Lit­er­ary fes­ti­val a suc­cess as high­est au­di­ences recorded

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AF­TER nearly two years of de­tailed plan­ning the Chal­font St Giles Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val 2016 has been hailed a suc­cess.

Seven­teen events took place over two weeks and 20 speak­ers took time out to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of their lives in words – the theme of this year’s fes­ti­val.

Over 1,000 tick­ets were sold for ses­sions which took place in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in St Giles and Jor­dans, the high­est num­ber of at­ten­dees since th­ese fes­ti­vals be­gan.

Fes­ti­val chair­man Kath­leen Martin thanked the com­mit­tee for all their hard work and told them she was de­lighted to have re­ceived more pos­i­tive com­ments and com­pli­ments than ever be­fore dur­ing the pe­riod of the fes­ti­val.

Guest speak­ers Mar­garet Whit­tock, who took part in a dis­cus­sion called Spooks and Spooks, said: “I thor­oughly en­joyed the event and was as­ton­ished by the com­ments I re­ceived af­ter­wards. It seems I’m not the only per­son to have had such a spooky ex­pe­ri­ence.”

One-time di­plo­mat Sir Sher­ard Cow­per-Coles – who spoke to a sell-out au­di­ence – of­fered con­grat­u­la­tions on fes­ti­val.

Ver­non Bog­danor, whos ses­sion was one of four which were com­pletely sold out, said: “I greatly en­joyed the oc­ca­sion last night. The au­di­ence was ex­tremely lively and the whole event most stim­u­lat­ing – as far as I was con­cerned, at least.”

London based au­thor his the Sal­ley Vick­ers said she looked for­ward to re­turn­ing and added: “I en­joyed the evening very much and liked the au­di­ence’s in­tel­li­gent re­sponses.”

Nov­el­ist Anna Ja­cobs said: “What more can a speaker ask?”

She added: “They were a lovely au­di­ence and not only lis­tened in­tently, but laughed at my jokes and asked in­tel­li­gent in­ter­est­ing ques­tions.”

On the fes­ti­val’s last day Nik Pow­ell, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School, de­liv­ered an off-beat les­son in the life and times of an en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur, and pre­sented the prizes to the win­ners of this year’s lit­er­ary com­pe­ti­tion in the Par­ish Church. and Please post me free & with­out obli­ga­tion full de­tails of the Alta2 Pro hear­ing aid. Tick if pen­sioner.

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