Books Come Alive at Beverley Literature Festival

Fiction, politics, geology, poetry, biography and lots of workshops to get involved with – Literature Festival (1 to 10 October), organised by , once again brings you the best in writing, whatever the subject.

This year the festival has expanded its programme for children to give young readers in the East Riding a fun-packed weekend of performances, readings, making sessions and story-telling of all kinds – all based at Library in the .  The festival is keener than ever to let everyone know how much our library service has to offer. Libraries are not just a place to borrow books, but a place where books come alive in the hands of their readers and writers.

We’re also getting words off the page for adults, with two performances: one involving a story from Tristram Shandy set to the exquisite period of Heinrich Abel; and the other a fantastic story-telling performance of Frankenstein.  The festival’s emphasis on performance extends to a programme of creative workshops, with script-writing, and a directing master-class from Chris Monks (artistic director at the Stephen Joseph ), joining other workshops on fiction and life-writing.

As official partners in the Larkin25 celebrations, the festival is delighted to be running two readers’ groups looking at Larkin’s poetry, and organising the new Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition, which has total prize money of £2000.

With such a range of high quality events on offer, the East Riding is once again a great place to live if you love literature. And remember, books are great value (free from your library) – and the best of them, priceless!

John Clarke, Festival Director, said: “The library service is very proud to be able to continue to run this festival with support from the Arts Council.  It’s a great opportunity for readers to come together to celebrate the pleasure and sense of discovery they get through reading. And as time has gone on, the festival has expanded into performances and musical event that explore the way words change when you get them off the page and in front of an audience.

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“We hope you like the programme and, if you have a family or know of one, tell them about the events for children – we see it as our most important task to get a new generation of readers involved in the writing of their time.”

Councillor , portfolio holder for cultural services, housing and public protection, said: “The Literature Festival’s reputation has been growing strongly over the years and I am sure October’s festival will be a really excellent event.

“It is one of several established and successful festivals in , which all help boost trade and the town’s profile as well as providing excellent entertainment.”

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