Bibliophiles will be pleased to hear there are several book and literary festivals held all over Suffolk over the course of the year. Come along to celebrate the written word, listen to local authors and discover and new favourite book!
Aldeburgh Literary Festival
Started by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh Literary Festival has been a fantastic event since its conception in 2002. This year the festival will be hosted at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March. Featuring talks which span numerous genres, you are sure to lose yourself in engaging conversation, as well as a number of books. Be sure to stop by The Aldeburgh Bookshop as well - truly a gem of the Suffolk coast.
Held at Henham Park near Southwold, Latitude Festival offers much more than music alone. A key event on the comedy calendar, Latitude also has a big literary scene. With novelists, journalists and more in attendance to give talks and have discussions about their work and their passions, this is a fab opportunity to indulge yourself in the arts. Latitude will be held over the weekend of Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July.
Felixstowe Book Festival
Returning one year from Cambridge Word Fest, Felixstowe resident Meg Reid thought it was about time Felixstowe should have its own book festival. With support and funding from passionate and generous locals, Meg was able to launch the first Felixstowe Book Festival in 2013. Now in its fifth year, this festival is a must attend event with a broad mixture of events over the course of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July. Perfect for those of all ages, if you’re not a book lover by the start of the festival, you will be at the end!
Southwold Literature Festival
Ways with Words runs the Southwold Literature Festival in the beautiful Suffolk town - a great destination for artists and writers, as well as those looking for inspiration. Hosted from Thursday 9th to Sunday 13th November, the programme of events for this festival will be made available in August.
Lavenham Literary Festival
This year sees author Tracy Borman return to the Lavenham Literary Festival, this time to discuss her book The Private Lives of the Tudors. The festival will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November, with all sorts of events running over the weekend. There may even be some taster events in the week building up to the festival, what more could book lovers ask for? Lavenham itself is a charming town, some might say a perfect setting for a novel. Who knows what will inspire you at this year’s event!