Famous faces at Wells Festival of Literature

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By abbie_wells | Thursday, October 04, 2012, 12:33

The Wells Festival of Literature is fast approaching and this year sees a variety of celebrated authors take to the stage.

Kate Mosse, founder of the Orange Prize will open the festival at St Thomas' Church followed by renowned journalist Heather Brooke famous for exposing the MP expenses scandal in 2009.

Many award-winning writers will be attending this year's festival including four Costa winners and finalists. Andrew Miller won the prize in 2011 and is sure to have audiences in Wells engrossed with his novel 'Pure'.

There are plenty of other famous authors sharing their wisdom over the nine day festival include Matthew Paris, Sarah Raven, Claire Tomalin, Micahel Frayn and Jonathan Dimbleby.

Other highlights include Tim, Tom and Trevor, the 'Three Hungry Boys' who challenged themselves to travel across Britain in a camper van without spending any money for a month.

The boys were followed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's TV crew and will give Wells foodies the chance to learn how to catch, trap and forage for their dinner.

As well as all this there will be poetry readings, open mic sessions and prize giving ceremonies for short stories, poems and crime novels.

In addition there is a lively programme of events for schools including fun drama workshops for six and seven year-olds from Ros Hickson, who works for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Neil Johnson who founded Theatresaurus in Wells.

This year's festival is set to run from October 12 - 20.

Some events have already sold out so if you want to attend, download the programme and snap up your tickets from The Wells Festival of Literature website.

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