Here at Festival HQ we can hardly believe that nearly a week’s gone by since our fabulous 2016 events kicked off! To round-up this year, we thought we’d give you a few snapshots of the weekend as seen by members of the team…
A View From… the heart of things
A View From… Felixstowe Library
A View From… the director’s chair
Wonderful atmosphere, very positive buzz, responsive audiences, sell out events, happy authors, fabulous tech support, dedicated volunteer teams, generous sponsors, a book stall groaning with irresistible books, helpful hotel staff, delicious cakes- what a special weekend! Our speakers battled 7 hour plane delays, family crisis and flooded train lines to join us from Belgium, Sweden, Poland and all over the UK. Thank you! Thank you also to Laura Thompson and Nicola Upson who delivered a fascinating and very popular last minute event to replace Rose Tremain who had to cancel for family reasons. Personal highlights for me were the audience members who stopped me to say what a good time they were having; seeing people sitting in the cafe area chatting about the events; seeing happy, engrossed children (including two of my grand-daughters) at the library events; hearing our very moving winning short story entries, visiting our very atmospheric Sea Change installation at Landguard Fort. Thank you every one – audience, speakers, helpers. – Meg (Festival Director)
I think we’re safe to say that this was our biggest and best festival yet with lots of packed events and a real buzz at The Orwell Hotel and Felixstowe Library. A HUGE thank you to: all of our speakers (we hope you had fun!); our wonderful Sponsors and Funders; The Orwell Hotel; Felixstowe Library; Stillwater Books; Breeze Event Production; all the shops who took part in the Book Trail and of course our merry band of volunteers. Did you know that the festival is entirely organised and run by volunteers? Meg Reid heads up a team who work throughout the year to put on the festival and we’re always on the lookout for more enthusiastic team members. Find out more here if you’d like to come on board.
Keeeeeep reading!Hannah and the team