Author: festival was a treat

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Nationally-acclaimed writer Kate Mosse has praised Lavenham Literary Festival, describing the three-day event as a real treat.

Organisers said the best-selling author was one of scores of people offering enthusiastic endorsement for the third annual festival attended by hundreds of visitors and residents on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mosse, the author of the multi-million-selling Languedoc Trilogy, closed the festival with an entertaining presentation celebrating her first collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Ghostly Tales.

Afterwards, she signed books in the village hall.

Speaking about what she thought of the event, she said: “The atmosphere and the structure of events was excellent. It makes such a difference to the authors. A wonderful festival – a real treat.”

Dame Stella Rimington, the first female director general of MI5, who has written a series of novels involving her superspy Liz Carlyle, was another of the authors who attended the event.

The festival opened on Friday night with a dinner at the Swan Hotel, featuring readings by Sir Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate.

Attending authors included Nicci French, the highly successful husband-and-wife writing partnership who live near Hadleigh, speaking about their latest novel, and author Liz Trenow, whose first novel The Last Telegram tells the story of a silk-weaving family in East Anglia.

Pat Rockall, chairman of the festival committee, said: “The audiences said they learned a great deal and had a very good time. 

“The feedback from all of the authors has been extremely positive.”