Lit Fest launches with Drinks at Dick’s

on 11 October 2017.

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Debs Jillhornby Last night a lively crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of the upcoming Literary Festival at Dick Lovett’s gorgeous glass-fronted first floor showroom. Local literary heavyweights Gill Hornby and Robert Harris brought a whiff of glamour to proceedings and the mood was kept upbeat by a generous stream of drinks and canapes all served by the good-natured and easy-going Dick Lovett staff who worked late to make the evening a success.

Festival curator Emma Milne White previewed this year’s festival offerings, poet Toni Kent got a few good laughs with her specially commissioned poem and local luvvie Nick Lumley read the winning entries from this year’s writing competition: a poem from Roger Thompson and a travel writing piece by Anthony Fitzgerald. But perhaps the highlight of the evening was the sight of young Amelia Marulli de Barletta, winner of the children’s writing competition. Up there on the stage, reading her work, she served to remind us all why books really are so important; inspiring young minds to interpret and bring to life the world around them and in time perhaps, help shape that world.

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