Literary Events at ArtsFest 2013

Time to pick up your pencils, iPads and make dates in your diary, for a special focus on literature at this year’s Lyme Regis ArtsFest has led to no less than four fascinating and distinctly different Meet the Author events and two literary workshops being offered during the festival (21-29 Sept).

Paula ByrneOn 24 Sept at 7pm, ArtsFest’s popular literary supper club, LitNight @ By the Bay, will be devoted to Paula Byrne, the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen (‘The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things’), who will discuss her (and Austen’s) work between three delicious courses at this congenial seaside restaurant. The evening costs £19.95 and booking is essential on 01297 442668.

Sarah SingletonOn 21 Sept (noon till 1pm), prize-winning author Sarah Singleton comes to the Lyme Regis Library to talk about her books, the latest of which, ‘Dark Storm’, is set in a thinly disguised ‘Lyme on Sea’. It’s free but booking is advisable on 01297 443151. The Library is also hosting on 23 Sept (2-4pm) Memories of Broad Street, a display of artefacts, images and stories from the Lyme Regis Museum.


On 22 Sept (4-6pm) at the Guildhall, local author Geoff Mead will tell some of his favourite tales for adults in Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After (tickets £2 from Serendip or on the door). And on 29 Sept (10-12 and 2-4) you can drop into Serendip on Broad Street to meet artist and children’s author Jackie Morris who will be painting, illustrating and reading from her books.

At the Guildhall, local writing tutor Joanna Smith will offer a Life Stories Workshop, a practical session on how to identify intriguing topics, retrieve memories, organise your material and produce stories (25 Sept, 9.30-12.30, £15, booking essential on 0782 4617453 or 01297 444624).

And finally, HIX Oyster and Fish House will be the scrumptious venue for writer and jMaria McCarthyournalist Maria McCarthy’s Writing for Publication workshop on 26 Sept (10-11.30). Learn insider tips on how to get your journalism, novel or non-fiction book published, while enjoying a light snack (£10, booking essential on 0207 749 0471 or

Further details are available online ( or pick up the free ArtsFest brochure, now available at TICs, libraries and local shops in the region.

Published on 12/08/2013.

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