Weston Literary Festival

Weston-super-Mare Town Council is pleased to announce that Weston’s second Literary Festival will take place between Friday 22nd February – Friday 1st March 2019. We hope to build from our successful first year, introducing more authors, workshops and talks! Be sure to check out our Facebook page here  for more updates, advice for authors, ‘spotlight on speakers’ and ‘spotlight on local authors and book clubs’.

 

 

 

 

This week long festival will feature an exciting line up of authors and range of events including talks, workshops and panel discussions.

If you would be interested in making a donation to this brilliant community event please contact zoe.scott@wsm-tc.gov.uk

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The line up so far:

Friday 22nd February

7.00pm Not Falling Apart and Broken Hearts – This engaging and thought provoking talk between Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink is not to be missed.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/the-blakehay-theatre/literary-festival-not-falling-apart-and-broken-hearts-surviving-heartache-and-life/2019-02-22/19:00

The Blakehay Theatre Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

 

Saturday 23rd February

10.30am Author Claire Barker- Claire’s stories about Knitbone Pepper were shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Fiction award; this will be a fun and interactive workshop!

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-children-s-author-claire-barker/2019-02-23/10:30

Weston Museum Learning Space Children’s Workshop and book signing
12noon Illustrator Duncan Beedie – His debut picture book ‘The Bear Who Stared’ was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. This workshop will spark your imagination!

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-children-s-illustration-workshop-with-duncan-beedie/2019-02-23/12:00

Weston Museum Learning Space Children’s Workshop and book signing
12.30pm Molly Arbuthnott – Oscar the ferry cat and Oscar the hebridean cat. In April 2014 Oscar, the Arbuthnott’s beloved family cat, went missing on a Caledonian Macbrayne ferry. The curious cat managed to open the car window by stepping on the control. The family returned to the car in Oban to find paw prints on the bonnet… but no cat. Despite weeks of searching, Oscar was never found. His ongoing adventures are forever immortalised in the pages of these tales. Weston Museum Courtyard FREE children’s Story Telling
02.00pm We Are Family – This fun and engaging writing workshop is for family members (at least 2) to practice writing together. Through guided exercises, discover how writing wakes you up. If life is an orange, we’ll squeeze out the juiciest bits! All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult carer. No experience necessary.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-we-are-family-heidi-hollis/2019-02-23/14:00

Weston Museum Learning Space Workshop
03.00pm Molly Arbuthnott – Oscar the ferry cat and Oscar the hebridean cat. In April 2014 Oscar, the Arbuthnott’s beloved family cat, went missing on a Caledonian Macbrayne ferry. The curious cat managed to open the car window by stepping on the control. The family returned to the car in Oban to find paw prints on the bonnet… but no cat. Despite weeks of searching, Oscar was never found. His ongoing adventures are forever immortalised in the pages of these tales. Weston Museum Courtyard FREE children’s Story Telling
03.30pm Murder, Mayhem and Mystery – What does it take to design a murder? These five top-selling authors know. Between them, they’ve stabbed, shot, and poisoned dozens of characters, earning devoted fans around the world. Join them to find out where their murderous inspiration comes from and how they craft deadly novels. With authors Katerina Diamond, CJ Skuse Rachel Ward, Christi Daugherty, chaired by Joanna Nadin.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-murder-mayhem/2019-02-23/15:30

 

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk, Q&A, Book Signing
2.30pm Amanda Prowse – Writing powerful and compelling gritty contemporary fiction, Amanda’s stories feature an ordinary woman who is overtaken by extraordinary circumstances.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/the-blakehay-theatre/literary-festival-amanda-prowse/2019-02-23/14:30

 

The Blakehay Theatre Talk, Q&A, Book Signing
7.00pm Dr Helen Pankhurst, “Deeds Not Words” – This talk reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/the-blakehay-theatre/literary-festival-dr-helen-pankhurst-deeds-not-words/2019-02-23/19:00

The Blakehay Theatre Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

 

Sunday 24th February

10.30am How to get your book into the mainstream media! – Hosted by Becky Walsh who has been featured in Psychologies magazine, Woman and Home and The Daily Mail.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-how-to-get-your-book-into-the-mainstream-media/2019-02-24/10:30

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk and Q&A
12noon What Is Women’s Fiction Anyway? – Weston Lit Fest is please to welcome back 5 brilliant women’s fiction authors as they discuss what it really means to write women’s fiction and breaking some of the stereotypes associated with it!

