Fleur Hitchcock to Launch the 2014 Purbeck Literary Festival

Purbeck Literary Festival is delighted to announce a family-friendly day of ‘Wild writing’ and Inventive stories., for their launch on Monday February 17th, at the National Trust’s Castle View Visitor Centre, Corfe Castle. Best selling children’s author Fleur Hitchcock will be on hand to deliver free workshops throughout the day, encouraging anyone of eight and above to have a go.

Bath-based, Mum, Fleur Hitchcock decided to become a Children’s Writer later in life, her first book for 8 – 11 year olds, SHRUNK! was published in September 2012, by Hot Key Books, The inspiration was Corfe Castle and the book rocketed into the Times bestsellers’ list December 2012. Fleur is a regular at children’s festivals and has won the Independent Booksellers’ Book Award. In January 2013 she and Hot Key Books embarked on a massive project called The Story Adventure, which involved the contributions of hundreds of school children writing a sequel to SHRUNK! The resulting book Mayhem and Meteorites was published in January 2014, just as another Story Adventure begins, all set in the fictional seaside town of Bywater-by-sea.

Emma Fernandez Organizer of this years festival said: “I am absolutely delighted to have our launch at Corfe Castle. The village and castle has inspired many writers from Hardy and EM Forster to, of course, Enid Blyton. Fleur has tremendous energy, and I think it was really important to launch the festival with a family event. The National Trust do this exceptionally well, so we were thrilled that they agreed to host the day. Hopefully it will also be very exciting for children to meet an author, who has also written a book about a place they know. 

Corfe Castle Visitor Services Manager Lawrence Roots said: “We are so pleased to be working with another local festival, and to be hosting such a popular children’s author in our new look Visitor Centre. This event, as part of the Purbeck Literary Festival, should be a welcome addition to the various family activities at Corfe Castle during February half term – including the return of our Teddy Zip Wire Challenge 10am-4pm daily.”

Workshops will run from 11 am – 1pm and from 2pm – till 4pm.

National Trust, Castle View, Corfe Castle, Dorset

tel 01929 481294

No booking is required, and sessions will run for approximately 25 mins.

Parents are advised that supervision is required, however, seating and refreshments are available at the Visitor Centre.

For more information visit www.purbeckliteraryfestival.info