Havant Literary Festival spans Shakespeare to Will Self

Writer Will Self

Writer Will Self

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IF you love books, you are in for a treat this autumn.

With 70 events over 10 days, the line-up for Havant Literary Festival is as good as ever.

29/03/12  CO''Sam Cox who is the new poet laureate for Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121153-3) ENGPPP00120120330164143

29/03/12 CO''Sam Cox who is the new poet laureate for Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121153-3) ENGPPP00120120330164143

Writer Will Self is perhaps the most well-known of the authors to be taking part in the festival, which is now in its seventh year.

Self will be appearing at The Spring, in East Street, and talking about his latest book Shark.

Tim Dawes, festival director, said: ‘The festival is a wonderful diverse mix of 70 book and poetry related events over 10 days, covering theatre, spoken word, film, music, talks, walks and workshops in 17 different venues and locations across Havant and beyond.

‘This is your chance to get close to authors.’

Other writers taking part will be historical fiction authors Michael Arnold and Jeremy Page, novelist Catherine Hall and the writer of the sometimes dark and grisly stories from the Age of Industry, Kate Colquhoun.

Once again poetry features strongly across the programme, from a ‘poetry breakfast’ with Stella Bahin, to ‘poetry bites’ with Rhymes With Orange.

Other poets include Sam Cox (pictured), Martin Malone, Joan McGavin, Harry Haines and the irrepressible Mike Harding.

For those who are brave enough, the festival welcomes updated and potentially scarier versions of the Ghost Walk.

There are five to choose from, this year hosted by the Hum Drum Theatre Group. There will also be a choice of lectures and talks covering Dickens to Shakespeare.

There will be the serious ones, including The Death of a British Martyr and the moving story of the First World War nurse, Edith Cavell, to the quirky ones, such as How Did Long John Silver Lose His Leg?, a mischievous look at classic children’s books.

Mr Dawes added: ‘Each year we aim to better the previous programme, but this is definitely the best so far.

‘We have really put Havant on the map.’

The festival starts on October 3.

To see the full programme visit havantlitfest.org.uk.

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