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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
The long-awaited first Yeovil Literary Festival takes place from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September in two main venues, The Octagon Theatre and The Manor Hotel. There will also be events in Yeovil Library, and the town’s Waterstones bookshop.
The YCAA, the Octagon Theatre and Waterstones have worked closely together to bring an exciting and varied programme that will satisfy lovers of history, gardening, cricket, the A303, comedy, music, personalities of radio and television, and poetry.
The festival will open with the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) Literary Dinner at The Manor Hotel, Hendford, Yeovil. There will be a Champagne Reception at 7pm before the Mayor, Cllr Manny Roper, officially opens the festival. Our very special speaker will be Sante Montefiore, and among the guests will be Lord and Lady Ashdown. Tickets are £25 from The Octagon.
The YCAA runs the Yeovil Literary Prize, an annual international writing competition. We plough all the proceeds from this competition, into arts and culture for the local community. The Yeovil Literary Prize has had ten successful years, and some of our winners, who are now published authors, will be at The Manor Hotel at 11am on Friday 20th September to read some of their winning writing, and to tell their success stories. Tickets are £5 from the Box Office of the Octagon Theatre. We look forward to seeing everyone there and hope to encourage aspiring writers to take part in the Yeovil Literary Prize 2014.
Throughout the weekend the festival plays host to, amongst others, Sir Tony Robinson, Michael Morpurgo, Rula Lenska, Paul Stickland, Dom Joly and Jenni Murray. What a magnificent recipe for a literary feast.
For full details check out the Festival brochure available from the Octagon Theatre.