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I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. John Keats

Voewood Festival 2014 runs from 15th to the 17th of August. It's one of the UK's top Literary and Arts Festivals says The Sunday Times Culture, reflecting the calibre of artists appearing at this unusually intimate event. Tickets can be bought for the entire festival or for different sections. There's something for everyone, from inspiring talks to a whole lot of night music, so dip into the days or just rock over to one of the juicy music evenings.

Voewood Festival takes place in the Grade One listed gardens of one of the 100 Iconic Houses of the 20th Century (quoting Dominic Bradbury's Thames and Hudson book). It was also England's favourite Eastern Region house in Country Life and praised by noted architectural historian, Niklaus Pevsner who called it a "violently idiosyncratic house". We do not think Voewood Festival to be that, but it is gloriously eclectic and unique.

Curated by David Donley, the music is sensational from a fifteen year old making her festival debut to Mike Heron from the Incredible String Band, performing 45 years to the day he sung at the legendary Woodstock. Headlining on Friday is Paul Young's Band Los Pacaminos. Grab a tequila and get on down! Support is from 15 year old Sacha Luffman, and glorious girl band The Rebelles. Peter Hook and the Light shine on Saturday. Hooky is the legendary Joy Division and New Order bass player and his set will include all the classics. Rising star Nadine Shah supports, followed by Stereophonics producer Jim Lowe's solo project Atlantic Machine, making their live debut.

Sunday's grand finale sees the fabulous She Makes War opening for Midge Ure who with Ultravox dominated the 80s with a string of number one hits. He also played in The Rich Kids with original Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who will rock the final hours with an extraordinary band including David Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick, Jim Lowe on bass and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats on drums.

During the day the gardens ring with creative talk. Booker Prize winning novelist, DBC Pierre is discussing his latest work, The House of Borgias and Magnum photographer Martin Parr with his wife Susie are talking about their joint book The Nonconformists. Martin photographed the 2012 Festival and we have an exclusive launch of his Voewood book with a special introduction by DBC Pierre.

Our Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb, will be debating with prospective UKIP candidate Michael Baker. Owen Sheers and Louisa Young will be talking together about their work. Both explore the after effects of war on ordinary men and women.  On a sunnier note, for children there are magical workshops in the woods plus appearances by the celebrated children's author Philip Ardagh. We're also delighted that one of the most compelling actors of our time, John Hurt, will be sprinkling his distinctive vocal magic across two of the days.

Small and exclusive in size, Voewood is the opposite in ambition. Embodying our dream is author Jodi Ann Bickley who, struck by illness, left letters in random places where people needing strength might find them. The resulting book One Million Lovely Letters is sensational. Voewood and its gardens is one of the world's very special places, worth the price of admission even without the smorgasbord of entertainment and talks. Our mission is to inspire others towards their own creativity and those who come to the party are as important as the stars in making it special. The sun will shine but just in case, events are tented as is the bar and food area so whatever the weather you can enjoy wonderful food from Bite the Bullitt and tastefully intoxicating drinks from East Anglian firm Adnams.

Full details of the amazing line up are on this website and tickets can be bought online here too or in person at Voewood Art and Books, 5 Fish Hill, Holt. Remember, you can come to all of it of it or just a bit. We look forward to welcoming you.

Simon Finch

Voewood Festival is kindly supported by adnams