Exeter, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 05, 2011 -- Sir Roy Strong, Mavis Cheek and Hilary Mantel are among the big names lined up for the 3rd Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.
There will be 25 events taking place from September 16 to September 18 at a number of venues, including a Literary Walk in association with the Otter Valley Association and Fairlynch Museum.
Best-selling children's author Michael Morpurgo, explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, and BBC Spotlight reporter and crime writer Simon Hall will also be appearing at the three-day festival.
Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's first female Poet Laureate and Scottish poet and playwright, will be presenting poems from her forthcoming collection The Bees, due to be published this autumn.
National Poet for Wales, playwright and broadcaster, Gillian Clarke will read from her latest collection of poetry A Recipe for Water, in which she explores water as memory and meaning. She writes with power and tenderness - with a very individual voice.
Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker prize for Wolf Hall, a penetrating novel about Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII, is now writing a sequel. She will read from her new work in progress, The Mirror and the Light.
Michael Morpurgo, the most respected British children's writer working today, will give a revealing account about challenging his own preconceptions when seeing his books adapted for stage or screen.
Festival artistic director Susan Ward said: "Hilary Mantel sold out at the 2009 festival so this gives people who couldn't get tickets last time another chance to come.
"The response from authors has been tremendous. The reputation of the festival is such that we now have publishers asking if their authors can come to Budleigh Salterton and that is down to the support and enthusiasm of the town.
"To reach this stage in such a relatively short time is something we could only dream of. I think we are well on the way to having our best festival this year."
Get ready to be amused by A.L.Kennedy. Celebrated for her irony, originality and dead-pan wit,she is a writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, and a popular stand-up comedian, making regular appearances at comedy clubs and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Josceline Dimbleby's Orchard in the Oasis scooped the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Award for Food and Travel Writing this summer. She has written a magical account of her awakening childhood passion for food in the spice markets of Syria and her lifelong love affair with food and flavourings.
This is just a small insight into some of the great speakers who will be appearing at the festival. If you get a chance to go - grab it!
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