Countdown to Lancaster LitFest

Posted 3 Feb 2020 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

This year is the 41st Lancaster Literature Festival running from the 13th March – 22nd March. The festival will be launched on 13th March at the Priory by Professor Robert Barrett, Head of the Eden Project Learning to talk about the exciting plans for Eden North on Morecambe Bay.

Discover two exhibitions during the festival at Lancaster Library.  Migrations features the work of many artists from across the world exploring the subject of migration through illustrations. The second exhibition, In Pursuit of Peace and Hope has been created locally by young refugees covering three countries South Africa, Turkey and Uganda.

You'll find an impressive array of authors and poets too from beginning with best-selling Norwegian author Lars Mytting to A.C. Grayling. Plus Stacey Halls, who will be in conversation about her new book The Foundling which follows her highly successful book The Familiars. The venue will be Lancaster Castle which is highly appropriate as the castle features in her first book.

Lancaster Litfest 2020 also explores the genre of memoir and how we define its boundaries with Jenn Ashworth. Jenn will be accompanied by John Schad and they will be in conversation with Polly Atkin.

The poetry weekend opens with one of Britain’s best loved poets Ian McMillian. Ian will be working with a local school during the day and you will be able to experience his own unique performance at Lancaster University’s Nuffield Theatre in the evening. There's a full day of poetry on Saturday 21st with Baby, Bounce and Rhyme followed by a set of double bills featuring Sean O’Brien and Victoria Adukwei Bulley; Paul Farley and Tara Bergin. Saturday concludes with A New Divan –a lyrical dialogue between East and West.

Throughout March download the Litfest podcast telling the story of The Stone King and interact with our beautiful Williamson Park as you listen to the story of The Stone King walking around the park led by the storyteller.

Visit the Lancaster Litfest website to view the full programme or download your own.

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