The first in-person edition of the Clevedon Literary Festival, held over the weekend of June 11-12, was hailed a great success by both attendees and organisers, with the diverse mix of attractions drawing the crowds and popular events selling out.
Sarah MacCuaig, a spokesperson for the organisers, said sunny weather and the decision to hold events in various venues across town, had helped to give Clevedon a true festival vibe over the weekend. “We’d wanted the festival to have a real grassroots feel, so being able to avoid stuffy environments and using outdoors locations helped greatly with that,” she said. “It was lovely to see people out and about, enjoying the music at the bandstand, for example, and having picnics in local spots like Sunhill Park.”
Attractions ranged from talks by local writers and live musical performances to a synchronised swimming display at the Marine Lake, with a show of work by the artist Doris Brabham Hatt and an open mic event, amongst those selling out. Organisers, who were able to hold the festival after being awarded a grant by the Arts Council England National Lottery Project, hope to repeat the event next year.