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.


For the 2017 event we are delighted to welcome Angela Fitch as our official photographer. She will be taking photos all day of the various programme events and is also available for 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:


Heidi Perry, from the children’s reading charity Readathon, for managing the children’s activities in our Bookworms tent.

Volunteer Litfestmakers Jill Bendeaux, Joan Boulton, Jenny Harris, Alan Hemingway, Karen Le Marquand and Vicky Rispin for managing the cafe and marshalling.

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.