Felixstowe Book Festival plans online event in June

PUBLISHED: 10:29 01 May 2020

Meg Reid, director of Felixstowe Book Festival, is looking at the possibility of live-streaming author interviews and Q&A sessions after the event had to be cancelled.

Meg Reid, director of Felixstowe Book Festival, is looking at the possibility of live-streaming author interviews and Q&A sessions after the event had to be cancelled.

Felixstowe Book Festival is cancelled but director Meg Reid is hoping to live-stream author interviews and Q&A sessions

Organisers of Felixstowe Book Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event due to the Covid-19 pandemic – but they have plans to create an alternative festival experience for booklovers.

The increasingly popular festival is a firm fixture in Felixstowe’s calendar, attracting locals and visitors who pack the venues to listen to live interviews and Q&As with a wide range of authors, as well as workshops. This year’s event was due to run from June 26 to 28. Festival director and founder Meg Reid said she was very sad that it would not take place but explained that it was too great a risk to go ahead.

“With the need to keep the health and safety of everyone of paramount importance, the uncertainty of when our venues will re-open, and not knowing when limitations on public gatherings might be lifted, we feel that this is the only option we have.”

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Meg and her festival team have already started planning an alternative festival with a series of author Q&A sessions hosted on social media and on the festival website.

The Felixstowe Festival Book Club is meeting via Zoom – next meeting Tuesday May 4 – and it is hoped to live stream at least six author sessions over the original 2020 festival weekend.

“We will announce further details when we have them,” said Meg. The good news, she added, was that most of the authors who were booked for 2020 have already agreed to come to the festival next year.

“I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved with the festival for all their hard work and to all the booklovers who support us faithfully each year. We will meet again in 2021.”

The proposed dates for 2021’s festival are June 25-27 when an exciting team of authors will once again return to Felixstowe for a weekend of talks, book signings, workshops and children’s events.

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