Literary Festivals Around the UK This Weekend

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Chapter & Verse Literature Festival 2011, The Bluecoat in Liverpool (until Sunday 16th October)
Chapter & Verse kicked off earlier this week, but fear not, you have until Sunday to catch over 20 events, ranging from readings and discussions to poetry slams and workshops!

The Pram in the Hall: Motherhood in Poetry, is a Love Books event celebrating the “life-enhancing power of the poetry of many women poets”, including Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath.

You can stitch and bind your very own book at the Traditional Bookbinding workshop; or take in a double bill of Patricia Duncker reading from The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge (on the longlist for this year’s Green Carnation Prize) followed by Booker-shortlisted Sarah Hall reading from her new collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference.

Litfest 2011, Lancaster, 14-23rd October

Lancaster’s annual Litfest is back with a programme packed full of writers events. We’re not ashamed to say the one that really caught our eye is the Festival Readers Party, an evening of bookish conversation, the swapping of gift wrapped second hand books and wine.

They say, “you’ll leave with a new book to read, lots of recommendations and suggestions of books and how to share them, and possibly some new reading buddies. What’s not to like?” Sounds pretty heavenly to us!

The festival is also hosting a Great Short Fiction Day, including readings from Polly Samson and Rachel Tresize; an evening with Jon Ronson and The Psychopath Test; a cracking duo of events about books for younger audiences – Words and Pictures, exploring the impact illustrations have on a story, and Pushing Boundaries, 4 writers discussing why their fiction for young adults isn’t ‘all sweetness and light.’

Throughout the festival you can feast your eyes on the beautifully whimsical papier mache creations of local artist and Litfest volunteer, Colette Bain, a series of unique creations inspired by the illustrations in children’s books and the ‘faded look of much loved toys.’

Morley Literature Festival, Leeds (until Friday 21st October)

The sixth annual Morley Literature Festival has already hit town, with a programme featuring talks, workshops, a poetry takeaway and even Tatty Devine.

Highlights include a celebration of Mills & Boon taking place in 1950s-themed diner this Saturday. As well as a history of the hero from our own Jess Haigh, you can expect readings, romance and music, along with the launch of Broken Shackles, a collaboratively-written raunchy romance set in Leeds coordinated by The Culture Vulture.

Already all booked up for this weekend? There’s still time to sign up to our free exclusive event at Salford Zine Library in Manchester next Saturday.

Alex Herod

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