Philip Whiteley's Blog

May 7, 2014

The web encourages literature

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 2:14 pm

On Saturday 5 July I will be chairing the main event at the inaugural Ampthill Literary Festival. It’s been quite a few months’ dedicated effort by a fantastic committee to get us this far, and we’re delighted to have a top line-up in the first year, with Gavin Esler, Nadine Dorries and Brian Clemens all appearing.

With the rise of social media, many doomsters predict declining social interactions that are face-to-face, and fewer people reading proper books. I take an optimistic, alternative view. I think that the web puts people with similar interests in touch with one another, encourages the reading and publication of books, and means that more people are writing than ever before. Online interactions are a supplement to social activity and live events, not a replacement. There are certainly more music festivals in the UK compared with when I was young, and probably more book clubs and book festivals too.

Publicising our event has been easier through the web than it would have been otherwise, and ticket sales can be automated!

We have judged the children’s writing competition and there are some excellent entries in different categories, especially poetry. The love of literature is alive and flourishing.

  • There is a limited number of tickets available for the Ampthill Literary Festival. To be sure of your place, go to this link:

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