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Middlesbrough’s ever-growing Literary Festival is back for a third outing – and visitors can be assured of a feast of literature and entertainment.
Previous events have proved a huge success and this year’s event – which gets under way on Saturday, June 4 – will be no exception.
The launch event will feature poetry, music, storytelling and activities for all the family to enjoy - a celebration of the word in all its forms, whether written, spoken or sung.
The festival is co-ordinated and delivered by Middlesbrough Libraries & Information Service and events are hosted in libraries and other venues throughout the town.
Running until Saturday, June 25, the third annual Literary Festival promises to be thought provoking, funny and imaginative – full of stories, dreams, creative workshops and experiences.
A packed programme includes writing workshops, author talks, music and performance, poetry, history and plenty of events aimed at young people.
Saturday’s launch activities in Central Library, Centre Square and mima will feature attractions including a magician, outdoor games and real life story characters Horrid Henry and Maisie in Central Library and Centre Square.
Local musicians will also be taking part in a warm-up show in the Reference Library to get people in the mood for Sunday’s Intro Festival.
This year’s headline events include talks from bestselling crime author Val McDermid and world-renowned horror writer Ramsey Campbell. Keith James will be performing his popular ‘Songs of Nick Drake’, an event which has previously toured the UK to sell-out audiences.
The ever popular History Wardrobe return with an entertaining presentation about Georgian life and Teesside University’s Crime and Forensics experts will join three leading crime authors to give a fascinating insight into their work – crime fact meets crime fiction head on!
Creative writing workshops will help people develop their creative writing skills and a performance poetry workshop will provide an opportunity for wordsmiths to perform their work. For those keen on playing to a live audience, there’s a chance to get behind the microphone on Saturday, June 4 at mima from 6pm.
For younger audiences, best selling authors Simon Scarrow (Centurion and The Gladiator) Martin Cope and author illustrator Liz Million will make an appearance.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Middlesbrough has a great tradition of writers and poets and the Middlesbrough Literary Festival was a fantastic celebration of that heritage.
“The festival is a great opportunity for people to meet and work with some leading writers and poets – and pick up a few good reads along the way.
“And if it inspires them to put pen to paper themselves, so much the better.”
June heralds the arrival of Middlesbrough's third annual Literary Festival, and it is destined to be thought provoking, funny and imaginative – full of stories, dreams, creative workshops and experiences.