The 1st Hawkesbury Upton Lit Fest: “Speed-dating” for Readers!

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Save the date for the first Hawkesbury Upton LitFest!

Here’s the first in a series of news flashes about the plans for the new Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. 

We’re currently devising a fast-moving programme that will pack a lot of books per buck into the two-hour event (8pm-10pm in The Fox Inn, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton GL9 1AS). But attending will cost you no bucks at all, because thanks to the generosity of our kind sponsors, the Hawkesbury Writers group, admission will be entirely free!

Debbie Young and Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde (right) with HULitFest founder Debbie Young

For the first ever Festival, we’re starting off small, with a two-hour, quickfire event, to be officially opened by best-selling romantic novelist Katie Fforde.

The fast-moving programme will involve plenty of writers, illustrators and professionals from the book trade – think of it as speed-dating for readers! We’re still finalising the precise running order and content, but here’s an initial plan to give you a flavour of what fun it will be, and how wide-ranging. We think there’ll be something for everyone here!

  • “How do you like your novel – historical or contemporary?” (with novelists of both kinds)
  • “The long and the short of it: how many words does a good story really need?” (a battle of words between novelists and short story writers)
  • “Poetry – sublime or ridiculous?” (with fine samples of both)
  • “Reasons to be writers – or not!” (writers recount what made them take the plunge of pen into ink)
  • “Letting the pictures tell the story – are books without pictures really as boring as Alice in Wonderland claimed?” (Illustrators explain why pictures make to a good story even better)
  • “We’d all be lost without you” (the importance of public libraries, high street bookshops – and READERS!)

Two special charities will also feature at the event: World Book Night, which is the occasion that caused founder, local author Debbie Young. to dream up the Festival in the first place, and Readathon, the charity that uses books to make life better for children all over the UK.

There will also be the opportunity to chat with participating authors and to buy signed copies of their books (don’t forget to bring some cash!)

So for now, put the date in your diary, arrive before 8pm to get a good seat (space is limited!)

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In the meantime, happy reading!


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