Littfête Programme 2016 & Reservations
Our special guest is Lemn Sissay, foster-child, poet and chancellor of Manchester University. His poems have become landmarks on the streets of Manchester and London. He has endowed a scholarship at Huddersfield University for people leaving care homes. He lectures worldwide and is one of the most inspiring people on the planet. (Listen to Lemn Sissay: www.bbc.co.uk Desert Island Discs 11,October 2015 with Kirsty Young).
We are delighted to welcome Patricia Duncker as our keynote bilingual speaker. She is professor of Contemporary Literature at Manchester University and award-winning author of Hallucinating Foucault. Her new novel Sophie and the Sybil, about George Eliot, is ‘a potent blend of fact and fiction.’
Gavin Bowd, from the University of St Andrews, is an author, poet, journalist and translator of Michel Houellebecq. Gavin will present his new book The Last Communard, Adrien Lejeune, a Life in Revolution (Verso, June 2016) and deliver a mini-lecture on translating Houellebecq.
Edwin Apps, script writer, actor, artist and author of Pursued by Bishops will talk about his involvement with the Abbey Maillezais in the Vendée.
Peter Hoskins, author of In the Steps of the Black Prince, talks about the physical as well as the literary journey.
Ian Mathie, diarist and biographer, will talk about his Africa series. ‘Narrative non-fiction at its best.’
Story-tellers Michel Cordeboeuf and Chloe Martinez will entertain with legends, music and song.
Check out our workshops on writing, translating and drawing. Go to talks on self-publishing, history and photography. See the village highlights with John Hudson’s poetry trail, attend a poetry masterclass with Roger Elkin and learn about Masks with Katherine Gallagher.
See the exhibitions of paintings, photographs and sculptures with special on-site writing competition.