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Oundle Literature Festival

One of those gems that you may not hear much about outside the region, Oundle Literature Festival has an eclectic lineup.

Everyone who reads books, young or old, will find an author they have read, want to read or about whom they would like to learn more. Originally, the Festival was confined to the first half of March, just at a time when we are emerging from hibernation and are ready for a new cultural year.

The main programme is in March but in recent years some October dates have been added too. The definition of literature is quite flexible with cookery talks and actors from the Archers relating Ambridge tales alongside more mainstream authors, poets and workshops. But there is something for everyone and even the 'names' are inexpensive to meet.

You don't need to fill the whole time with literary sessions. Bring some books you have always planned to read/re-read, book a few tickets and enjoy the solitude of Nene Valley Cottages.

Remember to visit Little Gidding and read the Four Quartets sometime in the week too.

Another source of literary nuggets are the Oundle School Senior History Society and the school's General Studies Department. Authors as diverse as Chris Patten, Robert Winston, and Andrew Graham-Dixon speak in a forum open to the public. Consult the School website for full details including dates and venues.

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