By 2016 the format for the week was established. The poetry evening became a poetry day and all the established and popular programme regulars were included: a music-themed event (Dave Bartram of Showaddywaddy who attracted fans from as far away as Surrey), Film of the Book Night (Sunset Song), the schools writing competition, school workshops and the Literary Quiz Dinner at the end of the week.
Afternoon tea and cake featured the author Carole Matthews best known for her bestselling Chocolate Lovers Club series.
The majority of the events were well-attended with a couple – Joan Bomford’s (BBC Countryfile’s Farming Hero 2015) interview with Kate Justice and Dr Wilson Wall’s talk on Human Chromosomes – having to be moved into the St George’s Main Hall to accommodate the larger-than-anticipated audiences.
The highlight of the year, though, was an superlative evening of poetry, prose and music featuring bestselling author Louis De Bernières and The Bookshop Band.