With the Felixstowe Book Festival still ten weeks away, the organisers are finding innovative ways to keep interest going until a decision can be made about whether the festival can go ahead in the current situation. 

“The Felixstowe Book Festival is following government Coronavirus guidelines and the safety of all is our main concern,” said Meg Reid, the festival director. “We are hopeful that things will have improved by the end of June but will review the situation again on 27 April.”

Meanwhile the festival is organising question and answer sessions with some of the authors who are booked to come to Felixstowe on 26-28 June. They include Iain Dale, Henry Hemming, Paul French, Liz Trenow, and Kit Yates. Book lovers can send their questions to Felixstowe Book Festival Facebook page and, after they have been collated, each author will answer in a short film. These will be shown on the festival website and social media. 

Iain Dale – Photo by Steve Ullathorne

First is Iain Dale who is taking questions on ‘public discourse and the state of politics today’, followed by Paul French (pictured below) who will be taking your questions on all things ‘China’. To leave a question, visit the festival Facebook page and look for the post pinned at the top of the page: https://www.facebook.com/FelixstoweBookFest

The monthly Felixstowe Book Festival book club, that usually meets in the Cuppa Café in Felixstowe to discuss the books to be featured in this year’s festival, is continuing with a Facebook Live session hosted by Ruth Dugdale and Liz Rastrick.

Paul French (C) Sue Anne Tay

“The boat trip with Terry Waite, down the River Orwell on Orwell Lady is now on 11 October instead of 17 May,” said Meg. “Please keep an eye on our website for any developments and for more interesting content, for example one of our team, Imogen, is posting blogs with suggestions of books to read. Take care of yourselves, your family and those around you during the uncertain times we face in the coming weeks and we all hope that things will return to normal as soon as possible.”

Full details of the Felixstowe Book Festival can be found at: www.felixstowebookfestival.org.uk