THOUSANDS are expected to flock to Bude this week as Bude Literary Festival gets underway.  

Bude Literary Festival will bring three days of literature love to the North Cornwall coast. Last year’s event welcomed more than 4,000 people from every corner of the country, and this year's hopes to be even bigger.  

With a record-breaking first day of sales, 2024’s event is looking bigger than ever.  Featuring 111 individual events, talks, walks, workshops and competitions, plus a free ‘Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, May 19, there is something to tempt people of all ages and interests to get involved, either as audience members, or even more actively as workshop participants.  

Some of the headline events include the broadcaster and poet Lemn Sissay, the author Wyl Menmuir, poet Roger McGough, author Susan Smillie, the inimitable Jenny Éclair and the first visit to Cornwall by fresh faced comedians from The Comedy Store.  

This year’s event has also added new venues so as well as the packed programme at Bude Library, The Castle and The Parkhouse Centre, there is a diverse range of events at The Olive Tree, The Barge, Home Vintage, House of Chaplin, The Pearl Exchange, Temple, The Tree Inn, North Coast Wine Lounge and Ebbingford Manor.  

More information about this year’s festival can be found on the event’s website.