It takes around six month's work with a committee made up entirely of volunteers to really put the festival in place.
Planning starts in September and October when we look at the line up of authors we would like - this is part aspiration, part inspiration, part living with the realities of who can come.
There is a lull around Christmas and New Year and then it all gets going again in mid January,
If all goes well we have a programme in place by March although it can be a roller coaster ride if authors haven't confirmed or we get the last minute No from someone.
It requires good contacts, ambition and knowing what Sidmouth and the surrounding area would like to see in relation to a final author line up.
We are always looking for new blood to join the committee. Skills like fundraising are very high on our list!