For the fourth year in a row the Ebury team decamped from Ebury Towers for the weekend and set up camp in the wilds of rural Suffolk to take part in Latitude Festival! Braving the rain and mud were members of our Publicity, Marketing and Editorial teams and of course a selection of our bravest authors.
Joining us in our tent in the Faraway Forest for our Eccentrically English themed weekend we had Stuart Maconie regaling us with hilarious tales of Britain from Hope and Glory, Mark Thomas drew the crowds for his talk on Extreme Rambling, Miles Jupp chatted to us about cricket and his latest book, Fibber in the Heat.
Suzannah Lipscomb fascinated the forest with her Tudor facts taken from, A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England and Lucy Edge calmed us and helped us find our centre with yoga classes in the main arena with an introductory reading from her charming memoir, The Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club. Vintage author, Adele Nozedar took groups of festival goers off foraging into the forest with top tips from her book, The Hedgerow Handbook and Tony Wrighton persuaded, relaxed and made us all confident in only a minute.
The lovely Lisa Comfort, our Sew Over It author, created a beautiful patchwork quilt with the help of festival goers, teaching them the techniques needed to hand stitch or machine sew their own part of the design.
There were loads of things going on in the Ebury Library to ensure that passersby always had a chance to get involved. All weekend people dressed up and had their photograph taken in the Ebury Photobooth, if you’d like to see the pictures they have all been uploaded to the brand new Ebury Tumblr site: eburyphotobooth.tumblr.com
Embracing the Eccentrically English theme we hosted a festival tea party in the forest, giving out scones with jam and cream and a cup of tea to everyone for a much needed sugar boost!
The festival is a melting pot of literature, music, art, drama, poetry, dance and general creativity so to take advantage of all those flowing creative juices we provided art materials and paper for our visitors to write short stories, scribble down poems and sketch us some pretty pictures. Here are a few of our favourites:
Thank you to all who came to say hello and got stuck in with all the activities, listened and chatted to our authors and sat under the canopy enjoying some peace and quiet, we hope you had as brilliant a time as we did!
Check out the video we filmed over the weekend featuring our authors, activities and lovely Library visitors!
See you next year!
Jen - Marketing Assistant