The Tamworth Literary Festival

LitFest Logo2015 July 6 (LitFest own photo)We in The Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) think it is wonderful that Tamworth has its very own Literary Festival, which has been developed by its Committee since late 2014, and continues to grow.

The recent romantic fiction day hosted in the Parish Church and the Central Library, and  the talk in the Town Hall in May by Tamworth resident Dr. Sara Read of Loughborough University about her book exploring early modern women’s lives, were all entertaining and informative.

Dr Sara Read Talk Tamworth LitFestTDCS 2016 05 11 001a

The Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS) not only fights to protect and conserve our built and natural heritage, and strives to publicise our local history, we are also here to promote civic pride and encourage engagement by the public in community events.

Tamworth and the surrounding area have an abundance of voluntary community organisations catering day in and day out for all ages, interests, talents and skills.  A vibrant Literary Festival to enhance our cultural life and draw in famous authors and attendant visitors to Tamworth is a very welcome addition to that rich mix.

TDCS especially welcomes the strong  interest demonstrated by LitFest in highlighting local authors past, present and future.  TDCS will work in partnership with the Literary Festival Committee, when we can, to promote and benefit Tamworth.  We hope that other local groups will do likewise.

We wish the Tamworth Literary Festival every success.  Our area must be full of people who like reading, and perhaps putting pen to paper themselves.  So why not make some time to help organise the Literary Festival events?  There are always different tasks to be done that help make an event successful.  We certainly hope that residents take the opportunities when they arise to attend the events provided. Those held to date have been great.  For further information see the LitFest’s website   and Facebook page.

David Biggs

Images in this blog post attributed as follows: Dr Sara Read event May 2016 (David Biggs photo) and Jo McMillan event July 2015 (LitFest photo).