Literary festival begins in Uckfield

Listen to a bedtime story, join a new book club and learn about the three Rs, of reading, reusing and recycling, in a literary festival beginning at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, on Monday, April 23.bridge-cottage-literary-festival-logo

These are just a few of the events planned over the course of a week at the heritage centre. There will also be a talk on the history of books, a creative writing workshop, a visit by children’s author Nick Carter, and a children’s book swap.

And there will be a talk by Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Wolff who was five when she went into hiding during World War 2 and emerged weighing three stones, lost all her hair and was too weak to stand up. Singing kept her alive and dancing was her future.

Throughout the week the Uckfield Lions secondhand bookshop will have a stall at Bridge Cottage.

Details of the full programme can be seen below:

Monday, April 23

10am-5pm Free entry to Bridge Cottage and a book cafe. Enjoy a quiz, kids activities, and enter a competition to design a bookmark.

6.30-6.45pm Bedtime story. Join Bridge Cottage live on Facebook for a bedtime story.

7-8pm Talk on The History of Books by Dr Maria Kirk. Maria will explore the history of books in England from the Medieval period onward, looking at the history of libraries and the book trade.

Maria has an academic career that has allowed her to examine early texts from the medieval period onwards and for her PhD she worked closely on books of a 217th century play collection so she will be able to provide a fascinating insight into the history of books and literature. Book tickets here.


Tuesday, April 24

6.30-8pm First meeting of a new book club. A new book club called Tombs and Tomes will launch at Bridge Cottage and people who enjoy reading historical fiction are welcome to join.

Members will read a book from a carefully selected list of historical fiction and meet to chat over thoughts and themes of each book on the last Tuesday of every month.

Register your interest by emailing Read more here.


Wednesday, April 25

3-5pm The 3 Rs – Children’s Workshop: Reading, Reusing and Recycling. This workshop will show how you can help in the campaign to reduce plastic in our oceans.

It will be based on children’s author Ellie Jackson’s story about a turtle and called Duffy’s Lucky Escape and lead to the creation of amazing objects from rubbish that is usually discarded in our bins.

Bring along your plastic rubbish from home and help create a sculpture to be displayed at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre. Entry is free but donations will be accepted for #2MinuteBeachClean.

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7-9pm Creative Writing Workshop. Experienced writer and teacher Helen Stockton, who has had four books published, will lead this workshop where the fundamentals of creative writing will be explored. It is for writers of all abilities and experience, all you need is a pen and paper, so go along and have some fun. Book your place for £10 here.

Thursday, April 26

3-5pm Children’s author visit. Children’s author Nick Carter will be signing copies of his illustrated books which are all set in the local area. The RSPB’s Broadwater Warren site, near Tunbridge Wells, is the inspiration for his latest book – Chestle Crumb and the Animals of Broadwater Warren. In it you can meet Chestle Crumb, a dormouse, and his best friend, Norman the Nightjar. The story centres on a surprise party to welcome a new arrival into the forest.

Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27

3-5pm Children’s Book Swap. This free event is open to all. Just bring children’s and teen books that are in a reasonable condition to swap.

Friday, April 27

6pm Meet Dorit Oliver-Wolff – Holocaust Survivor. Dorit was a five-year-old Jewish girl who lived in hiding for years in Hungary.yellow-star-book-dorit-oliver-wolff

After World War 2 she weighed three stones, lost all her hair and was too weak to stand up. Singing kept her alive and she went on to become a dance star. Book your tickets to From Yellow Star to Pop Star here.

• Contact details for Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Education, Function Rooms, Heritage, History, Meeting Venues, or Visitor Attractions.

This story was first published on Uckfield News on April 16 and has been re-posted for the start of the festival.

See also:

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