Books and beverages

May 01 2018

IT can be argued that the perfect book needs to be read while holding a glass of something special in the other hand.

 Now people are to get a chance to investigate the role of drinking in literature at a festival event.

Organisers of the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival have organised an evening of books and beverages as part of the week-long event in June.

The owner of the Bristol Wine School, Tristan Darby, is going to be on hand to explain why, from sherry in Shakespeare to fine wines in modern classics, drinks have always had a place in literature.

People attending the event on June 21 at the Hamptons Deli in Chipping Sodbury High Street will be able to taste the wines and other drinks that Tristan highlights.

Tristan has experience of writing about wine. He’s is drinks columnist for The Bath Magazine and the Bristol Magazine, and is a judge for both the Bristol and Bath Good Food Awards.

He’s also spent time touring as a professional actor and singer, and will be reading extracts from the books he’s selected.

The Cotswold Edge Literary Festival runs from June 16-24 at various venues across South Gloucestershire.  For more information and to book tickets go to