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Burnham Book Festival returns this May

11th Apr 2023

Burnham Book Festival is back in May 2023! After last year’s success, expect more book talks, panel

Burnham Book Festival is back! Jampacked with talks, workshops and local authors there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival on 19, 20 & 21 May.

The festival features an evening with bestselling local writer Damien Boyd, a fascinating talk from TV ornithologist Stephen Moss, a showing of Charie Chaplin’s The Kid accompanied by a talk on the life and work of legendary impresario Fred Karno. Writers looking to develop their skills can join workshops on Life writing, travel writing, screenwriting and more. For poets, check out the spoken word workshops for adults and young people, complete with an oppotunity to perform in front of a closed supportive audience.

The festival also features Patrick Duff, lead singer of Strangelove who will be talking about his life and autobiography, The Singer. Hear the fascinating story behind The Tennis Champion who Escaped the Nazis, or learn about the geology of the local area.

You can also revisit the Echo Project, which captured the stories of Burnham 10 years ago. The session features lots of local people and places, giving a glimpse of everyday lives and some of the ways that our town has changed.

This is just a sample of the events at this year’s book festival, for more see the full programme below.

Tickets range from free to £15, available from the Princess.

Full Schedule of events

19th May

Stephen Moss – Ten Birds That Changed the World

Tell your story with Pride – A Writing Workshop

The Landscape Of West Somerset

Writing for Children: Bringing the Magic

A letter to one of my very many experiences

An Evening With Damien Boyd

20th May

Not What I Did On My Holidays – Writing Workshop

Write Your Life – Putting your life into words

Writer and Reader What’s The Deal

Get Your Words Out! – a spoken word workshop

Spoken Word for Kids with Karl Bevis

Book Talk: The Tennis Champ Who Escaped The Nazis

The Singer – Patrick Duff

Echo Burnham: 10 Years On

Portishead Radio

Villains and Victims

Being Published: Does it Change your Life?

21st May

Scriptwriting Workshop

Karno & The Kid

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