Sep 8 2010 Chester Chronicle
LITERARY enthusiasts and bookworms are counting down to this year’s Shell Chester Literature Festival.
The festival, sponsored by Shell, takes place from Monday, October 18, to Sunday, October 31.
There are 80 events in the programme ranging from evening author events with some well-known faces, new and sequel writers at lunch time, workshops, educational events and a new children’s festival, GobbleDEEbook.
Shell PR manager Ed Brady said: “The Shell Chester Literature Festival is an integral part of the city’s artistic and cultural programme and we are pleased to sponsor the festival for the third year and ensure through our support that the programme continues to attract a wide audience.”
Familiar faces include former government spin doctor Alistair Campbell, the Culture Show’s presenter Mark Kemode, controversial scouse comedian Alexei Sayle And the Culture Show’s Andrew Graham-Dixon.
Others include Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s best-loved poets, and Sue Birtwhistle, co-creator of BBC’s Cranford.
This year’s festival also celebrates the spoken word with plays and storytelling including best-selling novelist Sarah Dunant, the adaptation of Sacred Hearts set to music performed by Musica Secreta and Rhona McCullough returns for her third year and new one woman show The Tale of Beatrix Potter.
There is also a new festival for children and teens, called GobbleDEEbook that takes place during the half term holiday.
So if you want to travel in time with Doctor Who, enrol at Spook School, or create your own scary monsters then come along and join the fun.
Events are only £1 per child and you can bring your grown ups for free and it even has its own web site, www.gobbledeebook.co.uk.
Chester Festivals director Tracy Lynn said: “The programme this year is very strong and with the introduction of the new GobbleDEEbook festival there really is something for everyone and it’s all indoors, perfect for your those autumnal days ahead.”
Tickets can be booked online by visiting www.chesterfestivals.co.uk or over the phone on 0845 2417868 or in person at the Tourist Information Centre by the Town Hall.