As the summer festival season draws to a close, anticipation is already building for September’s annual King’s Lynn Poetry Festival which will welcome a host of award-winning names.
Among those making a welcome return for the festival will be author and poet, Louis de Berniere, who is better known for his fiction – notably Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – but this year will be talking about his recently published book of poetry, Imagining Alexandria.
Other old friends of the festival rejoining the event this year and needing little introduction are Kit Wright, Helen Ivory, Michael Hulse, John Fuller, C K Stead and Anthony Thwaite who will be discussing his oeuvre with his wife, Whitbread-winning biographer, Ann Thwaite.
Sometime rock musician, fiction writer, and dramatist Caroline Gilfillan will make her debut in Lynn with her latest poetry collection, Pepys – a poetic biography of the London diarist. From New Zealand, the festival will welcome Rhian Gallagher, whose second collection of poetry, Shift, won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry in 2012.
Joining Caroline and Rhian on stage on Saturday afternoon will be Carrie Etter, an American teaching at Bath Spa University since 2004, whose second collection of poetry, Divining for Starters, came out in 2011.
Jackie Wills, poet and journalist, will be presenting her new collection, the intriguingly named, Woman’s Head as Jug, on Saturday evening alongside Kit Wright and C K Stead.
This year the festival will be held at the Town Hall, in Lynn’s Saturday Market Place, from Friday, September 27, to Sunday, September 29.
As usual, there will be the opportunity to buy books from the bookstall and have them signed by the authors, and the chance to join the poets and organisers for lunch on the Saturday and Sunday.
All individual tickets for the events cost £8.50, with tickets available on the door, or from Tony Ellis at Hawkins Solicitors, 19 Tuesday Market Place. Call him on 01553 691661.
For a detailed programme, go to www.lynnlitfests.com or email queries to email@example.com