Victoria Hislop
7:00 PM19:00

Victoria Hislop

Venue: Kennaway House

Tickets: £12.50

We're delighted to be welcoming bestselling author Victoria Hislop to Sidmouth in the Autumn.

VICTORIA HISLOP wrote The Island in 2005, after being inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller, The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, which was then shortlisted for a British Book Award. This confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. The Sunrise, published in 2014 and Cartes Postales from Greece, published in 2016, were both Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers. The paperback of Cartes Postales from Greece is published on August 10 this year.

Book online at

View Event →
Alyson Hallett Poetry Workshop
3:00 PM15:00

Alyson Hallett Poetry Workshop

Learn to express yourself in poetry with this highly interactive workshop with Royal Literary Fund fellow Alyson Hallett. The session will include writing exercise, poetry criticism and the opportunity to write a poem.

Suitable for those taking their first steps in poetry as well as the more experienced writer.  
Tickets: £10 click here to purchase online

Alyson Hallett is a prize-winning poet and Hawthornden Fellow whose latest book of poems is Suddenly Everything. As well as publishing poetry in book form, her work is also embedded in public spaces: she has a poem carved into Milsom Street pavement in Bath, text etched into a library window in Bristol, and she runs an international poetry-as-public-art project called The Migration Habits of Stones.

Alyson was the UK’s first poet-in-residence in a university geography department as part of the Leverhulme Trust’s artist-in-residence scheme. During this time she published a book of poems, photographs and scientific text, Six Days in Iceland, in collaboration with the professor of geography, Chris Caseldine. Alyson has also collaborated with dancers, musicians, visual artists and sculptors on performances and artists’ books. Alyson has taught with the Arvon Foundation and currently offers one-to-one poetry mentoring sessions through the Poetry Society.

Before writing full-time, Alyson worked as a cleaner, a housekeeper on the isle of Iona and a community mental-health worker. Joining a creative-writing group in Pollokshields Library, Glasgow, led to the moment when she decided to place writing more centrally in her life.  Alyson went on to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and many years later a practice-based PhD in London. In addition to poetry, she has also written short stories, drama and an audio-diary for BBC Radio 4, and drama for Sky Television.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Keith Owen Fund.

View Event →