Our first literary festival took place between Saturday 26 October and Saturday 2 November 2019. It was a wonderful experience for all involved.
Over the course of a jam-packed week we learnt how to solve cryptic crosswords, watched Clare Bevan perform poetry in the Enchanted Forest at South Hill Park, and then we found out about thriller writing with authors such as Harry Dunn and Katharine Johnson.
We watched in awe as Hawk dance Theatre danced around the library. There was a fantastic part where children were handed books and encouraged to create “stepping stones” for the dancers to progress on.
We learnt about the dictionary and Samuel Johnson’s cheeky sense of humour. We laughed riotously at Isabel Rogers’ reading from her Stockwell Orchestra series. Some found out how to beat writers block with talented Sandra Danby and others found out about medical mishaps in the eighteenth century.
Anjana Chowdhury delighted us with her Taste of India, her saree demonstration and we all took home a secret family recipe!
We learned new things, met new people and we laughed and saw the library in a different light. Attendees loved the sessions and some of their thoughts are below:
So much fascinating information, packed into a short space of time.
Bracknell should feel honoured that the Library Service has got this going.
David [Barker] was excellent. Engaging and shared so many aspects of his writing journey. Really constructive for all.
You can find some photos from the week on our gallery page, as well as find out the winning entry from our children's poetry competition on our festival pages.
Keep an eye out for information on the 2020 festival over the coming months.