2016 Shrewsbury Festival of Literature

NOVEMBER 25th – 27th   2016

Shrewsbury’s inaugural Festival of Literature kicks off at the end of November and we have something for everyone.  Festival Patron Jonathan Coe will be in conversation with Paul McVeigh on the opening night (Friday 25th November) and the weekend will finish with the wonderful John Agard (on Sunday 27th) performing his one-man verse play “Roll Over Atlantic”.  Both these events will take place in the beautiful Blackburn Chapel and Theatre in Prestefelde School, London Road and the venue will also play host to best-selling author Louise Doughty on the Saturday night.

Full details of the programmes are available on the website  http://www.shrewsburylitfest.co.uk and tickets may be purchased online or through Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury.  (TEL: 01743 232236)

Guests include Writers Without Borders (performing Love Without Borders), James Hannah (The A to Z of You and Me), Marion Molteno (Uncertain Light), Paul McVeigh (The Good Son), Lindsey Davis (The Flavia Alba novels), Muriel Maufroy (Sufi Stories) and John Higgs (Stranger Than We Can Imagine).

There will be poetry with Mab Jones and Gill McEvoy, a family poetry morning with Emma Purshouse and Catherine Pascal Moore and a relaxing talk on Travel Writing and the Art of Slow Travel with Marie Kreft and Helen Moat.

For the writers out there, we have workshops with Paul McVeigh and Helen Cross along with an open mic session (at Theatre Severn on Saturday 26th between 1.00 and 3.00 pm) in the “Overheard” event, which will feature – among readings from writers’ groups around the county – an appearance from a “mystery” guest.  (Clue: he is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and has recently published his debut collection.)

Other venues around the town include The Wildlife Trust, Tanners Wine Shop, The Unitarian Chapel and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.  Your support for this, the first Shrewsbury Festival of Literature would be most appreciated.