Literature festival celebrates the benefits of print
September 8, 2011 by Michael
A Norfolk literature festival has been extolling the virtues of printed books in favour of electronic ones.
Voewood Literature Festival in High Kelling ran over the August bank holiday weekend and featured a number of attractions for book enthusiasts. The event was organised by Simon Finch, a rare book dealer who held the festival at his home, Voewood House. Finch gave a talk on the tangible nature of print and why this is still important and relevant today in the digital age. The talk was called Praise of Older Books and talked about how print design, look, feel and smell are all important factors when it comes to enjoying books.
Print companies in Norwich and Norfolk, whether they are producing literary books or simply printing communications such as catalogues and brochures, continue to face the challenges presented by digital communications, so events like Voewood Literature Festival all help to communicate the importance of print in a digital age.
Finch said that the festival, which also featured music from Glen Matlock, former member of punk rock group The Sex Pistols and even a performance from 80s pop sensation Adam Ant was designed to be “entertaining rather than just a discussion of literature” and it was “not necessary to be a bookworm to enjoy the event.”
Authors of The Kings Speech, Peter Conradi and Mark Logue also performed at the festival talking about their book which has now being turned into a film. Around 1,200 people attended the event and plans are already underway to hold another festival next year.