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Hear stories from the Brontes to wearing a tutu in Iraq
How did a little breakfast-time radio programme bring a glimmer of hope to the lives of war-torn listeners in Afghanistan? What happened when one of the oldest, proudest and most private hunter/gatherer societies came face to face with the modern global world? How did a 15-year-old school dropout from North London become the hairdresser to the world's most famous pop group? And how on earth did one man end up in a tutu and ballet pumps in the middle of the Iraq war? Those are just some of the amazing stories you will hear and the questions you will find answered in Lichfield over the first weekend in March when the Lichfield Literature festival brings authors from all over the country, and the world, to venues across the city over the course of March 1st to 4th.
Author Ash Dykes talks about his book, Mission Possible, on March 1st
So, for those people who have never visited and experienced a book or literary festival, how does it work? Jennifer Mears, executive director of organisers Lichfield Festival, and the programmer of Lichfield Literature, explains: "Our speaker events last for about an hour, including time to hear the author speak about their work and their latest book, followed by a Q&A session." But Jennifer assures people it will not be a series of dry and dusty lectures. "Not at all!" she replied. "Informative, yes. I can pretty much guarantee that you will come away from any event having learned something that you didn't know when you went in. We look for the most interesting and engaging speakers for our events. Sometimes audiences are gripped and the Q&A sessions could go on for ever, at other times audiences come out in fits of laughter from a particularly entertaining event. Books don't have to be boring, so book events definitely aren't either!"
Iestyn Edwards reveals the story behind his book, My Tutu Went AWOL!
The authors are also available at the end of each event to sign books and have a further chat with people. But there is also a lot more going on during Lichfield Literature besides the author speaker events. Visitors to the festival can also learn how to become a children's author, or a book illustrator, or - for a bit of fun - even discover how to walk like a Victorian. There will also be an opportunity for children under the age of five to dance through a story. In addition, Illustrator in Residence, Kate Slater, will be exhibiting her work as well as working on site throughout the festival, while there will also be a series of differing walks on subjects such as Poetry Writing, Sketching, and Family Storytelling. Most of the ticket prices for the varying events are under £10, with some free.
Leslie Cavendish presents The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser
Lichfield Literature takes place from March 1-4 in various venues across the city, including the George Hotel, Lichfield Library, and Erasmus Darwin House. For more information, including a full programme, and how to book tickets for the events, please visit www.lichfieldfestival.org