The opening night of the Wells Festival of Literature began with the unusual sight of an author without her new book in her hand.
Kate Mosse’s latest novel Citadel should have been out by now, but, as she explained, publication had been put back to the end of October, so it would not clash with the release of the first adult novel by the mighty JK Rowling last month.
Kate was one of an array of literary stars attending this year’s Wells Festival of Literature.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was bitterly criticised by a fellow freedom of information campaigner at an event on Friday night.
Heather Brooke said of the man who used the website to release thousands of secret documents: “I cannot think of a more crazed and irrational person.
“He could have changed the whole way we look at government secrecy.
“Tragically he threw that opportunity away.”
Author Jenny McVeigh, whose debut novel The Fever Tree was released earlier this year, spoke to Bruton-based author Emma Craigie about how she had become a published author.
Jenny described how the cut-throat world of door-knocks and reporting took its toll on her ambition to become a journalist and she began working for Penguin – not as an editor but in the contracts department.
And child psychologist Oliver James offered his strongly felt view that genes are only five to ten per cent responsible for the differences between parents and children.
He said the significance of this fact was being suppressed by the medical and pharmaceutical professions, due to its massive implications.
Still to come at the festival this week are Matthew Parris, Charles Hazelwood, Michael Frayn, Jonathan Dimbleby and Antonia Fraser, among others.
For full reviews and coverage from the festival, see this week’s Mid Somerset Series editions, the Wells Journal, Shepton Mallet Journal, Cheddar Valley Gazette and Central Somerset Gazette.