respected top writer Margaret Drabble will visit Ilfracombe Library next month thanks to a little urging from an enterprising staff member. Drabble has been turning out novels and academic works since 1964, shows no sign of stopping and has won a number o

respected top writer Margaret Drabble will visit Ilfracombe Library next month thanks to a little urging from an enterprising staff member.Drabble has been turning out novels and academic works since 1964, shows no sign of stopping and has won a number of prestigious awards.She will be in Ilfracombe on May 14 at 7pm to talk to readers about her latest book The Sea Lady.Senior library assistant Tessa Darlow heard the author speak at last year's Appledore Book Festival.She was so impressed she decided to see if Drabble would visit Ilfracombe:"We are lucky to have a wide programme of wonderful authors giving talks and readings throughout our libraries in Devon but Margaret Drabble, by anyone's standards, is a coup!" said Tessa."I thought 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' and wrote to her after the event. To my delight she agreed."We have had to fix a date many months in advance, but it's created a real buzz at the library and everyone is looking forward to it."The event is one of a number around Devon County Council libraries to celebrate the National Year of Reading.Local county councillor Geoff Fowler added: "This will be a wonderful opportunity for local book lovers to meet and listen to such a well known international writer."Tickets, £2, from Ilfracombe Library or telephone (01271) 862388.