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Lancashire Literature Festival

Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 2:00pm - Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 6:00pm
Lancashire Literature Festival, organised by scRibble, the Preston writer’s group.
 
 
Saturday, Oct 22nd 2.00 pm

The Historic Authors

 
Local author and scRibbler Paul Atherton, Ireland’s Tom Hodkinson and Scotland’s Margaret Elphinstone will introduce themselves and their work.  Each will give an autobiographic intro and readings of their writing. Afterwards the three will form a panel to take questions.
 
 
Paul is author of Viking Voices, under the pen name Vincent Atherton, which tells how the Cuerdale Hoard came to the Ribble. He lives in Hoghton, Lancs and is a former Director of Human Resources with Tata Steel International. He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Lancaster and is the Chief scRibbler.
 
 
Tim Hodkinson was born and lives in Northern Ireland and is author of novels, Lions of the Grail, The Wasteland, Spear of Crom and the Undead, as well as short stories. He has just sold the option for a TV series of his first novel to Celtic Films. He studied Celtic civilization, Medieval English and Old Norse Literature with a subsidiary in Medieval European History. 
 
 
Margaret Elphinstone has written two Viking novels, Islanders (1994) and The Sea Road (2000). Her other historical novels are: The Incomer, A Sparrow's Flight, Hy Brasil, Voyageurs, Light and The Gathering Night. She has also published a volume of short stories, An Apple from a Tree..She is a graduate of Durham University and an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the English Studies Department from 1990-2008.
Sunday, Oct 23rd 2.00 pm

The Lancaster Authors

 
Inés Gregori Labarta and Kate VerSprill will introduce themselves and their work.  
 
 
Inés Gregori Labarta is from Madrid and studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Edinburgh before arriving to take an M.A. in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She is now a Ph.D. student and a Creative Writing tutor there.  She has written three novels and her first novella, McTavish Manor, is published on the 3rd of October, 2016.
 
 
Kate VerSprill is from New Jersey and studied at Rutgers University, New Brunswick before taking an M.A. at Lancaster. She is now a Ph.D. student and tutor at for the Creative Writing programme. Her poems have been published in the New Generation Poets edition of Agenda magazine and Killing the Angel literary magazine.
 
There will also be a Short Story Slam, for which entries are invited, to a max of twelve. A competitor will need three stories, each up to 400 words long. There will a draw to match writers and after each pair the audience will vote to decide the winner. After the first round the winners will advance into the second round where they will again read in pairs and three winners will appear in the final. £100 will be given to the winner.
 
Tickets are £6 per day or £9 for the weekend.
 
Online  tickets from SEE TICKETS (available now) and in person from The Continental's bar (01772 499 425)
 
The Lancashire Literature Festival is supported by Lancashire County Council & They Eat Culture
 
 
 
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