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14 Mar

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Well, how happy was I today when I read about Liverpool’s plan for a month-long literary festival! 

The festival begins with a World Book Night event on 23 April and ends 19th May (the end of National Children’s Book Week). The event is also to correspond with the reopening of the central library which has been closed for 2 years to undergo a £50 million refurbishment! The city council has worked in partnership with community writing organisation Writing On The Wall, the Merseyside Literature Partnership and other local groups (Arts Council England, Liverpool Philharmonic, European Union Social Fund, to name a few) to put the festival together. 

Madeline Heneghan, Writing on the Wall Festival Director, says:

‘We are delighted to have been asked to help curate this festival and be associated with the reopening of the Central Library. We are already developing a programme featuring the best of Liverpool writing and work with the City Council to ensure communities across the city are engaged and represented in what should be a fabulous month.’

James Herbert, Kevin Sampson, Melvyn Bragg, Janet Street-Porter, Maureen Lee and Ramsey Campbell are among the line-up. More than 350 events – including almost 200 specially-created for the festival – are planned, with the majority of them free. 

Mersey Sound poets Roger McGough and Brian Patten will appear together when they take part in The Beat Goes On at St George’s Hall on April 26. They will be joined by Adrian Henri’s widow Catherine Marcangeli.

Meanwhile chick-lit and romance best-selling authors Jane Costello and Erica James will join forces in a Here Come the Girls event on April 24.

And between the two is Terror in the Tunnels, on April 25, with thriller writer James Herbert coming to Liverpool for a rare public appearance. He will take part in a special event in the Williamson Tunnels, talking about his craft, his inspirations and the paranormal.

I urge anyone who is interested to go and experience this incredible opportunity and see some of what Liverpool has to offer!

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