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Farnham Literary Festival – more events announced

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The Farnham Literary Festival, which runs from 5 to 13 March and coincides with Women’s History Month, will feature a talk by the historical fiction writers A K Blakemore and Annie Garthwaite. 

In a fascinating and thought-provoking session, they will speak about the importance of bringing women’s voices back from the past to enlighten the future. 

In addition, festival organiser Farnham Town Council has announced further details about the programme which is packed with literary-inspired events including talks, walks, workshops and readings, aimed at all ages and interests.

Councillor Pat Evans, Lead Member for Tourism and Events says: “Not only do we have some excellent speakers and workshop facilitators, we also have all sorts of activities. We have readings from renowned writers such as poet Sophie Hannah plus, we also have events as diverse as a calligraphy workshop, literary walks, a performance from rap artist Nath678 and children’s activities.” 

Among the 20-plus confirmed events is a talk from Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, readings from performers at Farnham Theatre Association, a Shakespeare-themed walk, local historian and author Rosemary Wisbery and Strictly Come Writing, a writing workshop. The festival organisers are continuing to add events as further speakers confirm their involvement. 

“We are confirming more speakers and activities all the time so please keep checking our website, We want everyone to enjoy the festival. Even if your school days put you off literature but you love a good crime story or perhaps you are more drawn to films or craft activities than writing, you should find something that appeals to you in our programme.” 

The festival is the first of its kind in Farnham but follows other popular events such as the walking festival and October Craft Month. It is organised by Farnham Town Council in collaboration with local literary experts as one of many projects to support residents’ interests in local culture and heritage. 

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