Sea Fever 5
 25th and 26th June






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Sea Fever has been most generously supported since its inception by Hayes and Storr, the North Norfolk solicitors. The company has been particularly supportive over the past months, so difficult for everyone. 


For further details contact info@seafeverliteraryfestival.com

                After the Flood 

                                                      Sea Fever 5 is on the horizon 


NOTE ON 14/6/21: SEA FEVER 5 was planned on the assumption that the full relaxation of the COVID restrictions on 21 June, would NOT take place.  Therefore, there will be social distancing, masks and reduced seating capacity, as per the 17 May guidelines. 

Looking forward to seeing you!


          Leading authors set to star in June’s literary festival in Wells-next-the sea. 


To celebrate the emergence of the country from the pandemic, June is going to see the staging of Norfolk’s fifth festival of poetry and prose. With a series of book launches, a poetry competition, a photography exhibition and some highly topical debates, this promises to be a wonderful way to raise a glass to something like a return to normality. It’s being held at Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea, on Friday 25 June and Saturday 26 June. 

SEA FEVER, North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose, is the successor to the long-established Poetry-next-the-Sea.Established in 2018 and coinciding with the re-opening of the Maltings in Wells, it has already attracted poets, writers, artists and critics of the calibre of Matthew Hollis, Roger Law, Kevin Crossley-Holland, John Mullan, Peter York, C.J. Driver, DJ Taylor and Sir Andrew Motion. 

Postponed from late April, Sea Fever 5 is now set for late June to take advantage of the planned relaxation of the COVID regulations. It will be the cornerstone of the new season at a venue increasingly recognised as the leading arts and community centre in the area. It really starts on Saturday June 12 with the opening of an exhibition of film and photography by two local artists inspired by our breath-taking coast. This is titled Ebb and Flow.

The festival itself is a two-day affair on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June. With three months to go the line-up is still to be finalised but is expected to include Professor Patrick Barwise on his ground-breaking book on the BBC, Norwich-based poet Laura Scott, historian and travel writer Justin Marozzi, Professor Bart van Es on his bestseller The Cut-Out Girl and spymaster Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE. They’ll also be our regular schools’ poetry competition, several book launches and a special event about racism and colonialism seen through the lens of one of the very greatest of writers on the sea, Joseph Conrad. 

Ian Scott, newly appointed chair of the festival and a leading Wells’ personality, comments, ’This promises to be a wonderful line-up. The festival will be a real sign of things getting back to normal. I think people are going to flock through the Maltings’ doors.’ 

Tickets for the festival will be on sale in early June through Wells Maltings on 01328 710885

In person: visitor information office, Wells Maltings, Staithe Street NR23 1AN

Online: www.wellsmaltings.org.uk

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Bart Van Es

Patrick Barwise


Laura Scott

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Peter Stanford by Mikel Nicolaou

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Justin Marozzi