Hundreds inspired by star-studded Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

Packed audiences enjoyed an inspired day of discussions and workshops at The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival on 30 April, which was supported for the second year by Inspired Warwick Retirement Village.

To celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy, BBC’s The Voice coach, Juliet Russell, coached a scratch choir to learn and perform in just three hours a musical version of a Shakespeare’s sonnet.

Mary Portas - Queen of Shops brought her energy and common sense talk to Stratford commenting on the future of town centres that are fast becoming a story of coffee and charity shops.  She also talked about the secrets behind a successful business and Shop Girl, her memoir of a career on the cutting edge of retail.

TV presenter, naturalist and conservationist, Chris Packham entertained guests with extracts and explanations from his memoirs, Fingers in The Sparkle Jar, weaving stories and experiences from childhood to adulthood.

Following their talks, Mary and Chris drew the winners of Inspired’s prize draw for two £50 Waterstones vouchers.

Annie Ashworth, Festival Director thanked Inspired for their continued support as the annual event enters its 10th year:  “I’d like to extend my thanks to our loyal supporters including Inspired Retirement Villages who enable this fantastic festival to flourish year after year.”

James Cobb, Sales and Marketing Director for Inspired Villages added:  “We’re delighted to support this growing festival, which is one of the most prominent literary events in the UK.  Our retirement villages offer book lovers a lifestyle filled with cultural events and activities every day including a beautiful well-stocked library, book club and fine dining.”

Find out more about Inspired Warwick's fantastic range of facilities and its apartments.

People are invited to book a viewing of the stunning show apartment at Inspired Warwick by calling the friendly team on 01926 334 201.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival ran from 24 April to 1 May with events in schools for a week in March.  It featured hundreds of workshops, talks, performances and discussions

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