Maggie Ankers, Chair of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, has made the announcement which will see the festival accessible to islanders, mainlanders and literary lovers around the world.
Speaking about the decision, Maggie says:
“There are too many uncertainties and the trustees have regretfully decided we won’t be able to deliver the Literary Festival to the standard our speakers and festival goers expect. But we aren’t going to let the dates go by – we will be streaming a digital festival on Friday 8th-Sunday 10th October 2021”.
The digital programme will include a range of topics regular festival goers enjoy – from politics to prisons, history and the natural world and captivating fiction. Speakers will be revealed in the next 2 weeks.
Last year the Literary Festival went digital for the first time and included speakers such as Jeremy Irons reading Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark; Anna Pasternak talking about the controversial Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor; Hunter Davies sharing his memories of the Beatles and Vice Patron, Alan Titchmarsh, who opened the digital festival and read from his latest book of poetry.
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar, was first held in 2012. The festival provides a far-reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight.