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The beautiful market town of Chagford will host the third Chagword Literary Festival over the weekend 17-19 March 2017, so make a date in your diaries now.


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. . . for children, two fabulous authors will be coming to Chagword – JASON BERESFORD and SIMON JAMES to host fun events on the Saturday morning.


james-waltonChase away the January blues with some light-hearted fun at the Chagword Literary Quiz, created especially for us by Radio 4’s  JAMES WALTON.

Friday 27 January, Jubilee Hall, Chagford. Doors open 7.00pm, quiz starts 7.30pm.

Full bar, tickets £9, to include hot roast pork bap with all the trimmings or roasted squash with feta and thyme bap, available from Sally’s Newsagents or by phone 01647 433386. See more details at PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS


*  ALICE OSWALD – winner of the 2016 Costa Poetry Award for her new collection, ‘Falling Awake’

*  KATE ADIE – Kate is a familiar and highly regarded figure,  first  through her  ground breaking work  as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent and latterly as the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’. She is also the author of a number of fascinating books including ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’.

* MAX PORTER – winner of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for his debut novel, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’. Prize judge James Naughtie described Max as “a writer bursting with originality”. Max will be talking about his work, inspiration and the influence of Ted Hughes’ poetry.

* Double BAFTA winner, PETER MOFFAT and MARNIE DICKENS, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit (2016) in conversation, a rare opportunity  to hear two hugely successful screenwriters, both at different stages in their careers, discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for the small and large screen.

* HISHAM MATAR will be talking about his brilliant new memoir, ‘The Return’, which was  shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious award for non-fiction.

* MICHAEL MORPURGO telling the deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, from his book ‘War Horse’, accompanied by songman, BEN MURRAY from the hit West End production. Fundraising event in support of Farms for City Children.

* PATRICK GALE explores in depth his much praised latest novel, ‘A Place Called Winter’ as part of  The Great Read, the session especially for book groups as well as individual book-lovers.

The full programme will be published at the end of January 2017 with tickets available from mid February 2017.

A big thank you to everyone who supports us through grants, donations and sponsorship, all of which enable us not only to run the festival but also to keep ticket prices accessible to all, especially  Helpful Holidays, who were our principal sponsors for both of the previous festivals and are again for 2017, the Arts Council, England for their generous support and  The Three Crowns, our partner hotel.


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