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Lancaster Litfest: Wednesday 16th - Sunday 20th October

Date: 14 October 2013

The 35th Lancaster Litfest will be taking place from Wednesday 16th - Sunday 20th October in venues on campus and around Lancaster.

As in previous years, current and former staff and students of the Department are involved in events for Litfest, in what promises to be an excellent programme of prose, poetry and theatre.

First up, on Wednesday 16th October, Flax author and PhD student Naomi Kruger will be giving a reading from her work at the Dukes Theatre as part of the exhibition launch for Jonathan Bean's Writer Portraits exhibition, which features photographs of author appearances at previous Litfest events and will be running for the duration of the festival.

In the same location and at almost the same time, Prof Alison Findlay and Dr Kamilla Elliott, with Prof Robert Crawshaw from the Department of European Languages and Cultures, will be taking part in a panel discussion on the challenges and processes of adapting a classic text for a modern day audience. The discussion will focus on The Grand Gesture, Deborah McAndrew and Northern Broadsides' adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's 1928 black comedy The Suicide.

On Thursday 17th October, one of our Distance Learning MA tutors, Sara Maitland, will be introducing Moss Witch, her collection of short stories developed from conversations with leading scientists. Sara will be joined by Dr Rob Appleby, a CERN physicist, who will be discussing the four fundamental forces and conflicting theories of what preceded the Big Bang.

Finally, on Friday 18th October, Creative Writing PhD student Yvonne Battle-Felton will introduce Lancaster alumnus Alison MacLeod and Evie Wyld in an evening of reading and conversation. Alison's latest novel, Unexploded, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is now Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

For full programme details, including an evening with Simon Armitage and the Spotlight Open Mic Slam, please see


Naomi Kruger will be appearing in the Dukes Foyer from 5.30pm on Wednesday - Free Entry

The 'Freely Adapted' panel discussion with Profs Findlay and Crawshaw and Dr Elliott will take place from 6pm, also on Wednesday in the Dukes Theatre. Free Entry, but please contact the Dukes at 01524 598500 to book a ticket

Sara Maitland will appear at the Storey, Lancaster from 6.30pm on Thursday - Tickets £8 / £6 concessions.

Alison MacLeod, Evie Wyld and Yvonne Battle-Felton will also appear at the Storey, from 7pm on Friday - Tickets £8 / £6 concessions.

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