THE Essar Oil Chester Literature Festival has been launched in the new official hub for the festival – the Red Lion in the city’s Northgate Street.
Tickets have been selling fast with some sell-outs already among the 60 events, including the Gobbledeebook festival for children in the October half-term.
Essar public relations manager Ed Brady said:Š“The umbrella sponsorship of the festival, transferring from Shell to Essar Oil, has been a seamless one.
“We at Essar are now looking forward to this year’s event, which will be bringing so many star names to Chester during its October run.”
Along with the novelists and names from screen, stage and industry, new local writers have also been given the chance to promote their work in the Bitesize Lunchtimes as have local writers with sequel novels.
Plays are a large feature in this year’s event, ranging from a one-man show about Charles Dickens from his great-great-grandson to a newly written work from Action Transport Theatre called 10 tiny plays.
Tracy Lynn, director of Chester Festivals, said: “The programme this year is very strong.
“There really is something for everyone and it’s all indoors, perfect for those autumnal days ahead.”
Tickets can be booked at www.chesterfestivals.co.uk, by calling on 0845 2417868 or in person at the visitor information centre by Chester Town Hall.