Wisbech literature festival is success story

Author and LitFest organiser Simon Crow pictured with Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech, David and Judy Hodgson.
Author and LitFest organiser Simon Crow pictured with Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech, David and Judy Hodgson.

Organisers of an inaugural Fenland literature festival are already preparing for next year’s event after a hugely successful debut.

Hundreds of literature fans enjoyed the Fenland LitFest when it was held at The Angles Theatre in Wisbech earlier this month.

The event celebrated literature of all types and offered something for all ages.

Visitors enjoyed talks and workshops by local authors Jon Lawrence, Darren Upton, Claire Upton and Simon Crow, while others attended a poetry reading by Fenland Poet Laureate Jonathan Totman with his colleagues Mary Livingstone, Elaine Ewart and Poppy Kleiser.

There were also poetry writing workshops and illustration demonstrations with James Robinson and Shannon Loveless and comic artist Glen Stone.

Particularly popular was Mr Crow’s Horror Circle in which participants had to play their own part in his interactive story to try to survive a nightmare stay in a mansion.

The festival was also completely free of charge thanks to funding from Arts Council England project, Market Place, which aims to develop ambitious arts communities in seven towns across Fenland and Forest Health.

Plans for next year’s event are already underway.

Anyone wishing to take part can contact organisers through the event’s Facebook page, FenlandLitFest. You can also ‘like’ the page to be kept up-to-date with the latest developments.