Thur 12th to Sun 15th Oct. Cowes.
Celebrating all things literary, from plays to paperbacks to poetry.
If you love books this should be on your ‘must do’ list. There are plenty of guest speaker -authors from TV, politics, journalism and writers from all genres and areas of the world with opportunities to get your book signed, get involved with some of the workshops or a quiz and enjoy some of the musical entertainment.
Among previous guest speakers have been Mary Berry, Michael Portillo, and Alan Johnson and not forgetting own Island based wordsmiths either such as Alan Titchmarsh, Joan Ellis and Donna Jones.
There will also be a fantastic programme designed for children and young adults. More news on this nearer the time.
Northwood House, a magnificent Grade II* listed late Georgian manor house set in a 20 acre park, is the main venue and weekend box office for the Literary Festival. Occupying a prime position above Cowes, the star listing is for the House’s incredible painted function rooms where the talks take place.
Purchased by George Ward in 1793 and extended and improved by his heir, George Henry Ward, the House has a varied and interesting past including hosting elaborate entertainments for royalty and Victorian history, serving as a convent and acting as a convalescent VAD hospital in the First World War. The House and Park were gifted to Cowes Urban District in 1929. Today the estate is the responsibility of Northwood House Charitable Trust Company Limited.
Home of the Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, which was founded in 1897, Trinity Theatre is a favourite venue for the Festival. With seating for 199, the Theatre has a bar and a social area.
At one time a church hall for Holy Trinity Church, the building was purchased in 1979 by the Billing Trust. The trust had as its object the establishment of an amateur dramatic theatre. The near derelict building, which was adapted as a theatre for stage performances, was sold to CAODS in 1983.
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