Date: 28 - 30 April 2017
Location: Market Deeping, Lincolnshire
The first ever Deepings Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words - the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. Over three days at the end of April, the Deepings will host a stellar cast of writers of both fiction and non-fiction, storytellers and folk singers.
Top national and local authors have pledged their support for the event. The UK's top selling female historian Alison Weir and children's novelist Julia Jarman are among those confirmed to feature at the festival from Thursday 27 April until Monday 1 May next year.
The headline event is a three course black-tie dinner, An evening with Gyles Brandreth. The date is Saturday 29 April, 7.30 for 8pm when the writer, broadcaster and former MP will entertain with anecdotes about his life and books.
The Thursday and Friday of the festival are set to see children's book authors, including Julia, speaking to local schools whilst Alison is set to focus on a talk on Mary Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay at St Guthlac's Church in Market Deeping on Saturday 29 April. Meanwhile a book pageant
through the Deepings on Bank Holiday Monday is set to be among the features of the final day, with youngsters parading dressed as their favourite book characters.
There are also plans for a Lincolnshire Letters Aloud performance, where interesting letters are read and performed on stage.
The festival committee is made up of members of the community and district councillors including Cllr Judy Stevens and the event was inspired by the group saving the library last year.
Cllr Stevens said: "The event promises to be a wonderful few days of literary delights for all ages and it's great to have taken the momentum gained from saving the library locally and translating it into an event such as this.
"I think this is exciting for the whole district and we welcome community involvement from across South Kesteven." The council has funded the festival with other local private sponsors also set to support the event.
Leader Cllr Bob Adams said: "Our festivals are gaining an ever greater reputation nationally that we now attract people and investors through their increasing profile. We hope the Deepings Literary Festival will be another event to put the district on the map."Book tickets