There is something for everyone – whether a hesitant or reluctant poetry reader, or a confirmed literature lover, of any age – we hope bring great pieces of literature to as many people as possible in engaging, enticing and perhaps, unusual ways!
All events are free and there is no need to book in advance. Here are some dates for your diary:
• Thursday 9th October, 1-2pm – ‘If You Don’t Read Poetry, You Will After This’: a special event for National Poetry Day, especially for those that may be confused or put-off by poetry; come along to this event to discover the hidden pleasures of poetry and prepare to be persuaded (this event will be fed live to the BBC Big Screen!)
• Sunday 12th and 19th October, 12noon-12.45pm – ‘Children’s Storytelling’: bringing stories to life for little ones, on the two festival Sundays – kids can choose the stories themselves by dropping suggestions into boxes around Liverpool ONE and the Bluecoat in the run-up to the sessions.
• Sunday 12th October, 2.30-3.30pm ‘The Reading Cure: Chapter’ and Sunday 19th October, 2.30 – 3.30 ‘The Reading Cure: Verse’: two unique clinics to help solve life’s problems – serious or trivial – with the assistance of our greatest novels and short stories in the first clinic and poetry in the second. Discover how fiction really can help reality.
• Plus, informal Reading and Discussion Groups, based around the authors and poets appearing at the festival, so if you’re interested in a certain writer’s work, or just intrigued to learn more about it, then feel free to come along to any of the following sessions:
o Friday 10th October, 6.30: Jim Crace, The Pesthouse (directly before event)
o Saturday 11th October, 2.30: Kapka Kassabova, Street Without A Name and Vesna Goldsworthy, Chernobyl Strawberries (directly after event)
o Sunday 12th October, 12noon: Jennie Rooney, Inside the Whale (directly before event)
o Thursday 16th October, 5pm: Raymond Tallis, The Kingdom of Infinite Space (directly before event)
o Saturday 18th October, 7.30pm: Ronan Bennett, Zugzwang (in between two events!)
Hope to see you there!
Watch out for more information about forthcoming events, organised by The Reader Organisation at BBC Free Thinking Festival (31st October – 2nd November) and Shipping Lines: Liverpool Literary Festival (3rd – 9th November). Subscribe for our free festival email alerts here.