The result is a festival that is jam packed with activities from the 12th - 21st September including well respected poets like John Siddique in a twitter takeover and morning coffee sessions and Carol Ann Duffy to launch the festival. Coco and The Butterfields are headlining the Festival on the Tuesday evening in the Garden Tent in a tiny, intimate gig which looks to be a fantastic experience. There is pedal powered Slam poetry throughout the highstreet and visual performances by a number of different artists, including Emily Hennessy (I'm really looking forward to Firebird on Saturday 20th) and Xanthe Gresham-Knight. There are Stories on the Stour, linking the riverboat tours with story telling traditions, and there are Scratch Clubs and Open Mic Nights for young, budding poets to test their skills out.
Anne James, a local singer-songwriter who performed a range of covers and her own material. She noted that she normally performs with a band and this was the first time in a while she had performed a solo gig, so it was a bit more daunting for her than normal.
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