Regular visitors to Ways With Words at Dartington Hall will have memories of the well-known speakers who appear at the festival. This July, Nick Clegg, Harriet Harman, Charley Boorman, Terry Waite, Salley Vickers are amongst those speaking at Ways With Words but several events involve local writers or have local connections.
Allan Jenkins, the editor of the monthly Observer food magazine, is speaking on Friday 7 July about the solace he found attending his allotment and the memories it evoked of his foster parents in Aveton Gifford, South Devon.
On Saturday 8 July, Oversteps, a local poetry publishing house is spending the day at the festival with a selection of the poets it publishes reading their work.
Lydia Corbett, was the girl with the pony tail, who, in her youth inspired Picasso. She sat for more than 60 of his works. Her daughter, Isabel Coulton has written her mother’s colourful memoir and on Monday 10 July she will talk to her mother about Picasso and her life.
Tom Cox is a great local favourite. Many know the stories of his cats through his blog and Twitter account. On Wednesday 12 July he is speaking, not on cats, but on his relationship with the landscape.
Earlier that day several local poets will read their poems on Elephants to support orphaned elephants in Kenya. As the publisher, the editor (Rebecca Gethin) and all the poets have generously agreed to waive their fees, every penny from the book sales will go to help elephants.
Between the two events landscape designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman are speaking on the garden they have become custodians of: Trematon Castle over looking Plymouth Sound.
The entertaining poet Matt Harvey has developed a nation-wide following though his humorous poems and his regular appearances on BBC radio. Ways With Words is delighted to welcome him back to the festival.
There are other writers who have a connection with this part of Devon who will appear at this year’s festival. For many, as they appear alongside highly respected names like the Rev. Richard Coles, Baroness Warsi, Tracy Chevalier, Alan Johnson, Polly Toynbee, it is confirmation of their own amazing achievements.
Ways With Words runs from the 7th to the 17th of July and you can view the full program online at www.wayswithwords.co.uk.
Read about the political events on our PRSD site and find out how young people can get a full bursary to events on our ArtsCulture site.
(from a press release)