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A line-up of talented writers has been confirmed for the Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape’s inaugural weekend.

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Those taking part on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30, include bestselling children’s writer Laurence Anholt, from Uplyme, who will speak about his new young adult novel, The Hypnotist.

Published by Penguin Random House, it’s already storming the bestseller charts.

Fresh from visits to North Korea and Madagascar, travel writer Hilary Bradt will speak about far-flung destinations - as well as the delights of East Devon.

Diana Darke, Arabist and BBC ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, will talk about the house she bought and restored in Damascus, as well as the wider conflict.

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Andrew Lownie, literary agent and author, will discuss his book Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess.

Prominent botanist, ecologist and Eden Project scientific director Sir Ghillean Prance will talk about his many trips down the Amazon in search of the world’s rarest plant life.

And Costa-nominated poet Greta Stoddart will be reading from her beautiful third book, Alive Alive O.

In addition to the book talks, the festival is hosting three short film screenings with discussions with directors, plus film workshops, bush craft and art workshops for children. The festival will be held in both St Michael’s Church and Shute Primary School.

One-day tickets or reduced weekend passes are available now - children are free, but those aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Profits from the event will go towards Shute Community Primary School’s grounds campaign and the building and repairs of St Michael’s Church, Shute.

Tickets for the Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape are selling fast so get them soon, advise organisers. They are available from the festival website - - and from Hurford Stores, in Kilmington, and at the Archway Bookshop, in Axminster.

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