Liverpool literary festival is here!

LOGO1Tuesday 23rd April sees the start of a month long festival celebrating the written and spoken word. And Liverpool is right at the heart of it as we play host to In Other Words.

The festival programme is vast and mind boggling and there’s definitely something for everyone.

The festival kicks off at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd April (Skakespeare’s birthday, no less) at St George’s Hall with the launch of World Book Night. The evening includes sessions with world famous authors such as Jeanette Winterson and frank Cottrell Boyce.

I’ll be heading down to the gorgeous new Central Library when it re-opens on 17th May. I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview back in January and I can promise it will take your breath away.

I’ll also be taking part in the Six Book Challenge, where I’ll read six books and keep a diary with my thoughts on them. I’ll read some old favourites and I’m going to branch out and try some genres I’d never usually look at.

Two particular highlights for me are The Beat Goes On with Roger McGough and Brian Patten on 26th April and James Herbert: A Celebration of his Life and Works on 25th April at the Williamson Tunnels.  This should be particularly poignant as Herbert was due to take part in the event himself until his untimely death on 20th March this year.

There are dozens of events over the course of the festival and there’ll be something for everyone.  To find out more, check out the In Other Words website.

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The magnificent Central Library which re-opens on 17th may

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