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Authors to suit range of tastes at Alderney Literary Festival

MORE than 600 book-lovers attended the Alderney Literary Festival over the weekend.

Left to right, Alderney literary Festival chairman Anthony Riches and authors Carl Graves, Jose Day, Nicholas Jubber, Sean Lusk, Anne Sebba and Julia Boyd. (31924192)

There were 15 events during the three-day festival, with all talks, panel discussions and fringe events selling out.

Alderney Literary Trust’s Isabel Picornell said this had been its biggest festival yet.

‘It’s been an incredible weekend,’ she said.

‘Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of so many people – our brilliant team of volunteers, our lovely guest authors, our media partners and our great sponsors.’

Among the authors attending were history writers Julia Boyd and Christina Ezrahi and biographer Anne Sebba.

Each event had cost £10 each, with participants able to spend £100 on a rover ticket to attend all 12 talks.

Festival chairman Anthony Riches said it had gone really well.

‘We’ve enjoyed an eclectic range of author talks, encompassing subjects as diverse as the clash of ideology between the Soviet state of the 30s Great Purge and the great ballet companies of the Bolshoi and the Kirov, the plight of ordinary Germans in the face of an uncompromising Nazi state, and the thousands of innocent victims of the 17th century witch panic in England,’ he said.

Polygon Collective sponsored the event.