Live reading group Cross Country Writers will be performing at Saltram House for part of the Plymouth Literature Festival and Heritage Open Day.

On the 21st September, local Plymouth writers will be taking over The Orangery at Saltram from 1pm until 4pm, performing and reading their own works. Over the last few years, Cross Country Writers (described as one of the largest live reading groups in Plymouth and maybe, just maybe the world!) have performed in unique locations to mark the literature festival. After descending on Devonport Guildhall in 2016, cruising along Plymouth Sound in 2017, and taking over the Atheneaum theatre in 2018, Cross Country Writers will now visit the picturesque Saltram to share their creative works.

One of the event organiser’s, Thom Boulton said, “Saltram House is a stunning setting and is one of the wondrous sites around Plymouth that the city is very proud of. It will be an exciting opportunity for our talented writers to read their work there and great to bring our eclectic range of literature to a National Trust audience.”

Rebecca Smith, the Visitor Experience Manager for Saltram House added, “We’re really pleased to have Cross Country Writers here at Saltram, The Orangery is the perfect setting with the outlook over the garden. Participating in Heritage Open Day is really important to us as we can welcome more visitors for free. It’s a great chance to come and explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.”

27 readers will be sharing a range of poetry, flash-fiction and various other styles in The Orangery. The list includes known names such as Kenny Knight, Steve Spence, and Patrick Holden, all with work published in The New European; Melisande Fitzsimons who has a new collection due for publication, both the City Laureate and Young Poet Laureate, and Sara Elizabeth Smiles who is currently studying for her PHd centred around local settings and legends.

Heritage Open Day offers free entry to the house and grounds for the 21st September 2019.

Plymouth Literature Festival 2019 is running from September to December with events all across the city.