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The booking guide for the 2012 Lichfield Literature Festival


  • In association with Best Western the George Hotel29 September 7 October







    Lichfield Literature

    Lichfield Festival presents

  • the Lichfield Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all the authors and publishers represented.Details are correct at time of publication. Lichfield Festival reserves the right to change or cancel the advertised programme. every attempt has been made to credit photographers. Brochure designed by Yellow: Printed by Central Colour. Lichfield Festival Ltd. registered in england no.1592012 Charity no.512201


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  • 3Fiona Stuart Festival Director

    Welcome to Lichfield Literature. Our programme continues to grow this year with wonderful authors to entertain you and a new marquee venue at Lichfield Friary. We foster local talent through the Samuel Johnson Young Writers Scheme and delight our younger readers with Fireman Sam, Dear Zoo and Roald Dahl. Festival treats include Jenny Eclair, Terry Waite, Fi Glover, Lord Digby Jones, Jennie Bond, Peter Hain, Gervase Phinn, and Andy Kershaw. Dame Margaret Drabble talks about her life and work, The Guardians John Crace entertains with his Digested Reads and Jackie Kay joins us for a heartwarming Big Read. We welcome Larry Lamb of EastEnders and Gavin and Stacey fame and John Challis from Only Fools and Horses.

    Whether youre interested in sport, history, politics or science, theres something here for you. You can explore Ancient Egypt, delve into the lives of Agatha Christie and Virginia Wolf, and celebrate the anniversaries of Charles Darwin and Captain Scott. And as the nights draw in you can totter home with a warm glow after a spot of whisky tasting with an expert tippler. By the end of it youll be ready for a quiet night in with a good book.



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  • 4Book of the Year in the 2011 Scottish Book Awards (Picador)

    The Big Read: Red Dust RoadJackie Kay




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    From the end of september 200 Free copies of Jackie Kays Red Dust Road will be available from the Festival Office and distributed around Lichfield for you to take home and read. then, on sunday 7 October at 2pm, you can come and hear Jackie share her thoughts and answer questions at the George Hotel.

    From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in Red Dust Road is full of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions

    The book sings with life... it is as warm and spirited, as funny and full of life, as her adoptive parents. the Literary review

  • 529 & 30 September 10am 3pm Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum 25pp

    now in its second year the samuel Johnson Young Writers scheme is a weekend of intensive workshops for budding young writers who will become our Johnson scholars for the year. Participants also receive a free pass to all festival events and will have the opportunity to meet with the authors.

    the course explores fiction writing and is led by visiting tutors Catherine Fox and Caroline Horton. Catherine Fox is an experienced novelist, lecturer and freelance journalist, and the co-founder of the sJYWs. Caroline Horton is a writer, performer and Lichfield Festival favourite, whose play Youre Not Like the Other Girls, Chrissy garnered rave reviews and earned her the Best solo Performer accolade at The Stage Awards following a sell-out run in edinburgh in 2010.

    entry is open to anyone aged 16 19, please note however that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

    The Samuel Johnson Young Writers SchemeCatherine Fox & Caroline Horton

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    For centuries storytellers have been thrilling listeners with eerie and unexplained stories. these workshops for Ks2 look at how stories are created to build suspense. Join the Lichfield Festival team with Blackthorn events as they take you on a spooky journey of theatre games and drama activities.

    Birmingham based storyteller Katrice Horsley was elected as the 2nd national storytelling Laureate earlier this year and will be visiting schools to share a wealth of tales from her travels across the world.

    For more information on booking these workshops for your school, contact the Festival Office.

    Tales of the Unexpected Workshops

    Katrice Horsley National Storytelling Laureate

    Monday 24 Tuesday 25 September

    Thursday 27 September

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    story-writing couldnt be simpler! spine tinglers is a digital project for all ages. Collect a pile of books, stack them in order to create a story out of the titles and then take a photograph. take as many as you like and email your photos to for our display at Lichfield Library from 1 October.

    Would you like to run a Festival? We are looking for people aged 816 to take over our roles for the day. the final saturday of Lichfield Literature will become sIeGe! Day where the running of all the events will be done by you! If you are up to the challenge, visit for more information. Places are limited. Apply now!

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    SIEGE! Youth Takeover Day

    Monday 1 Saturday 6 October Lichfield Library and City Centre

    Saturday 6 October 10am 4pm Festival Venues Ages 816 years

  • The Book Brunch Club

    Happy Birthday, Fireman Sam! 3 October 10.30am Festival Marquee Ages 3+ 4 per child It is Fireman sams birthday, but he has been called away from the party to an emergency. Can you help his friends give him a birthday surprise? Drama and games to celebrate 25 years of Fireman sam.

    Nursery Rhymes 4 October 10.30am Festival Marquee Ages 03 yrs 4 per childCelebrate national Poetry Day with music and nursery rhymes for toddlers. rainbow rhymes returns to Lichfield following sell-out performances at our 2011 summer Festival.

    Join the Book Brunch Club for a series of activity sessions aimed at the very young and their parents. Celebrate a different classic childrens story each day, through music, dance and drama; dress to impress and join us to sing, dance and play.

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  • 9Dance Zoo 5 October 10.30am Festival Marquee Ages 3+ 4 per child Dance Zoo Can you roar like a lion or slither like a snake? Get your dancing shoes on and join Pash Dance Company for a morning wake-up session, with music and movement inspired by the popular picture book Dear Zoo.

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  • Creative Writing Workshops

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    Writer and freelance journalist, Laura thompson leads a workshop on life writing; exploring how to research a subject through archive documents and interviews. see also p.42.

    Writing Biography: Laura ThompsonWednesday 3 October 6.30pm Spark Cafe 5

    Can shakespeare be reinterpreted for a modern audience? rsC education Associate Alix Manning leads a workshop on keeping shakespeare alive through adaptation.

    Adapting Shakespeare: Alix ManningSaturday 29 September 11am Lichfield Library 5

    Claire McGowan is Director of the Crime Writers Association in the UK and tutor of Crime Writing at City University, London. she explores the detailed research behind gripping crime writing.

    Writing Crime Fiction: Claire McGowanSunday 30 September 3pm George Hotel 5


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    Get yourself into the mood for some of your own Ghostwriting (see above) with a talk from a man who has been there, done it, and scared the pants off plenty of people in the process!

    As a professional ghost-writer neil Hanson has written over forty books, published under a variety of different names, including a new York times number One best-seller. Hes also a very experienced radio and television broadcaster, a journalist, a travel writer, and a critic, working for media in Britain, the UsA, Australia and new Zealand.

    Ghostwriting II: Neil HansonThursday 4 October 10am The George Hotel 5

    Delve into the world of ghost-writing and explore how it can become a useful exercise for freelance writers.

    Ghostwriting I: Niall EdworthyThursday 4 October 6pm Lichfield Library 5

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    Saturday 6 October 10.30am Festival Marquee 5

    Saturday 6 October 12pm Lichfield Library Ages 711 5

    Family Storytelling Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

    BFG Puppet Making Workshop

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