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Saturday, October 19, 2013
The beauty of the written word is set to be celebrated at this year’s Hostry Festival - and a new event has now been added to the arts extravaganza’s literary line-up.
Author Gervase Phinn is the latest writer to get involved in the Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral, and he will take to the stage on the afternoon of Sunday, November 3.
Mr Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, educational consultant and visiting professor of education, and has written a number of books which include the Little Village School series of novels, and also his Dales books.
Chris Rushby, from Jarrold which is organising the Hostry Festival literary event, said: “We’re delighted to be able to present Gervase Phinn at the Hostry Festival. He’s a born raconteur and his public appearances are always a joy. He’s been called ‘the James Herriot of schools’ and I suppose there’s something in that: he was a teacher, then a school inspector and has more recently written a number of very funny books about his experiences in those roles in the Yorkshire Dales.”
The afternoon with Mr Phinn will take place a couple of days after another previously announced literary event - Norfolk Authors in Profile - which is being presented by the Hostry Festival in association with Jarrold on Friday, November 1.
Mr Rushby said: “Four authors all with local connections feature in our Friday afternoon session. Rose Tremain is one of this country’s finest writers, has lived in Norfolk for many years and is Chancellor of the UEA. Louis de Bernieres also lives in the region and is the author of numerous successful novels, perhaps the best-known being Captain Correlli’s Mandolin. Andrew Cowan is both a successful author and a teacher of creative writing at UEA. Finally, Hilton Pashley is a first-time children’s novelist and Wymondham resident.
“Local writer and journalist Keiron Pim will introduce our four speakers, discuss their latest projects and try to establish what influence East Anglia has on their writing.”
• Gervase Phinn live at the Hostry Festival is on Sunday, November 3 at midday for a 12.30pm start. The event will include a Q&A session with the author. Tickets £12 (concessions £10).
• The Norfolk Authors in Profile event is at the Hostry on Friday, November 1 at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Tickets £12 (concessions £10).
• The Hostry Festival is from October 24 to November 3. For more about other events in this year’s programme and to book tickets, visit www.hostryfestival.org or call the box office on 01603 598676.