Actress Celia Imrie welcoming passengers on to the Literatour. Picture by JENNIFER BURTON
A PASSION for literature was there for all to see as book lovers supported events in their numbers throughout this year’s Isle of Wight Literary Festival.
Surpassing the success of last year’s inaugural festival, large audiences enjoyed fascinating talks by best-selling and emerging authors across a variety of genres.
The Red Funnel-sponsored festival — the brainchild of the late Serena Courage — was staged at various venues in Cowes between last Friday and yesterday (Sunday), with a the majority of the programme hosted at historic Northwood House.
Among the star speakers were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Chris Serle, Penelope Keith, Max Hastings, Kate Mosse, Louis de Bernieres and Simon Hoggart.
Actress Celia Imrie personally welcomed passengers on board the Literatour round-the-Island coach tour — an historical arts and literature extravaganza that journeyed through the haunts of many legendary poets, novelists and musicians who had strong links with the Island.
Isle of Wight Literary Festival chairman Victoria Orr-Ewing was delighted by how well the event went and confident the event will continue for years to come.
She said: "There was a lot of interest in the programme we provided, with good attendances at talks and other festival events right across the board.
"It was wonderful to see Northwood House as occupied as it was and I’m pleased with the positive feedback we have received from speakers and audiences.
"It was a great success and worth all the hard work that went into it. Long may it continue."
For full report and pictures, see this Friday's County Press.