I can’t quite believe it’s only just over a week until the sixth annual Maryport LitFest! We’ve been working on it since last January, and it’s been a really exciting journey. It’s such a privilege to work with so many interesting authors, and the icing on the cake was when author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg agreed to come and open the Festival on the night of Friday, November 8, and talk about his new book Grace and Mary. He has been so supportive and kind, and the whole team really appreciate it. I’ve also had the marvelous pleasure of listening to Eric Robson’s voice-mails. That chap really should be on the radio! I can’t wait to hear his talk on Wet! which includes an account of his amazing journey round the coast of Cumbria, to be published in the spring. And I’m so looking forward to seeing biographer Kathleen Jones again – she’s been in Italy for a while, has come back to a brand-new granddaughter born last week in the UK, and yet is still going to make the journey across Cumbria to come and talk about her new biography of Norman Nicholson. As the main theme of the festival is Neptune and his Realm, the coastal towns have been so important in weaving a theme together – and Nicholson and Millom are practically a double act!
There are so many marvellous writers coming to give pleasure to the LitFest audience, and I can’t wait for it all to kick off on the Friday night!
Tickets are still available for all the events. Just phone the RomanMuseumon (01900) 816168 or go on the website at www.senhousemuseum.co.uk