Chasing away the winter blues!

Authors Stephen Foster-Pilkington and Ruth Loten with Brightlingsea mayor Mick Barry

Town’s first Literary Festival launched on first WinterFest weekend

Brightlingsea’s first ever Literary Festival was given a great start when two local authors launched their latest books at an event which attracted an enthusiastic capacity audience.

The festival, organised by Brightlingsea’s BrightWords Writing Group, is being held in association with Brightlingsea WinterFest, the town’s annual  festival of music, arts and spoken word, which runs throughout February.

Brightlingsea’s Mayor Mick Barry, who officially opened the Literary Festival at Brightlingsea British Legion said: “This event shows just how creative this town is. Brightlingsea is the gift that keeps on giving, as there is so much happening here, including WinterFest.”

Authors Ruth Loten and Stephen Foster-Pilkington gave an inspiring insight into their work and launched their eagerly anticipated new books with readings, interviews and question and answer sessions. Music was also provided by Stephen and his wife, opera singer Katy Bingham-Best.

Ruth’s novel, Folly, is set in a fictionalised version of Brightlingsea and covers two pivotal eras in the town’s history. Stephen’s book, called Twelve Mistakes, is a sparkling collection of a dozen short stories.

The Literary Festival and WinterFest both have more attractions for all age groups coming up in February and most of the events are free. For more details see our events page.

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