Literature lovers should head to Budleigh Salterton for a taster of their famous Literary Festival with Spring Weekend taking place on 1st and 2nd March. This year’s Spring Weekend features the likes of Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Armitage, Hannah Barnes, Sam Peters, Sir Robin Niblett and Clive Myrie, all within the beautiful confines of the Jurassic Coast, perhaps the region’s most inspirational view.

Over the course of the weekend, there will be a range of fascinating talks to get you excited for the full festival in September, including broadcaster Clive Myrie, who will be giving you a sneak peek at his autobiography and his career in journalism.

Budding journalists also have the chance to listen to Sam Peters and Hannah Barnes, investigative journalists who brought to light a number of high-profile stories. During their session, you can hear more about how investigative journalism is more important than ever. While those of you interested in world affairs won’t want to miss Sir Robin Niblett’s talk on the possibility of a new cold war and Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage will also be showcasing his latest book, an Ivor Novello award winning collection of song lyrics.

While you’re visiting, make sure to add to your own personal libraries by indulging in some bookshop browsing around Budleigh.

On the highstreet you’ll find plenty of second hand books at Oxfam, Children’s Hospice South West, the Budleigh Salterton Devon Air Ambulance shop and the RSPCA charity shop.

Elsewhere, you’ll find Winstone’s and Paragon Books in Sidmouth and the Curious Otter Bookshop in Ottery St Mary.

Missed out on tickets for the Spring Weekend? Keep an eye on the Budleigh Literary Festival website to be the first to know when the tickets for the full festival go on sale, this year the festival runs from the 18th – 22nd September, with the line up to come in the next few months.

Looking for places to stay for the Spring Weekend, you can find properties to suit every taste and budget across East Devon below.

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