The 2013 Plymouth International Book Festival is now over, and from the feedback we’ve had everyone enjoyed it greatly. It was really heartening to receive thanks from writers, event partners and audience members for the events we programmed.
What surprised me was the strength of emotion the events brought out of our audiences from tears of laughter to tears of sadness at the stories being told.
We are taking on board all comments, and those we can action straight away we will, other comments may take longer to put into place but we do have a long term strategy and will incorporate them into that.
I won’t highlight anyone in particular but will give a big thank you to the partner organisations;
Plymouth University – for their work in events organising, marketing, box office and website management, and especially to the contribution of events from the English and Creative Writing Department, CogTalk, Expanded Narrative team and the Illustration Dept.
Plymouth City Council – the support given by Library Services, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery and Children & Young People Services.
Literature Works – for the pulling it all together and keeping everything on track.
Event partners – a big thank you to Plymouth Arts Centre, Lit Nite, Forked with Apples & Snakes, The Athenaeum, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Language Club.
Our sponsors – The Herald, for the wonderful profile they gave the event in Plymouth, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel for the lovely welcome they gave our writers and Waterstones for going above and beyond the call of duty in providing books for our writers.
Our volunteers – without whom we would have not been able to do half of what we did.
Most of all to our writers, speakers and contributors who were generous and friendly both with staff and the audience. They met old friends and made many new ones.
Finally I would like to give a big thank you to our audience, some I recognised from last year, some I kept seeing at again and again at events this year and all who gave the festival such a friendly and engaging vibe. The festival gave a good buzz around Plymouth this year, our aim is to increase that buzz in 2014.