Swaffham Library will be literary hub as it plays host to festival favourites

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The Breckland Book Festival is set to launch on Wednesday and over the coming weeks, Swaffham Library will be hosting a collection of talks, storytelling sessions, workshops and reading groups.

Festival favourites Norfolk literary legend Louis de Bernieres and the irrepressible Scary Little Girls are back by popular demand for the launch at Watton Library on Wednesday, when the full programme of events is to be announced.

Lynda Turner, of Breckland Council, said: “Celebrating its 3rd year in 2014, The Breckland Book Festival is an exciting mixture of celebrity author events, workshops, poetry and humour.

“We are proud to support our local libraries and you will see many of the events are taking place in a library near you.

“I hope that many of you will take advantage of this fantastic programme and that all who come enjoy themselves, learn something new and go away laden with books and new ideas for reading, inspired by our terrific authors.”

Swaffham Library will be hosting events from March 18, when they will welcome Scary Little Girls for an evening of intimate and entertaining storytelling with these witty and warm performers.

Starting from 7.30pm, tickets cost £5.

The following night, Jill Dawson will host an in-depth discussion of her book, Lucky Bunny, the Festival’s recommended read, starting from 7.30pm, again tickets are £5.

On March 20, Susan Hill will be discussing her acclaimed literary novels, ghost stories, detective novels, memoirs and children’s books.

She was a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Whitbread Novel Award, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker.

Her chilling ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running as a play in the West End since 1989 and was recently made into a successful film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Susan will be reading from and discussing her three novellas – The Beacon, A Kind Man and Black Sheep.

Susan will be at the library from 7.30pm and tickets cost £5.

Andrea Holland will be leading a lively and practical poetry workshop to get you started, or to inspire and motivate, on March 22.

It is suitable for all abilities and will focus on the idea of Place.

This event will be held at Swaffham Community Centre, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and tickets cost £10, book early to avoid disappointment.

The series of events will finish on March 22, with a free event held by Anne Cassidy, author of Looking for JJ - winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize in 2004, who paved the way for the emergence of teenage fiction as an exciting and challenging genre.

This month sees the tenth anniversary of this ground-breaking book, marked by the publication of its sequel, Finding Jennifer Jones.

This talk is for anyone aged 13 and over.

For more information about any of these events, or to book tickets, please contact Swaffham Library on 01760 721513.

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