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Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival


Various Locations, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
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Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival


There will be a Literary Festival in February 2019! The community event will run from Friday 22nd February - Friday 1st March 2019.

This week long festival will feature an exciting line up of authors and range of events including talks, workshops and panel discussions.

Some of the brilliant names confirmed so far:


Christina Patterson – Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and consultant. A former columnist at The Independent and Director of the Poetry Society, she now writes for The Sunday Times and The Guardian about society, culture, politics, books and the arts. She has been described by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as "a clear and important voice in British journalism".

Her book, The Art of Not Falling Apart, was picked as an editor’s choice in The Bookseller and there have been extracts and related features in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Woman & Home and Red.


Claire Barker – Children’s Workshop and Book Signing

Claire Barker’s stories about Knitbone Pepper, the lovable ghost dog, have been translated into eight different languages. In 2017 they were shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Fiction award and won the Book Factor, an award voted for exclusively by children. In the same year she was nominated by Devon Librarians for the prestigious Ruth Rendell Award, for the author who has done the most to champion literacy.


Duncan Beedie – Children’s Illustration Workshop

His debut picture book ‘The Bear Who Stared’ was recently shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and his second book, ‘The Lumberjack’s Beard,’ was published by Templar in Jan 2017, and his third book ‘The Last Chip’ in 2018. Duncan has worked in animation on a diverse series of projects for TV and web, including satirical sketches for BBC Three, segments for children’s TV shows and websites and TV commercials. Clients include CBBC, Penguin and Aardman Animations.


Helen Pankhurst – Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

Dr Helen Pankhurst is a women's rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia.  She has extensive media experience including national and international radio and print interviews, and was involved in the 2015 film Suffragette.

In the UK she is a public speaker and writer on feminist issues. She also leads CARE International's #March4Women event in London on the 4th March 2018. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement.

Her book "Deeds Not Words  reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there. Each of the five chapters within the book explores a different theme; politics, money, family & identity, violence and culture. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.

To keep up with the latest news on events and tickets be sure to follow the festivals Facebook and Twitter page @WestonLitFest












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