Welcome message from Festival President, Dame Hilary Mantel

Dame Hilary Mantel

Dame Hilary Mantel

In 2019 we welcome visitors and townsfolk, friends old and new, to our celebratory seaside festival, and are delighted to present a diverse and exciting programme we hope will appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Our artistic director, Annie Ashworth, works through the year with our committee to bring talent of international standard to our doorstep; meanwhile, our outreach to schools and young people grows audiences for the years to come.

This is our eleventh year; with its unique location and committed workers, the festival has prospered beyond all expectations. We are proud of our sharp and sparky audiences, and grateful to our generous sponsors – more are needed, and are keenly appreciated.

Please enjoy our writers, our hospitality, the friendly services of our tireless volunteers, our seascape, winds and tides, our words as endless as pebbles on the beach …

With good wishes

Dame Hilary Mantel, DBE