This has been a good year for books in the UK, what with the National Year of Reading, the Booker of Bookers and a whole myriad of literary festivals up and down the country. And if you happen to be in Liverpool or the North West over the next few months, you are in for many more literary treats!
During October, head to the Bluecoat centre in Liverpool city centre for the very first Chapter and Verse festival. Highlights will include special poetry workshops on National Poetry Day (9th October) and evenings with writers ranging from Linda Grant to Erwin James.
And then in November, is Shipping Lines festival, brought to you by the School of English at the University of Liverpool and organised by The Reader Organisation. As Bibby Line Group – the oldest shipping company in the world – knows, shipping lines were once the life-blood of the city of Liverpool. The ‘lines’ of the festival title are lines of writing, which carry great ideas, as well as human experience and imagination, around the globe. We live in an international age. Lines of poetry and prose do not just define cultures and particular experiences but also link disparate communities and individuals in an immediate and personal way. All the lines will converge on Liverpool and radiate out from here during the week of this festival. The programme boasts an illustrious assemblage of authors including Philip Pullman, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Mal Peet, Malorie Blackman, Monica Ali, Simon Armitage, Andrea Levy, Jorie Graham and A.S. Byatt. Tickets will be offered to Bibby Line Group employees at discounted rates – contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more.
NB: As part of the Shipping Lines Festival, the Atrium in Bibby Line Group Head Office is playing host to the official launch of the The Reader Organisation. How exciting!
See here for further details: http://www.liv.ac.uk/literaryfestival/events/reading-revolution.htm