Joanna Trollope, Will Self, Sir Andrew Motion and Kate Adie are among the star names appearing at the 2014 Plymouth International Book Festival.
Costa Prize winning novelist Nathan Filer is also part of the line-up, alongside Man Booker Prize judge Sarah Churchwell, BAFTA nominated screenwriter M R Hall, and Sarah Hilary, whose novel Someone Else’s Skin was recently named in Richard and Judy's Autumn Book Club.
Celebrated performance poets Patience Agbabi and Jean ’Binta’ Breeze will also appear, with a range of author talks, readings and workshops designed to ignite people’s passions about the written and spoken word.
Running from Friday 17 to Saturday 25 October, there will be days focussing on crime and nature writing, and a special series of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Festival Director Bertel Martin says:
“The impressive line-up for the third chapter of the Plymouth International Book Festival demonstrates its growing reputation in literary circles. For 2014, we have a blend of household names, who have sold millions of books between them, alongside new and upcoming talent set to take the bookshelves by storm in years to come. Regional writers and literary experts from Plymouth University are well represented, emphasising the breadth of expertise we have in the region.”
Joanna Trollope, writer of 17 bestselling novels, believes the festival has an important role to play in igniting public passion about the written word:
“In this digital age, I believe books and literature are more important than ever. A screen doesn’t feed the imagination or expand the mind in the way that something on a page (paper or electronic) does. Technology is another way of reading or acquiring knowledge, but it is not as enriching to the heart and mind as works which demand more from the reader in the first place.”
The Plymouth International Book Festival is organised through a partnership of Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Literature Works and Plymouth City Council, with funding and support from Arts Council England.
The 2014 festival will feature more than 40 events over nine days at venues including Plymouth University, Plymouth City Library, the Athenaeum, Waterstones in New George Street and other sites across the city.