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Lancaster Lifest - October 2012

Date: 17 September 2012

The programme for this autumn's Lancaster Literature Festival has just been released, and we're pleased to announce that several current, former and future members of the Department of English and Creative Writing are involved.

On Wednesday 17th October, Dr Catherine Spooner will be introducing and reading from Dracula as part of Lifest's 'Gothic Lunchtime Classics' series. She will be in Lancaster Library from 1pm. Later on in the day, Catherine will be leading a panel discussion on 'Gothic Young Adult Fiction' with the authors Celia Rees, Chris Priestley and Cliff McNish. All three writers will be reading and considering the different ways that they use ideas of the Gothic in their work. You can join the conversation from 7.30pm in the Round (Dukes Theatre).

John Schad, Professor of Modern Literature, will be performing in Someone Called Derrida: An Oxford Mystery, a real-life murder mystery and play for voices based on his book of the same name and adapted with Frederic Dalmasso. This, the second performance of the play (the first having taken place at the Oxford Playhouse earlier in the year) will be at the Dukes from 8pm on 18th October.

Our incoming Royal Literary Fund Fellow for 2012-13 and award-winning author, Livi Michael, will be reading from Malkin Child in Lancaster Library from 1pm on 20th October. Malkin Child tells the story of the Lancashire Witches form the point of view of nine-year old Jennet Device, and was voted the Lancashire Reads Book of the Year 2012.

And finally, on Sunday 21st October, the all-day Prose Shindig will take place on campus. One of our current PhD students, Naomi Kruger will join two other emerging North-West writers to present a specially commissioned piece of prose based on the Lancashire landscape at 12pm. Later on, Manchester-based writer and incoming member of staff Zoe Lambert will join our former colleague Jo Baker to read from The War Tour and The Picture Book and discuss elements of war within their storytelling.

Highlights of the festival also include an evening with John Hegley on 20th October, a reading from Dominic Kelly , and a selection of films from the Yorkshire Film Archive, introduced by poet Paul Mills.

Litfest is also running a series of workshopping events for new and upcoming writers. Current students in the Department might be interested in the BBC Writers' Room writing for TV and Radio workshop from 12pm on Friday 19th October and the Spotlight Slam with compere Simon Baker, and campus Writing Surgery.

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