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Southwold Literature Festival 2015

Ways With Words Literature Festival in Southwold, Suffolk,
November 5 - 9, 2015

The programme for the Ways With Words Literature Festival has just been printed and is available as a paper copy and also on-line. It runs from 5 - 9 November and has the usual eclectic mix of fantastic speakers including: Melvyn Bragg • Penelope Lively • Maggi Hambling • Michael Buerk  • Paul Heiney • Giles Radice • Polly Toynbee • David Walker • Peter Hennessy • Terry Waite. Tickets for all events (except the literary dinner) are £12. Writing fiction, Trees, Reality Television, Elizabeth 2nd, David Cameron, the Holocaust: there’s something to interest all visitors to Ways With Words.  

The festival opens with much good cheer when you enter St. Edmunds Hall with a  glass of Adnams wine in your hand to hear Jancis Robinson talking about her career in wine writing. This event will be chaired by Simon Loftus, a past chairman of Adnams, who has published books on wine himself.

Most events take place in St Edmund’s Church Hall in Southwold except for Monday 9 November when Shirley Williams will close the festival in St Edmund’s Church, Southwold at 10.30am. Baroness Williams sits as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords and will talk about the Liberal Democrats severe defeat in the General Election in May and the political scene today.

P.D. James wrote an introduction to a book on the history of Southwold and said –“Thousands of visitors have asked themselves the same question - why is Southwold so special? There is its beauty. Every street and every vista holds its own particular charm, delighting eye and mind.” She goes on to mention the church, the bird-loud marshes, the beach-huts, the North Sea, the sand and shingle.

This makes it obvious why we have an event at Ways With Words in Southwold, (she died on the 27 November 2014 at 94, ‘Remembering P.D. James, with two of her old friends, Penelope Lively and Peter Kemp. (Sunday 8 November at 10am) It seems particularly appropriate to have this event in Southwold as she owned a big house just off the square, opposite The Swan.

Whether you want to know more about wine or find out about the political scene since the election or discover how to make the most of your potential or hear about betrayal and Judas Iscariot, don’t miss the informed and inspiring speakers who come to Southwold for the Ways With Words Literature Festival.

Ways With Words is a Devon-based company which runs festivals in Devon, Cumbria, Southwold and London, as well as holiday courses in Devon and Umbria, Italy.

•    Visitors to the festival can buy individual, day tickets or packages.
•    Most individual tickets are £12 each.
•    Tickets are available to book online at, or by phone on 01803 867 373.
•    General Booking for the festival opens on Tuesday, September 15th on 01803 867373
•    Interviews can sometimes be arranged with visiting speakers before, after or during the festival. Ways With Words has professional photographs of all the speakers as well as some of Southwold and the festival.

For further press information, photography and interview requests please contact Phil John on 01803 867373,

Download Southwold PR 1.docx

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