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The third Purbeck Literary Festival runs from 14th to 27th February with a pre-Festival Children’s Launch with well-known Dorset Story Teller Martin Maudsley for  a day of magical words and music at Corfe Castle, National Trust Visitor Centre. 

The two week programme then follows, launching with At ‘A Foot in the Door’, February 14th Harman’s Cross Village Hall, with a whole day dedicated to independent publishing. You can meet local authors and publishers, learn what makes them successful, and buy their books. A programme of talks and discussions runs alongside the sale. Refreshments, from fizz to tea and cakes, available. The event runs from 1– 5.30pm. Free entry and the chance to buy tickets for all Festival events.
Get all the Ambridge gossip when Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) comes to Durlston. You don’t have to be an Archers’ fan to enjoy her fabulous cabaret. Or enjoy a Bubbly Brunch with Sunday Times top-selling author Jill Mansell at the Grand Hotel, Swanage.

Learn the craft of writing with a workshop on Writing Your Life Story or an intensive day on How to Write and Sell your novel with two successful writers Sue Moorcroft and Nicky Moor sharing their secrets. Locally-based journalist Emma Lee-Potter also gives a fascinating insight into her varied international career and her mother, the famous Lynda Lee-Potter, at The Crow’s Nest, Swanage.
With poetry, film, screenwriting, an adventurer, history, guided walks, comedy and a musical evening and several wonderful teas, there’s something for everyone in schools, libraries, cafes and attractions across Purbeck.

All information and online booking at or contact Discover Purbeck at Wareham (01929 552740) or Swanage Tourist Information Centre (01929 422885).

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