Romance, fitness and history on the cards at Sidmouth Literary Festival
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 June 2018
Meet some of the country’s top female writers from across the literature spectrum at this year’s Sidmouth Literary Festival.
The three-day event at Kennaway House will end on Sunday, June 17, with a programme featuring television’s Green Goddess, historians and romance novelists.
On June 16, historian Mary Hollingsworth will delve back into the history books of Italy’s Medici family.
The famous family have for centuries been upheld as powerful and philanthropic, but the author will be sharing her views that the family were as ‘devious and immoral’ as Italy’s infamous Borgias family.
She will be introduced by Jonathan Walker author and member of the British Commission for Military History.
The talk will take place in Kennaway House’s Hatton room and costs £7.
On the Sunday afternoon, television’s Green Goddess Diana Moran will be showing that you are never too old to slow down with her new book Sod Sitting, Get Moving.
The 78-year-old fitness presenter has written the book with Sir Muir Gray to encourage people to keep fit and healthy in their later years.
Her talk will start at 2pm and she will be demonstrating some of the exercises in her book, which audiences will be able to join in with. Tickets cost £8.50.
Finally, for fans of romantic literature, writers Liz Fenwick and Kay Jaybee will be speaking in the Cellar Bar at 5.30pm on the Sunday.
Organisers are encouraging festival-goers not to be alarmed by the talk’s title, ‘From Romance to Erotica’, but join in the conversation looking at the evolution of the genre – from classic Catherine Cookson to the saucier antics of EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
Award-winning Liz’s work is set in Cornwall and, as well as compelling romances, shares her love for the county she calls home after years of moving around.
Fellow speaker Jenny Kane has written a number of romances and penned 150 short erotic stories and novellas under the pseudonym Kay Jaybee.
Ticket-holders will be able try samples from event sponsor Chocoholic’s Paradise from Sidmouth. Tickets cost £10.
Sidmouth Literary Festival will run from June 15-17. Tickets are on sale online or at Winstone’s Book Shop.
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