Weston Literary Festival

Weston-super-Mare Town Council is pleased to announce that Weston’s second Literary Festival will take place between Friday 22nd February – Friday 1st March 2019. We hope to build from our successful first year, introducing more authors, workshops and talks! Be sure to check out our Facebook page here  for more updates, advice for authors, ‘spotlight on speakers’ and ‘spotlight on local authors and book clubs’.

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

If you would be interested in making a donation to this brilliant community event please contact zoe.scott@wsm-tc.gov.uk

The line up so far:

Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink – 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.

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the brilliant author of “A Manual For Heartache”. In this book she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope.

This is a moving, warm and uplifting book that offers solidarity and comfort to anyone going through a painful time, whatever it might be. It is a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they’re not alone.

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.”

Becky Walsh – Authors – How to get your book into the mainstream media!

Hosted by Becky Walsh this talk will explain:
•What the different types of media (TV, Radio Press) are looking for
•How to create a press release
•Get clear on your story or message
•How to find contacts

Becky Walsh has never been shy of the media having hosted her radio show on LBC Radio, a late Friday night call-in advice and talk show.

She now freelances for BBC Radio Bristol. Becky’s TV show ‘Anything goes with Becky Walsh’ aired across the ‘Made TV network’ weekly. She has also been spotted as a guest on ‘This Morning’ and ‘The one show’ to name a few. She has also been featured in Psychologies magazine, Woman and Home and The Daily Mail.

She’s a Hay House author of the book ‘You DO Know – Learning to act on intuition instantly’ which is published in four languages, as well as four more published books and one fiction book under the name Rebecca Stone. Becky is a sought-after speaker and has appeared at the world-renowned seminar ‘I can do it’,as well being a coach and script editor for TEDx speakers. She also writes for Huffington Post and Psychologies Magazine. Becky has a private practice as an intuitive catalyst in Weston super Mare. She also runs personal development classes in Weston.

Lois Elsden – The beginning, middle not muddle, and not ending with a whimper!

We are pleased to welcome back Lois Elsden! Last year Lois ran an engaging workshop on the process of writing and blogging. This year it’s all about how to guide your story.

We’re ready to write, but where should we start? What happens next and how do we finish our story?
In this practical workshop we will think about how to hook our readers, how to keep them hooked not bored, and how to give them a surprising but satisfactory ending. Beginnings, middles and endings…

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

Our Supporters

The Literary Festival would like to thank our supporters for their kind donations, helping to make this years festival bigger and better!!

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If you would be interested in making a donation to this brilliant community event please contact zoe.scott@wsm-tc.gov.uk