Following on from Lancaster’s 43rd annual literature festival in March, now there’s a special autumnal edition of Litfest, in which you can take part either in person or virtually as the programme goes hybrid. You can expect talks, readings, lectures, discussions and storytelling, and everything from international fiction and poetry to history and nature writing, with most IRL events taking place at The Storey or Lancaster University (check the Litfest website and socials before setting off) and online tickets starting at £5.
The second Lancaster International Fiction Lecture, a joint venture between Litfest and the Department of Languages & Cultures and the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing at Lancaster University, will be given by International Booker Prize 2022 winner Geetanjali Shree.
The Litfest Autumn Weekend gets underway on National Poetry Day, 6 October, when Clare Shaw will read their own work and introduce 12 contributors selected from an open submissions callout to the Poetry Mosaic project on the theme of “environment”. Clare Shaw is a poet and performer, who has published four poetry collections with Bloodaxe, most recently Towards a General Theory of Love. Clare is co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival, a poetry tutor, and a mental health educator.
The next day sees Clare’s Kendal Poetry Festival colleague Kim Moore reading from her new book What The Trumpet Taught Me (Smith|Doorstop), a collection of short prose pieces, weaving into her performance extracts from her latest poetry collection, All the Men I Never Married (Seren, 2021). Kim Moore has a doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University and lives and works in Cumbria. Her first full-length collection The Art of Falling (Seren, 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She also won a New Writing North Award, an Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.
On Tuesday 11 October, the second Lancaster International Fiction Lecture, a joint venture between Litfest and the Department of Languages & Cultures and the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing at Lancaster University, will be given by International Booker Prize 2022 winner Geetanjali Shree. Geetanjali’s novel, Tomb of Sand, written in Hindi and translated into English by Daisy Rockwell, won this year’s International Booker Prize.
As the finale to Litfest’s Autumn Weekend, on Wednesday 12 October, Litfest and the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University present an open mic session and readings by three award-winning poets: lecturers Paul Farley (whose latest book, The Mizzy, is published by Picador) and Eoghan Walls (The Salt Harvest and Pigeon Songs, both Seren), and final year student Beth Train-Brown, whose debut collection, Salmacis, is just out with Renard Press.