Next month sees the first King’s Lynn Literature Festival of 2015 – and this year’s fiction event looks set to be one of the most exciting in the festival’s 27 years.
Even in an age of Kindles and Kobos, there’s no sign that people’s love of reading is diminishing, which is why this year’s King’s Lynn Fiction Festival looks set to be as popular as ever.
Held at Lynn Town Hall over a single weekend, the King’s Lynn Literature Festivals (fiction in March and poetry in September) have proved enormously popular for over a quarter of a century, and this year’s festival from March 13-15 has attracted an impressive guest list of highly-regarded and award-winning writers to the town.
The festival’s guiding principle – established by founders Tony Ellis and the late poet George MacBeth – is to present some of the best contemporary writers in a congenial and informal setting, allowing the general public to see writers of international repute (alongside exciting new writers) from all age ranges and from locations across the world.
If you’ve got a love of reading or an interest in the writer’s craft, March will be a very good time to be living in Lynn!
Mr Ellis said: “I know this will be as stimulating and entertaining as ever.
“Ironically for a fiction festival, our programme includes two of the country’s top biographers in Sir Michael Holroyd and Ann Thwaite.
“Both have published works of fiction during the last twelve months, Ann a delightful book of short stories and Michael a novel published in America in 1969 but unpublished in this country as his father had threatened legal proceedings.
“Newcomers to the festival include American writer LaShona Katrice Barnett, who has written a powerful novel post slavery in the deep South set at the beginning of the 20th Century. Lynn Shepherd and Lady Teresa Waugh have both produced a body of enthralling work.
“I am delighted that Louise Doughty, Jill Dawson and Romesh Gunesekera are renewing their acquaintance with our festival. They are amongst our finest writers and should not be missed.
“Equally, the husband and wife team of DJ Taylor and Rachel Hore, from Norwich, will both be reading from recently published work and will share the interviewing as chairman of the various events with Christopher West and Professor Christopher Bigsby.”
Throughout the festival the authors will read and discuss their work – and will be available to chat and sign purchases from the festival’s well-stocked book stall.
The programme opens at 7.30pm on Friday, March 13, with Romesh Gunesekera and Lynn Shepherd.
Saturday’s schedule is: 11am with Rachel Hore, Teresa Waugh and Ann Thwaite; 3pm a discussion on “The novelist as historian”; 8pm with Michael Holroyd, DJ Taylor and LaShonda Katrice Barnett.
Sunday’s first session at 11am is with Jill Dawson and Louise Doughty; and finally at 3pm the writers will discuss “Censorship of Fiction” .
Tickets are £8.50 for each event or you can buy a weekend pass at £37.50 for the whole festival. These are available in advance or on the door, although you are highly recommended to book your tickets.
Full details of the Festival events and times are available online at http://www.lynnlitfests.com/, or for more details you can e-mail founder Tony Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.