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New book festival comes to Ipswich

East Anglia’s newest book festival BooksEast opens on the 9th of May and runs until the 15th in Ipswich, bringing a range of celebrated authors to Suffolk’s county town for a festival with a difference.

Ipswich Corn Exchange, Film Theatre, Town Hall and its gallery spaces and café will be buzzing as a wide range of writers descend on the town to inspire and delight audiences of all ages from four to 104.

booksJason Hazeley and Joel Morris, authors of the massively popular Ladybird Books for Grown Ups series will be in conversation with comedian Katy Brand; pro cyclist David Millar will talk about his book The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist in conversation with BBC Radio Suffolk’s Jon Wright; world famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be in conversation with his long-time collaborator Anton Bowring in Life at the Limits; David Cavanagh will discuss his biography Good Night and Good Riddance: How 35 Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain with Foz (Stephen Foster) from BBC Radio Suffolk; Granta ‘Best of British’ novelist Xiaolu Guo will talk about her book I Am China; business guru Charles Handy will reveal the thinking behind his latest book The Second Curve; and many, many more authors and events are planned.

There’s a literary pub crawl, written by Eastern Angles’ Ivan Cutting, inviting audience members to join George Orwell and Arthur Ransome as they wander from pub to pub. Best-selling adult colouring author Millie Marrota has provided colouring sheets for a competition everyone can take part in. There is a short story competition for children and writing workshops from the likes of Jill Dawson whose latest novel The Crime Writer will also be launched during the festival.

BooksEast was born out of Ip-Lit which from 2006 until last year, brought writers to Ipswich as part of the town’s annual Ip-Art Festival.

BooksEast Director Assis Carreiro said, “I’m thrilled that our vision to create an exciting and vibrant books festival for Ipswich has become a reality. Thanks to the legacy of Ip-Lit and the incredible support of our funders, sponsors and partners, the first BooksEast Festival is all set to be a huge success. Come and join us between 9th and 15th May and share our passion for books.”

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