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New Novel Idea

Don’t like reading? We don’t believe you. You just haven’t found the right book for you yet. Love reading? You’re not alone. Professor Helen Taylor, Liverpool Literary Festival Director is a self-confessed bibliophile curating a blockbuster weekend of discussions, readings and debates around the wonderful world of literature.

Professor Helen Taylor, Liverpool Literary Festival Director

The Liverpool Literary Festival takes place from the 28-30 October and it’s got a great line-up of events. It’s Liverpool spoke to Helen about the festival and how people can get involved.

“Liverpool already has an excellent literary festival in the form of Writing On The Wall. But this city really loves to read and we have so much writing talent, even within the university alone, that it felt like one literary festival wasn’t enough, so we’ve created another and I think it’s pretty special.

“What I love about books is their ability to explore a subject, culturally, historically and through different perspectives. They naturally lend themselves to challenging and lively debate, which is a clear focus of this festival.

“We have all this incredible technology today.  It’s changed the way we communicate and the way we learn, but the written word is more powerful than ever and there’s still nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book.

“I believe that reading makes people more interesting and opens them up to whole new worlds. The books people read say something about that person. They offer a real insight into a person’s character and our programme reflects that.

“We want to reflect that kind of insatiable curiosity shared by the city…”

“We want to reflect that kind of insatiable curiosity shared by the city and the University of Liverpool by giving people the opportunity to enjoy readings by internationally celebrated writers such as Colm Tóibín, Philip Pullman and Liverpool’s own Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

“We’re looking at topics like David Bowie’s favourite book, debating the enduring popularity of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and getting writing advice from Booker Prize long-listed novelist Andrew O’Hagan. The festival will discuss issues such as how the world can better utilise its libraries and the future of publishing in the digital age.

“We’re also putting on family focussed events, and we’ll be hearing from some amazing authors. I think there’s a really big audience in Liverpool for this kind of literary festival.”

Sounds good to us. Put this festival in your calendar, quite literally something for everyone.

Liverpool Literary Festival: 28-30 October 2016

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Published: 11/07/2016