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About Us

Founded in 2002 by local literature enthusiast Philomena Dwyer and a creative writing group, the festival is today run by a committee of ten volunteers who bring experience from sectors including libraries and education, writing and publishing, theatrical production and cultural activities, events management and bookselling, and give their time and various skills to the programming, organisation and running of the festival. We are particularly fortunate to have had the longstanding support of Frinton’s proud independent bookshop, Caxton Books. 


Traditionally held over the course of a long weekend in the second half of October, our mixed programme includes regular features such as a Crime & Wine evening, hosting internationally-recognised crime fiction writers; the gala Philomena Dwyer Literary Luncheon; and a classic English Afternoon Tea hosted by an author. 


Featured writers tend to speak for up to an hour, solo or in conversation, with the opportunity for questions and answers and to meet over the signing of their books. Every year we strive to bring new elements into the mix, so please check this season’s programme for more details.

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Our Statement of Purpose

Frinton Literary Festival’s Constitution asks us to promote literature and culture in the local area, to encourage visitors and to serve the wider community by involving local schools, as well as host a writing competition.


We are also committed to bringing in audiences not only from Frinton itself and our neighbouring Tendring towns and villages but also the wider surrounding area, and to widen the audiences to which our events appeal, as well as to widen the range of those events.


We want both to bring exciting authors to Frinton to celebrate books and reading, and to encourage a new generation of readers and writers.

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Our Committee

Clive Brill (Co-Chair) 

Gordon Wise (Co-Chair &Treasurer)

Nancy Stevenson (Secretary)

Beverley Jenkins (Box Office & Event Manager)

Lorna Mackinnon (Marketing Manager)

Anita Belli (Schools Programme & Short Story Prize)

Deborah Klée (Project Manager)

Siobhan Kielty 

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Featured Authors

Take a look through the authors who have featured in the Frinton Literary Festival

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