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The beautiful market town of Chagford will host the fourth Chagword Literary Festival over the weekend 22-24 March 2019. Plus a new addition, a whole day for our younger readers, the Chagword Children’s BookFest on Saturday 9 March 2019.

Look who’s coming to . . .

 

. . .  the Children’s Bookfest on Saturday 9 March

The irrepressible Sarah McIntyre will introduce her hilarious Dinoville firefighters (ages 3+), followed by the fabulous writer/illustrator double act, Reeve and McIntyre (ages 5+) – that is Philip Reeve, author of the Mortal Engines series, recently released as a major film directed by Peter Jackson, and creator of some of the best-loved characters in stories for children, including Kevin, the roly-poly flying pony who will be starring in the show. The TV naturalist Nick Baker leads the way into the really wild world of bugs and insects.

In the afternoon The Pocketwatch Theatre Company present their adaptation of that classic family favourite, The Wind in the Willows, with an entirely original score, live music and puppets, guaranteed to delight both young and old alike.

 

 . . . and to   chagword 2019    22-24 March

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with none other than the comedian, Jo Brand, talking about her hilarious yet very practical guide to life, Born Lippy.

On Saturday 23 March

Sam Willis, TV historical adventurer and his fearless companion, James Daybell, professor extraordinaire, begin the day with an exhilarating journey of historical discovery via entirely unexpected subjects. Then Prue Leith, restaurateur, chef, journalist, cookery writer, novelist and presenter/judge of Channel 4`s The Great British Bake Off talks about her astonishing life and career. A beautifully illustrated talk by Robin Ravilious will demonstrate just why James Ravilious is considered one of the greatest photographers of English rural life. The festival’s Great Read is The Librarian, the latest novel by the best-selling author, Salley Vickers, who will talk about the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the key role of libraries in our society. And the evening sees a world premiere with everyone’s favourite story-teller, Michael Morpurgo, reading from one of his most personal and thrilling books, In the Mouth of the Wolf.

 

On Sunday 24 March

Come and eavesdrop as Ian Robertson (the ‘voice of rugby’) and Henry Blofeld (the ‘voice of cricket’) swap anecdotes about their long and fascinating careers on the airwaves. Award-winning playwright and novelist, Nell Leyshon, sets out to inspire and guide would-be writers to find their own creative voice, while renowned poets, Christopher Reid and Tiffany Atkinson, share their inspiration from the world of our canine friends. The Costa winning author, Andrew Miller – described by the Irish Times as “one of the most impressive novelists at work today” – introduces his latest novel, a gripping and beautifully written historical tale that has been lavished with praise by critics and readers alike. And to bring a sparkling festival to a suitable end, Timothy Bentinck, better known to millions of radio listeners as the voice of David Archer in The Archers, will entertain with stories about life behind the microphones of one of the best-loved, longest-running drama series in the world – and other unusual occupations he has had.

 

For full details of the programme, including times and venues, click here chagword_programme_2019.

 

Tickets will be on general sale from 10am Saturday 2 March in the Festival Box Office, The Three Crowns, Chagford. For full details of box office opening times see the ticket info page in the chagword_programme_2019.

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Chagword is grateful to the following major sponsors for funding the 2019 festival:

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