Authors and book lovers are being invited to attend a festival to raise money for a children's hospice.

Bridport Book Fest, a mini book festival, is for new and aspiring authors and will take place at The Salthouse and Fisherman's Green on Saturday, August 11.

For book lovers and aspiring writers, there will be all types of new books, from crime fiction and thrillers to children's books to historical novels and romance.

There will also be exclusive offers and signed copies available.

Artists, craft makers and artisans will also be showcasing their works.

Christopher Legg, organiser of Bridport Book Fest, has chosen Children's Hospice South West as the beneficiaries from this year's event.

Chris, who has written and self-published two novels, his latest, In Time of Duty, is inspired by his grandad's wartime love letters, chose the charity as two of his friends' son benefited from care at one of the charity's hospices, Charlton Farm.

He recently joined 85 other riders in the hospice's annual Ride for Precious Live's event, which included visits to each of the three hospices in Little Bridge House in Devon, Little Harbour in Cornwall, and Charlton Down in Somerset, which covered 205 miles in three days.

Chris said: "The ride was exhausting but great fun and I even loved riding up Cheddar Gorge.

"The camaraderie of the 85 rides was brilliant and really helped keep you going up the longest hills."

The festival is likely to be the last Chris organises for a while, after being offered a place on a Creative Writing Masters degree at Bath Spa University.

However, Chris has made sure the festival will pull out all the stops.

Chris said: "We have some fantastic authors and titles lined up, there are too many to mention, but Sue Medcalf with Itchybald Scratchet series, Glyn Holloway with 1066 What Fates Impose, and Erich Hoyt with Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises are three that visitors can look forward to seeing.

"It's amazing how many great local authors we have in the south west and I hope that we have a lot of fun on the day."

The writers will be on hand at the festival, so anyone who thinks they have a novel in them and wants to get it down on paper can ask for advice on how to complete their project.

Entry is free and all are welcome to go along, browse the titles and offer and support the cause.

The mini book festival will run from 10am until 4pm, with stalls still available £12 all day.

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