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-what-is-womens-fiction-anyway/2019-02-24/12:00

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk, Q&A, Book Signing
3.00pm The beginning, middle not muddle, and not ending with a whimper! – We are pleased to welcome back Lois Elsden who will host this brilliant workshop for budding writers.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-the-beginning-middle-not-muddle-and-not-ending-with-a-whimper/2019-02-24/15:00

Weston Museum Learning Space Workshop

 

Monday 25th February

11.30am The pitfalls and triumphs of self-publishing; Andy Croft in conversation with Rhianne Williams – Local author Andy Croft discusses how he developed his novel from an initial thought to the pros and cons on hiring an editor or professional proof-reader. This talk is essential for any budding author!

 

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-the-pitfalls-and-triumphs-of-self-publishing/2019-02-25/11:30

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

 

Tuesday 26th February

10.30am Poetry Workshop – Emma van Woerkom invites you for a morning of creative poetry writing motivated by a mysterious selection of objects from Weston Museum’s vast collection. Feel the words and years flow; examine, explore and be inspired by handling specimens from pre-history to the recent past. This workshop is aimed at adult writers of all experiences and abilities. Arrive in good time bringing your own pens, paper and a willing mind. Emma van Woerkom is a Poet, Poetry Film Makers and fully trained Shared Reading Facilitator. Winner of the 2015 Richard Booth Prize for Non Fiction, her poetry pamphlet, FOUND ME: Blackout Poetry, was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards Best Poetry Pamphlet 2017.

Tickets:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-past-presence/2019-02-26/10:30

Weston Museum Learning Space Workshop
7.30pm Poetry Reading – Join award winning poets Rhiannon Hooson and Emma van Woerkom for an evening of thought provoking poetry. We are excited to announce that they will be debuting an exciting selection of new work at Weston Literature Festival, as well as an array of their favourite pieces.     There will be a book signing and plenty of opportunity to talk to the poets after the performance.

 

Dr Rhiannon Hooson has won major awards for her work, including an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors, and her work has been featured in the Guardian. Her first full length collection, The Other City, was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award, and was described by the judges as “Stunning… at a pitch of achievement many of us will not reach across a career.”

 

Emma van Woerkom is a Poet, Poetry Film Maker, a fully trained Shared Reading Facilitator. Winner of the 2015 Richard Booth Prize for Non Fiction, her poetry pamphlet FOUND ME: Blackout Poetry, was Shortlisted for a Saboteur Award Best Poetry Pamphlet 2017.

She has performed at literature festivals and venues across the UK including Swindon Poetry Festival and the Hay festival.

 

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/weston-museum/literary-festival-between-books/2019-02-26/19:30

Weston Museum Learning Space Poetry Reading

 

Wednesday 27th February

12.30am Justin Newlands – ‘The Great Ming Code – how the law book of the Ming Dynasty attempted to harmonise human society with the will of Heaven.’– In 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang claimed to have obtained the Mandate of Heaven to rule China. In return, the first Ming Emperor had to follow Heavenly principle and preserve harmony between humans and supernatural spirits. A staunch Confucian, he enshrined this mission in the Great Ming Code. To coincide with the launch of The Old Dragon’s Head, a supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty, Dr. Justin Newland will discuss how the rule of law and custom reached into every aspect of people’s lives, even the Emperor’s.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/XHkNUNNoTEUw

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

 

Thursday 28th February

7.00pm From the Aegean to the Severn Sea – Rosie and Howard Smith formed The Garret Press in 2000. The following year their first ‘in watercolours’ book: ‘Weston-super-Mare in Watercolours – an alternative guide’ was published. A unique combination of illustrations and informative text; it was an immediate success. Rosie and Howard will give an intriguing and humorous account of the story behind the formation of The Garret Press and the creation of the Weston book, together with the publishing of their further books on Somerset, its coasts and hills.

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/fBktWRSrsYTq

Weston Museum Learning Space Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

 

Friday 1st March

7.00pm “An Evening With….. ARCHERS Actress-Sunny Ormonde- (outrageous LILIAN BELLAMY!) – Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 14 years and has become one of the listeners’ most favourite characters!

Sunny will fill you in on all the behind the scenes stories about the Worlds longest running soap opera- an evening of anecdotes, banter, and favorite pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career- humorous and touching in turn. And last but not least –A prize for the most original Archers question!!!

 

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/weston-super-mare/the-blakehay-theatre/literary-festival-sunny-ormonde-one-woman-show/2019-03-01/19:00

The Blakehay Theatre Show and Q&A

 

 

 

Our Supporters

The Literary Festival would like to thank our supporters for their kind donations, helping to make this years festival bigger and better!!

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If you would be interested in making a donation to this brilliant community event please contact zoe.scott@wsm-tc.gov.uk