Literary festival welcomes award-winning authors

Teri Terry
Teri Terry

The small festival with big ambitions returns to Ivinghoe this year. BeaconLit 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 28 at Brookmead School.

Local authors Teri Terry (pictured) and Dave Sivers are included in the exciting line-up of established writers due to join in on the day’s activities.

The event will run from 10am to 5.30pm at the school, which has recently been given an impressive extension hall that will be the main centrepiece of the day, with plenty to keep you entertained.

Mr Sivers, a journalist as well as a crime novelist, said: “There’s something for everyone in BeaconLit 2014.

“We think of it as a chat show. It’s a chance to hear successful authors talking about their craft and also to ask questions.”

The morning session will include talks and discussions from a panel of authors about how to get published as a writer, about how to craft your writing and exciting hands-on creative writing workshops, including a slot called ‘CSI Ivinghoe: Getting Away With Murder?’

The afternoons events will include a more intimate talk from Mandy Kirkby, where she will be discussing and reading from her book Love Letters of the Great War, marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

On one of the panels will be the best-selling author of the award-winning trilogy Slated, Teri Terry, who will appear with other young adult fiction writers Hilary Freeman and Caroline Green. They will be discussing why adults like to read young adult fiction books.

On the returning crime fiction panel is this year’s bestseller Stephen Booth, Jane Isaac and Anya Lipska, who is a former resident of Marlow.

A full day pass to BeaconLit is £13.50 for an adult and £4.50 for a child.

“There are half day passes available if you only want to go for the morning or the afternoon. Morning only passes are £6 for an adult and £2 for a child.

Afternoon only passes are £9 for an adult and £3 for a child. There are also generous concessions for those in full-time education.

BeaconFlash is an exciting opportunity to get you into next year’s festival absolutely free. The competition includes writing a full story no longer than 150 words, focused around the theme of ‘beacon’. This is completely free to enter, however you must be attending BeaconLit 2014 to enter. All entries must be submitted by 11am.

This is the first time BeaconLit will be a standalone event, as previously it was part of the annual Ivinghoe Summer Festival.

The BeaconLit festival mainly aims to raise interest in reading, writing and books in the Beacon villages, including Ivinghoe, Pitstone, Slapton, Marsworth, Cheddington and other communities close by in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Last year’s BeaconLit event attracted all sorts of visitors, with organisers hoping to further their audience this year.

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