Chagford Church is celebrating the diverse literary heritage of Chagford with an exhibition, illustrated with flowers, depicting the written works by the 70+ authors identified who have a Chagford connection, in centuries past and up to the present day.
Among those who have lived and worked in Chagford are Evelyn Waugh, who wrote Brideshead Revisited whilst staying at the Easton Court Hotel; Mary Wesley, author of The Camomile Lawn and many other books; Freya Stark, the adventuring botanist and traveller whose travel books about Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria enlightened thousands of people about the more mysterious parts of the world; and R.D. Blackmore, who drew on the local legend of of Mary Whiddon when he created his heroine Lorna Doone. More information can be on the Chagford Visitors website.
The exhibition will be held in the church from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th July. (Friday & Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm). Free admission, with programmes for £1.
Events running alongside ‘Ex Libris’ exhibition include:
Friday (July 25th): 2.30 pm Endecott House, Chagford, a talk by Dr Patricia Milton of the University of Plymouth on ‘The Literary Invention of Dartmoor’. Organised by Devon History Society, it is free to members of the society and to its affiliated societies, £2.50 to non-members. Early booking (Tel: 01647 433492) is essential due to limited seating. Refreshments will be available (for donations) after the talk in the hall and garden.
* The ‘Proper Job Pop-Up Bookshop’ selling second-hand copies of books by local authors, and about Devon, will be open in Endecott House, from 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
* An Evening with ‘Mr. Toad’ – at 7.30 pm in the church, there will be a fascinating and engaging illustrated talk by Chagford writer Sam North, author of the ‘Wind in the Willows’ adaptation for the iPad (and many excellent books), co-created with Steve Dooley and Bobby Gilbert. Tickets are £5.00 and can be purchased from Fowlers, Chagford or the Parish Office, or on the door. An earlier version of this talk featured as a Chagword 2013 run-up event in the summer of 2012