The inaugural festival weekend ran from 15-17 March 2013, and it is back again from the 13-15th March 2015. Chagwood is biennial event.
Chagword aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, nurturing and showcasing local writing talent, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways.
The event received an Arts Council of England grant in October 2014 which has helped the organisers pull-together a fine programme for the 2015 gathering. Great to see the event getting traction.
When? Next festival 17-19 March 2017
Where? Chagford, Dartmoor
Who? 2017 line-up (as of Nov 2016)
Double BAFTA winner, PETER MOFFAT and MARNIE DICKENS, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit (2016) will be appearing at Chagword, a first for the festival and a rare opportunity to hear two hugely successful screenwriters, both at different stages in their careers, discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for the small and large screen.
HISHAM MATAR will be joining the line-up for the festival. His brilliant new memoir, ‘The Return’, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious award for non-fiction.
On the Saturday evening of the festival (18 March 2017) there will be a story concert of ‘War Horse’ with MICHAEL MORPURGO telling the deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, accompanied by songman, BEN MURRAY from the hit West End production.
This will be a fundraising event in support of Farms for City Children.
Also signed up are the hugely popular novelist, PATRICK GALE, as part of The Great Read, the session especially for book groups as well as individual book-lovers, exploring in depth his much-praised latest novel, A Place Called Winter; and top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list and yet coming to a village hall near you, MAX PORTER, whose debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, has astounded the publishing world and readers alike, as well as winning him the prestigious Dylan Thomas Award (2016).
Organising Group 2015?
Jo Diffey - Festival Coordinator
Melissa Brooks - Programme
Helen Chapman - Finance, Grants & Sponsorship
Chloe Brooks Warner - Secretary
Kate Diffey - Press
Previous Festivals? Established in 2013.
2015 - Deborah Moggach, Andy Mulligan, Sandra Greaves, Blake Morrison, Vic Groskop, Geraldine McCaughrean ++(see below)
The inaugural festival weekend ran from 15-17 March 2013, and there were a number of run-up events from May 2012 onwards.
Past authors appearing? Philip Reeve, Johnathan Dimbleby, Kathy Lette, Miriam Darlington
( text and pictures courtesey of http://www.visitchagford.com/)
Chagford, in the heart of Devon, lies on the edge of legendary Dartmoor National Park and is close to the beautiful River Teign. Easily accessible from Exeter, it is an important stopping point for visitors venturing to the picturesque South West of England. As a famous Stannary town, Chagford has an exciting and vibrant history and, over hundreds of years, has evolved into a very special, popular and charming place you won't want to miss!
Chagford loves visitors and there is plenty to do both in and around this delightful Dartmoor town. Family businesses abound and you will enjoy the slow and unhurried pace whilst you relax, chat, browse and soak up the atmosphere.
An endearing mix of funky and traditional, Chagford is exceptionally popular with visitors for its charming town square, its wealth of fascinating independent shops, its famous festivals and the undisputed warmth of its welcome. You will adore the numerous arts and crafts galleries and the traditional general stores that have been trading here for generations.
Festivals and Fun
Chagford is always buzzing and there are lots of events taking place throughout the year including renowned literary and film festivals. Check this website regularly for updates.
A Taste of English History
This is an exceptionally good place to discover English history and legend at its best. Chagford has a wonderful character with many beautifully preserved 15th and 16thcentury buildings including the famous octagonal market house. A Chagford bride who was shot dead on her wedding day at the local church is believed to have been the inspiration behind RD Blackmore's classic novel Lorna Doone.
Heaven for Foodies
Chagford is sheer bliss for lovers of food and drink with some seriously top-class restaurants, a range of superb hostelries and some great lunch spots.
Places to Stay
Chagford is a fabulous place for an idyllic stopover or a longer visit, with a choice of excellent hotels, a wonderful range of B & Bs plus delightful farm stays to suit every budget.
Dartmoor is a glorious wilderness with granite tors, sparkling rivers, lots of wildlife and the renowned Dartmoor ponies. There are some spectacular guided walks plus horseriding and cycling. Rock climbing, canoeing and abseiling can all be arranged. Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, sits above the picturesque and ancient Teign Gorge.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Chagford very soon.
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