Bude Literary Festival

Took place 18 - 22 May 2022

Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”(Lena Dunham)

Bude’s first ever Literary Festival took place in May, and was hailed a huge success with more than 1,500 people participating over the five day festival. The inaugural event, hosted by Bude-Stratton Town Council, saw some big literary names and acts visit Bude alongside a many local authors, musicians and performers.

All events during the festival were incredibly well received – perhaps most notably the Q&A session with Raynor Winn, author of the bestselling The Salt Path, which saw a sold-out Ivor Potter Hall at The Parkhouse Centre. Other highlights included an evening with comedian Andy Parsons, Patrick Gale, the Great Literary Quiz and walking literary tours of Bude with Dawn Robinson-Walsh.

In total, there were 75 performances, readings, workshops, competitions and school talks during the festival, which took place at four different venues – Bude Library, The Castle, the Parkhouse Centre and the Falcon Hotel.

BSTC’s Events Officer, Luna Redhead, was delighted by the positive feedback from all those who took part and came along to experience the festival. “It was really great to see the town buzzing, and to welcome such distinguished authors and performers to our first ever Literary Festival,” she said.

“To have attracted such large numbers to an inaugural event is fantastic, and a real testament to the hard work involved by so many people. Special thanks must go to Richard Wolfenden-Brown from North Coast Arts, who programmed the festival, along with his amazing team of 20 volunteer Bookworms, as well as to Castle Manager Mark Berridge and all the dedicated staff at the Library and Parkhouse Centre. And, of course, festival sponsors Spencer Thorn Bookshop were just brilliant, as were Visit Bude with all their support,” Luna added.


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