First FREE Fenland Literary Festival to be held at The Angles Theatre, Wisbech
on Saturday September 5th, 10am-4pm
The first Fenland Literary Festival, “Fenland LitFest”, will be held at The Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech on Saturday September 5th and will be FREE OF CHARGE. This year we are delighted to be supported by Market Place. Market Place has people at its heart. It’s about more people creating and experiencing great art in Fenland and Forest Heath: Brandon, Chatteris, March, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Whittlesey, and Wisbech. Market Place is part of Creative People and Places arts engagement programme developed by Arts Council England with the support from National Lottery funds.
The Festival will celebrate literature of all types and will feature a range of speakers and workshops from local authors such as Claire Upton, Simon Crow, Jon Lawrence and Darren Upton and poets including Fenland Poet Laureate Jonathan Totman, Mary Livingstone, Elaine Ewart and Poppy Kleiser.
Maybe you fancy an introduction to writing your own poetry or creating your own story? Or perhaps you’d like to listen to Jon Lawrence talking about his latest book ‘Playing Beneath the Havelock House’. Or maybe join horror writer Simon Crow’s ‘Horror Circle’, or listen to Darren Upton recount his experiences researching and interviewing the band WASP for his biography ‘A Sting In The Tale?
There’s plenty for the children too, including a fun reading of Claire Upton’s ‘Nanny Pam Joins A Band’, with instruments to play, or they can join Simon’s Slightly Spooky Circle and create their own imaginary monsters.
There will also be the chance to see illustrators James Robinson and Shannon Loveless and comic artist Glen Stone demonstrating their work, get some tips and have a go yourself. Or watch 20Twenty’s Sitcom ‘Xpress Yourself’ and chat to the writer David Johnson.
On top of that, there will be book sculpting, books and comics for sale, including a stall from Niche Comics from Huntingdon, and competitions.
The Fenland LitFest will run all day from 10am-4pm. There’s no need to book events, just turn up on the day and dive right in to whatever takes your fancy!
For more information and guest speaker and workshop schedules, ‘Like’ our Facebook page FenlandLitFest or follow us on Twitter @FenlandLitFest.
About Fenland LitFest
Fenland LitFest has been organised by Geraldine Moment of The Angles Theatre, local authors Claire Upton and Simon Crow, local playwright, actor and director Alan Hooks, and Jane Levicki, Managing Director of local publishing company Bird’s Nest Books.
It is supported using public funding by the national lottery through Market Place, one of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project.
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About Market Place
Market Place is about more people creating and experiencing great art in Fenland and Forest Heath: Brandon, Chatteris, March, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Whittlesey, and Wisbech. By talking to people about the kind of cultural activity they want to see locally, we want to create a distinctive arts programme that’s unique to the people and places that have shaped it. We aim to make a lasting change in communities. With our project we want increase the number of people inspired by the arts, help develop skills, and grow ambition and creativity in their neighbourhoods.
The programme is run by a Consortium of Partners consisting of ADEC, 20TwentyProductions, MusicArtsProject, Newmarket Racecourse, and New Wolsey Theatre.
We are grateful and proud to be supported by Forest Heath District Council, Fenland District Council, Suffolk County Council, and Cambridgeshire County Council.