This year’s tag line could be “Yes, we can!”. Let’s beat the winter blues and worries and concentrate on positive thoughts. I’m not inviting you to La La Land but to come and listen to people who believe in the possibility of change and beating the odds.
There will be fiction, the author of The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, opening the festival. There will be exquisite music, films, discussions and of course, comedy. The festival will celebrate creativity, art and design. As usual, there will also be a great programme of workshops and fun kids events.
So come and meet old friends, make new ones, engage in thought-provoking discussions, open a parenthesis in your everyday life to look at things from a different perspective. This is a tailor-made festival for the great people of a town which keeps reinventing itself and celebrating creativity. I hope you like it!