First Weston literature festival announced – see the full schedule and list of speakers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 November 2017

Children's author Huw Powell and Lord Archer will both speak.

Children's author Huw Powell and Lord Archer will both speak.

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Weston-super-Mare will host its first literary festival next year, and the full line-up of authors, workshops and events has been announced today (Thursday).

Author Amanda Prowse (Picture: Paul Smith)Author Amanda Prowse (Picture: Paul Smith)

Weston Town Council is organising the festival to run from February 22 to March 1, coinciding with World Book Day.

The council initially planned to hold a one-day event in August this year, but it was rescheduled to take place in 2018 so it could be a week-long festival instead.

Its clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “The town council is delighted to be able to put on a literary festival for the town.

“With a wide range of events and featuring local authors we hope the festival will be popular with both residents and visitors, and it can go on to become an annual event.”

Lord Jeffrey Archer, who grew up in Weston, is one of the most well-known writers who will be attending.

He will speak at Weston Museum, in Burlington Street, on February 24.

Fiction writer Amanda Prowse, who has taken part in a number of popular talks and book signings in Weston in the past year, will be the first speaker on February 23 at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street.

Both the Blakehay and museum are run by the town council and have both been refurbished this year.

Portishead author Huw Powell, who wrote the series of children’s books called Spacejackers, and crime writer Damien Boyd will also speak.

Writers will be given the chance to learn about self-publishing at a panel discussion on February 22, and a creative writing workshop has also been organised.

Panellists will also talk about romantic fiction, and there will be a story workshop at The Stable, in Wadham Street.

An evening of poetry and 
flash fiction exploring the plight of child refugees and migrants will take place at the museum 
on February 23.

Children will be able to get involved in a trail around the town throughout the week, and win a prize.

Every event will be free, although people will need to book tickets to guarantee a place.

They are available on www.blakehaytheatre.co.uk or at the Blakehay Theatre’s box office, which is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

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