The Team


Festival founder Debbie Young (centre) with poets Dan Holloway (left) and Shirley Wright

All the guest speakers give their time voluntarily, so huge thanks all round to everyone who is making this free Festival possible.


Debbie Young, author of fiction and non-fiction, has lived in the village for over 25 years where she has served on the committees of many village organisations, including the Horticultural Show, Village Hall, Youth Club committee, PTA and the Friends of St Mary’s. In 2015 she decided to launch a new village event to celebrate books and reading on World Book Night, and it quickly became an annual fixture in the community diary. For more information about Debbie’s writing life, visit her author website: www.authordebbieyoungcom.


Since the 2017 event, Angela Fitch has been our official Festival photographer, taking photos not only of the various programme events, but also providing individual portraits and groups on request at the special rate of £20 per session. For more information about Angela and her work, vist her website:


Volunteer Litfestmakers include Jill Bendeaux, Joan Boulton, Jenny Harris, Heidi Perry, Vicky Rispin and many more, providing our much-loved Wonderland Cafe and Art Exhibition coffee shop, and helping to staff the Bookworm tent.

More volunteers are always welcome to join the team of LitFestMakers who make the event run smoothly.

To volunteer in any capacity, or to find out what our current needs are, please don’t hesitate to contact us.