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FlipSide Festival (c) Sue Hall

World Book Day – Suffolk

March 2nd 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, which is a celebration of books and reading designated by UNESCO and honoured in over 100 countries. The organisors of this worldwide celebration have partnered with the National Trust and VisitEngland to encourage visitors to make the most of all the events taking place across the country.

It is also VisitEngland's Year of Literary Heroes and Director Patricia Yates said:

“Books fire up our imagination, they conjure up people and places and they inspire us to explore locations and landscapes associated with our favourite stories. Our literary heroes have created a wealth of must-see literary attractions across the country, motivating generations of readers to explore and discover more of regional England.”

We have plenty of literary heroes here in Suffolk and you can read about some of them in our article about Literary Suffolk.

Literary Suffolk © Rod Edwards
Literary Suffolk © Rod Edwards

Literary Suffolk

Local literary group, The Suffolk Book League, compiled an interesting guide to the county's literary connections some years ago and it's a fascinating read. The booklet doesn't include any living authors (to protect their privacy) but lists past literary figures connected with the county whose “link with a landscape, house, village or grave can be visited or enjoyed.”

There are over 100 entries, starting with one of the earliest known Suffolk writers, Jocilin of Brakelond (1155-102) from Bury St Edmunds. The medieval monk wrote a lively account of his life with details of the pressures and political chicaneries that accompanied life in the Abbey at the time.

Poets, children's authors and novels set in Suffolk are also included along with an anecdote or two about each of them.

The Suffolk Book League celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with a programme of talks from poets, authors and academics. View the progamme here (pdf)

George Orwell at the BBC
George Orwell at the BBC

Arthur Ransome

In 1935 Arthur Ransome, who wrote the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books, moved to Suffolk with his wife and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Coincidentally, it is also the 80th year since Ransome's book We Didn't Mean to Go To Sea (1937) was published. This book was inspired by his favourite boat the Nancy Blackett, which he moored at Pin Mill in Suffolk.

Keep an eye on the Visit Suffolk events list for news of events celebrating Arthur Ransome which will include walking, cycling and geo-caching trails; exhibitions, arts events (including a literary festival); a Swallows and Amazons themed camp for children, a flotilla and the Nancy Blackett, will be on view.

Literary Festivals - 2017

Aldeburgh Literary Festival: 2nd to 5th March

BookEast Festival, Ipswich: 8th - 14th May

Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Stowmarket: 27th May

Felixstowe Book Festival – Mini March Fest: 5th March

Latitude, Southwold (music, poetry, performance): 13th - 16th July

Flipside Festival, Snape: October

Halesworth Arts Festival: 7th - 22nd October

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival: 3rd - 5th November

Ways With Words, Southwold: 9th - 13th November

Lavenham Literary Festival: 17th - 19th November

FlipSide Festival in Suffolk
FlipSide Festival in Suffolk

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