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FlipSide Festival (c) Sue Hall

World Book Day – Suffolk

5th March 2020 will be the 23rd World Book Day, which is a celebration of books, authors and illustrators and most importantly reading. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Suffolk has plenty of literary heroes 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.

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.

Literary Festivals - 2020

Aldeburgh Literary Festival - 5th to 8th March

Festival of Suffolk Poetry - Stowmarket: 9th May

Felixstowe Book Festival – 26th -29th June 

Latitude, Southwold (music, poetry, performance) - 16th - 19th July

Flipside Festival, Henham - 16th November

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival - 13th - 15th November

Ways With Words, Southwold: 5th - 9th November

Lavenham Literary Festival, Children's Festival -  9th October 

FlipSide Festival in Suffolk
FlipSide Festival in Suffolk

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