Famous faces lined up for Chester's literary festival


Jim Green

TICKETS are selling well for the 2013 Chester Literature Festival which takes place next month.

A host of famous faces from the world of books and broadcasting feature in the busy programme of talks, workshops, readings and signings.

Organiser Chester Performs sold more than 7,500 tickets last year and believe the 2013 festival – which runs between October 13 and 27 – has something for all ages and tastes.

The festival will be split between Chester Town Hall and the University of Chester, where leading lecturers will give public talks on a range of topics.

Highlights include broadcaster Clive James and his critically-acclaimed translation of the Divine Comedy, quick-fire comedian Tim Vine taking part in a family-friendly question and answer session and BBC television presenter Kate Humble talking about becoming the owner of a 117-acre farm, with no previous experience.

Author Mark Lewisohn, who is considered the top authority on The Beatles ,will kick-off the festival on October 13 when he is interviewed about his new book on the ‘Fab Four’.

Other highlights include war correspondent Kate Adie, radio host Richard Bacon, cricket commentator Henry Blofield and music journalist Paul Morley while actor Sir Derek Jacobi will join singer Ruthie Culver and her Utter Jazz Collective for an evening of poetry, music and jazz.

Paul Lavin, festivals manager for Chester Performs, said: “The Chester Literature Festival continues to grow in size and stature year-on-year and we’re just thrilled to continually attract such great talent from across the board – from authors, to presenters, comedians and historians.”

The new University at the Festival strand will see lecturers including Professor Peter Gaunt and Dr Meggen Gondek giving a series of free public lectures.

Fringe events will also take place across Chester alongside the festival including a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chester Poets, a debate about teen vampire literature by the Chester Debating Society and the Waverton Good Read award dinner with author Rachel Joyce.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be booked online from chesterliterature festival.co.uk or by calling 0845 2417868.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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