A fantastic line up of authors are set to visit the Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House in Cowes from the 6th – 9th October 2022. 

One of the speakers, royal historian Tracy Borman will be at the festival talking about her latest book, Crown & Sceptre, which explores the history of the British monarchy. Find out more about Tracy including why she is looking forward to this year’s festival and what her favourite places to visit are on the Isle of Wight. 

Tracy Borman

What are you looking forward to at this year’s literary festival?

Everything! It’s so lovely that live events are back after what seemed to be a long absence during the pandemic. I have really missed coming to the Isle of Wight Festival in particular as it’s very close to my heart. This is also the first time I’ve been back to the Festival since being made an honorary patron of the Vectis Archaeological Trust so it will be extra special.

We understand you are a regular at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival – why do you come back? 

The Isle of Wight is one of my very favourite festivals. The atmosphere is always wonderful, with friendly and engaged audiences, fantastic festival staff…and of course the beautiful island itself. I will keep coming back for as long as the Festival keeps inviting me!

What are your favourite places to visit on the Island?

There are so many. As a royal historian, Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are definitely up there. I also love crabbing at Bembridge and having lunch at the Crab & Lobster, then walking my dog (Cromwell) on the beach nearby. My family and I have stayed in Cowes a number of times and love browsing the shops and eating out in one of the many lovely restaurants (HK is a favourite). A more challenging – but also exhilarating – thing to do is to cycle around the Island. I’ve done that twice (stopping at the Wight Mouse for lunch) and the stunning views made those relentless climbs worthwhile!

Have you done any historical research on the Island?

Not as such, although I have derived inspiration from its rich history and beautiful scenery – particularly for my novels.

What makes this festival different to other literary festivals?

From the moment I step onto the ferry, it feels like I’m on holiday and that continues throughout my time at the Festival. There is a such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the venue, Northwood House, is just beautiful. I never want to leave.

Tracy Borman speaking at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Take a look at the varied and exciting programme at this year’s literary festival and book your tickets now to hear many fascinating writers talk about their work. 

Whether you’re travelling by foot or by car, Red Funnel, are providing travel offers for those attending the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. The £11 Red Jet day return and 15% off vehicle ferry can be booked here