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Book festivals small and large


This week one of Britain's smallest literary festivals and one of its largest welcome visitors.

Frinton-on-Sea might prefer to hide its collective head in a book after the BBC shot a Wonderland episode deliberately set up to make Frinton look distinctly odd.

Instead, Frinton has decided to laugh, and will hold its seventh Literary Festival with performance poet John Hegley, "one of the funniest men alive"; writer Germaine Greer, speaking at a literary lunch at the Frinton Golf Club; journalist and wit Simon Hoggart, speaking at the Tennis Club at dinner; and on Sunday, back to the Golf Club for afternoon tea and a celebration of nonsense and absurdity with stars of Frinton's Summer Theatre.



Meanwhile The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival hosts 450 writers, 350 events and 70,000 readers and makes a rousing two-week-long conclusion to the more than 30 book festivals held all over Britain since May.

Perhaps there is something in the water? A health and holiday spa since the 18th century, Cheltenham also hosts crowds for horse racing and jumping.

A country with so many people interested in horses or books or both is a country to like.

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