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Literary enthusiasts are set to rejoice as the Purbeck Literary Festival is to begin this February. The third instalment of the event brings together a number of writers and literary luminaries in Dorset from 14 to 27 February. The entire festival is keenly focused on its amazing surroundings – the idyllic Dorset coast that is a premier destination for a cottage holiday.

The event kicks off with a pre-festival children’s literature event on Saturday 13 February with well-known storyteller Martin Maudsley. He starts off the series of events with words and music at Corfe Castle’s National Trust Visitor Centre.

The two-week festival includes a whole day dedicated to independent publishing. There will be local authors and publishers, as well as opportunities to learn about what makes a successful literary career, and where the locals buy their books.

The event also features the popular radio programme The Archers. Sunny Ormonde, who plays Lilian Bellamy on the radio show, comes to the Durlston Country Park in Swanage on 26 February. For more than just fans of the Archers, Ormonde brings her entertaining cabaret to the festival to entertain festival-goers.

“Get all the Ambridge gossip when Sunny Ormonde comes to Durlston,” said festival founder Emma Fernandez to the Dorset Echo. “You don’t have to be an Archers fan to enjoy her fabulous cabaret. Or enjoy a bubbly brunch with author Jill Mansell at the Grand Hotel in Swanage.”

Other events include seminars on learning ways to write during the Write your own Life Story workshop. There will also be an intensive day on How to Write and Sell Your Novel with two successful writers, Sue Moorcroft and Nicky Moore. They will be on hand at the Limes Hotel on 18 February to share their experiences. Local journalist Emma Lee-Potter will provide an interesting insight into her varied international career and that of her mother, the famous Lynda Lee-Potter, at The Crow’s Nest in Swanage on 19 February.

With poetry, film, screenwriting, an adventurer, history, guided walks, comedy, a musical evening and several wonderful teas, there’s something for everyone. For more information on all festival events, please visit the event website.

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