This year’s Beverley Literature Festival is as special as ever and packed with the finest quality events for readers of all tastes.
A.N. Wilson will be reading from his new novel about the lives of the Wedgwoods; two crime-thriller writers, The Killing’s David Hewson, and Mari Hannah will be in conversation about this popular genre, and Kirsty Gunn, and Tim Sutton will be performing The Big Music – specially commissioned for the Beverley Literature Festival.
Variety is essential to any quality literary festival and Beverley will feature novelists Monique Roffey, Peter Hobbs and Michèle Roberts, all of whom have been shortlisted for major literary prizes.
Historians will also be in attendance with events on a range of subjects, including Matthew Sweet’s wartime secrets of the London hotels, the well-known naval historian Andrew Lambert’s new book, which concentrates on the battles of 1812, and Magnificent Obsession: Victoria & Albert in which Helen Rappaport looks at Queen Victoria’s long mourning for her beloved husband.
But Beverley Literature Festival isn’t only for readers. It offers a programme of creative writing workshops that will provide great opportunities to pick up tips about novel writing from some the best novelists writing in Britain today.
The children’s literature festival is bigger and better than ever, with word-based activities and performances from some of the best children’s authors around, including Horrible Science author Nick Arnold, Paul Stickland with Dinosaur Roar and the nation’s favourite, Debi Gliori. There will also be puppet shows to end a packed programme of events on both the Saturday and Sunday at 3pm at Beverley Library.
Lara Goodband and Rebecca Jenkins, festival directors, said: “This year’s festival is, as you’ve come to expect from Beverley, packed with quality and diversity to suit all tastes. Come and find out something new or meet your favourite author. The festival shows the East Riding Libraries’ dedication to extend their reach into the community, and we hope you find something that’ll make you want to read more and make your library a home from home.”
For more information about the programme go to www.bevlit.org