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The 10th Festival of Literature goes Live!

Published on isbi School News dated Thursday 27th of September 2018

Tickets for the 2019 Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature go on sale on 1st October! Make sure you are following the Festival on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates! Just search for @BSCFestLit. The 2019 Festival of Literature will run from 1st – 14th February and will include an exciting and eclectic mix of authors, illustrators, poets and wordsmiths for schools and the public at large. The Festival Open Events commence on Friday evening with music and narrative art as Chris Riddell, through the power of live drawing, illustrates his interpretation of the musical programme performed by Bishop’s Stortford College Orchestra and choirs. On Saturday 2nd, award-winning authors Gillian McClure, Pippa Goodheart and Rosemary Hayes will discuss their best tips and tricks for writing children’s books. On Sunday evening, comedy connoisseur Robin Ince will attempt to examine the human condition through the prism of humour. What’s in a name? Shakespeare fans will be blown away by Debs Newbold’s imaginative and passionate re-telling of literary classics such as King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. Be inspired to live life to the full by author and sportswoman Claire Lomas MBE as she shares her incredible story of courage, strength and determination, following a terrible accident, to rebuild her life. Wildlife author, photographer and cameraman Dr. Michael Leach will keep you entertained with his lively, informative and thought-provoking talk about his wild adventures. On Wednesday, delve into the world of award-winning writer and illustrator, Sarah McIntyre, as she discusses her love of drawing and passion for her #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign. The evening continues as bestselling novelist, Diane Setterfield, discusses her new novel which is full of suspense, romance and mystery. Each year, the Festival of Literature provides an opportunity to celebrate poetry, and this year we welcome Luke Wright, who has been called “one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation”. Since 2006, he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, has won numerous awards including a Fringe First Award and began his campaign to become the new Poet Laureate, with his award winning show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. On Friday we welcome one of the world’s leading art critics and broadcasters, Andrew Graham-Dixon as he explores the hidden meanings and inspiration behind many of his favourite paintings including the work of wartime artist Paul Nash. On Saturday 9th, chef, writer and presenter, Saira Hamilton will be cooking up a storm, and David Starkey, historian and TV and radio presenter will give us an analysis of the ever-changing marriage customs of the British Monarchy, including that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. An evening not to be missed! Illustrator and author, Jackie Morris, will bring the Festival to a close on Thursday 14th February as she brings to light the beauty of nearby nature through words and imagery, so often overlooked and taken for granted. In addition to the rich variety of our Open Events, we will also welcome younger audiences to share in a variety of Schools Events, starring a number of popular children’s authors. This year, the line-up includes Chitra Soundar, Philip Reeve and Paul Cookson amongst others. Another local schools favourite is the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award, voted for by pupils from across the region, which will be presented by our very first Picture Book Award Winner, Sarah McIntyre. The 2019 Festival of Literature programme includes something for everyone, and we warmly welcome you to Bishop’s Stortford College to celebrate storytelling in all of its forms. For full programme details, including times and ticket prices, please visit the College website. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear all the exciting Festival news!
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