Anything that promotes the wonderful world of literature to the community can only ever be a good thing – so we’re really excited about this year’s LitFest.
Bringing a love and appreciation of reading and writing to the Furness community by way of performances, workshops and many other events it’s a literature festival right in the heart of Furness.
Furness LitFest officially begins on Friday 1st November with a launch event at Dalton Community Centre where there will be readings, storytelling and prize giving for the children’s competition.
There are four main elements to the festival:
Firstly the event brings in established authors to the area for a series of ticketed talks, interviews and a programme of workshops that will include scriptwriting, poetry, illustration and self- publishing.
Litfest is also going to run a school’s programme. The festival also wants to connect with local children to encourage their reading and writing skills, so there will be plenty of activities taking place in local schools. Competitions and workshops are planned for the week leading up to the festival and hopefully a couple of the authors attending the festival will be able to work with the children to help develop their skills and encourage them with their reading.
Thirdly, a wide range of community events are being planned with several people interested in performing and entertaining folk around the area, plus other ideas such as “yarnbombing”
As with previous festivals there will be a main project; ‘Daltonia’ was a huge success in 2018 and this year’s project – ‘Tales from the Peninsula’ will see professional storytellers hosting workshops in schools and at community groups. There’s still a lot to organise and finalise, but there is so much potential for this project – exciting times indeed.
It promises to be a wonderful festival, and one we should all get behind and support.
For more details about this fantastic festival visit http://furnesslitfest.co.uk/2019-edition/