Burnham's first book festival proves a hit

First-time organisers of a book festival in North Norfolk were left "overwhelmed" after hundreds turned out to see their favourite authors.The Burnham Market Book Festival saw tickets sell-out and more than 300 people attend the series of literary talks that took place over the weekend.

First-time organisers of a book festival in North Norfolk were left “overwhelmed” after hundreds turned out to see their favourite authors.

The Burnham Market Book Festival saw tickets sell-out and more than 300 people attend the series of literary talks that took place over the weekend.

The event was pioneered by the owner of Whitehouse Books bookshop, Catherine Bennett, and her friend, Rosalind English, who welcomed the likes of BBC Foreign Correspondent, Kate Adie, to discuss her latest works amongst the intimate setting of the Hoste Arms Moroccan Room.

The literary festival was the first of its kind to take place in Burnham Market and boasted an impressive roster of both up- and- coming and big-name writers.


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Highlights included children's writer, Meg Rosoff, travel writer, Justin Marozzi, philosopher, AC Grayling, nature writer, Richard Mabey, actress Jenny Agutter, novelist James Buchan, and MP Chris Mullin.

“We were extremely pleased and overwhelmed by the writers themselves and those who came to see them,” said Mrs Bennett.

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“Listening to Chris Mullin talk was a delight.

“He was incredibly funny and it was fascinating to hear tales from his time working in a Tony Blair led Labour government.”

“It was also wonderful to have Kate Adie on board. She came with her mother, who lives in Norfolk, and provided some magical stories about working as a journalist abroad.”

She added: “The Hoste Arms did a wonderful job of accommodating everyone and providing a gorgeous candle-lit setting for the discussions to take place in.

“Each event was also made special by our team of volunteer helpers who showed real dedication through their willingness to do anything to make the weekend run smoothly.”

Following the success of this year's festival, Mrs Bennett and Mrs English are already considering a follow-up festival for next year.

For more information about future events organised by Whitehouse Books visit: www.whitehousebooks.co.uk or send a name and postal address to whitehousebooks@yahoo.com.

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