Organiser 'over the moon' at success of Cirencester's first literary festival
FAMOUS authors, marshmallows, and laughing children were all common sights last week when peering through the windows of a packed-out bookshop in Cirencester.
The town's first literary festival for children came to an end last Saturday but organisers are already discussing next year's event with hopes that the festival will become an annual occasion.
Organiser with Cirencester Library, Octavia Karavla said she was over the moon at how successful the week was.
"As a book shop owner, watching the children have an amazing time with the authors was just fantastic and it got so busy towards the end, with 70 to 80 people in the audience," she said. "Author Christopher Edge got all the children to write a murder mystery story about the shop and I think I was killed in every single one!
"Damian Dibben was incredible too. He bought along his dog who barked every time we clapped."
Octavia, who owns Octavia's Bookshop down Black Jack Street in Cirencester said she was so thankful to all her supporters.
"The Golden Cross pub and Jacks Cafe offered discounts throughout the week. It was amazing to all work together as neighbours. The library did really well too."
The festival raised approximately £600 for the Bingham Trust but Octavia still said she felt sad that the event had finished for the year.
"It's too quiet. I just want more famous authors and the brilliant atmosphere and all the marshmallows back in the shop," she said. "We always have a jar of marshmallows here for when a child is grumpy or sad. Everyone has eaten so many this week."
And with the excitement of the event still fresh, hopes are high that they may be able to capitalise on its success even further with a wish list of dream authors that she would like to invite.
"We've got to have J K Rowling in next year haven't we?" she said. "We've got tons of Michael Morpurgo books too so it would be great to have him. Plus I'd love to invite the author of the Gruffalo books Julia Donaldson and Lauren St John, my absolute favourite writer.
"I want to have all of this year's authors back too though. They all had so much fun and even sent thank you cards.
"Next year is going to be huge. I just can't wait."
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