Established in 2012, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a great destination not only for book lovers of all ages but also for those who enjoy uplifting political and social debates or inspiring and creative workshops. Northwood House, an iconic landmark Grade II * listed manor house in over 20 acres of parkland and overlooking the sea in the heart of Cowes, provides a perfect backdrop to the Literary Festival.
Names announced for this year’s Literary Festival, Thursday 12th October – Sunday 15th October, include Andrew Marr, author, distinguished print and television political journalist and presenter of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC 1 and Start the Week on BBC Radio 4, Val McDermid, Scotland’s Queen of the psychological thriller, Dame Jenni Murray, the doyenne of the renowned and long-running BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987, Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, author and Presenter of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, and Xiaolu Guo, Granta Best Young British Novelist and Orange Prize short-listed author of I Am China.
A full programme of events is provided especially for young people aged four to 18+ at Northwood House and in the custom designed Youth Zone. Comprised of the Inspire Yurt, the Imagine Yurt and the Entertain Hall, the Youth Zone hosts entertainers, storytellers, authors and theatre productions.
Continuing the Literary Festival’s musical tradition and in association with Newport Jazz Festival Weekend, dance to and enjoy the beat of the Gypsy Jazz Band Gramophone Party Friday, 13th October. The Gramophone Party conjures up a world of vanished speakeasies and smoky music halls—reminiscent of a golden age of jazz innovation.
On Saturday, 14th October, vocalist/flute/sax player Jacqui Hicks and trumpeter Martin Shaw join the Jim Thorn trio for a magical evening of music. Jacqui counts Nat Cole, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald as influences. Martin is regarded as one of the top jazz soloists in the country. A not to be missed experience.
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Map & Directions
From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, turn right onto York Avenue and straight onto ferry road to the floating bridge to West Cowes.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, A3020 to West Cowes.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to West Cowes
Public Transport Directions
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 9 bus route to Newport and change to No. 1 to West Cowes.
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Newport and change to No. 1 to West Cowes.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at www.islandbuses.info/ or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office)
|Open (12 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017)|