This July sees the first-ever Lancaster Words festival, an exciting three-day exploration of all things literary through a vibrant mix of readings, interviews, lectures, discussions, workshops, art exhibition, book-making and even film-making.
The festival, which runs from Thursday July 6 to Saturday July 8, is being organised by Lancaster University’s Department of English Literature and Creative Writing and will take in everything from poetry, prose, and drama through to new media, graphic novel and screen-writing not to mention rock-lyrics, history, and theology.
The programme will take place in a range of city-centre venues, including the Castle, Priory, the Storey, the Library and Waterstones, as well as one or two venues at the University. With the exception of the headline events everything else will be free.
This headline event will see Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner poet Paul Muldoon. They will take to the stage of the University’s Nuffield Theatre on the evening of July 6 to read from their poetry and to explore, through conversation, its relationship to song lyrics.
Also taking part will be Emmy award-winning comedy writer and producer Ian Martin, Booker Prize short-listed author Carol Birch, comics expert John Freeman, playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, prize-winning fantasy author Zen Cho, novelists Jenn Ashworth and Jo Baker and many others.
In addition to the public, open-to-all, events there will also be two special events working with year 12 students from schools across the city and region, as well as a year-10 Book Club project based at Heysham High School.
Director of Lancaster Words Tajinder Hayer says, “With more than 20 very different events we have something for everybody - ranging from book-making for young children and a short-film competition for under 25s to lunchtime lectures in the Storey, a dramatized reading of Gawain in the Castle and much more.”
The event is supported by the University’s Friends Programme, the Arts Council of England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Waterstones.