Celebrating all of our literature

Louise Sewell director of Eatbourne's book festival
Louise Sewell director of Eatbourne's book festival

This weekend sees a celebration of books and the written word from established authors to budding authors to readers - the Eastbourne Book Festival 2015 promises to cater for every literary need.

The event kicks off at 7.30pm this evening at the Under Ground Theatre with best-selling author Sheila Bugler being interviewed about her life, career and books by festival director Louise Sewell.

For the readers out there, the UGT will be open from 1-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday to showcase local writers and their work. MP Caroline Ansell will attend tomorrow at 3.30pm to show support, and local publishers will present some of their authors to the public. On both days writers will be reading from their books.

For the writers among us, South Street Art Studios in South Street will hold a number of creative writing classes under the expert guidance of Jacq Molloy, Beth Miller and Andrea Samuelson.

Sunday sees the launch of the Festival’s national writing competition which is open to all and organised by the New Eastbourne Writers group - www.neweastbournewriters.com.

The festival is sponsored by Gardeners Books, which is based in Eastbourne and is Europe’s leading wholesaler of English language digital and physical books.

Further details are available at www.ebbookfestival.org and www.undergroundtheatre.co.uk

Tickets for The Underground Theatre are £3 in advance or at the door or £5 for the whole weekend. The venue also has a coffee-bar that will be open. Tickets available from the UGT on Fridays & Saturdays (10am - 4pm), at any UGT event, from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, on the door if available, via www.undergroundtheatre.co.uk  or 0845 680 1926.