It’s Nearly Time!

squareAfter months of preparation, we are just a few days away from this year’s Chudleigh Literary Festival, which takes place next Wednesday, 10th July. CWC members have been working really hard in the run-up to the event, and everyone has their jobs on the day. In today’s post, we bring you details of the brave folks facing the Dragons, and a reminder of our guest speakers for the evening.

Facing The Dragons

DragonWe had lots of submissions for this year’s competition and after some hard work by the dragons, we have come up with our shortlist. Pitching their latest novels to the fire-breathing threesome will be:

Veronica Bright

Paula Harmon

Brenda Hutchings

Paul K Joyce

Ella Montgomery

Angela Wooldridge

Our thanks go to everyone who entered and commiserations to those who didn’t make the cut this year. There were some great entries.

The pitching will take place during the networking afternoon, starting around 2.30pm. The contenders would love to have lots of support, so if you are around, do pop along. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits, and plenty of opportunity to network with other writers and industry folks. And the whole event is free.

Jeopardy and Medieval Murder in Chudleigh

MJ2Michael Jecks is an extremely prolific historical novelist who lives on Dartmoor. He is the author of The Templar Series, following the careers of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock. At 32 novels, this is the longest running crime series by any living author. He will be talking about his life as a writer and how he researches the material for his books.

WEJ_Fire_SMHow did a Jamaican, brought up in inner-city Birmingham, end up as a farmer in Devon? Find out when Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones comes to Chudleigh. Hear how time in the army and as a chef led to him bringing such names as Gordon Ramsay, Antony Worrall-Thompson, Brian Turner and James Martin to our television screens. Now best known for The Black Farmer range of gluten-free foods, there is much more to this man than meets the eye. As he relates in his new book, Jeopardy.

Michael and Wilfred will be on stage from 7pm onward. Tickets are still available, at just £8. You can book yours today by contacting Kate McCormick ( or just turn up and pay on the door.

The Chudleigh Literary Festival is organised and run by Chudleigh Writers’ Circle and takes place in the Chudfest Marquee, Chudleigh Play Park, behind the Parish Church on Fore Street (B3344), Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ.  You find full details of the programme here.

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