This week saw the return of the popular Beverley Literature Festival, which continues through to next weekend. Ten days of author events, activities, workshops and films based upon and with the aim of celebrating literature in all of its guises. With events designed to assist and encourage budding writers as well as opportunities to meet and hear from established writers the popular festival has something on offer for all lovers of books and literature.
Having worked in children’s and educational publishing for a good portion of my life it’s fairly obvious that I have a deep seeded passion for books. Not just children’s books, but books of all kinds. My own home is filled with a fair sized library’s worth of history books, classic novels, books on design and architecture and of course more than a few children’s books, comics and graphic novels. So when the Literature Festival rolls around each year I’m always keen to see just what’s on offer.
This year has some great events including a poetry master-class by well respected writers and tutors Colette Bryce and Mavis Cheek. You can enjoy talks by best selling author Lisa Jewell and Hull City of Culture Chair (and former arts editor of the New Statesman) Rosie Millard alongside dozens of other talks and shows by authors crossing all genres.
Highlights for me include a talk on the Magna Carta in the impressive setting of Beverley Minster by the renowned historian and broadcaster David Starkey. A Hercule Poirot themed cocktail party led by international best selling author Sophie Hanna promises to be a unique and entertaining evening as does ‘Absolute Pandemonium’ and evening with the magnificent Brian Blessed. Brian will be talking to Chris Monks, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, about his fascinating life and varied career.
Beatles fans should certainly head to the talk by Mark Lewisohn, the world’s foremost authority on the group as he introduces the first part of his three part Beatles biography, ‘The Beatles: All These Years’. Anyone looking to expand their own creative writing skills has a host of workshops available to them run by the likes of Colette Bryce and Mavis Cheek who I’ve already mentioned as well as Chris Monks, Ross Raisin and Calum Kerr.
For those hoping to take children along, you’re spoilt for choice with The Northern Lights Theatre Company popping up all over Beverley. You can find everyone from Harry Potter to characters from James and the Giant Peach, children’s story sessions from the likes of author and illustrator Simon Bartram, fun and interactive games and story sessions for kids of all ages and messy arts and crafts.
Find more details and book tickets at bevlit.org