Here at Litfest we’re looking forward to escaping the chill this autumn with an eclectic and exhilarating selection of events at Lancaster’s 34th Literature Festival. Our wordy week kicks off with a mystery launch event on Wednesday 17 October, put together by our resourceful guest curator Emma Rucastle. Emma will be taking on the challenge of coordinating the launch event with only 48 hours and a mere £33.Other highlights include an appearance from top comic poet and all round good egg John Hegley, powerful performance storytelling from Litfest favourite Dominic Kelly and an archive film screening with a very special poetry soundtrack from poet Paul Mills. You can hit the streets at lunchtime and see our first ever Litflash Lunchtime with performances from four Northern writers collectives hidden in the cobbled streets of Lancaster. Teenage reading ambassador’s Behind the Cover will be also taking to the streets, performing three minute plays of novels Witch Child and Pirates by Celia Rees.Fans of Radio 4′s Book at Bedtime may recognise Deborah Levy’s novel Swimming Home, also longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Deborah will be reading at a prose event led by And Other Stories, who use the unusual publishing route of involving readers in the publishing process. Author M J Hyland has recently been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story award for her story Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes and will be discussing the place of the short story at the festival. You can catch both of these authors at the All Day Prose Shindig on Sunday 21st October. If you’re a lover of poetry instead of prose, you can see Gillian Clarke, Geraldine Monk, Robert Crawford and many more at the All Day Poetry Shindig on Saturday 20th October.
We’re also very excited about our events for children and families this year. Take part in a live story walk told in the dramatic surroundings of Williamson Park, meet the author of this year’s Lancashire Reads book, Malkin Child, or create your own character in a fun-filled painting session with Giraffes Can’t Dance illustrator Guy Parker-Rees.
If you’d prefer to get a bit more involved, take part in our poetry book club with Interregnum author Geraldine Monk, or learn how to write scripts with the BBC Writers Room workshop. You can hear our three specially commissioned pieces of fiction and non-fiction at our Flax Landscape event.
For people aged 26 and under, we’re offering a new young person’s festival ticket for just £26. This great value ticket includes admission into every event during our packed week. Also, look out for our Double Date buy –one-get-one-half-price tickets, offering discounted entry into events recommended by our festival programmer.
We’re very excited about this year’s festival and invite you to come in out of the cold and fill your heart with words with us.