Book worms unite for first year of festival at Wimpole Estate

People taking part in an outdoors creative writing workshop run by Open Ground, who are also going t

People taking part in an outdoors creative writing workshop run by Open Ground, who are also going to be part of the Literary Season. PICTURE: Alex Ramsay. - Credit: Archant

Book lovers are being invited to an inaugural literary festival at Wimpole Estate.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book - Credit: Archant

The festival kicks off tomorrow with a first person performance of Kipling: His Life and Verse by racounter Geoff Hutchinson and will continue throughout the month with various events and performances.

On Sunday, the Kipling theme continues on at 6pm with an outdoor cinema showing Walt Disney’s timeless classic The Jungle Book.

People are invited to watch the feel good film with a picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Wimpole Hall gardens.

Next Friday, June 19 at 4pm, in the tranquil book room at Wimpole Estate, National Trust libraries curator Mark Purcell will bring to life some of Wimpole’s book collection, with his illustrated talk National Trust Libraries: A Grand Tour.


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Events officer Anne French said: “Wimpole’s first ever literary festival celebrates its great links with famous authors and literary collectors.

“Mark Purcell is very engaging when talking about the National Trust libraries and he manages to bring the books to life.”

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If all this talk of writing inspires the author within you, why not try out the Outdoor Creative Writing Workshop on Sunday June 28 from 10am to 5pm by professional writers Helena Attlee and Emma Beynon.

For booking details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/things-to-see-and-do/events/ or phone the National Trust box office on 0844 2491895.

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