Tiverton Literary Festival is back for its fourth year, giving book lovers the chance to meet top authors and offering aspiring writers the opportunity to learn from professionals on how to improve their craft.

Festival runs Wednesday 13 – Wednesday 20 June 2018

Venues all around the historic Mid Devon market town will be buzzing with author activity from 13-20 June 2018 with over 20 events planned. A popular and unique addition to this year’s festival is a talk and book signing by well-known Devon traveller John Treagood who has been travelling the county for 40 years with his horse and caravan and can often be found located on some of the county’s roadside verges.

Headliners for the 2018 festival include Sunday Times bestselling and Crime Book of the Year winning authors Mark Billingham and Belinda Bauer. Belinda’s latest book Snap has just been released and is set in Tiverton, top crime writer Val McDermid says it is the “best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time”.  As well as being a multi-million-copy bestseller Mark is an actor and comedian.  He will be talking about his 15th DI Tom Thorne novel The Killing Habit, which is a twisting, gripping thriller inspired by a dramatic real life case.

Nature writers Miriam Darlington and Stephen Moss will be appearing at The Oak Room talking about their latest books Owl Sense and Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names. Owl Sense was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week earlier this year and has been described as ‘Captivating’ by The Times and ‘Achingly beautiful’ by The Guardian.  Stephen has written over 30 books on wildlife, was a wildlife TV producer for the BBC and is a regular contributor to The Guardian birdwatch column.

Bestselling author of The Good, the Bad and the Furry Tom Cox will be talking about his latest book 21st Century Yokel.  An ex Devon Life columnist, with a huge following online, Tom’s new title is a mixture of humour, nature writing, memoir, and folklore and is sure to make an entertaining evening.

Devon’s own Judi Spiers will be talking  to popular cosy crime writer Hannah Dennison who started her career working as a junior reporter on the Tiverton Gazette. She later emigrated to the USA where she writes the Honeychurch Hall and Vicky Hill mysteries set in Devon to remind her of home.  Lizzie Lane, incredibly popular author of 11 heartwarming family sagas set around the war years in Bristol, will be in conversation with Tiverton’s Jenny Kane at Tiverton Library, join them for afternoon tea! 

Set to return to the festival is one of last year’s most popular authors, Sunday Times bestseller Jane Corry, who is leading a workshop for writers on Ten Steps To Writing A Thriller.  The session is suitable for beginners and more established writers who want to sharpen their technique.  Jane has been a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University as well as a very successful author. Her latest book The Dead Ex is sure to be another smash hit. 

On Friday night lovers of local history and poetry can hear from Liz Shakespeare about The Postman Poet, Edward Capern, who was born in Tiverton. Charles Dickens was a fan and his poems celebrated the nature of Devon. This talk will be followed by a Poetry Café with published poets Paul Mortimer, Paul Tobin, Annie Fisher, Elaine Jarvest Miller,and Alasdair Patterson.

Join Mills and Boon and Harlequin bestselling authors Nicola Cornick and Katherine Garbera for some Love in the Afternoon on Saturday at the Town Hall, expect romance, harp music from Hazel Prior to get you in the mood, cup cakes and lots of free goodies from M&B. 

As usual there are many activities for young readers and their families to enjoy.  On Saturday we welcome author of the Knitbone Pepper series Claire Barker to the festival, and Amy Sparkes and illustrator Paul Cherrill  will be telling Robo-Snot with songs, stories and art for 3-6 year olds.  Phoenix Lane café Elsie May’s will be holding 6 Magical Stories for families on the two Sundays during and after the festival. A highlight for families will be experiencing nature and wildlife by taking part in the Tiverton Lost Words Nature Trail, based on the Hay Festival Book of the Year by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. Can you find the 20 Lost Words? Pick up a trail guide from 28th May at Liznojan Bookshop.

Tiverton Literary Festival’s main sponsor is Tiverton Portas Company.  Portas Chair Sue Griggs said: “After the success of the past three years, we are really pleased to be holding another TivLitFest again this year. It is a great way to raise the profile of our town, and brings together a range of different people from our local community, as well as bringing a large number of visitors into the area. The team of volunteers who put the festival together have worked extremely hard to arrange our best ever line-up.  The week is full of events and authors to tempt readers from far and wide.” Sue added she would like to particularly thank “Devon Libraries, Liznojan Books, Elsie May’s, Reapers, The Oak Room, Five Cedars and JP Associates” for their support and sponsorship of the festival.

The full line-up and ticket information can be found online here or call Tiverton Library 01884 244644. Ticket Box Offices are online, and at Tiverton Library, Liznojan Books and Reapers Whole Food Store.  Follow TivLitFest on social media for the latest updates:  facebook.com/tivlitfest , twitter.com/tivertonlitfest