BESTSELLING author Katie Fforde was on hand to officially open the Evesham Festival of Words last Friday (July 1).
The popular romantic fiction author was a keynote speaker at the opening event held at the Town Hall as more than 100 festival goers listened to stories about her life and her love of being a successful writer.
At the event Katie answered many questions on what it took to become an author and gave advice to young writers to get as many ‘weird’ jobs as possible to help with developing plot ideas and characters.
She also presented the Evesham Festival of Words short story competition prizes to the three winners Emily Cubbitt, who won the aged eight to 11 category, Lizzie Austen, who won the 12 to 15-year-old category, and Jan Petrie who was announced as the winner of the adult category.
Sue Ablett, Chairman of Evesham Festival of Words, said: “Katie is such a popular author, so many people have read her books and the chance to meet her in Evesham was something very special indeed.
“The Festival attracted many well established authors and poets who were fantastic, but to get one of Britain’s bestselling authors to spend an evening with us in our first year was more than I could have hoped for.
“Katie has certainly played a big part in putting Evesham Festival of Words on the UK’s litfest map and we’re enormously grateful to her.”
An anthology, including the three winning stories and those shortlisted, is available from the festival bookshop at the Almonry Museum.