Preview: Litfest 2014

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Autumn brings a literary treat in the form of Lancaster’s annual Literature Festival. Litfest returns for its 36th year with a host of events for everyone – including, for the first time, Creative Writing workshops for children and young adults. These not-to-be-missed sessions invite you to create fantasy worlds with award-winning author Bali Rai, or to explore Morecambe’s dark wartime history with Sarah Hymas.

Highlights of this week also include performance storytelling from Mikael Öberg, discovering magical tales of reckless heroes and malevolent spirits, and readings from David Constantine’s new collection of poetry, Elder, which explores themes of censure, hubris and loss.

Bernard MacLaverty, will read from his Collected Stories  in which his characters live and interact without apology or sentimentality. His subsequent workshop, looking at what makes a story work, is a must for current or aspiring writers. Hilary MacKay then joins us to explore the theme of family in literature; how relationships, whether real or imagined, shape the world inhabited by the story’s protagonist.

There’s something for every reader at Litfest, with events taking place at The Storey Institute, Lancaster Library, The Dukes and Lancaster Castle.  To book tickets or to download a full copy of the festival brochure, click here.

Simon James

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