Saffron Walden Literature Festival tickets going like hot cakes

PUBLISHED: 13:36 27 February 2010 | UPDATED: 22:10 31 May 2010

JUST a few weeks after announcing the line-up, at least half of the tickets have already been sold for a literature festival which takes place in Saffron Walden throughout March. The festival, titled Words Around Britain, has been organised by Harts Event

JUST a few weeks after announcing the line-up, at least half of the tickets have already been sold for a literature festival which takes place in Saffron Walden throughout March.

The festival, titled Words Around Britain, has been organised by Harts Events and features a host of entertaining speakers.

Ex-schools inspector turned raconteur Gervase Phinn is proving the most popular speaker with Martin Bell and Simon Hoggart close behind.

"It is very reassuring when early ticket sales are good," said Jo Burch from Harts Events. "We always hope to invite speakers who will appeal to Saffron Walden audiences but we can never be absolutely sure we've got it right and we're always open to suggestions.

"We invite speakers to our festivals because we ourselves are interested in what they have written.

"If we had to choose one festival book from the selection for March, it would be Kevin Crossley-Holland's memoir of his childhood, The Hidden Roads - one of those books you ration yourself to a few pages at a time because you want it to last forever.

"It is by turns funny, quietly beautiful, painfully poignant and not a word is wasted. It will be a very special treat to listen to him talk about it on March 24."

The full festival programme can be seen at www.hartsevents.co.uk. Tickets are available online or can be bought from Harts at Shire Hill, the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or by telephone from Harts Books on 01799 523456.

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